Days of Our Lives examines the very nature of a museum’s permanent collection and the process of exhibiting works from that collection. Working within the gallery space over the course of two weeks, Murchie makes this usually unseen act public: becoming accountable for choices and decisions and involving the public in unforeseen ways. The exhibition is based on The Nickle Art Museum’s permanent collection of over 5,000 works of art and will begin as an empty, content-less space. New work will be added gradually as the content of the exhibition itself evolves, drawing on the accumulated wealth of the collection, the experience of the curator and, not least, the audience.
Presented with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
After immigrating to Canada in 1967 John Murchie has earned a living as a librarian, farmer, writer, researcher, curator, cook, baker, and arts administrator. He currently works as the Coordinator for Struts Gallery in Sackville, and has exhibited, published, curated and lectured extensively throughout Canada.