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The McCord Museum gets a head start 
on summer with This Other Eden — Canadian Folk Art Outdoors

Montreal, Wednesday, January 8, 2003 — The 2003 summer season starts early at the McCord Museum with a lively exhibition of Canadian outdoor folk art. Opening on February 21, 2003, This Other Eden — Canadian Folk Art Outdoors showcases more than 100 unique artifacts drawn from the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, including birdhouses, weathervanes, whirligig wind machines and products of pure imagination. This Other Eden celebrates 30 years of tradition, innovation and whimsy in outdoor folk art and explores the Canadian garden as never before.

Handcrafted by Canadian folk artists primarily during the 1960s-1990s, the artifacts displayed in This Other Eden come to life in a thematic display set in the garden of a quintessential rural home. A soundscape of bird and water noises enhances the themes of"Front Lawn," "Porch" and "Barnyard" and allows visitors to experience the artifacts as they were meant to be seen and enjoyed. Guest curator Phil Tilney explains,

Outdoor folk art was largely created for the backyard, the garden, the stretches between house and road in short, to adorn the creator's own personal Eden. The pieces in this exhibition reflect the blending of cultural traditions and regional characteristics, as much as they represent the whims, fantasies, and humour of their creators ... They are a 'people's art'; they are memorable because they come from and belong to all of us.

A national touring exhibition organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC, This Other Eden has visited Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Halifax and will be open to the public at the McCord Museum from February 21 to August 24, 2003. A full complement of activities for families and the child in all of us has been planned to accompany the exhibition.

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Source and information: 

Nike Langevin
(514) 398-7100, ext. 251


A national touring exhibition organised 
by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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