The Olga Hirshhorn Collection
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Stéphane Aquin, chief curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., addresses the significance of the Hirshhorn collection. Aquin established an ambitious acquisition program, organized the reinstallation of the permanent collection and has overseen a number of prestigious projects at the Hirshhorn Museum.
Stéphane Aquin has been the chief curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., since February 2015, where he has put in place an ambitious acquisition program, organized the reinstallation of the permanent collection and overseen a number of projects, including Ragnar Kjartansson (2016), the first survey of the internationally acclaimed Icelandic artist. Prior to his nomination, Aquin had served as curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since October 1998, where he organized a number of major exhibitions: Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands (2014); Tom Wesselmann: Beyond Pop (2012); Warhol Live: Music and Dance in the Work of Andy Warhol (2008); Riopelle at the Hermitage (2006); Global Village: The Sixties (2003); Pipilotti Rist (2000) and Me and my Circumstance: Mobility in Contemporary Mexican Art (1999). Prior to this, Aquin worked in different capacities in various museums across Canada and taught at the Ottawa University in Ottawa and Concordia University in Montreal, where he served as part-time faculty from 1996-2015. From 1992-98, Aquin was the leading art critic for the Montreal weekly Voir. He has contributed to a number of publications and has lectured abundantly since 2008.