Revisiting the Past: Images from the First Years of Powerhouse – Eliana Stratica-Mihail

A collection of images has been retrieved during the 40th anniversary Reanimation of the Archives project, dating back to the first decade of La Centrale. These images illustrate the first years of the gallery, opened in response to the lack of exhibition space and opportunities for women artists. The centre, first named Powerhouse Gallery, began in 1973 following the creation of a consciousness-raising group formed of women artists. Founding member Clara Gutsche saved documentation of the very first exhibition photographed by founding member Margaret Griffin from the period in her personal archive. Thanks to the efforts of these two women, we are able to share these images for the first time.

1 Powerhouse meeting Year 78-79 Photo by Kay Aubanel Box HA2598

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These images are labeled with the only existing notation they contain in the archives. We invite any viewers who can provide us with names and details to get in touch with us, to fill in the many blanks in our recorded history.

1. Powerhouse meeting 1978, Powerhouse Gallery, Photo : Kay Aubanel. Permission of : La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

2.Studio Space at St. Dominique: Receiving submissions for ArtFemme ’75, 1975, Montreal. Photo: Ann Pearson, Courtesy: La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

3. Studio Space at St. Dominique: Receiving submissions for ArtFemme ’75, 1975, Montreal. Photo: Ann Pearson, Courtesy: La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

4. Curtains by Pat Walsh, photograph by Clara Gutsche. Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin, Courtesy: La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

5. Paintings by Stanje Plantenga. Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin, Courtesy: La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

6. Shutters by Lelsie Busch, aquarium by Margaret Griffin. Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin, Courtesy : La Centrale Archives, Concordia University.

7. Shutters by Leslie Busche, photograph by Clara Gutsche. Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin. Courtesy: Clara Gutsche and Margaret Griffin.

8. Rainbow by Pat Walsh. Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin. Courtesy: Clara Gutsche and Margaret Griffin.

9. Various artists, Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin. Courtesy: Clara Gutsche and Margaret Griffin.

10. Various artists, Powerhouse’s 1st exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out. Powerhouse on Greene Ave, Montréal, May 20-June 21,1973. Photo: Margaret Griffin. Courtesy: Clara Gutsche and Margaret Griffin.