The exhibition Culture Objects: From New-France to Today is the fruit of a harmonious collaboration between Centre MATERIA, the Borough of Ste-Foy/Sillery, the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City and Parks Canada. This innovative project, featuring contemporary handcrafted objects exhibited alongside ethnological and anthropological artefacts, was an original idea of the curator Sylvie Royer. Through this exhibition MATERIA, the only artist-run centre devoted to handcrafted works in Quebec, would like to pay tribute to the artists and artisans of yesterday and today. By exhibiting together objects which bear our cultural identity and contemporary handcrafted works in the context of the celebrations around the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, we hope to draw attention to the presence of these practices in Quebec since their beginnings.
The crowning of an event like this can only be the result of a tremendous collaboration. I would like, first of all, to salute the colossal efforts of curator Sylvie Royer, who carried the project out with a sure hand. An indefectible lover of handcrafted objects, she was able to convey her passion for this project and display to their advantage objects from our past and present cultural heritage. I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable participation of the following partners, without whom this exhibition would never have been possible: at the Borough of Ste-Foy/Sillery, Éric Dumas, in charge of heritage materials, and Isabel Gagnon, cultural activities technician; at the Musée de la civilisation, Andrée Gendreau, director of the department of collections, research and evaluation, Sylvie Bergeron, collections registrar, and Sonia Mimeault, curator; and at Parks Canada, Diane Lebrun, collections manager. My warm thanks to them all for their confidence in the project and their faithful participation from beginning to end of this “historic” adventure. Finally, this exhibition catalogue would not have been possible without the daily efforts of MATERIA’s staff: Danièle Lessard, the exhibition’s designer, Caroline Chabot, project co-ordinator and Nathalie Racicot, graphic designer.
Production Éditions Nota bene, 2008. Français/Anglais.
ISBN 2-9807426-4-3 (MATERIA)
ISBN 978-2-89518-301-3 (Éditions Nota Bene)