… move or be moved by some ‘thing’ rather than oneself.

June 22, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Featuring Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget
Curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson

Critical Distance is pleased to present … move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself., an exhibition that considers curating and choreography as materials and subjects. Bringing together the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget, the exhibition is curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson. The title, taken from a quote by choreographer Yvonne Rainer, echoes the curators’ desire to question the potentialities of artworks as well as presentation contexts from the position of transdisciplinary instability.

… move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself. examines the intersections between methods of creation and reflection particular to curatorial and choreographic spheres. As part of the ongoing discussion on dance in the museum, this exhibition responds specifically by disengaging from the danced gesture. It gathers artists who, on the one hand, borrow from curatorial and choreographic methodologies; and who, on the other hand, transform the multiple spaces (physical, virtual, social, political, historical, etc.) and temporalities of the gallery.

This exhibition probes at the politics generated or renewed by these two approaches when (re)located together in the gallery space. What performative potentials will emerge from this juxtaposition of the curatorial and the choreographic? Choreography and curating are understood as two transmission systems able to reveal the agency of works as well as of the exhibition structure. Can the analytical tools provided by curating and choreography mutually enhance each other and be used as theoretical frameworks to address the relationships between artworks, exhibition, and publics in a new light?


Join us for the opening reception and exhibition walkthrough with the curators on

Saturday, June 23 from 2–4 pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome

Also on view beyond the gallery:

After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017.
Billboard on Shaw Street by Nadège Grebmeier Forget


Location and hours

Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace, M6J 2W5
Admission is always free; building and gallery fully accessible
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Gallery hours are Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm and by appointment through August 5th
We are open on holiday weekends unless otherwise noted on our visitor info page here


A catalogue featuring curatorial essays and full documentation of the exhibition is forthcoming. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates and more information.


image: Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), 2017. Performed on May 27, 2017, as part of the installation Walls of Wind: The mirroring and rendering which was created in the context of the group exhibition I’ve Only Known My Own curated by Nicole Burisch and presented from April 21 to June 10, 2017, at OPTICA, Montréal. Photo by Paul Litherland.

About the Curator(s)

Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau

Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau is a Montréal-based writer and curator. MA candidate in Art History at UQAM, her research questions the effects of exhibition reenactment in contemporary art. She was the Assistant Curator for the Canadian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), co-editor of the book Questionner l’avenir. Réflexions sur la réactualisationFind out more

Maude Johnson

Maude Johnson is a Montréal-based writer and curator. She holds a MA in Art History from Concordia University. She is interested in the relationship between bodies, times, and spaces. Her research explores performative and curatorial practices, while probing methodologies, mechanisms, and languages within interdisciplinary practices. Her recent projects have been presentedFind out more

About the Artists

Adrienne Crossman

Adrienne Crossman is an artist and curator working and living in Windsor, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University. They have completed residencies in Syracuse, NY, Montréal, Windsor, and Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands. Their practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities within the non-human.

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Adam Basanta

Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is an artist, composer, and performer of experimental music. Born in Tel-Aviv (ISR) and raised in Vancouver (CAN), he currently lives and works in Montreal (CAN). His installation and sculptural works have been recently exhibited in galleries and institutions including Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Galerie Charlot (FRA),Find out more

Nadège Grebmeier Forget

Engaged in Montreal’s visual and live arts community since 2007, performance artist Nadège Grebmeier Forget embraces interdisciplinarity and curation in her practice. She is the first daughter of a runner-up 1960’s California Beauty Queen and has, among other things: enacted works for Karl Lemieux (The Seven Last Words, 2018), TeresaFind out more

Guillaume Adjutor Provost

Guillaume Adjutor Provost is born in Gatineau in 1987. He holds a Doctorate in the study and practice of the arts from UQAM. His research focuses on the concept of curatorial art, namely the use of curatorial approaches as creative practice.

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