Spring Hurlbut exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The moving sight of 140 cribs and cradles
lined up in orderly fashion in the Musée's largest gallery will summon up
memories of hospitals, orphanages, dormitories, schoolrooms, cemeteries-images
that telescope the cycle of life: birth, life and death. The Musée d'art
contemporain presents the exhibition Spring Hurlbut from May 22 to September
7, 2009, and the work laid out before you is called Le Jardin du sommeil.
    Le Jardin du sommeil (1998) is a remarkable installation, recently
acquired by the Musée d'art contemporain, by Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut.
The work evokes both childhood and the loss of childhood. It is made up of 140
antique, found, metal cribs and cradles, simply and soberly arranged in rows.
The discreet presence of a few ceramic funeral wreaths at the beginning of the
journey through this "garden of sleep" introduces the idea of a memorial, a
notion heightened by the walkways that wrap around it.
    Spring Hurlbut was born in 1952 in Toronto, where she lives and works.
Since the late seventies, she has developed a painstaking, intimate art that
employs strategies from architecture and museology to guide us through the
labyrinth of the human psyche. Variously reappropriating artifacts, colour
illustrations and taxidermy specimens, the artist picks out objects that
represent archetypes of the life cycle. For Le Jardin du sommeil, Hurlbut, a
passionate collector, sought out and found 140 different examples of metal
cribs and cradles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The
geometric layout of the installation and the lining up of the motifs recall
the structure of a garden, and the accumulation of objects, that of a cabinet
of curiosities. At once similar and unique, the beds symbolically express the
individual yet universal nature of the human destiny.


    A bilingual, 24-page catalogue will be published a few weeks after the
exhibition opens, in order to include reproductions of the work in situ. In
addition to extensive visual documentation, it will contain an essay by Josée
Bélisle, curator in charge of the Musée Collection, and a biobibliography. The
publication will be available at the museum's Olivieri Bookstore or from your
local bookseller.

    Meet the artist

    Meet Spring Hurlbut (in English) as well as artists Christine Davis and
Robert Polidori (in French) on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the
exhibition galleries.

    Reading room

    A reading room devoted to the artists featured this summer at the MAC has
been set up in the Mariette-Clermont Lounge adjoining the exhibition

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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, MACM, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available: www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: presse,
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