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November 30, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Welcomes New CEO Mark Richards

MOV CEO Mark Richards

VANCOUVER, BC – The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) today announced that they have named Mark Richards as the Museum’s new CEO.

Richards is an internationally respected museum professional with more than twenty years of experience working in national museums in the United Kingdom and is an expert in museum transformation and operations. He is known for building community partnerships and creative sponsorship opportunities in large and small markets.

He was most recently a director at the Museum of London where he was instrumental in transforming the museum into a world-leading cultural institution, doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of income.

“Mark’s deep expertise in civic museum operations and his track record of success in guiding cultural institutions through periods of growth and transformation along with his passion for culture, the arts and Vancouver itself are ideal qualities for our next CEO,” says Jill Tipping, MOV Board Chair.

Richards says, “MOV is a cultural treasure and I am pleased to be joining its dedicated team at an exciting time in its history. I look forward to helping it fulfill its potential and reach wider audiences.”

Richards will take over in his official capacity on December 5th.  

 

About Museum of Vancouver:

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The Museum’s vision is to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city. MOV is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks partners to support the evolution of the Museum’s visitor experience. 

 

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Media contact :                                  

Jill Tipping, Chair, MOV Board of Directors

Jill.tipping@schneider-electric.com

604-671-0001

 

Photos:                                                

Mark Richards - http://ow.ly/pYYC306Gte8

MOV Building - http://ow.ly/TxP4306GpST

 

Mark Richards Backgrounder:

Mark Richards began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Museum of Science and Industry, which included the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

During his ten-year tenure as a director at the Museum of London (2005 – 2015) he was the architect behind its transformation to a world-leading cultural institution; doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of commercial income generation.

Richards was educated at the University of East London where he studied psychology. He has a particular interest in social anthropology, public art, urban archaeology and photography.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has worked in museum management, change and business turnaround and has lectured on cultural transformation, leadership, creativity and the museum visitor experience.

Outside of work, Mark has a long term interest in public art, museums, galleries and the theatre. He is also an accomplished photographer and has had his work displayed in London and Tokyo. He and his wife enjoy mountain biking, hiking and long distance cycling tours.

 

October 18, 2016
Why I Design connects people to the city’s most innovative creators

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October 18, 2016

Museum event answers all your questions about design.

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a stimulating night of inquiry focused on the creative process with its 3rd annual Why I Design event. On the evening of Friday, November 4, from 7-11pm, a big party packs two dozen designers into museum spaces for drinks, demonstrations and discussion.

Why I Design offers people the opportunity to awaken their curiosity and learn about the city’s booming design community. Designers will discuss how they face challenges and change lives. They will reveal their sources of inspiration and describe why they’re working in Vancouver.

Attendees will discover the stories behind the development of everyday technologies and cool things they’ve never seen before. Felix Böck from ChopValue will present his innovative products made from recycled chopsticks, and Hapa Landscape Architecture Collaborative will highlight some of the city’s most exciting new building projects. People will get a firsthand look at VeloMetro’s fully-enclosed, electric assist cycles and can ask The Alinker how its three-wheeled walking bike keeps people active.

Visit the Museum of Vancouver’s website for the full list of designers participating in this year’s event.

About Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

 

Listing Information

 

Why I Design 2016

Date:                                       Friday, November 4, 7-11pm

Venue:                                     Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:                                   museumofvancouver.ca/wid2016

 

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For further information or to book interviews with participating designers, please contact Myles Constable at mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca or 604-730-5309.

September 13, 2016
MOV zooms in on key moments from the 1970s in this new photo exhibition

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September 13, 2016

 

Museum of Vancouver zooms in on key moments from the city’s coming of age with a new exhibition:
Vancouver in the Seventies

 

Photos from the Vancouver Sun's collection focus on the decade that changed the city.

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a fascinating new exhibition about an era of political upheaval, economic prosperity, and cultural blossoming. Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City – on view at MOV from October 13, 2016 through February 26, 2017 – features 400 images from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as a number of 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

MOV Senior Curator Viviane Gosselin describes the photos asstunning images of an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They capture the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.”

The images are organized around themes of protesting, building, performing, and playing in Vancouver. Visitors are invited to add their significant 1970s Vancouver happenings to a visual timeline of events and factoids.

