Montreal Underground Origins

Expo 67: Avant Garde!

Two events highlighting avant-garde art at Expo 67:
Screening and exhibit, May 19, Cinémathèque québecoise, 335 de Maisonneuve E., 5 – 10 pm, at the Bar Salon, free admission. Exhibit runs from May 19 – 31.
Exhibit opening, June 1, 5 – 8 pm, Casa del Popolo, 4873 St-Laurent, exhibit runs June 1 – 30, free admission.
Arcmtl is proud to present Expo 67: Avant Garde! 50 years ago this month, Montreal hosted the largest gathering of avant-garde art and design ever seen! Expo 67 was the 20th century’s most successful World’s Fair, taking place during a time of both social and artistic upheaval around the world. Visit Arcmtl for more information, and check out Arcmtl’s interviews on this website’s blog such as this one with François Dallegret about their Expo involvement and the 1967 Montreal arts scene.

Montreal Underground Origins

Montreal Underground Origins shines a light for current and future generations on the early days of what is now considered a thriving city of the arts. It was conceived and produced by the non-profit arts promotion and preservation organization, Archive Montreal (ARCMTL) starting in 2014.

Check out our image blog to peruse excerpts and full scans of vintage photos, magazines and varied publications from the era. Our blog features a growing number of articles, interviews and discussion transcripts exploring various aspects of the 1960s – 1970s Montreal underground arts and activist scene. Links to other websites, organizations or online resources to discover more about this era appear as a sidebar to the right of all posts on our blog.

Comments and discussion from the public are welcome! Anyone can post comments under each blog post on the site.

If you have any material or memories of your own to add, please email archivemontreal@archivemontreal.org .

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