Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise is a rotating exhibit of material culture in two display cases situated in the east alcove on the second floor between the theatre entrances of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The program consists of five exhibits, including objects and evidence of course outcomes and workshops delivered by special guests (including a Walker Cultural Leader for 2022-23). “Boîte-en-valise” is an expression coined by avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp to refer to the aesthetic value of collecting and assembling.

The small thematic curated exhibitions will have a duration of 4-6 weeks up to 4 months duration. The onsite program will rotate to display cases of the James Gibson Library when possible and will be amplified and celebrated in related communication pieces and image galleries posted to the STAC website.

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968, France), Boite en Valise, 1936-1968, 80 miniature replicas of Duchamp's oeuvre. Photo by Derek Knight.
Photo credit: Derek J.J. Knight, Gaston Lachaise, Floating Figure, 1927 (cast 1935), Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (© dk 2018).

Derek Knight: PLACES, A Flâneur’s Eye

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

Oct. 27, 2023 to Jan.13, 2024
Opening reception – Oct. 27, 2023 from 5-7 pm

Hallway Gallery,
Second Floor East Alcove between Theatre Entrances

Media content on MIH/B-e-v digital displays is viewable during business hours. Not viewable Nov 11-12.
Also presented on single channel displays near MWS 147, in the ground floor main lobby and second floor theatre entrance hallway.

Museums and galleries draw prestige from their architecture, geographic locale or historical significance, while compelling works of art, performances, and public expressions of creativity galvanize the diversity of art both within sanctioned institutional spaces and the ‘non-spaces’ that have the capacity to take on resonance.

Derek Knight: PLACES, A Flâneur’s Eye documents his museum visits over the last decade in North America and Europe.

Upcoming exhibitions

Photo credit: Ruilin Zhang

Abstract Filters
SCLA 5P01 – Comparative Critical theory in Literature and the Arts responds to Les chemins de l’abstraction.

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

Jan. 15  to Mar. 16, 2024
Opening reception – Feb.2, 2024 from 5-7 pm

Hallway Gallery,
Second Floor East Alcove between Theatre Entrances

In response to the 2023 exhibition “Les chemins de l’abstraction / Pathways to Abstraction” at the Musée du Niel in the South of France, students in SCLA 5P01 – Comparative Critical theory in Literature and the Arts apply Viktor Shklovsky’s concept of “estrangement” to creative-writing pieces and photographic gestures.

In collaboration with the Musée du Niel, Giens, France ( and with the support of the M.A. Program, Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts.

Christy Mitchell, Honours Thesis exhibition
Vestiges of the past: the ephemeral nature of memory keeping

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

March 22 to April 13, 2024
Opening reception – Mar 22, 2024 from 5-7 pm

Hallway Gallery,
Second Floor East Alcove between Theatre Entrances

STAC graduand Christy Mitchell presents a creative and critical response to the problem of the ephemeral contemporary image. Presented on site with an online curatorial exhibition project.

TOUCH, AND TENDER READINGS. Soft Cover, English, Thread Stitching, 48 Pages, 2023, Salon für Kunstbuch

Touching Books: self-publishing

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

April 15 to September 2024
Opening reception – TBD

Hallway Gallery,
Second Floor East Alcove between Theatre Entrances

Following the introduction of a new course in 2024, STAC 3P97 Publishing: Creative Elements and Editorial Process, this exhibition is the first evidence of a creative inquiry and expression in small press publishing. Students will create mini books, material and digital. The reference volume is Touch, published by the SWP in 2023, which the students will creatively reformulate into new expressions of self-publishing.

Recent exhibitions

Stockholm Interior, 2023. Oil and acrylic on panel, 30 x 24 inches. Image: Geoff Farnsworth.

Geoff Farnsworth: Blurs and Vagueness – An exhibition of small paintings

Museum in the Hallway / Boîte-en-valise

Sept. 26 to Oct. 22, 2023
Opening reception – Sept. 26, 2023 from noon to 2 p.m.

Hallway Gallery,
Second Floor East Alcove between Theatre Entrances

An Ontario Culture Days event.
In partnership with 13th Street Gallery’s exhibition of larger paintings by Geoff Farnsworth running Sept. 23 to Oct. 21, 2023.

Demonstrating a spirit for process, experimentation, and colour exploration, Geoff Farnsworth’s small-sized paintings offer a meditative reflection between figurative and abstraction. They are presented here with small drawings.

Rarely shown to the public, Farnsworth’s drawings form a significant part of his work. They often – although not always – represent a more tightly structured environment. When seen together, his paintings and drawings evoke a fluctuating world of everyday realities and the dreamy fantasies of our imagination.

Geoff Farnsworth studied with the Federation of Canadian Artists (Vancouver chapter), Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University (Graphic Design & Illustration Program), and the Art Students League of New York. After five years in New York City, Farnsworth relocated to Toronto. 4He currently lives and works in downtown St. Catharines. His paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Niagara Falls, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.

Curators: Catherine Parayre and David Vivian
Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

The virtual catalogue for the exhibition is available here:

All work on display is available for purchase from the artist.
For a list of prices see the list of works.

Visit the artist’s website.