Vancouver in the Seventies builds on the book of the same name – authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic – publishing October 15, 2016 by Greystone Books. The exhibition will be designed by 10four Design Group, with curation by Viviane Gosselin and guest curator Kate Bird.

“This collection of Vancouver Sun photographs reveals not just the character of the city in the 1970s but how Vancouver became what it is today,” says Bird.

To encourage Vancouverites to think about the future of their city, the Museum of Vancouver will invite people to come together to reflect on the 1970s through the lenses of activism, arts, and business. Public programs will include an event where news photographers and journalists will share their perspectives and invite debates on the evolving field of photojournalism.

  The Museum of Vancouver is grateful for the support of the Vancouver Sun.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver’s mission is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

 

LISTING INFORMATION

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from the Decade that Changed the City           

Guest curator: Kate Bird

MOV curator: Viviane Gosseiln

Design: 10four Design Group

Date: October 13, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Venue: Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website: museumofvancouver.ca

 

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For further media information, contact Myles Constable: 604-730-5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

Images for press use can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pbo7i8kxt6hwlkh/AACLJ_crtSUJoRdYGeWAAOULa?dl=0

 

May 11, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Demonstrates Cultural Power of Collecting in Immersive New Exhibition: All Together Now

Interactive display shines spotlight on fascinating local collectors and treasures that help us understand our history and community

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present an intriguing exhibition about the significance of collecting. All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds – on view at MOV from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – features wall-to-wall displays of rare, unconventional, and awe-inspiring objects from 20 diverse Vancouver collectors.

“The act of collecting is a fascinating way to engage with one’s identity, history, and community,” explained Viviane Gosselin, Curator of Contemporary Culture at MOV. “This exhibition enables visitors to enter into the rich, often-unknown worlds of collectors, and to think about how private collections can affect our understanding of the past. In this way, it reminds us of the importance of collectors as memory keepers.”

Taking inspiration from the eclectic cabinets of curiosities belonging to 17th century scientists, All Together Now features floor-to-ceiling displays, portraits of each collector, and numerous tactile experiences for visitors. These interactive components include playing pinball machines, trying on corsets, listening to long-forgotten bands, and handling historical artifacts.

This captivating sensory experience not only showcases intriguing items, but the stories of their remarkable collectors: Angus Bungay started collecting action figures when he worked in the animation industry; Imogene Lim, an anthropologist, gathers Chinese-Canadian menus because they connect to her family story and her interest in intercultural history; Kyle Seller’s numerous pinball machines are featured in pubs across the city; prosthetist David Moe’s assortment of vintage artificial limbs stems from his father’s profession and offers insight into the rapid development of medical technology; and Melanie Talkington observes the changes in fashion and bodies through the ages with her largest-in-the-world collection of 19th century corsets.

Vancouver-centric collections also feature prominently in All Together Now: Lyanne Smith and Angus McIntyre’s ephemera from public transit documents its history in Greater Vancouver; journalist Willow Yamauchi’s collection of her father’s drag queen costumes also includes materials from his beloved 80s Vancouver band, the Bovines; and Major James Matthews’ hunting compilation forms the core of the MOV and Archives collections, shaping how we understand Vancouver today.

As a way to further engage with the exhibition, the Museum invites people to post pictures of themselves with their collections on social media, using the hashtag #mycollectionatMOV. These images will animate the exhibition space through large projections. MOV will also ask visitors to consider collecting in their own lives through upcycling workshops, collector show and tells, and a symposium on the role of community engagement in museum collecting.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 ext. 507 I C. 604.802.3712

scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

 

April 29, 2016
MOV Celebrates Expo 86 Anniversary with $4.00 Admission and Display of Memorabilia

VANCOUVER, BC –  On Monday, May 2, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) will be turning the clock back thirty years, to that monumental day that changed the city forever – the opening of 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. To mark the occasion, admission to the Museum will reflect 1986 pricing: just $4.00 to learn about the city’s history, future, and check out the new Recollecting Expo 86 display. Cake will be served at 11:00am.

Expo 86 was a game changer. It remains one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia, and it was a catalyst for major projects in real estate, infrastructure, and architecture. The fair attracted over 22 million visitors and gave Vancouver international stature. The provincial town became a bold city with boundless potential.  

