Dawn Cain is the curator of BMO Financial Group’s Corporate Art Collection and the 2012 guest curator for the University of Lethbridge’s annual Student Exhibition. She will speak about the challenges of curatorial practice in the workplace and discuss why and how Canada’s oldest bank is investing in our country’s newest generation of artists.
Cain has been the Curator of BMO Financial Group’s Corporate Art Collection since 2003. Cain was formerly Curator of the Malcove Collection at the University of Toronto, where she also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in art history from 1997 to 2006. In addition to her curatorial responsibilities for BMO's art collection, which include proposing installations for the BMO Project Room, Cain developed, organizes and administers the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition and curates the annual 1st Art! exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA). When she is not at BMO, Dawn researches, lectures and writes in her areas of expertise. Currently she is working with Elisa Coish on a documentary film and biographical text about Dr. Lillian Malcove, a Freudian psychoanalyst and art collector of significance, who was raised in Canada and lived in New York from the 1920s to the early 1980s.
Detail of BMO Project Room installationCanadian Artist, by Shary Boyle; Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid