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June 13, 2005
Heart-Shaped Box opens at The Market Gallery
Heart-Shaped Box: A poetic reflection on the Rebellion of 1837 opens at The
Market Gallery on June 17. This exhibition, which runs until October 2, is part
of a multi-venue presentation that includes exhibits and programs at two of the
City’s museums - Gibson House and Mackenzie House.

The core of the Market Gallery installation is Toronto Culture’s collection of
nine hand-carved boxes made by men imprisoned for their participation in the
Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. The prisoners’ boxes are heart-rending
reminders of the personal anguish suffered by some of the Torontonians who
supported William Lyon Mackenzie in his fight for political change. One of the
prisoners was Daniel Sheppard, the maker of the heart-shaped box.

This exhibit reflects Toronto Culture’s commitment to presenting unique
artifacts from its historical collection in a fresh, contemporary context. This
is the first time these boxes have been the focus of an exhibit. Heart-Shaped
Box is guest-curated by Andrew T. Hunter in co-operation with the City of
Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Hunter has produced exhibitions,
publications and writings for public museums across Canada, in the United
States and England. He is widely known for his inventive use of collections and
his commitment to projects that are playful, engaging and accessible to broad

As part of the Heart-Shaped Box, Gibson House will feature an intimate display
of David Gibson’s original handmade journal/diaries and a graphic display at
Mackenzie House will explore the mythic status of Rebellion leader William Lyon
Mackenzie. All three installations are drawn together by Hunter’s narrative in
an artist’s book available at all three venues.

The Market Gallery
South St. Lawrence Market, 2nd floor
95 Front St. E.
Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Gibson House
5172 Yonge St., at Park Home Ave.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m. (Closed during September)

Mackenzie House
82 Bond St.
Tuesday through Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

Media contacts:

Pamela Wachna
Coordinator of Collections & Outreach

Kevin Hebib
Program Development Officer



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