Courtesy of the MMFA. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts brings the art of drag to its downtown painted avenue. On July 30, renowned local artist Barbada and his guests will present Drag Brunch MTL outdoors on the freshly decorated Museum Avenue.
The Saturday morning show will be bilingual and open to adults and teenagers with an intergenerational focus.
The Barbada host has been entertaining drag show audiences across the province since 2005. This year, she was the first Quebec drag queen to host her own children’s television show.
Barbada created Drag Brunch MTL to make the art of drag more accessible in party environments. There are few settings as colorful as the museum lane.
This year it was painted by Montreal street artist Doras. The entire route features the character Niamh from Irish mythology surrounded by flowers and holding a serpent in pastel pink, yellow and dusty blue. According to legend, she lived in the land of youth with her husband Oisín, who goes to visit Ireland and breaks his rule of touching the ground there, so he grows old and can never see her again.
The book is inspired by purple hour by Swiss artist Nicolas Party, which is on display at the museum. Party uses saturated colors and a limited palette to explore the relationship between man and nature.
Avenue du Musée will also provide the backdrop for a story hour with Malian musician and storyteller Hamidou Savadogo on July 16, in collaboration with the Festival international Nuits d’Afrique. At the end of August, the group Arashi Daiko will combine traditional Japanese percussion with elements of movement and voice to offer a show reminiscent of martial arts.