Friday February 7, 2020 — Sunday August 9, 2020
Griffintown – Evolving Montreal
As seen through the lens of Montreal photographer Robert Walker, known for his colour street photographs, Griffintown reveals the radical changes that have been wrought on this neighbourhood’s urban fabric. In his vibrant pictures from 2018 and 2019, traces of past and present confront one another in a dynamic play of colour, line and pattern. The new face of Griffintown, one of Montreal’s oldest and most mythical neighbourhoods, emerges through an incongruous melding of its industrial, working-class roots and a new architectural landscape of shimmering luxury and comfort.
A display of twenty large-format photographs, supplemented by a projection of a hundred or so others, along with historical pictures of the neighbourhood drawn from the Museum’s collection, is designed to make viewers think about the tension between the rapid gentrification of Griffintown and the preservation of its heritage. The exhibition is an invitation to reflect on urban transformation and how we relate to Montreal’s past.
With the exhibition Griffintown as seen by Robert Walker, the McCord Museum is launching its new program of photographic commissions titled Evolving Montreal. To document Montreal’s ongoing urban transformation, in the next few years the Museum will be commissioning well-known local photographers to explore the changes occurring in a neighbourhood of their choice.
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