The Power Plant

Virtual In Conversation

Thu Mar 25 2021

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM



The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery invites you to an evening with Alan Schwartz, Hugues Charbonneau, and Manuel Mathieu.

This lively panel discussion, presented by Chubb Insurance, will take an in-depth look at the ways collectors and artists work within the same ecosystem to present and shed light on issues that are vital to understanding contemporary art, ideas, and discourse.

Fall 2020 exhibiting artist Manuel Mathieu, will be in conversation with well-known collector Alan Schwartz and gallerist Hugues Charbonneau to present a multi-faceted view of the artistic sphere. The group will share experiences and insight into their own careers, practices, and collections, and address the ways contemporary art reflects and shapes conversations in Canada and internationally.

The panel will be moderated by Kate Taylor, author and award-winning journalist at The Globe and Mail.


Manuel Mathieu (born 1986 in Port-au-Prince, lives and works in Montreal). He received his BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal and his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Mathieu was an artist in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2019-20), and the Pamela Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida residency program, Sonoma CA (2019). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2020); HDM Gallery, Beijing (2019); The Armory Show, New York (2018); Tiwani Contemporary, London (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2015). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions held in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Fondation Phi, Montreal (2020); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2019); Frieze London (2018); Art Basel (2017); and Grand Palais, Paris (2014). Mathieu was one of the artists recognized by the 2020 Sobey Art Award.

Hugues Charbonneau began his professional career in the arts at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and at Esse magazine. He is the founder and director of Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. The gallery celebrates the cultural dynamism of contemporary metropoles. It accompanies artists, curators and collectors through exhibitions, fairs and collaborations with museums.
Artists represented by the gallery have recently exhibited in museums and biennales, including those in Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Martinique, Morocco, Mexico, Republic au Congo, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and the USA.

Alan Schwartz is the managing director of STUDIO tla, responsible for the daily operations and management of the company. Alan has had a distinguished career as a partner in a Toronto law firm, the Vice Chairman of an investment management firm, and the Vice Chairman of a securities firm. He has served on the Board of Directors of a significant number of not-for-profit organizations and institutions and currently serves on the board of AXA-ART Americas, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition, he is a member of the Art Basel Patrons Council. Alan has also served as the chief fundraiser and political strategist for several prominent Canadian politicians.

Moderated By

Kate Taylor is the visual art critic at the Globe and Mail and also writes about film and cultural policy in the arts section. A three-time National Newspaper Award nominee, she won an NNA in 2015 for an investigative project about donations to the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2009-2010, she was awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in public policy journalism to study Canadian cultural sovereignty in the digital age. Her 2003 novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was published in 2010; her third, Serial Monogamy, is now available in paperback.


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