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2018 Webster Library Exhibitions

Remembering Expo 67

January 4 – March 12, 2018
Vernissage January 25, 2018


Johanne Sloan, professor in the Art History Department, Nick Cabelli and Kate Nugent, Concordia art history students


Objects on loan from Bruno Paul Stenson (Extensive Expo 67 private collection of textual items and objects)


Curated by art history professor Johanne Sloan, Remembering Expo 67 was comprised of unique documents, photographs, and artifacts that explore the enduring significance of Montréal’s 1967 world’s fair. Most of the items on display in this exhibition derived from the extraordinary Expo 67 collection amassed by Bruno Paul Stenson over the years. Stenson holds a Master of History from Concordia University and has long recognized the cultural and scholarly value of Expo 67.

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From the Archives to the Everyday: Caribbean Visualities and Meanings

February 1 – 28, 2018


Christiana Abraham, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies


Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haïtienne, Caribéenne et Afrocanadienne (CIDIHCA) and the Concordia Caribbean Student Union (CCSU)


Within the context of Black History Month, the Webster Library was pleased to present an exhibition of archival photographs and contemporary texts exploring the rich and diverse visualities of the Caribbean region. The photographs themselves, selected by the Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haïtienne, Caribéenne et Afro-canadienne (CIDIHCA) and Christiana Abraham, date from the 19th century onwards and were drawn from the archives of the Montréal-based CIDIHCA.

The historic and vintage images document the day-to-day lives of people from a number of islands throughout the Caribbean including Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Guadeloupe, and Dominica. Integral to this exhibition was an experimental interactive audience research that explored contemporary meanings to these rarely seen images from the past by members of various Caribbean diaspora communities. The exhibition was interested in how these archival photographs function as glimpses of the past that circulate in current space and time.

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Letterform[s] 3

March 22 – 26, 2018


Pata Macedo, part-time faculty member in the Department of Design and Computation Arts


Alexandra Alcancia-Shaw, Shannon Bain, Lydia Cargnan, Rym MarieChidac, Jason Elaschuk, Nicole Farmer, Rebecca Malagisi, Oscar Marhue, Anissa Miceli, Carolina Ovalle, Joel Ozkesen, Jasmine Sarzo Alfaro, Alessandro Scarpone, Mathew Schiefer, Hugo Spitz, and Loulwa Tabbara


Letterform[s] 3 was a pop-up exhibition of 3D artwork produced by students from the Department of Design and Computation Arts class DART 331 - Words in Space. As the class instructor and curator of this exhibition, Pata Macedo noted in her text that accompanied this exhibition that the students involved in this project “develop[ed] an awareness and understanding of the design of letterforms by observing and recording them in a context of public lettering.”

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Boundless Dialogues

Slideshow of artists' books photos for the Boundless Dialogues exhibit

April 3 – 30, 2018
Vernissage April 26, 2018


Melinda Reinhart, senior librarian emeritus


Organized by Bonnie Baxter, Jenny Lin, Stephanie Russ, and Patrick Visentin, from the Print Media Program


Shazia Ahmad, Mauricio Aristizabal, Alejandro A. Barbosa, Nix Burox, Lindsey Carter, Cariston Fawcett, Jacques Fournier, Pierre de Montalte, Frédéric Lamontagne, and Alix Roederer-Morin


This exhibition was centered on the intersection of artists’ books by master bookbinder Jacques Fournier with those of studio arts students who responded to his work. In the dialogues that emerged, the bookworks variously spoke to the unconventional structures and materials or evocative stories that push boundaries of the traditional book format inherent to Fournier’s artists’ books.

Curated by Melinda Reinhart, senior librarian emeritus, this exhibition was a culmination of a six-month project initiated by print media professors Bonnie Baxter, Jenny Lin, Stephanie Russ, and Patrick Visentin who worked in collaboration with Jacques Fournier and mentored students throughout the project.

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Leisure, "How one becomes what one is"

Close-up of two slides held up by fingers in each corner

November 19, 2017 – January 18, 2018

2nd floor vitrines and Digital Collections Discovery counters

Concordia Library is proud to present How one becomes what one is – a project organized by Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley) and based on research they carried out as artists in residence at Concordia’s Visual Collections Repository (VCR) in 2018. The VCR is an academic resource that provides visual documentation to support the research and teaching needs of the Faculty of Fine Arts. The VCR Residency Program invites artists, like Leisure, to explore and interpret their unique visual resources.

