Museum Exhibits

Women's Work: The Lakeshore During Wartime

Women's Work explored the history of women's (non-enlisted) contributions in the Etobicoke Lakeshore region to the Second World War. To capture both the realms of assembly line work and the domestic sphere, we created an imagined factory break room. Surrounded by a ring of WWII Canadian propaganda posters, visitors entering the room were invited to explore original newsletter clippings from local factories and munitions plants, and peruse recreated War-era pamphlets on Victory gardens, Red Cross knitting patterns, and rationed recipes. Photo albums and oral history interview transcripts helped to bring history to life from local women themselves. 

Role Highlights 

I contributed to the archival research for the exhibit, arranged an artifact loan from Museums of Mississauga, sourced and formatted recreations of War-era pamphlets, knitting patterns, and recipes, and wrote and proofread copy for the interpretive text and marketing. I also procured and cleared the copyright for XX photographs, and collaborated on the design and installation of the exhibit. 

Programming 

I co-hosted a weekly drop-in Knitting Circle with artist Gloria Bubba based on original World War II-era Red Cross knitting patterns. Completed projects were later donated to a local out-of-the-cold program. 

October 18 - December 20, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Phillip Goodchild, Curatorial Intern

Jim Tate, Content Expert 

The Cottage Years

Exhibit was created in partnership with the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association's History and Culture Committee to recognize the 135th anniversary of the community of Long Branch. 

The Cottage Years explored the tourism industry that shaped the community of Long Branch between the 1880s and 1930s. Drawing inspiration from the family photo album, visitors were invited to take a nostalgic trip through collages of original period photographs and illustrations installed in the Third Floor Gallery space of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. Historical context was provided via a take-home exhibit guide that was inspired by the 1888 Souvenir Guide for the Long Branch cottage region (click to read the exhibit guide online).   

Role Highlights

 

I collaborated on the research, design, and installation of the exhibit. We worked with a large bank of archival images: I cleared copyright or arranged permissions for the final XX that were ultimately displayed, formatted them for printing, and framed them for display. I also wrote, designed, and formatted the take-home exhibit guide.

Programming

In addition to a large on-site launch event, we hosted an artifact-rich booth at the first annual Long Branch Tree Festival where the community's anniversary was being recognized. I coordinated the display and hosted the booth with a volunteer.

August 21 - September 28, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre: Third Floor Gallery 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Bill Zufelt, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association 

Judy Cutmore, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association

In the Wake of the Passenger Pigeon

The long-extinct Passenger Pigeon is typically remembered for its posthumous role in the sustainability movement, however, in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore region, the bird has become a widely-adopted community symbol - even appearing in the neighbourhood name "Mimico" which is believed to be an adaptation of the Ojibwe Anishinabe word "omimica" meaning "abundant with wild pigeons." In the Wake of the Passenger Pigeon introduced the Passenger Pigeon's path to extinction and the place it has since occupied in both global and local memory. 

Role Highlights 

I collaborated on the research, design, and installation of the exhibit. I coordinate loan agreements with The Lost Bird Project for a film, documentary, and origami pattern and the Halton Heritage Services for a mounted Passenger Pigeon. I also wrote and proofread copy for the interpretive text and marketing, and coordinated our community partners and presenters for monthly programming.  

Programming

Together with our community partners, we hosted a series a monthly events that explored the memory and symbolism of the Passenger Pigeon. These included: 

  • Screening of The Lost Bird Project documentary with a panel discussion featuring local birders, Nancy Barrett and Tim McCarthy

  • Creative short story reading by author Scott Colby 

  • Research talks by Passenger Pigeon experts Joel Greenberg and Glenn Coady

Our community partners attended each event, setting up booths and displays that highlighted local sustainability projects. ​

May 11 - September 28, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Exhibit Partners: 

Citizens Concerned with the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Friends of Sam Smith Park

Humber Arboretum

Quest Nature Tours 

Toronto Ornithological Club

In Your Hands

In Your Hands was a complimentary exhibit to the concurrently hosted community art exhibit, In Your Eyes. While the community exhibit featured the ways in which the Lakeshore Grounds has influenced the contributing artists, the vision for In Your Hands was to create an inspiration space in which visitors were encouraged to find their own creative expression. A fully-stocked art station occupied the center of the room, surrounded by historic images from various periods.  

Role Highlights 

I led the design and installation of the exhibit. I also sourced and cleared copyright for XX images, formatted them for printing, and framed them for display.

