"20 Years: 20 Hours": The CCA's Anniversary Celebration

    Twenty years after opening to the public, the Canadian Centre for
    Architecture celebrates its anniversary with 20 Years: 20 Hours, on
    Saturday, 2 May.

    MONTREAL, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - From 11 am on Saturday, 2 May to 7 the
next morning, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents the
exceptional 20-hour program 20 Years: 20 Hours in celebration of its
achievements and influence as a unique cultural institution within the
Montréal and international communities.
    Two special public conversations underline the CCA's role in
architecture, research, and the conservation of built heritage. At 11 am,
Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator, speaks with Barry Bergdoll,
Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the MoMA in New York City. At 8
pm, the public is welcome to attend a conversation between Phyllis Lambert and
Peter Rose, architect of the CCA building.
    From noon to 6 pm, the CCA invites the public to take part in the 3rd
edition of Design Montréal Open House, a Ville de Montréal initiative that
allows the city's designers and exhibition spaces to open to the public free
of charge on 2 and 3 May. Among the activities organised for the occasion are
unique guided tours of the building, led by the building's designer, the
acclaimed architect Peter Rose. Tours of the CCA's garden and of the building
and the exhibition Total Environment: Montréal, 1965-1975 provide the chance
to see the CCA's programs and spaces in a new light.
    As part of the Youth Design portion of Design Montréal Open House, the
CCA offers children the opportunity to create their own construction site with
a family activity, Building Permit. Within the CCA galleries, children are
invited to build their own architectural works using construction paper and
building blocks. Meanwhile, adults can explore a special presentation of CCA
Collection objects selected from 20 years of exhibitions (1989-2008). The CCA
holds one of the world's foremost international research collections of
publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints,
photographs, archives, related artefacts and ephemera, and oral histories of
individual architects, dating from the Renaissance to the present day.
    For the festive occasion, visitors are welcome to relax in the CCA's
Baile Park with some ice cream from Bilboquet from noon to 8 pm and with an
outdoor barbecue with live music from 5 to 8 pm ((*)).
    To the delight of film buffs, a unique program called 20 Years: 20 Films,
assembled and introduced by filmmaker Luc Bourdon, is presented in the Paul
Desmarais Theatre from 1 pm to 8 pm and 10:30 pm to 3 am. The selection
includes films on architecture and urbanism from the rich collection of the
NFB, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
    Complete program: www.cca.qc.ca/20
    The CCA's 20th anniversary is also celebrated by Bande à part, producing
L'actualité musicale before a live audience in the CCA galleries from noon to
3 am. This musical feast is accompanied by video screenings by Topological
Media Lab (TML) and ILU's Martin Laporte with Saulo Madrid, from 11 am to 7
    From 10 pm to 7 am, CCA post-vernissages regulars groove to the talents
of DJ Mighty Kat and DJ Vincent Lemieux while enjoying video screenings and
the bar in the Shaughnessy House. Night owls can enjoy live music as they tour
the galleries from 11 pm to 3 am. Nocturnal tours of Total Environment:
Montréal 1965-1975, led by students from Université de Montréal who helped
develop the exhibition, take place every hour from 11 pm to 3 am. Nighttime
tours of the CCA building and its various spaces, led by CCA staff, are
scheduled for 11:30 pm, 12:30 am, and 1:30 am.
    Toward daybreak, from 4 am to 7 am, participants in 20 Years: 20 Hours
have the privilege of eating free breakfast at the CCA to restore their energy
and get back to discovering design and architecture by taking part in the
second day of the Design Montréal Open House, Sunday 3 May, from noon to 6 pm.
For the complete program of the Open House, please visit:

    ((*)) Please note that all events and activities are free, except for
          food and drinks.


    Using material on loan from various institutions and private collectors,
this exhibition traces the lasting influence of the idea of the total
environment created by ephemeral architecture in Montréal in the 1960s and
1970s. The result of a research seminar led by Alessandra Ponte at Université
de Montréal, this is the fourth in the CCA's ongoing series of exhibitions
developed in collaboration with university students. Presented until 23


    The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on
the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive
collection, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting
public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of
architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today

               The CCA thanks Hydro-Québec for their support.
           The CCA thanks Bande à part, the National Film Board and
       Design Montréal Open House for their participation in the event.

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Huiban, Head of Media Relations, (514)
939-7001, extension 2607, Cell: (514) 222-4307, ihuiban@cca.qc.ca; Note that
high-resolution digital photographs are available in the CCA's press room at
www.cca.qc.ca/presse. Click on "Public programs" and log in with username
general and password journal to view. Also see: www.cca.qc.ca/20

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