a breathtaking new multimedia exhibition at the MCord Museum
Thursday April 27,
The McCord is proud to celebrate the new millennium and renew
its commitment to the preservation and promotion of Canadian
history with a dramatic multimedia exhibition entitled finsdesiècle@mccord.
The exhibition invites visitors to take an intimate look at the
rituals and social customs of nineteenth- and twentieth-century
life. The exhibition compares the lives of two young women
living in the fin-de-siècle Montreal of 1900 and those of three
young Montrealers living today, and highlights the changes in
the social, political, and technological environment that mark
the history of twentieth-century Canada.
nineteenth-century component of the exhibition paints a portrait
of Montreal's two dominant social classes. The exhibition
demonstrates how social status and identity are linked to the
urban environment, and how this relationship shapes the personal
histories of the young bourgeois and working-class women
featured in the exhibition.
twentieth-century component of the exhibition offers a frank and
intimate glimpse into the lives of three contemporary
Montrealers — an aspiring actress, a single mother, and a
computer "whiz kid." Their personal histories are
recounted in an integrated video installation created by
Montreal videographer Marie-Julie Dallaire.
unique multimedia exhibition design was conceived by the
award-winning Montreal architectural firm, Atelier in situ, who
created sound and light shows on the silos of Montreal's Vieux
Port, and were invited to design a part of the exhibition Métissages,
conceived by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, for the Musée
de la civilisation à Québec.
contrasts and parallels between nineteenth- and
twentieth-century life are drawn through an exploration of the
common themes of work, education, and family. Andrée Blais,
initiator and project manager for finsdesiècle@mccord,
invites you to enjoy a privileged personal contact with the
objects, images and sounds of twentieth-century life in
Montreal, and to "understand how each of us participates in
the creation of what we call history."
The exhibition finsdesiècle@mccord, on display at the McCord Museum of Canadian History until January 21, 2001, was made possible by financial support from the Canada Millennium Partnership Program.
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Photographs, slides, digital images and video material available on request
The McCord wishes to acknowledge the support of the Heritage Canada Museums Assistance Program, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, and the Arts Council of the Montreal Urban Community.