CCA re-opens this week

As some pandemic restrictions lift in Montreal, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)’s galleries and bookstore will be re-opening to the public as of Wednesday, February 10, 2020.

Three new exhibitions will now finally receive visitors, following a series of introductions and conversations broadcasted online over the past months.

Rural Urban Framework (RUF), A site meeting underneath the highway in Shaanxi Province, China, 2014. © RUF, courtesy CCA Montreal

The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework, discusses how and why we should rethink the role of the architect, and explores the meaning of context today. The exhibition is curated by Francesco Garutti (CCA Curator, Contemporary Architecture) in collaboration with Rural Urban Framework (Hong Kong) and 51N4E (Brussels). Both offices work at the seams of urbanization, with projects situated in transitional settlements in Ulaanbaatar, in the new vernacular of rural China, in the transforming centres of Western European cities and in Albania’s shifting public spaces. Comparing their research and design processes, the project questions the extents and certainties of architecture against backdrops of indeterminate notions of citizenship, unstable stages of urbanization, and insecure economies and ecologies.
Audio introductions to the galleries are available online. The conversations are extended in the CCA’s web issue titled With and Within. The accompanying publication The Things Around Us (CCA/JOVIS, 2021) will be available in April.

Eye Camera Window: Takashi Homma on Le Corbusier. Installation view, 2020. Photo: CCA

In the Octagonal Gallery, the exhibition Eye Camera Window: Takashi Homma on Le Corbusier examines the window as a spatial and perceptual motif in both Le Corbusier and Homma’s work while calling into question the act of seeing. Between 2002 and 2018, Homma continually photographed the window as a fundamental element of Le Corbusier’s architecture across Europe and Asia while advancing his own investigations of the photographic medium. The exhibition, curated by Louise Désy (CCA Curator, Photography), presents photographic sequences and clusters including a selection of Le Corbusier’s original drawings from the CCA Collection.
A filmed interview with Takashi Homma, in which he expands on his practice and research, has been made available online, along with an audio introduction to the exhibition.

Stephen Shore, Main Street, Blackfoot, Métis, and Ogala Sioux Territory (Treaty 4 Territory, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan), 1974 (printed 2002). Chromogenic colour print, 43.2 x 55.2 cm. Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York City © Stephen Shore, courtesy CCA Montreal

With Middleground: Siting Dispossession , on display in the Hall Cases, the CCA explores the spaces in and practices through which architecture continues to be complicit in the dispossession of Indigenous lands. This critical reading of exemplary projects from the CCA Collection reveals everyday spatial and power dynamics that have created middlegrounds but that have not often been acknowledged. The exhibition is the result of a series of conversations between Ella den Elzen (CCA Curatorial Coordinator), Rafico Ruiz (CCA Associate Director, Research), and Camille Saade-Traboulsi (CCA Administrative Coordinator, Publications and Research), joined by Indigenous advising editor Kaitlin Littlechild.  Further reading is available online in the curators’ essay, Siting the Settler Record.

To ensure everyone’s safety, the CCA is reopening with new procedures in place. Notably, reservations for visits to the exhibitions and bookstore are now required. The new opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm. The CCA’s study room remains closed until further notice, but the Centre is providing research assistance remotely.