Programming

The focus of the exhibit was to encourage creative contributions on the part of visitors but also required active historical interpretation on the part of myself and my team to bring to life the visual collection on display. 

May 11 - September 28, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Kavion Giff, Curatorial Intern

#TakeBackTheTap

#TakeBackTheTap was created in collaboration with Humber College's Office of Sustainability to draw attention to their campus-wide initiative to limit the use of single-use plastic water bottles. The exhibit was designed around "Spyro" - an 8' tall student-created wooden sculpture of a whale tail filled with plastic water bottles that were collected on campus. We paired this visual nucleus with displays that explored the historical development and adaptation of bottled water, the impact of plastics on our waterways, and plastic alternatives to everyday household items.  

Role Highlights 

I contributed to the design and installation of the exhibit, taking the lead in the research and sourcing of the antique glass water bottles for display. I also collaborated in the creation and hosting of the educational programming. 

Programming

The Curatorial Team hosted students from Humber College's Fashion program for an interactive event that highlighted the negative environmental impact of "fast fashion," synthetic fabrics, and global manufacturing while also presenting sustainable industry alternatives. The event culminated in a collaborative exercise in which the students brainstormed their own sustainable fashion solutions.  

October 18 - December 20, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Farheen Kadwa, Office of Sustainability

Taylor Buchanan, Office of Sustainability 

Axl Valdez, Office of Sustainability

Bradley Straite, Office of Sustainability 

Exhibit Partners: 

Humber College's Office of Sustainability 

SO THIS IS TEACHING

SO THIS IS TEACHING situated the local history of the Lakeshore Teacher's College within the larger development of Ontario's public school system. Focus was on the role occupied by the Teachers' College as the pivot point between the one-room schoolhouse and the multi-grade system still employed today. The experience of student-teachers was shared through a room-length collage featuring original yearbook photos. SO THIS IS TEACHING attracted many former alumni of the Lakeshore Teachers' College and resulted in the donation of student notes and books to our permanent collection.  

Role Highlights 

My role in SO THIS IS TEACHING was primarily as a mentor. The exhibit was the curatorial debut of my protégé, Nadine Finlay, who led the research and design of the exhibit, as well as the coordination of the curatorial team. I provided additional assistance in sourcing display items and proofreading copy. 

Programming

Nadine ran an Instagram Caption Contest in collaboration with the exhibit that featured yearbook photos from our collection and invited participants to propose their own (typically comical) captions. The exhibit also featured a number of on-site interactives, including cursive-writing handouts and weekly chalkboard questions that invited visitors to share their own memories of school days gone by. Additional workshops were also hosted for local community groups. 

July 12 - November 3, 2018 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Nadine Finlay, Exhibit Curator 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Emma Pagacz, Curatorial Intern

Sarah Duncan, Curatorial Intern  

Moccasins Re-vamped: Walking Forward Together

Moccasins Re-vamped was the inaugural exhibit partnership between Humber College's Aboriginal Resource Centre (today, Indigenous Education and Engagement) and the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. The exhibit was framed around the words of Guest Curator, Sage Petahtegoose, who reflected on the history and contemporary practice of making moccasins. A display of contemporary moccasins created by Humber staff and students was surrounded by images of historic moccasins made within communities throughout the Great Lakes region, provided by the Bata Shoe Museum. 

Role Highlights 

I collaborated on the design and installation of the exhibit, and conducted the interview with Sage Petahtegoose. I later transcribed and formatted the audio interview for video and assisted in the coordination of the image loans from the Bata Shoe Museum. Within the exhibit installation, I took the lead on the construction of a birch bark display stand for the moccasins and the sewing of fabric pillar tubes that were hung from the ceiling to create the illusion of trees softly swinging in the wind. 

Programming

In collaboration with the Aboriginal Resource Centre, we hosted a large public launch for Moccasins Re-vamped at which Guest Curator, Sage Petahtegoose, and the contributing artists spoke. During the run of the exhibit, we hosted both neighbouring elementary classes and adult community groups for exhibit tours and presentations. Attendees were invited to design their own moccasin vamps on a worksheet that reflected their own unique story as a means of connecting the underlying exhibit theme of "walking forward together."  

