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September 13, 2005
Final weeks of the Heart-Shaped Box exhibit at The Market Gallery
  
Heart-Shaped Box: A poetic reflection on the Rebellion of 1837 currently on
exhibit at The Market Gallery will close on October 2. The exhibit is part of a
multi-venue presentation that includes an installation at another of the City's
museums -- Mackenzie House.

The Market Gallery's principal installation is the Culture Division's
collection of nine hand-carved boxes made by men imprisoned for their
participation in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. Another nine boxes have
been borrowed from other public and private collections. 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 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, 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 audiences.

As part of the Heart-Shaped Box, a graphic display at Mackenzie House explores
the mythic status of Rebellion leader William Lyon Mackenzie. This installation
is drawn together by Hunter's narrative in an artist's book available at both
venues.

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

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

The upcoming exhibit features colourful and dramatic paintings, drawings and
graphics by Aba Bayefsky opening on October 8 and running until February 5,
2006. This extensive exhibit will feature close to 60 works including portraits
and scenes of Toronto.


Media contact:

Pamela Wachna
Co-ordinator of Collections & Outreach
416-392-7604



 

 

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