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The Golden Square Mile

Date & time
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 –
Saturday, April 13, 2024 (all day)

Deanna Bowen


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Deanna Bowen, HRH the Duke of Connaught and staff, 1913, 2022. Courtesy of the artist

The Golden Square Mile
A project by Deanna Bowen
Organized by Michèle Thériault

Developed specifically for the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, The Golden Square Mile follows the socio-economic connections within the Anglo-Montrealer community further revealed in The Black Canadians (after Cooke), the monumental work on the facade of the National Gallery of Canada until August 2024.

Bowen proposes groups of photo constellations as well as videos that address the embedded history of slavery and minstrelsy, of the Canadian Pacific Railway, of Black railway porters, of the introduction of jazz, and of the architecture and familial histories of the Golden Square Mile. Together they tell a bigger story about the genocidal impacts of Anglophone White supremacy, colonial extraction, the railway, slavery, servitude, ridicule, and wealth.

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