Vacant storefront windows will showcase art all summer in downtown Montreal

05/23/2018
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Initiated by Art Souterrain, summer Vitrine sur l’Art event is returning to downtown Montréal for its 3rd edition, from June 16 to September 16, 2018.

All throughout the summer, the storefront windows of vacant spaces will showcase major works of contemporary art. The event will cover over 1.5 km, within the quadrilateral between Bleury, Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Mackay and Sherbrooke Ouest. In addition to promoting Canadian art and making it known to a larger public, this initiative also serves to anchor the visual arts in the daily lives of citizens, through the creation of a free original artistic circuit in public spaces.

Storefronts dedicated to showing contemporary art become unconventional exhibition spaces, featuring major artwork from visual art galleries, private collections and original artist projects. In addition to showcasing Canadian art and making it more widely known to the public, this initiative also enables the enhancement of empty commercial spaces, and thereby participates in the revitalization of a Montréal neighbourhood. 

The art of redefining gender,

Free exhibition, from June 16 to September 16, 2018

For its 3rd edition of Vitrine sur l’Art, Art Souterrain has invited Independent Curator and Contemporary Art and Public Art Consultant, Marie Perrault.

“Before applying it to the arts, the gender question is first and foremost a social one. Unlike one’s sex, which is a physical reality linked to the reproductive system, gender is a socio-cultural construction. Receiving more news coverage than ever, in the context of the denoucements of ‘Me Too’ movements and assertions of LGBT+ communities (an abbreviation that can be extended to include multiple identities), the gender theme stimulates contemporary artists. They are nourished by reflections centred around the prescriptiveness of gender roles, explore the ways these standards are conveyed as ‘natural,’ and contribute to the deconstruction of prevalent hetero-normativity and the invention of new genders.” Marie Perrault, excerpt from a text by Claire Denèle

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