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News: Marc Mayer is New Director of the National Gallery of Canada

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The National Gallery of Canada is proud to announce that Marc Mayer, current Director of the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, has been named Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.

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New National Gallery director Marc Mayer. Image: gallery.ca

Born in Sudbury, Ontario Marc Mayer earned a degree in art history at McGill University. In 2004, Marc Mayer became the Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal where he has organized exhibitions such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Acquisitions récentes and is currently working on an exhibitions featuring Thomas Nozkoski and Claude Tousignant.

From 2001 to 2004, he was Deputy Director for Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, where he has organized exhibitions such as Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party and led preparations for the Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective and catalogue in 2005, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museums of Fine Arts, Houston. He was also involved in establishing the Elizabeth A. Sackler Centre for Feminist Art which accompanies the gift of Judy Chicago’s work.

Mr. Mayer was Director of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2001. There, and also in collaboration with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, he organized exhibitions that included Kim Adams, Shirley Wiitasalo, Jessica Stockholder, Christine Davis: Pluck, Candida Hofer, Chrysanne Stathacos: The Wish Machines. Mr. Mayer was also responsible for the Power Plant’s breakthrough into the world of prestige sponsorships by such companies as Gucci.

Before that, he became curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York from 1994 to 1998 where he organized the major exhibition Being & Time: The Emergence of Video Projection featuring works by Gary Hill, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Diana Thater and Bill Viola.

From 1990 to 1993, he was Head of Visual Arts with the Cultural Services of the Canadian Embassy in Paris and was a correspondent for the New York periodical Rizzoli’s The Journal of Art. From 1986 to 1990, he was Assistant to the Director, and ultimately Assistant Director of the 49th Parallel Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art in New York.

For more info, please click the National Gallery website HERE.

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