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Mary-Dailey Desmarais

Mary-Dailey Desmarais

Mary-Dailey Desmarais is curator of international modern art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to joining the museum she assisted in the curatorial departments of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the New York Historical Society while completing her PhD in art history. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, magazines, and museum catalogues, and she recently co-edited the exhibition catalogue Once Upon a Time ...The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film (2017), which received the Western Heritage Award for best art book and has been selected as a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She has been a frequent invited speaker and guest lecturer at public conferences, museums, and universities in North America. Desmarais previously served on the board of directors of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and as head of its programming committee. She is currently on the Director’s Council of the Clark Art Institute and a member of the editorial board of Inuit Art Quarterly. She holds a PhD in art history from Yale University, a master’s degree in art history from Williams College, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She has four children.