The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests. In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.
“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”
“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”
Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.
After digging through their vaults, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is ready to unveil a new and “Unbelievable” exhibition. Unbelievable is a quirky new exhibition curated from the Museum’s own collections, on display at MOV June 24 – September 24, 2017.
Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, Unbelievable assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for an exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. “Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”
The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow.
Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.
The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.
Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers. This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.
Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant. Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”
Unbelievable run June 24 – September 24, 2017 at Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street.Visit museumofvancouver.ca for more information on Unbelievable and the rest of the exhibits at the MOV on now.
With a long weekend coming up, why not stick around the city and explore it. After the long winter has kept us cocooned at home, it’s time to get out and see blooming in the city. To help make zipping around to check out the attraction, I recently had the chance to test out a Honda HR-V. The compact crossover SUV was a perfect sized vehicle to make getting around town easy and comfortable.
Now is a great time to visit some of the city’s acclaimed and popular attractions, before the school holidays and summer high-season visitors descend upon them. The variety of locations offer opportunities for every weather, Bloedel Conservatory is a tropical oasis on a grey and dreary day. Filled with tropical foliage and birds, the conservatory takes visitors away from the usual Vancouver spring rain. If it’s nice out, step outside and explore Queen Elizabeth Park’s paths and gardens. For more gardens, visit the Bloedel Conservatory’s sister VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Roam the world through the Garden’s varies garden exhibition, pick up some lunch and picnic on the great lawn or overlooking the ponds and fountains.
The Museums at Kits Point offer variety for all ages and are just a stones through from the parks and beaches.
Museum of Vancouver shines bright with its signature Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver collection of neon signs from the city’s brightly lit heydays. A look back at the photos in Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition are a glimpse back at the city’s evolution. c??sna??m, the city before the city look even further back to enlighten about the Coast Salish First Nations who settled the city before us. Upcoming The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century looks at the hot topic of housing. The Maritime Museum’s current exhibition The Lost Fleet, looks at the causes and effect of the War Measures Act on the Japanese-Canadian fishing fleet. Children love to play and learn about our maritime history and today’s working harbour in the hands-on area in the museum or to board the historic St Roch and relive its famed sailings.
The Honda HR-V feels like a full sized SUV but handles like a Civic. The short length makes street parking easy, and the extra height and right-side view camera helps reduce blind spots. The right-side camera is a dream in downtown Vancouver to make sure the bike lanes are clear before turning. The vehicle may be smaller but the cargo space definitely isn’t lacking, although I didn’t need much at Costco, I certainly could have stocked up and carried all of my visiting family’s luggage at the same time. Even after a week of driving all around the city; commuting, visiting attraction, and running errands the HR-V still hadn’t even used a close to a full tank of gas. My friend who’s looking for a new family vehicle has now added the Honda HR-V to her list, but you don’t need to be a family to have one, it’s a handy vehicle for everyone.
– Disney pop group Allstar Weekend brings their teen pop to the Vogue Theatre – Comedian Bob Saget brings his blue humour to River Rock Show Theatre – start your evening with some entertainment from the great Joan-E and Raye Sunshine at SnapDRAGon at Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie. – stay later or return to Oasis for the new Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael – Five-Sixty plays host to the Taboo After Party “A Lingerie Affair”
Sometimes overshadowed by the more famous and visible cultural institutions, like the Vancouver Art Gallery and Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Vancouver is definitely worth a visit.
Located in picturesque Kits Point, adjacent to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and nearby Maritime Museum, the MOV is a hidden gem. The museum is divided into two spaces, the east wing catering to visiting exhibitions and the west wing, the permanent collection.
Currently the east wing is featuring “Bhangra.me : Vancouver’s Bhangra Story” in
collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society the exhibition runs until October 23, 2011. A collection of oral recollections, personal artifacts, instruments, costumes, posters, pictures and music it tells the history of South Asians in Vancouver and how Bhangra is integral to their local and international cultural identity.
In the west wing you wind your way through the permanent collections as they tell the story of Vancouver, from it’s humble, logging village beginnings to the tumultuous 60’s through to the modern day. Great artifacts and memories abound as you peak into each vignette and display.
Although a smaller scale than some of it’s larger competitors the Museum of Vancouver isn’t any less packed with history and information. It should be on everyone’s list to check out and learn a bit more about Vancouver.
The Museum of Vancouver is located at 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC Hours: Winter (Sept – June) : Tues-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm, Mon Closed Summer (July – Aug) : Mon-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm