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Corridart collection
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Corridart collection

  • P0119
  • Collection
  • 1976-1981

The collection consists of materials assembled by the plaintiffs' lawyers and deposited with the Quebec Superior Court in connection with the Corridart case. The collection documents the conception and execution of Corridart, as well as its abrupt dismantling and the legal proceedings that followed. There are materials related to the careers of the artists who participated in the court case, and information about related legal precedents.

The collection includes an inventory by Melvin Charney of the sites along Sherbrooke Street, explaining the conception of Corridart as a rue-musée qu'on visite à pied. There is also a comprehensive set of photographs of Corridart, documenting the common elements (the continuous assemblage), as well as the works exhibited along Sherbrooke Street, the panels of text, and the sites of activities. These photographs trace the entire Corridart route from east to west. There are photographs documenting the dismantling. Others show impounded works and several illustrate damage to works. The collection includes project proposals, planning documents, contracts between artists and COJO, correspondence, articles from legal journals, reports of meetings, blueprints, and sketches. There are also artists' curricula vitae, photographs, brochures, and other documents related to the artists' careers that were assembled to establish their status as professional artists.

The collection is arranged into the following two series:

P0119/1 Textual and related documents
P0119/2 Photographs of Corridart installations

Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke

Photographs of Corridart installations

The series consists of a set of colour and black and white photographic prints. It provides visual documentation of the entire Corridart exhibition (except for the work Street Spectrum by Trevor Goring) made between the time its installation was complete and before it was dismantled. The series includes photographs of the dismantling by Montreal city workers, and of some of the elements of Corridart in storage in the municipal pound. The identity of the photographer(s) is unknown.

Textual and related documents

The series includes information about the entire Corridart exhibition, information on pieces that were exhibited as part of the street museum, and information on the careers of the artists who participated in Corridart. Files in this series were prepared by the artists' lawyers in preparation for court hearings.