“The creation of Expo 86 was less about planning and design and more about performance art, the orchestrations of beliefs, and the hopes and desires of a local and global community,” said Bruno Freschi, Expo 86 Chief Architect.

Expo 86 had an impact on everyone who took part in it. Vancouverites remember what they did there and who was with them. Many residents held onto their memories by collecting souvenirs.

To mark the 30th anniversary, MOV has put together a mini-exhibition using a fraction of Pete Visscher’s impressive collection of Expo 86 memorabilia, including Expo Ernie, hundreds of pins, signage, and recollections of this impactful event. This display spotlights the important role of collectors as memory keepers. The Museum invites you to share your memories and images of Expo 86 on Twitter and Instagram. Please use the hashtag #RecollectingExpo86.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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March 10, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Tests the Waters with Floating Billboards

ANNOUNCEMENT
 

VANCOUVER, BC –  For two days this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) ran test advertisements on Burke Billboards. The digital advertising company offered the opportunity to increase brand exposure in target locations around False Creek, especially in key areas where tourists could discover the Museum’s proximity in Vanier Park. The tests revealed just how visible the displays are, and that public would certainly take notice.

The Museum has received a few messages expressing displeasure in choosing this new advertising medium. The sentiment is understandable, and MOV appreciates where these perspectives are coming from. The Museum, whose vision includes inspiring civic engagement, is impressed by the passionate reaction of local residents.

As many people in Vancouver are new to the city and unacquainted with MOV, we have a significant challenge in raising awareness that we are located in the white building “with the hat on it” in Vanier Park. Moreover, with a modest marketing budget, MOV is forced to get creative and try new cost-effective methods to get the word out. For the Museum to remain sustainable, it must continue to grow its audience.

The Museum of Vancouver relies on a combination of financial support from donors, government funders, and admissions revenue from visitors to create programming that deepens our understanding of Vancouver.  Our current exhibition Your Future Home focuses, in part, on the use of public space, and encourages the people to suggest ideas for the betterment of the city.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309
 

March 02, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT: CEO Nancy Noble will be leaving MOV at the end of July

ANNOUNCEMENT
March 2, 2016

The Museum of Vancouver’s Board of Directors announces that CEO Nancy Noble will be leaving MOV at the end of July.

A rigorous and disciplined search for her successor will begin now to ensure a smooth transition.

“It has been an amazing ten years at MOV, and I am very proud of everything we’ve accomplished, creating a great city museum,” says Noble. “However, I am looking forward to new challenges and I hope to continue to push boundaries of what a museum can do.”

Board Chair, Jill Tipping, says, “Nancy’s leadership has had a significant impact on the Museum and the role it plays in the community. Over the past ten years, she led the organization to the creation of a new vision, values, direction and brand. The Museum’s reputation has grown in attendance and has won numerous awards. Noble transformed the Museum into a significant civic institution, reflecting the values and interests of Vancouverites, and making an impact in the city’s cultural realm.

Nancy Noble has taken the Museum of Vancouver on an exciting journey in the last decade and the MOV looks to the future and the opportunity to once again redefine the Museum and its role in Vancouver’s cultural life.  MOV recently unveiled a new five-year strategic plan focusing on its position as a social connector, inspiring civic engagement and improving the institution’s sustainability.

The Board of Directors is both proud and greatly appreciative of Nancy’s exceptional contribution to the Museum of Vancouver and for her leadership and its significant impact on the Museum and the role in plays in the community.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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Inquiries about this matter should be directed to
Jill Tipping, Museum of Vancouver Board Chair
jill.tipping@schneider-electric.com
604-671-0001

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309

February 29, 2016
Museum of Vancouver welcomes Amanda Burrows as new Director of Development

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February 29, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC –  The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce that Amanda Burrows has joined its team of passionate advocates for the city. As the Director of Development, Burrows will head up the Museum’s fundraising efforts, fostering relationships with donors, sponsors, and the Museum’s membership.

She comes to MOV with more than eight years of experience raising funds for arts organizations. In addition to her experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim NYC, Burrows recently served as the Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Vancouver Opera, where she created the Young Patrons Circle that engaged the next generation of arts patrons.

Burrows was the ideal candidate for this position after studying Fundraising Management at Ryerson University, and having earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.

