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The Bookcase Micromuseum and Lending Library is now dormant until September, 2019.


Sweet Dreams: A Hibernation Party

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Hibernation party

On March 28, 2018, the Bookcase Micromuseum and Lending Library will go into hibernation mode for 18 months. When it wakes up in September, 2019, the exhibition space will host a series of exchanges with other micromuseums, located in Canada and elsewhere.
From 11-4 on Wednesday March 28, in office 221 of the JLVAC, there will be cake, lullabies, bedtime stories, dreams for the museum, and a sleuth of hibernating bears (via livestream). Please feel free to stop by, and come and learn a bit about the Bookcase before it goes temporarily dormant.


Long in the Tooth … Yadda Yadda

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curated by Christine Negus

November 29-January 30, 2017-18.


“I like the idea of the persistence of teeth. In true crime shows, for instance, a body is often found, and eventually identified through the dental records. There’s some kind of permanence to these tiny things that require so much care, that need flossing and cleaning every day. But ultimately, they are the last thing standing. Over the years I’ve collected human teeth, I’ve made teeth from ceramics, I’ve collected tooth-themed jewellery, and I’ve found toothy animal remains in “death flea markets” in the Western United States, where you can buy bits and parts of things.” Unsettling and funny at once, Long in the Tooth … Yadda Yadda is a toothy-assed grin, a jaw breaker, a chatterbox, a gummer, the whining echo of the dentist drill. Some discomfort may be expected.



Natural Histories: the Collection as Narrative

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March 8, 2017-April 12, 2017

Helen Gregory presents a selection of bookworks and objects drawn from her own collection to explore the relationships among the souvenir, the natural history collection, the cabinet of curiosities, and the travel diary. Bones, skulls, molted carapaces, and disembodied chicken feet are not only metonymically connected to the animals that they were once a part of, but also act as souvenirs of the circumstances under which they found their way into Gregory’s collection. Lacking any sort of collection data, these specimens are scientifically irrelevant and their value exists only in their nostalgic connection to an increasingly ephemeral set of memories. Each object is a souvenir of a particular moment in time, associated with a place, a person, and a shifting emotional response. The bookworks are an extension of the collection and are part of a project that has been ongoing for over 25 years. Constructed from handmade paper, silk, acrylic mediums, soil, plants, small bones, and other found objects from nature culled from the places where Gregory has lived, they function as both reliquaries and travelogues.

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