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Curiosities of Conception; Selections from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine. 

Drawing from the rich holdings of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Curiosities of Conception looks specifically at the ways that medical discourses have responded to and perpetuated the image of the monstrous maternal from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. It does so by bringing together medical texts revolving broadly around the topics of conception, childbirth, and parenting. While medical discourses did move to replace the mythology of the monstrous birth with the language of science and reason, this exhibition argues that they also actively participated in the cultural construction of female sexuality as aberrant and of the mother figure as monstrous.

Co-curated by Shana Cooperstein and Frances Cullen with contributions from Robin Lynch, Lauren Harnish, Rach Klein, Anya Kowalchuk, and Kristy Kong.


Place: Lobby, McLennan Library, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9.

Duration: 24 January - 30 April 2019.


Place: Meet in McLennan Lobby followed by reception in Colgate Room, Rare Books and Special Collections 4th floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9.

Time: 17:30-19:30, Thursday 24 January 2019.

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Corps qui hantent d'autres corps. 

An exhibition featuring the work of 2018 Michele Larose-Osler Library Artist-in-Residence, Caroline Boileau.

A project by Caroline Boileau, Michele Larose – Osler Library Artist-in-Residence 

During her residency Caroline Boileau explored different European and Asian medical texts dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, focusing particularly on representations of the female body. This exhibition project is a dialogue between the long, slow time of centuries-old documents and the fast, lively – near-visceral- time of the artist’s plastic explorations.

Many gestures inhabit this exhibition : videos collected under the headings read and visit invite exploration on a touchscreen; notebooks and sketchbooks, drawings, objects and documents share space in the exhibition cases; Gravidités, a book collecting images related to obstetrics can be consulted on site; and De Fabrica sans Vésale, an artist’s book on which Caroline Boileau will be working every Thursday for the duration of the exhibition.


Un project de Caroline Boileau, artiste en résidence 2018 Michele Larose - Bibliothèque Osler

Durant sa résidence Caroline Boileau a exploré différents ouvrages médicaux d’Europe et d’Asie datant du 15e au 19e siècles, s’intéressant particulièrement aux représentations du corps de la femme. Il s’agit ici d’un dialogue entre le temps lent et long des documents plusieurs fois centenaires et le temps rapide et vif, presque viscéral, des explorations plastiques de l’artiste.Plusieurs gestes habitent l’exposition : quelques vidéos rassemblées sous les vocables lire et visiter présentées invitent exploration sur un écran tactile ; des carnets de notes et de croquis, des dessins, des objets et documents cohabitant dans les vitrines d’exposition ; Gravidités, un livre rassemblant des images liées à l’obstétrique à consulter sur place ; De Fabrica sans Vésale, un livre d’artiste sur lequel Caroline Boileau travaillerai tous les jeudis durant l’exposition.

Thanks / Remerciements : Michele Larose, Anne Bérubé, Mary Hague-Yearl, Mary Hunter, Nicole Panneton, Marion Paquette, Jacinthe Robillard, Mariane Stratis, Nicole Lévesque Boileau et Jacques Boileau, Stéphane Gilot.


Place: Reading Room, Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library, 4th floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9.

Duration: 4 February - 15 April 2019.

This exhibition, along with the two previous Larose-Osler Artist-in-Residence productions, are described in a recent Library Matters blog post, "Celebrating three years of the Michele Larose-Osler Library Artist-in-Residence Programme."


Place: Reading Room, Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library, 4th floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C.

Time: 17:30-19:30, Thursday 7 February 2019.

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