Art Gallery of Alberta

Lecture: Collecting Art for the Public

Collecting Art for the Public with Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada

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What do art museum curators think about when they choose works for a public collection? Is there a difference between a private collector and a public one? Marc Mayer, the Director of the National Gallery of Canada, will tackle the issues and answer your questions.

Marc Mayer was Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Deputy Director for Art of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; and Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Prior to his museum career, Mayer was Head of Visual Arts at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and the Paris correspondent for The Journal of Art, a monthly newspaper published by Rizzoli International. He has published widely on the subject of art and arts policy. He has organized 28 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions on the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Judy Chicago, Stan Douglas, Shirley Wiitasalo, Kim Adams, Candida Hofer and Thomas Nozkowski. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Mayer studied art history at McGill University. He is a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and an active member of other national and international professional organizations.