Current and upcoming events
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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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.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
- Osler Day, featuring the Pam and Rolando Del Maestro William Osler Medical Students Essay Awards and the 41st Annual Osler Lectureship, 7 November 2018.
- The Fabric of the Human Body" (Vesalius, 1543): Images and Icons for the History of Medicine, Lecture by Hélène Cazes. Presented in collaboration with Le Département de langue et littérature françaises and Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art, and Archives(ROAAr); supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 30 October 2018.
- De musei fabrica, Exhibition in collaboration with Text’art, a group of six Montreal fibre artists, and the Maude Abbott Medical Museum, 17 May - 20 August 2018.
- Materia Medica, Exhibition by Loren Williams, December 13, 2017 - 4 May 2018.
- Book Launch: Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education, by J. Donald Boudreau, Eric Cassell, and Abraham Fuks, April 26, 2018.
- Jean-Martin Charcot and the “Caesarism” of the Faculty of Medicine, Lecture by Dr. Bernard Brais, sponsored by the Medical Students' Osler Society, April 17, 2018.
- Oslerian Treasures: The Father of Modern Medicine, Lecture by Professor Faith Wallis, sponsored by the Medical Students' Osler Society, February 5, 2018.
- Impossible pathologies: re-fragmenting the archive, Exhibition by Lucy Lyons, October 12 - December 12, 2017.
- The Gendered Cultures of Beer and Cheese: the Regulation of Human and Microbial Bodies on the Home and Industrial Scales, 1616 - 2017, September 11 - October 2, 2017.
- Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998, January 2017 - August 2017.
- A History of Neuro-Oncology: Candaian Savoir Faire, a talk by Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, MD, PhD, William Feindel Emeritus Professor in Neuro-Oncology, Director of McGill Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre. This talk encouraged discussion surrounding ideas and individuals that have shaped the world of neuro-oncology, while placing emphasis on Canadian neuro-oncology research. Attendees were encouraged to prepare a ‘Canadian Neuro-Oncology Minute’ that highlighted an individual’s contributions to historical and/or current advancements in Canada and received an autographed copy of Dr. Rolando Del Maestro’s book A History of Neuro-Oncology (2008).
- Rural Medicine in 20th Century Quebec: Stories and Devices, curated by Dr. Richard Fraser, Laura Sang, Joan O’Malley, Marc Provost, Jerry Xie, Meriem Bounnab and Lucy Luo. October 2016 - January 2017.
- Knowing Blood: Medical Observations, Fluid Meanings, curated by Darren N. Wagner and Nick Whitfield. January-September 2016.
- Sanitizing Style: Germ Theory and Fashion at the Turn of the Century, curated by Cynthia Tang and Anna Dysert. September-December 2015.
- On the Surface/Skin Deep, curated by Sylvie Boisjoli and and Shana Cooperstein. Read exhibition talks from the curators in the spring 2015 issue of the Osler Library Newsletter (no. 122). Follow link to an interview with the curators on our blog.
- The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper. A Biography of Neurasthenia in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Curated by Prof. Andrea Tone. September - April 2014.
- Designing Doctors: an exhibit talk by Professor Annmarie Adams, McGill School of Architecture. Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 1:00-2:00, Meakins Auditorium (5th floor McIntyre Medical Sciences Building).
- "Neurological Laboratories” to Interdisciplinary “Centres of Brain Research”: Otfrid Foerster, Wilder Penfield, and Early Neuroscience in Breslau and Montreal. Nickerson Fellowship talk by Dr. Frank Stahnisch, Thursday, 2 May 2013, 2:00 - 3:00, Don Bates Seminar Room 101, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University, 3647 Peel Street.
- Artistic Practice Scientific Vision: British Artistic Anatomy in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineetenth Century, the catalogue to the exhibit curated by Dr. Allister Neher.
- Our Friend the Sun: Images of Light Therapeutics from the Osler Library Collection, 1901-1944, a lecture given by Dr. Tania Anne Woloshyn (Recorded January 24, 2011). This recording is made possible by a generous gift from Gail Beck, O.Ont., Med’78 and Andrew Fenus, MLS’74.
- Osler Library Lecture: A Relationship Etched in Time: Leonardo da Vinci, the Earl of Arundel and Wenceslaus Hollar, a lecture given by Dr. Del Maestro (Recorded January 10, 2011). This recording is made possible by a generous gift from Gail Beck, O.Ont., Med’78 and Andrew Fenus, MLS’74.
- Our Friend, the Sun: Images of Light Therapeutics from the Osler Library Collection, 1901-1944, the catalogue to the exhibit curated by Dr. Tania Anne Woloshyn.
Other events and exhibits
- 175 Years of the McGill Medical Library
- The Ghafiqi Project
- Margaret Ridley Charlton - Pioneer Medical Librarian. The first person with library training to work at the McGill University Medical Library and, with William Osler, one of the founders of the Medical Library Association.
- Osler's McGill: Medical Education, 1870-1885
- Our Friend the Sun - Images of Light, a lecture given by Dr. Tania Anne Woloshyn (Recorded January 24, 2011).
- Photographic Journey: McIntyre Medical Sciences Building and Osler Library - (Virtual McGill Project)
- A Relationship Etched in Time: Leonardo da Vinci, the Earl of Arundel and Wenceslaus Hollar, a lecture given by Dr. Del Maestro (Recorded January 10, 2011).
- Tour of Osler's Montreal 1870-1885 / Le Montréal de William Osler
- William Osler & the Teaching of Microscopy at McGill