Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art – Everything Looks Better in a Vitrine with Micah Lexier
Continuing this new informal lecture series presented monthly over the course of our current exhibitions, guest speakers present on different aspects of contemporary art and practice. Artist Micah Lexier presented the lecture Everything Looks Better in a Vitrine, as he describes:
“In the fall of 2005 I made my first artwork utilizing a vitrine as the presentation vehicle. Since then I have made numerous vitrine projects, culminating in 2013 with a massive exhibition at Toronto’s Power Plant Art Gallery, featuring 221 artworks and objects housed in 30 custom-designed vitrines. This gesture, of placing objects in relation to each other under a dome of acrylic, is the subject of my talk, generously illustrated with images of my many vitrine projects.” – Micah Lexier
Micah Lexier is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based artist whose activities include making, collecting, and organizing. He has a deep interest in measurement, increment, found imagery, and display structures. He has presented over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 200 group exhibitions and has produced a dozen permanent public commissions, including his most recent for Brookfield Place, Calgary. In 2015 Lexier was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Lexier’s work is in numerous public and corporate collections including The British Museum, London; Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. For an entertaining glimpse into his collecting, making and presenting practice please visit his Instagram page: @micahlexier.