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We will be closed on Tuesday Sep 06 we will return on Sep 19 2022

McCord Stewart Museum

Becoming Montreal exhibition - until April 21st, 2023

McCord Stewart Museum

Take a trip back in time via the remarkable watercolours of James Duncan. Chronicler of his time, artist James Duncan documented Montreal’s development over a period of five decades, from 1830 to 1880. Exhibited together for the first time, these one hundred or so works offer viewers a unique journey into 19th-century Montreal. As a sort of epilogue, Mental Maps, a digital work created by art studio Iregular uses artificial intelligence to reinterpret Duncan’s work in the form of computer-generated images depicting a composite world of dreamscapes of a Montreal that no longer exists.

Bringing together a variety of the artist’s views, the exhibition offers a vivid look at Montreal and the realities of its residents and focuses on subjects that characterize life in Canada and Montreal’s urban landscape. Visitors will explore the island through the eyes of Duncan: the changing urban skyline from key viewpoints like Mount Royal and St. Helen’s Island, newsworthy political and social events, and street scenes featuring strollers and merchants alike.

Fascinated by local customs, Duncan captured the city’s lively street life, depicting residents engaged in everyday activities. Enamoured of the changing seasons, he celebrated the colours of fall and created distinctive images of winter.

Photo Contest : Becoming Montreal

Take inspiration from the historic watercolours by James Duncan, THE painter of 19th-century Montreal, and find the closest—or most contrasting—current view of the city!

Post your best shot, as well as the Duncan work that inspired you on Instagram, with the hashtag #MtlAvantApres. Don’t forget to tag @museemccordstewart and @montreal.thenandnow.
We are very pleased to offer a Canon EOS R100 camera to the person selected for the grand prize 🤩

Entry deadline : Nov. 28th, 2023.
Enter the competition !
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