January 31 - June 2, 2018

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Exhibit partner: Humber College's Aboriginal Resource Centre (today, Indigenous Education and Engagement) 

Guest Curator: 

Sage Petahtegoose 

Featured Artists: 
Sage Petahtegoose

Lorralene Whiteye

Lynn Short

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator 

Emma Pagacz, Curatorial Intern

Shelley Charles, Elder at Humber College and Advisor on Aboriginal Relations

Regina Hartwick, Manager, Aboriginal Resource Centre

Quazance Boissoneau, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Aboriginal Resource Centre

From Land to Table

From Land to Table was the curatorial debut of our Curatorial Intern, Frances Pereira-Jardine. The exhibit explored the agricultural history of the Lakeshore Grounds by pairing archival photographs with historic recipes. Hosted in the Third Floor Gallery, the exhibit explored the Indigenous, colonial, psychiatric hospital, and environmental stories of agricultural history on the Lakeshore Grounds. The complex narrative also showcased the changes to the land over time and involved extensive archival research. 

Role Highlights 

I provided guidance and support to Frances throughout the research, design, and installation of the exhibit. 

Programming

We hosted an on-site public launch for the exhibit. 

May 11 - September 28, 2019

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Exhibit Curator: 

Frances Pereira-Jardine 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View highlighted the strength of community activism and civic engagement to elicit positive change. The exhibit was designed around case studies of local projects undertaken by community groups that have directly transformed the habitats that today shape Colonel Samuel Smith Park. These included the public plantings of the dogwood grove to encourage migrating warblers, the creation of a field of bird houses to support the annual mating of Tree Swallows, and the annual Whimbrel Watch event in which volunteers track the Whimbrel population.    

Role Highlights 

I collaborated on the design and installation of the exhibit, taking the lead on the creation of a flock of silhouetted Whimbrels that were suspended from the ceiling and the recreation of the marker that stands at Whimbrel Point in the Park. I also directed and co-produced an original documentary short with the Humber Arboretum featuring the volunteers of the Whimbrel Watch. 

Programming

We hosted an on-site public launch for the exhibit and tours for community groups. To encourage exhibit visitors to engage directly with the habitats in the Park, we created a "Borrow our Binoculars" program that included a set of binoculars, a map with local birding hotspots highlighted, a notebook for tracking sightings, and a birding guidebook. 

July 5 - November 25, 2017 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Ben Mitchell, Assistant Curator 

Nadine Finlay, Curatorial Intern 

Bill Marshall, Volunteer

Exhibit Partners: 

Citizens Concerned with the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Friends of Sam Smith Park

Humber Arboretum

Humber College's Office of Sustainability 

Nature's Dance Photography 

Behind the Bricks: Recovering the Stories of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital

Behind the Bricks was the inaugural exhibit in the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. The exhibit addressed the loss of archival records and potential artifacts during the closure of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and presented creative solutions to the "recovery" of the stories and personal experiences that shaped the Hospital's history. Given that the brick buildings of the former Hospital still stand on the grounds and are the only visual reminder of the institutional history of the site, we used bricks as a repeated symbol throughout the exhibit: visitors pulled "bricks" from the wall to read snippets of stories from former patients and staff, and contributed their own memories of the institution on paper bricks that were added to the exhibit walls.   

Role Highlights 

I led the research, design, and installation of the exhibit. I also coordinated artifact loans from the Museum of Health Care, Kingston, wrote copy for the interpretive text and exhibit brochure, and sourced archival images. Working with volunteer Bill Marshall, I helped to build a 12-foot interactive wooden "brick" wall that served as the centrepiece of the exhibit.  

Programming

The exhibit launch formed a part of the official launch event for Humber College's Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, Student Welcome and Resource Centre, and Athletics Centre. I also hosted a hands-on workshop for members of a local mental health support group in which participants recorded their reflections and lived experiences for inclusion in the exhibit.  

January 26 - May 31, 2017 

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar, Curator

Ben Mitchell, Assistant Curator

Kara Seguin, Programming Assistant 

History Walk at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

The History Walk at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is a publicly-accessible permanent display of the institution's history that was originally created by volunteers in the 1990s. Supported by the team in the Research & Academics division, I worked to refresh and expand the History Walk. The self-guided displays feature original artifacts, patient and staff artwork, and archival photographs paired with bilingual interpretive text panels. Patient and staff-created display cases and display features were used throughout the History Walk.  

Programming

I helped to coordinate and host on-site public tours of the grounds and History Walk during Doors Open Huronia. I also gave a series of presentations on the history of the institution, including presentations for the Waypoint Research Institute's Annual Conference and Colloquium Series, Waypoint's annual Volunteer Recognition event, and a community event for Mental Health Month hosted at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives. 

Launched 2016; ongoing display 

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care 

Curatorial Team: 

Jennifer Bazar

Laura Ball

Jessica Caston

Katherine McCleary

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