June 15th 2010

Jean Gagnon appointed interim Director of Collections at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Montréal, June 15, 2010 – The Cinémathèque québécoise is proud to announce that Jean Gagnon has been appointed interim Director of Collections for a one-year period, starting June 15, 2010. Mr. Gagnon is replacing Pierre Véronneau, who is on sick leave. Known for his deep and abiding interest in the world of archives, Jean Gagnon has been working for more than 20 years in the field of audiovisual-collection and archives management. After working for three years at the Canada Council for the Arts’ Media Arts Section, he served for seven years as associate curator of media arts (film, video and new media) at the National Gallery of Canada, where he was particularly involved in helping to improve the preservation conditions of the museum’s audiovisual collections as well as organizing exhibits and managing media arts acquisitions. In the 10 years that followed, he served as Executive Director of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology. In this capacity, he founded the Centre for Research and Documentation and acquired major audiovisual-archival fonds for the Foundation. At the Foundation, he also started the DOCAM research alliance for the documentation and preservation of media arts. Mr. Gagnon has also provided consulting services for various cultural organizations, including Vidéographe inc., the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and Ciel variable (CV Photo magazine). Jean Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Film Production and Film Studies, from Concordia University, and recently started a Ph.D. in Étude et pratiques des arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he also occasionally teaches. “I am delighted to welcome Jean to the Cinémathèque québécoise’s senior management team,” said Yolande Racine, Director General of the Cinémathèque québécoise. “His expertise in the management of audiovisual collections, along with his extensive knowledge of the Cinémathèque, are major assets that will enable him to develop our collection and lead the department’s major projects.” For complete programming details: www.cinematheque.qc.ca. The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, document and promote film, television and new media works for historical, educational and artistic purposes. - 30 - Contact: Julie Rainville, Media Relations and Promotions Agent 514-842-9768, ext. 255 jrainville@cinematheque.qc.ca Cinémathèque québécoise 335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Montréal (Berri-UQAM Métro)