As a connector, Burrows has developed programs that stimulate philanthropic behaviour. She sits on the Boards for Contemporary Art Gallery, and Passion Foundation, that encourage using arts for community involvement, civic engagement and social change.

 “I am thrilled to join the MOV team as it moves forward,” Burrows announced. “Several years ago, the Museum’s provocative programming helped to put them on my radar, and I am extremely excited to apply my experience as a fundraiser, museum practitioner, and Vancouverite to such an innovative and inclusive institution.”

“Amanda has wholeheartedly embraced MOV’s new vision to inspire a social connected, civically engaged city,” explained MOV CEO Nancy Noble.

Burrows is excited to explore new linkages in the local community, and get more Vancouverites involved with their Museum.

You can reach Amanda Burrows at:

 
 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

February 16, 2016
Instagram and Museum of Vancouver host #Empty event Wednesday, February 17

VANCOUVER, BC - From Canada’s centennial and leading up to its sesquicentennial, the Museum of Vancouver continues to play a vital role in preserving history, and inspiring dialogue about our future. As part of Canada’s Road to 2017, MOV is partnering with Instagram to host #EmptyMuseumofVan on February 17, an exclusive event for Vancouver Instagrammers to experience and capture the wonder of their city museum, and the new Your Future Home exhibition, before its doors open to the public.

The Museum of Vancouver joins other major institutions around the world that have hosted similar events, including #EmptyLouvre in Paris and #EmptyGuggenheim in New York. Instagram is working with landmark institutions across Canada like the Museum of Vancouver, a centennial building, to host #empty events in the lead up to Canada's 150th in 2017. The goal is to bring people together around photography and celebrate the beauty of Canada through the lens of the arts, culture and digital media. The result: a special exhibit that will feature photographs showcasing leading Canadian cultural institutions through the eyes of Canadians (and their Instagram filters).

What:     Instagram photography event #EmptyMuseumofVan #Roadto2017

Who:    Heather Deal, Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver
Lilly Wyden, Manager of Public Policy, Instagram
Nancy Noble, CEO, Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver-based Instagrammers

When:     Wednesday, February 17, 2016
8:30 a.m.    Registration
8:40 a.m.    Remarks
8:50 a.m.    Self-guided tour and opportunities for photographs

Where:    Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver (in Vanier Park)

About Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309
 

December 15, 2015
New Exhibition Invites Vancouverites to Participate in the Future Design of their City

 

Co-presenters Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium explore challenges and solutions relating to citizens’ greatest concerns

 

Vancouver, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in partnership with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, comes a provocative and timely exploration of the future of Vancouver. In response to mounting concern about a rapidly changing region, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, on display at MOV from January 21 through May 15, 2016, will immerse visitors in an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow’s city, while focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.

“Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment. With as many as three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a watershed moment in the history of the region,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “With everyone already talking about Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, we want to shift the conversation from real estate to the state of the city. Your Future Home launches from a ‘presentation centre’ into an ‘urban grid,’ in which some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grapple with the city’s thorniest issues. We want to bring more people into debates about what their city might become.”

More than 20 of Vancouver’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries will create multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown. These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will have visitors challenging customary notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.

Your Future Home will also contain a fascinating series of case studies that will highlight the role that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and changes to how we heat buildings downtown.

Visitors of all ages will discover astonishing facts about the unceasing change that has resulted in today’s Vancouver—a city with fewer native residents than any other in North America. Your Future Home will feature a mock 1,400-square-foot ‘sales centre,’ including infographics, animations, dramatic models, panoramic images relating to the downtown core—and the until-now suburban neighbourhoods that make up 95 per cent of the city. People will be encouraged to discuss the exhibition’s future scenarios, give feedback, and propose their own ideas.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a number of complementary activities, including walking tours, discussions, social events with drinks, and workshops developed to spark conversation about the environments in which we live. A series of hard-hitting debates will focus on public transportation, taxation of vacant properties, affordable housing solutions, and more.

The Vancouver Urbanarium Society and Museum of Vancouver are grateful for the support of Rositch Hemphill Architects, Marcon Investments Ltd., Wesgroup Properties LP, Macdonald Development Corporation, Glotman Simpson, Richard Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects, Rethink, Adera Development Corporation, BTY Consulting Group, Brooks Pooni Associates, PFS Studio, Bruce Haden, Andrew Gruft, Leslie Van Duzer, and Marta Farevaag. Additionally, the Museum would like to thank its institutional funders: City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, and BC Arts Council, and the exhibition media sponsor: CBC Vancouver.

