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The Whole Shebang: a research project

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November 24, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Lyn Carter, Beacon, 2011, as stored in the collection vault. Photography: Scott Lee, 2017.
Lyn Carter, Beacon, 2011, as stored in the collection vault. Photography: Scott Lee, 2017.

Idea Exchange
Queen's Square
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
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The Whole Shebang seeks to question what it means to collect and the principles and policies in place around such an act. Who decides what is worth preserving and what isn’t? What happens when the trajectory of a collection changes? Is there a point when collections overstep their mandate? For the duration of this research project, the vaults will be emptied and every work in Cambridge Art Galleries’ collection of 200+ works will be on display simultaneously and all within the same gallery space. Drawing attention to the volume of works as well as the tools and materials used to protect them, Cambridge Art Galleries is not only displaying a collection spanning 30 years but presenting an opportunity to rethink what it means to collect, the policies around such an enterprise, the logistics of objecthood, and whether or not collecting should still be a relevant and active practice.

Research and Viewing Hours:

Tuesday to Thursday: 2:00 – 5:00pm, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday and Monday by appointment alangis [at] ideaexchange.org

Guided Thematic Tours:

Tuesdays: 7:00pm

Saturdays: 2:00pm

Project Launch: Friday, November 24 at 7:00pm.

  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
    The Whole Shebang: a research project (installation), 2017. Photo Scott Lee.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (Martin de Groot speaking), 2018. Photo Robert Thody.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (Martin de Groot speaking), 2018. Photo Robert Thody.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (project tour), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (evening debate), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (evening debate), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
  • The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (evening debate), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.
    The Whole Shebang: debating the collection (evening debate), 2018. Photo Cherie Fawcett.

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Funders

City of Cambridge Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council