As much as possible given the time and space allotted was a collections-based exhibition mounted at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University in 2009. Curated by Rebecca Duclos and David K. Ross, the project employed a team of installation technicians who sequentially removed, installed, and returned items from the gallery’s storage vault to the exhibition space and back to storage within a standard six-week exhibition period. Additionally, over sixty artworks on loan to University offices were also photographed in situ by David K. Ross in order to accommodate the project’s expansive desire to exhibit “as many works as possible.” The show gestured not only to a previous history of conceptualism but also to the legacy of processual, performance-based practices. The six-week event constructed a critique of curating that emphasized the significance of artistic rather than museological models, operations of chance over the decisiveness of selection, the dynamic of duration over stasis, the power of juxtaposition as a form of interpretation, and the privileging of process over pedigree.

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