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  50 YEARS ! Activities and events

In 2012, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery celebrates a double anniversary of two major events related to the Gallery’s history. An initiative of the benefactor Samuel Schecter, Sir George Williams University (today, Concordia University) began collecting contemporary art in 1962. This lead to the opening of an exhibition space in 1966 and the development of a collection that today is composed of more than 1800 objects. In addition to the collection’s fiftieth anniversary, the Gallery will also highlight the twentieth anniversary of its current identity. In 1992, the gallery was relocated to the J.W. McConnell Building and renamed the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in honour of a significant donation from the Ellen family.

The Gallery has planned a series of events and projects to highlight these anniversaries. They include an online exhibition, a series of satellite exhibitions titled Sightings showcasing the Gallery’s collection, an ambitious exhibition in the fall addressing the reception of contemporary art, a colloquium on the specificity of Canadian university art galleries, as well as tours of the collection for alumni during Homecoming week.


August 30 to October 27, 2012

Curated by Mélanie Rainville, this group exhibition will look at questions of reception and interpretation in contemporary art by problematizing it within the exhibition space. It will feature works – some of which are part of the Gallery's collection – by artists from Québec and elsewhere. Works will be grouped by categories addressing the reflexive, political, and sensorial nature of art and will be interfaced with video and written commentaries from various sources.



April to December 2012

Temporary exhibition display module located on the metro level of the EV Building
Photo: Paul Smith. Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, 2012.

The Gallery is featuring works from its collection in a series of five satellite exhibitions curated by graduate students in Concordia's art history and studio arts programmes. Each exhibition takes place in a temporary exhibition display module measuring 8’ X 8’ that will be located on the metro level of the EV Building. Sightings will offer a unique opportunity for students and the public to become familiar with the Gallery’s collection in a new setting, while allowing students to develop their curatorial skills.

Sightings I. April 5 – May 18
Sightings II. May 24 – August 3
Sightings III. August 9 – September 21
Sightings IV. September 27th – November 16th
Sightings V. November 29th – February 17th


A series of lectures, reflecting the variety of initiatives that are being generated by university art galleries across the country, will provide a context for the work done at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and a means to highlight the scope of the research that is being undertaken by these university galleries.
At the Gallery, at 6 pm.

Thursday September 13:
The Art of Seeing with Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University.

Thursday September 20:
Door to Door with Christof Migone, Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Wednesday October 3:
READ Books with Kathy Slade, Manager/Buyer, READ Books and Founding Editor of the Emily Carr University Press, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Thursday October 18:
Community Art Lab with Vicky Chainey-Gagnon Director/Curator, and Yaël Filipovic, Curator Education and Cultural Action, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University.

Wednesday October 24:
Artist’s Book of the Moment (ABoTM) with Michael Maranda, Assistant Curator, the Art Gallery of York University.

Activities and Events


September 28 to October 11, 2012

Guided tours of the current exhibition and of the vault in which the collection is housed, will be offered to Alumni participating in Homecoming 2012.


Visit the gallery’s first online exhibition, Collecting. The Inflections of a Practice. This virtual recasting of the exhibition curated by Max Stern Curator Mélanie Rainville in collaboration with web designers Uniform, is a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover the content and history of the Permanent Collection on its 50th anniversary, and to reflect upon institutional collecting practices.

Collecting. The Inflections of a Practice. View of the exhibition. Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 2010.

Évènements et activités
Pistes de réflexion
Audio Video

Virtual exhibition: Collecting. The inflections of a practive.

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