About: Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an inde­pendent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

About: Vancouver Urbanarium Society (urbanarium.org)
Urbanarium was founded by a group of prominent Vancouver urbanites, including architects, planners and leading citizens who are passionate about citybuilding. Urbanarium believes in engaging and informing the citizens of Metro Vancouver, in order to help guide decision-making and protect the region’s future well-being. Urbanarium intends to become a respected platform for urban conversation and a place where people can get balanced, unbiased information.

 

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For further media information, contact

Sarah Cruickshank | T: 604.558.2400 ext. 507 | C: 604.802.3712 

scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

October 16, 2015
Vancouver Museums win Governor General’s Award for First Nations Exhibition

c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City shares Musqueam history and culture

VANCOUVER, BC – A unique collaboration amongst three Vancouver cultural institutions has been named winner of the 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums. Gold medals were presented Friday at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Canadian history. This year’s winning project is c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City. The exhibition tells the story of c̓əsnaʔəm, one of the largest ancient Musqueam villages and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built. It was jointly curated by the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) in collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC, Musqueam First Nation, and Susan Roy from the University of Waterloo.

“Winning such a prestigious national award is a testament to the hard work, creativity and perseverance of the curatorial teams,” says Nancy Noble, CEO of MOV. “This important exhibition has allowed the Museum to confront its own colonial past, acknowledging the actions of our predecessors and hopefully, in some small way, reconciling the many misconceptions about the Musqueam people, their history and their continued contributions to Vancouver and Canadian society.”

The three-location exhibition intends to generate public discussion about indigenous history, and to raise awareness of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm for the Musqueam people and for Vancouver. The ancient village of c̓əsnaʔəm was founded about 5,000 years ago at what was then the mouth of the Fraser—the southern border of today’s Marpole neighbourhood.

“c̓əsnaʔəm was a place where families lived and put their people to rest and was a sophisticated society. That’s why the exhibit is called ‘The City Before the City,’ says Jordan Wilson of the MOA and co-curator of the exhibition. “All too often there’s a picture painted of these villages as quite small and primitive, but in fact it was quite a large site, and the Musqueam people played a significant role in shaping the City of Vancouver.”

“Museums are no longer just passive buildings that store old objects. They play an active role in sharing new knowledge,” says Janet Walker, President and CEO of Canada’s History Society, which administers the award. “c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City is a perfect example of how a museum exhibition can counter an existing narrative—that Vancouver is a young city of immigrants—and replace it with a more truthful version of events. In this way, museums help shape our future as well as our past.”

The joint exhibition opened earlier this year at the Museum of Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology and the Musqueam Cultural Centre, and continues through January 2016. Each location explores different aspects of c̓əsnaʔəm, through artifacts—collected mainly in the 1920s and ‘30s—and new technologies such as 3-D printing.

You can find more information about the exhibition at www.thecitybeforethecity.com.

About the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums
The Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association and Canada’s History Society. First presented in 2011, it honours significant achievement in the historical field and encourages standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history.

About Canada’s History
Canada’s History is a national charitable organization whose mission is to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history, principally through its publishing, education, and recognition programs. In addition to administering the Governor General’s History Awards and publishing Canada’s History magazine (formerly The Beaver) and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, Canada’s History produces a number of educational and online programs to encourage a Canada where people are deeply engaged in connecting with their shared past.

About Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections.  Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

About Musqueam First Nation
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive and evolve, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver
604.730.5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
 

September 15, 2015
Vancouver Premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

 

Architectural history of Canada’s newest territory presented at Museum of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes the Vancouver premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, commemorating the establishment of Canada’s newest, largest and most northerly territory. This investigation into the architectural history of Nunavut is on display October 8 – December 13, 2015.

 

The exhibition, which is organized and curated by Lateral Office, was originally shown in 2014 at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

 

Visitors will delve into the realities of contemporary life in this sublime yet fragile region, exploring philosophies of adaptation, ingenuity, and the intersection of technology and tradition. Concepts will be illuminated through soapstone carvings of significant architectural works, topographic models and photographs of Nunavut’s 25 communities, and replicas of structures enhanced by animations which suggest innovative solutions in the delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation.

