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Margaret Perry: A Life in Film Exhibit at the Archives of Ontario

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"Margaret Perry and film camera." Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives no. NSIS 1200


Margaret Perry: A Life in Film Exhibit
The Alexander Fraser Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario. 

May 27th - Sept 26th, 2023

Regular hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Open on Sunday, May 28th, for Doors Open Ontario and Congrees attendees. 

*Join us for a short informal discussion of the exhibition with Jennifer VanderBurgh and David Clark on May 29th at 3:30 pm, immediately following the "Making Counter-Archives" FMSAC panel at the Archives of Ontario.

Filmmaker Margaret Perry (1905-1998) spent her prolific career working in national and provincial film agencies, creating a remarkable, award-winning body of work as Director of Nova Scotia's Film Bureau (1945-69).

This travelling exhibition, originally shown at the Nova Scotia Archives in conjunction with the "Margaret Perry and the Nova Scotia Film Bureau Films" A/CA Case Study, arrives at the Archives of Ontario this summer just in time for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Curated by Jennifer VanderBurgh and Carla Taunton, with an artist activation project created by David Clark (NSCAD University) and originally shown at the Nova Scotia Archives, this exhibition is an excellent launching point to explore Perry’s films and learn more about her life and career. It features various resources, including a series of recently published open-source pedagogical guides, and a large collection of digitized videos of Perry's films.

A colour photograph of a small exhibit of text and photo panels hung up around the Archives of Ontario reading room. There is also a table in the foreground with two iMacs playing archival videos, various booklets arranged on the table, and two black office chairs sitting closeby.