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Un dictionnaire

Un dictionnaire

Part of

People

  • Melvin Charney (architect)
  • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

Title

Un dictionnaire

Dates of creation

1970-2001

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 0.10 l.m. of textual records
  • 31 drawings
  • 26 reprographic copies
  • 21 photographic materials

Scope and Content

UN DICTIONNAIRE consists of black and white photographs of wire-service newspaper articles selected by Charney for their depiction of “people and buildings caught in upheavals”. Charney described these images as “monuments which are created by events outside the confines of architectural institutions”, meaning that buildings and locations assume a “monumental connotation” when they become associated with a significant event. UN DICTIONNAIRE consists of 300 plates, each plate a photograph that “traces the contours of relations which affect our grasp of the significance of buildings”. UN DICTIONNAIRE was presented as an installation at Galerie Catherine & Stéphane de Beyrie in Paris in 1994 and at the Canadian Pavilion of the 7th International Architectural Exhibition in Venice in 2000 as well as at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 2001-2002. The publication “Tracking images : Melvin Charney, un dictionnaire...” related to this project was also realized in collaboration the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2000.

This project series contains correspondence, notes, photographs, installations plans and exhibition space plans related for the aforementioned exhibitions in Paris, at the Venice Biennale and in Montréal. It also contains reprints of panels shown outside the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Source: Montréal : Musée d’art contemporain. (1979) Melvin Charney: Oeuvres 1970-1979. (p. 21-28)

Reference Number

AP041.S1.1970.D2

Arrangement

Material in this series was likely kept in it's original order when it was first processed upon it's arrival at CCA.

Language of material

English, French

Related units of description

  • For the plates of the black and white photographs of wire-service newspaper articles of the UN DICTIONNAIRE project, see DR1999:0003:001-041 and DR2004:0001:001-043 in the Prints & Drawings collection. More material related to this project can also be found under the series AP041.S5.D1 Press coverage and the series AP041.S6.D1 Notebooks and sketchbooks.

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:004
    • Title: Plans for the installation of display panels for the project
    • Dates of creation: 2000
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of plans for the installation of display panels for the project "Un dictionnaire" at the Canadian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2000. Material was originally housed in a tube labelled "Venice Arch. Biennale 2000- Installation Drawings".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 71.5 × 106.8 cm sheet (largest): 84 × 106.8 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Location:

    Venice Italy

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:028
    • Title: Plans for the installation of plates from the "Un dictionnaire" project in a gallery setting
    • Dates of creation: 1970-2002
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of plans for the installation of plates from the "Un dictionnaire" project in a gallery setting. Material was originally housed in a tube labelled "UN DICT. 1970-2001".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 14 drawings
    • 2 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 23 × 30.5 cm sheet (largest): 46 × 162 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:044
    • Title: Plans for installing the project "Un dictionnaire" at the Galerie Catherine & Stéphane de Beyrie
    • Dates of creation: 1993-1999
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of plans for installing the project "Un dictionnaire" at the Galerie Catherine & Stéphane de Beyrie, Paris, France, 1994. Material was originally housed in a tube labelled "UN DICTIONNAIRE... 1970-96 Original Installation Drawings - Vellum Copies of Final Installation/CCA Collection/09.99".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 17 drawings
    • 5 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 46 × 86 cm sheet (largest): 61.5 × 122.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Location:

    Paris France

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:046:029
    • Title: Plans for the installation of the work titled "Un Dictionnaire"
    • Dates of creation: 2000
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of plans for the installation of the work titled "Un Dictionnaire" in the Canadian Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2000.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 71.5 × 107.3 cm sheet (largest): 83.5 × 107.3 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Location:

    Venice Italy

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-003-009R

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:047:009
    • Title: Installation plans, Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: 1970- 2001
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    The roll is labelled "Body Works Series 2000", but this appears to be incorrect, as the item itself is titled "Melvin Charney: Un dictionnaire... 1970-2001. Plan d’installation no. 2: position des planches et des séries." It is a diagram depicting how the plates for the series should be arranged on the wall for an exhibition.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 reprographic copy(ies)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 72.7 × 153 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-001-015R