 

Arctic Adaptations surveys a recent architectural past, a current urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Today, there are almost 33,000 people living across two million square kilometres, making Nunavut one of the least densely populated regions in the world. These communities, located above the tree line and with no roads connecting them, range in population from 120 in the smallest hamlet to 7,000 in Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit. The climate, geography, and people of Nunavut, as well as the wider Canadian Arctic, challenge the viability of a universalizing modernity.

 

Following the age of polar exploration in the 20th century, modern architecture encroached on this remote and vast region of Canada in the name of sovereignty, aboriginal affairs management, or trade, among others. Throughout the last 100 years, architecture, infrastructure, and settlements have been the tools for these acts. People have been re-located; trading posts, military infrastructure, and research stations have been built; and small settlements are now emerging as Arctic cities. Some have described this rapid confrontation with modernity as a transition “from igloos to internet” compressed into forty years. This abruptness has revealed powerful traits among its people—adaptation and resilience—qualities which modern architecture has often lacked. Few places exemplify the ability to adapt in the face of modernity better than Nunavut.

 

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the territory, which changed

Canada’s map, Arctic Adaptations explores modernism’s legacy within the contextual particularities of the North. The exhibition documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively unknown region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines a projected role for architecture moving forward. It argues that modern Inuit cultures continue to evolve and merge the traditional and the contemporary in unique and innovative ways, and questions whether architecture, which has largely failed this region—both technically and socially—can be equally innovative and adaptive.

 

Modernity is often fearful of the specificities of place and the premise of ‘the local’. Yet Nunavut seems to resist modernism’s universalizing tendency. This unique exhibition seeks to reveal acts of architectural resistance and identify an unrecognized modern Canadian North.

 

Media are invited to an exclusive curator tour of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, with Lola Sheppard, on Wednesday, October 7 at 2:30pm. Phone interviews can also be arranged in advance.

 

Credits

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.  It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance for the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

 

LISTING INFORMATION                Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Date:                                                 October 8 – December 13, 2015

Venue:                                              Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:                                          museumofvancouver.ca

Images:                                              High-resolution images are available to download at: arcticadaptations.ca/press

 

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver

604.730.5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

March 18, 2015
Western Canadian Premiere of 'Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show'

Museum of Vancouver inspires happiness through surprising interactive exhibition

From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes a vibrant exhibition and profound exploration of one of humanity’s universal desires: happiness. Conceived by one of the world’s foremost designers and creative minds, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show—on display April 23 – September 7, 2015 at MOV—is both thought-provoking and engaging. One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces—stairwells, hallways, and restrooms—in order to ask: what makes us happy?   

The Happy Show arrives as the wellbeing of Metro Vancouver residents is at the forefront of attention. The Vancouver Foundation has recently reported that Lower Mainland residents feel lonely and isolated. Our local and provincial governments are now recognizing that social connection is crucial for personal happiness and for a thriving city,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “This exhibition—masterfully created by Sagmeister—will delight visitors with works of art and design as it inspires them to reflect on their own lives.”
 
Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free sabbatical—a year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge. The final display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness.

Confronted with stories about wellness, mindfulness, and sex, viewers will be immersed in an experience akin to walking into Sagmeister’s mind. The Happy Show is comprised of an array of engaging infographics, video projections, and interactive installations, including a stationary bike that powers a wall of neon, a giant inflatable monkey, and a series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of happiness. Audiences will also enjoy a preview of Sagmeister’s soon-to-be-released documentary, The Happy Film, which depicts his attempts to increase his happiness through meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Born in Austria in 1962, Sagmeister has had a significant impact on design over the past decade, regarded for his keen eye when blending typography with imagery in strikingly original ways. A multi-award winning artist—including two GRAMMY Awards and the Lucky Strike Designer Award, among many others—Sagmeister is co-founder of sought-after New York design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh. His resume boasts such clients as HBO, Levi’s, The Rolling Stones, Time Warner, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has delivered several popular TED talks on happiness and design, and written numerous books including: Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Made You Look, and Another Book about Promotion and Sales.

MOV will engage visitors in a diverse array of public activities that extend The Happy Show into the community. Programs include a public symposium on ideas for happier communities led by one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, University of British Columbia Professor John Helliwell; a series of Happy Hours that will encourage Vancouverites to meet each other and inspire happiness through interaction; and a series of guerilla street interventions that invite social connection.

