Curators

Gregory Burke
Concept/curator

Gregory Burke is the CEO/Director of the REMAI MODERN Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. He was Director of The Power Plant in Toronto (2005–2011) and Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand (1998–2005).

A seasoned and internationally respected curator and writer, Gregory Burke has curated over 90 exhibitions and published over 100 texts over the last 27 years. He has done major projects with artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Christopher Williams, Sam Durant, Pae White, Marcel Odenbach, Lee Bul, Fiona Banner, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Simon Starling, Francesco Vezzoli, Scott Lyall, Candice Breitz, Ian Wallace, Michael Snow, Lawrence Weiner, Andrea Bowers, Goldin+Senneby, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Thomas Hirschhorn, Derek Sullivan, Peter Campus and Sharon Lockhart, as well as the group exhibitions Feature: Art, Life and Cinema 200, Extended Play: Art Remixing Music (2003), Bloom: Mutation, Toxicity and the Sublime (2004), Auto Emotion (2007) and Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information Age (2009), which won the Ontario Association of Art Galleries’s “Exhibition of the Year” award. His exhibition Len Lye – Motion Sketch opened at The Drawing Centre, New York in April 2014.

Burke has also organized major exhibitions of Asian art, such as Mediarena: Contemporary Art from Japan (2004) and Transindonesia (2005). He was the Curator for New Zealand’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001) and Commissioner for New Zealand’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2005). He has written for Art + TextArt Asia PacificArtforum and recently published an essay in Art & Australia titled “Pre-Dictions Art and the Future”.

Peggy Gale
Concept/curator

Peggy Gale is an independent curator and critic whose texts on contemporary art, especially artists’ video, have become artistic benchmarks. She studied art history at the University of Toronto and the Università degli Studi in Florence, and has published extensively, with essays in Video By Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995), Lectures obliques (1999), and many museum catalogues. Videotexts, her series of essays on narrative issues in artists’ video, was published in 1995 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and The Power Plant. She was editor of Museums by Artists (with AA Bronson, 1983), Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists’ Video (with Lisa Steele, 1996), and Artists Talk 1969-1977, from The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (2004). Gale was also lead researcher and principal writer for Video Art in Canada, a bilingual website launched in February 2006 and expanded the following year as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada, now housed at Vtape in Toronto.

An independent curator since the mid-1970s, Gale has organized many exhibitions including the inaugural Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990), Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000) and Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland 1968-88 (co-curator, touring 2006-2008). Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, co-curated Doina Popescu, inaugurated the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto (2012).

A long-time member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Writers’ Union of Canada, she was honoured with the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art (2000), followed by the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2006).

Lesley Johnstone
Curator

Lesley Johnstone joined the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as curator in 2007. She was previously Artistic Director of the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis from 2003 to 2007 and Head of Publications at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 1998 to 2003, and was long associated with Artexte Information Centre. Johnstone’s particular focus is artists for whom research is central to their practice, who set their works within a historical context and whose art offers an examination of society. At the Musée, she was co-curator of the 2011 Québec Triennial, as well as the curator of solo exhibitions by Eve Sussman (2013), Tino Sehgal (2013), Valérie Blass (2012), Luanne Martineau (2010), Francine Savard (2009) and Lynne Marsh (2008). Her group exhibition Yesterday’s Tomorrows (2010) brought together Québec, Canadian and international artists who revisit Modernist architecture and design.

She has worked as an independent curator, written many catalogue texts and edited a number of critical anthologies and monographs on contemporary Canadian art, including Hybrids: Reshaping the Contemporary Garden in MétisSight Lines: Reading Contemporary Canadian Art, and Studiolo: The Collaborative Work of Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe.

Member of the jury for the Sobey Art Award in 2010, Lesley Johnstone was also a member of the Visual Arts consultative committee of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a juror for many public art projects for the City of Montréal and the Programme d’intégration d’art à l’architecture of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Artexte Information Centre from 1987 to 2008 and of the Foundation of the Jardins de Métis/International Garden Festival from 2007 to 2010.

Mark Lanctôt
Curator

Born in Montréal in 1974, Mark Lanctôt completed his Master’s in art history at the Université de Montréal in 2002. He has published articles in Canadian Art and Esse: Art + Opinions, among other magazines. Before joining the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) in October 2006 as a curator, he worked as an independent curator and was director of the Contemporary Art Galleries Association in Montréal.

At the MAC, he coordinated the exhibitions Guy Ben-Ner (2007), Arnaud Maggs: Nomenclature (2008) and Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2013). He curated solo exhibitions of Yannick Pouliot (2008), Tacita Dean (2009), Marcel Dzama (2010), Runa Islam (2010), Daniel Young & Christian Giroux (2011), Pierre Dorion (2012) and Michel de Broin (2013). He also co-curated the first two editions of The Québec Triennial (2008 and 2011) and the Claude Tousignant retrospective (2009). He was also responsible for Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces (2009), an exhibition of works from the collection.