Montreal, plus or minus? (1972-2018) – Urban Itinerary

“Excursions pour connaître l'”autre métropole””, Lise Blais in La Presse, Montreal, Saturday, July 1st, 1972, p. A-3.

Photo: Michel Gravel, La Presse.

Reactivation of an urban itinerary: opening remarks by Geneviève Bédard and Marie-Ève Dion (meeting point in front of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), June 2nd, 2018.

Photo: Marie J. Jean.

Reactivation of an urban itinerary: charter bus GM New Look 1965 from the Quebec Public Transit Heritage Foundation (second stop near the Windsor Station), June 2nd, 2018.

Photo: Geneviève Bédard.

Reactivation of an urban itinerary: presentations by Guy Guindon, Jean-Claude Marsan and Martin Drouin (first stop in the Domaine des Messieurs de Saint-Sulpice), June 2nd, 2018.

Photo: Charlotte Bonmati-Mullins.

Reactivation of an urban itinerary: discussion between participants (fourth stop in Chinatown), June 2nd, 2018.

Photo: Charlotte Bonmati-Mullins.

Reactivation of an urban itinerary
On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
at 12:45 pm, in front of the MMFA

Admission is free, but seats are limited
Booking: info@centrevox.ca

All aboard!

Relive the essence of the “exhibition-forum” Montreal, plus or minus? by participating in a reactivation of the urban itineraries created in 1972 by the group Espaces Verts (Green Spaces) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Join us aboard a charter bus to revisit some critical areas of the 1970’s, where transformations of the urban landscape prompted many Montrealers to mobilize. Forty-five years later, what remains of some citizen’s initiatives?

Guides: Marie-Ève Dion and Daphnée Yiannaki (students, Masters in Museology), supported by Geneviève Bédard (Exhibitions, Communications and Education Coordinator at VOX)

With the kind participation of Martin Drouin (Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism, UQAM), Guy Guindon (Sulpician priest and book-keeper for the Fort de la Montagne, the Grand Séminaire de Montréal and the Institut de Formation Théologique de Montréal, where he is also responsible for the Pastoral Ministry Department) and Jean-Claude Marsan (Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal, also founding member of the groups Espaces Verts and Amis de la gare Windsor).

The presentations will be in French.

Our route

Just like in 1972, we will kick things off at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. See you at 12:45 pm—the bus will leave at 1 pm sharp!—on the stairs in front of the MMFA’s Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (1379, Sherbrooke Street West). You will then discover:

> a “endangered green space”, the Domaine des Messieurs de Saint-Sulpice (2065, Sherbrooke Street West);

> a “historical building threatened with extinction”, the Windsor Station (Place du Canada, at the corner of Peel Street and Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal);

> two “neighbourhoods where urban ‘renewal’ had changed or were feared to change the city’s character or identity”, namely Milton Park (at the corner of Avenue du Parc and Prince Arthur Street) and Chinatown (at the corner of Saint-Urbain and De La Gauchetière).

We will end our journey on foot up to VOX (2, Sainte-Catherine Street East), where refreshments will be served during a brief guided tour of the exhibition “Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of Montreal, plus or minus?

The activity will end around 4:00 pm.

Exhibition

"Créer à rebours vers l’exposition": The case of Montreal, plus or minus?
2018.04.19 - 06.30

Designed by Melvin Charney, Montréal, plus ou moins ? = Montreal, plus or minus? (MBAM, 1972) is an emblematic instance in the history of exhibitions in Quebec. Its documentary reactivation is designed and produced in conjunction with the seminar “Exposition, interprétation et diffusion,” given at UQAM…

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