Irene F. Whittome

Art Gallery of Ontario

Irene F. Whittome’s Musée des Traces (Museum of Traces), is an artist’s museum—a site for the perservation of objects and the restructuring of the past. Filled with selected artifacts, the Musée des Traces adopts the physical structure of the museum, to serve as a repository of the artist’s experiences. Reconstructed as an installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Whittome’s Museum evolved between 1985 and ’89 and was first exhibited in an unused garage in Montreal. In its current form, the installation serves as a museum within a museum, mirroring our desire to order and identify while questioning the role of the museum in this process.

The installation consists of a single 400-square-foot room that resembles a compressed ethnographic museum with its specimens mounted on shelves or displayed in cases. Photographic documentation of urban renewal in Montreal and quasi-scientific studies

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