Artists animate the Expo 67 archives


Monday May 8th 2017 – 3PM

“Artists Animate the Expo 67 Archives” will highlight artists’ processes of working in/with archives by presenting discussing, and reflecting on three artists research-creation processes: Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), and Althea Thauburger. These artists are contributing to In Search of Expo 67 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (June 21 to October 8, 2017) co-curated by Lesley Johnstone and Monika Kin Gagnon, an exhibition of new works and several archival multi-screen films. Thauburger and Leisure have both been working in the Post Image Cluster to produce their works. The curatorial process will also be highlighted, as co-curators Lesley Johnstone (MAC) and Monika Kin Gagnon will moderate conversations with the artists.

In Search of Expo 67 brings together works by nineteen Québec and Canadian artists inspired by the most innovative, experimental and provocative dimensions of the original event, and its artistic, social and political context. Created in dialogue with the spirit of 1967, these works (sixteen of which are newly commissioned) challenge some of the underlying presumptions of Expo 67 while also highlighting its undeniable inventiveness. The exhibition is co-curated by Lesley Johnstone and Monika Kin Gagnon at the Musée d’art contemporain from June 21 to October 8, 2017

Leisure take as their point of departure, the ‘Environment for Creative Play and Learning’ in the Children’s Creative Centre at Expo 67, an adventure playground designed by the innovative Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn-Oberlander. Panning For Gold / Walking You Through It explores Oberlander’s alternative methodological approach to design, which considered and incorporated child-care and professional practice.

Althea Thauberger’s L’arbre est dans ses feuilles explores the story of The People Tree, part of the Canada Pavilion, organized by NFB Still Image Division Archive from 1963-1966. The original spherical structure resembled a maple tree and held hundreds of photographs of Canadians and was conceived as a portrait of Canada at the Centennial celebrations. Althea has worked from the NFB archives currently held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

This event is organized by the Post Image Cluster with the generous support of Hexagram and the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.

For more information, please contact:

Monday, May 8th, 2017 – 3 PM
Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology – Concordia University
1515 Saint Catherine Street W. – EV Building, Room 10.705


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