During their residency, Leisure explored the collections of both VCR and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (CWAHI) at Concordia. They also took this opportunity to reflect upon traditional documentary practices around women artists in general. For their Webster Library installation, Leisure draws inspiration from the extensive visual collections of VCR, the role of slide presentations in the history of art pedagogy, and an early 20th century play by Lina Loos (1882-1950). The unexpected transformation and juxtaposition of art images in How one becomes what one is brings new meaning to how we experience art through visual documentation.

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Oral History Exhibitions

Oral History exhibitions

Five exhibitions installed at the Webster Library explore the ways that stories can teach us about the past and present. These exhibitions, described below, coincided with the Oral History Association’s annual conference, hosted by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Creative Engagements with Personal Story at COHDS (Curated by Lauren Laframboise, images by David Ward) explores the different research-creation projects undertaken at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Walk in the Water/Marcher sur les eaux (Kathleen Vaughan, Concordia University Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogies and COHDS co-director) invites visitors to learn about the history of the St. Lawrence river’s Pointe-Saint-Charles shoreline by engaging with a touch-sensitive textile sound map.

Oral History, New Media and Our Changing Climate – The Shore Line (Elizabeth Miller) is a pop-up gallery of slow resistance stories featuring individuals who are confronting the threats of unsustainable development, storms and rising seas with both persistence and imagination.

Walking With (Pohanna Pyne Feinberg) is a sound-art installation in the library’s entrance stairway that explores the potential of walking as a form of artistic inquiry and expression.

Storytellers-Illustrer les mémoires de l’éducation autochtone: une case à la fois (Emanuelle Dufour, PhD student in Art Education) is a graphic art project on indigenous education, historical awareness and cultural safety.

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Queer Print Club Exhibition

Cartoon squeegee tool shown with QCP! written on it

Queer Print Club Exhibition
Webster Library, September 7 - October 4, 2018
2nd floor

Concordia Library is pleased to announce a new display in the Webster Library organized by the Queer Print Club (QPC).

QPC is a community of queer identifying artists acting collectively towards publications, workshops and community outreach.

We welcome members of all disciplines to participate in the wonders of print. We aim to build a sense of togetherness through collaborative projects that demonstrate the various talents of the members.

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The World Remembers

Soldier seen in profile drinking a cup of coffee, holding missiles in his left arm.

The World Remembers
Webster Library, September 12 – November 11, 2018
2nd floor, to the right of entrance
8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Free.

Concordia Library is pleased to announce a new display in the library entitled The World Remembers which will run from September 12 through November 11, 2018.

This display, curated by the non-profit organization The World Remembers, is an international and multi-institutional commemoration of those who died in WWl. The lives lost in the 1914-1918 war have been remembered collectively, but forgotten personally.

For this reason, the names of more than 1 million soldiers killed in 1918, including over 23,000 Canadian soldiers, will be projected in the library.

Each name is programmed to appear at a precise minute, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to find the exact moment when a lost relative will appear. For more information about this project, please consult the The World Remembers.

Photo courtesy: Concordia Records Management and Archives

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The Author as Collector: Constellations from the Richler Library Collection

The Author as Collector: Constellations from the Richler Library Collection
Webster Library, June 4 - August 27, 2018
2nd floor vitrines and Digital Collections Discovery counters (digital exhibit)

Drawing from the collection of Mordecai Richler’s personal library, this exhibition showcases six sides of the author: Richler as a labouring writer and man of letters, community member, celebrity, political gadfly, autodidact, sportsman, husband and father.

Curated by Jennifer Breaux, Jason Camlot, Alisha Dukelow, Sean Gallagher, Kaitlynn McCuaig, Chalsley Taylor, and Max Stein (digital curator), this exhibition provides viewers with the unique opportunity to engage with the objects Richler surrounded himself with while he lived and wrote.

These objects, as well as many others, can normally be found in the collection of the Mordecai Richler Reading Room, located on the 6th floor of the J. W. McConnell Building (LB).

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