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:047:032
    • Title: Plans for the layout of an exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970-2001
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of plans for the layout of an exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. The roll is labelled "MACM - Installation. Expo Charney. 12/2001-01/2002". The roll is wrapped in a seperate piece of paper that is a print-out of plans for an exhibition of Un dictionnaire, 1970-2001. It reads "Series 40: Exclusion and Effacement - Series 40: Italian" and depicts the layout of panels 41-49 for the exhibition.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 30.5 × 49.7 cm sheet (largest): 53.6 × 92 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Location:

    Montréal Island of Montréal Québec Canada

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-001-013R

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:047:038
    • Title: Installation plans for Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: 1970-2001
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    A drawing titled "`51 plates" that relates to the development of the project "Un dictionnaire, 1970-2001.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 drawing(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 46 × 152 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled.

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Archictecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-002-002R

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:061:003
    • Title: Aerial photograph of downtown Ottawa possibly used as reference, Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: circa 1960-2012
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Unknown (photographer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Aerial photograph of downtown Ottawa.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: "UN DICTIONNAIRE..." SERIES 40-49.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 51,1 × 60,7 × 0,1 cm (20 1/8 × 23 7/8 × 1/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:074:001
    • Title: Correspondence, gallery and installation plans, Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2007
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English and French, including correspondence (primarily printouts of emails), and printouts of floor plans for the Eric Arthur Gallery at the University of Toronto, related to the installation of Un dictionnaire... there.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: 2007 U OF TORONTO EXHIBITION

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 reprographic copies
    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 27,7 × 42,8 cm (10 7/8 × 16 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:075:001:006
    • Title: Panels with copies of press clippings, Un Dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing printed panels from the Un dictionnaire... series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    panels: 27,5 × 42,8 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:079:002
    • Title: Texts for labels for the installation, Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: 1999-2002
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Ring binder containing documents in English, including decriptions and notes, related to Un dictionnaire... The binder is labelled "UN DICTIONNAIRE / QUÉBEC UPDATE - 2000+".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.04 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:079:003
    • Title: Notes for Un dictionnaire...
    • Dates of creation: 1974-2002
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Ring binder labelled "DICTIONNAIRE / NOTES" containing documents in English, including descriptions and notes related to the "Un Dictionnaire" project but also the Monument series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.04 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Related units of description:

    • For more materials related to the project Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario, also identified as the Monument Series, see also the project series AP041.S1.1969.D2.
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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:099:017
    • Title: Correspondence, gallery and installation plans, Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: 2001
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including correspondence, and floorplans and interior elevations for the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, related to plans to install Un dictionnaire... at that venue. Original folder inscribed in graphite: CONTEMP ART GALLERY / VANCOUVER / 2001.12

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:106:001
    • Title: Photographs related to the "Un dictionnaire" series, and an unidentified film positive
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970-2001
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing 35mm film negatives related to the Un dictionnaire series, and an unidentified film positive. Original folder inscribed in graphite: FILM; includes one self-stick note attached.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 20 photographic materials

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0015:026:002
    • Title: Panel of a photomontage of various houses architecture possibly for Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photographic material

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 65 x 82 cm

    Physical Description:

    Monted in a foam board.

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-045-002

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0015:026:003
    • Title: Various press clippings possible for Un dictionnaire
    • Dates of creation: circa 1970
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.04 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 20 x 50 cm

    Physical Description:

    Some are mounted on board.

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

    Folder Number:

    041-045-003

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    • Reference Number: DRCON2001:0013:001-003
    • Title: Reprints of panels shown outside the Canadian Pavilion of the project
    • Dates of creation: 2000
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (artist)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Reprints of panels shown outside the Canadian Pavilion of the project "Un dictionnaire.." at the 7th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2000. The panels were titled, "Tracking Images: The "M" Series, 1970-2000".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 58,2 x 103,3 cm sheet (largest): 67 x 100,3 cm

    Location:

    Venice Italy

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dr. Dara Alexandra Charney/
    Gift of Dr. Dara Alexandra Charney

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