The exhibition is laid out like elements of film production, with sections dedicated to the stage, the cast, the characters, and the drama. Each section unpacks these elements’ fantastical natures and uncovers how truly limited these constructions were and still are. The exhibition’s narrative is thorough and often biting in its commentary and the overall layout makes it difficult to see the “Western” as anything other than a troubling cultural construct with a rich material archive. That Canada is given equal consideration only emphasizes how far-reaching the genre was and still is.
Once Upon a Time…The Western is at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art through February 4th.
Visit their website to learn more about the exhibition and to purchase tickets.