Credits:
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, curated by Claudia Gould. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support provided by The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

LISTING INFORMATION
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Date: April 23 – September 7, 2015

Venue:    Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

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For further media information, contact
Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.802.3712
scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

February 19, 2015
Azrieli Foundation Book Launch With Jeanne Beker, hosted by MOV

VANCOUVER BC — “As a child of [Holocaust] survivors, I’m keenly aware that I have been left with a legacy that’s as
powerfully daunting as it is inspiring.” – Jeanne Beker

Jeanne Beker — television personality, fashion designer and daughter of Holocaust survivors — will be reading from her
parents’ memoir, Joy Runs Deeper at the Museum of Vancouver on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 PM.

Bronia and Joseph Beker paint a colourful picture of prewar life in Kozowa, a small town in eastern Poland where they met and
fell in love. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, everything changed. Until their liberation, the Bekers were first confined to a
ghetto and then on the run, relying on the kindness of strangers — and luck. They were adamant about telling their daughters
every detail of their war experience, time and time again.

According to Beker, “Now I realize it was [my parents’] storytelling [about their experiences during the Holocaust] that made me
who I am, colouring my personal philosophies, imparting a sense of resilience and instilling in me a precious instinct for survival.”
Coinciding with the West Coast launch of Joy Runs Deeper is the Museum of Vancouver exhibition, From Rationing to Ravishing: The
Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s
. This exhibition features rare examples of haute couture and Vancouvermade
clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and
Claus Jahnke, this exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.

This program is presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and
the Museum of Vancouver. Copies of Joy Runs Deeper, published by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs
Program, will be distributed to those who attend. To RSVP to the Joy Runs Deeper launch, visit www.joyrunsdeeper.eventbrite.ca.
Admission to the featured Museum of Vancouver exhibition is by donation to attendees of the launch.

ABOUT THE VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is a teaching museum and a leader in Holocaust education in British Columbia, dedicated to
promoting human rights, social justice and genocide awareness, and to teaching about the causes and consequences of discrimination, racism
and antisemitism through education and remembrance of the Holocaust. The VHEC reaches more than 25,000 students annually. It produces
acclaimed exhibits, innovative school programs, teaching materials and online exhibits, many of them with a focus on Canada and the Holocaust.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that
encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary
issues and stories from the past. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on
support from the community.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Nina Krieger
Executive Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
604.264.0499
ninakrieger@vhec.org

January 20, 2015
Vanier Park hosts family-friendly, cultural discovery event

(Vancouver, BC) – On Saturday, February 7, Vancouverites are invited to spend the day exploring the six cultural institutions of Vanier Park, at the fourth annual Winter Wander, presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

Vanier Park is home to Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. Each year, the group teams up for a one-day event where locals and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer. For only $5.00, youth, seniors and adults receive admission to all venues, while kids five and younger can visit for free.

 “Vanier Park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure, says Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “With added experiences including face painting, a Polaroid station, and roaming live performances, another great turnout is expected for this year’s event.”

New this year, there will be complimentary beverages, wooden boat building demonstrations at the Vancouver Maritime Museum's Heritage Harbour, and the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition of Musqueam culture.

 “Winter Wander is a unique opportunity to not only showcase all Vanier Park has to offer, but to bring its members together in the spirit of collaboration, says Space Centre CEO Raylene Marchand. “By joining together, we’re able to put on a great event that in turn strengthens our connection to each other, and also to the community we operate in.”

"We are grateful for the continued generosity of Port Metro Vancouver, whose support will ensure that this year’s event is not to be missed,” says Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Catherine Butler. “We would also like to thank our event sponsors City and LG104.3 for spreading the word and We Love Van for supplying water and coffee!”

For full schedule of events and more information, visit winterwander.com.

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Winter Wander at Vanier Park is presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

For media inquiries contact:
Lyndsey Barton
Director of Community Engagement, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
604.738.7827 / marketing@spacecentre.ca

December 02, 2014
Unprecedented, Three-Site Exhibition Reveals Archaeological & Cultural Origins of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC partner on a groundbreaking exploration of the city’s ancient landscape, and Musqueam’s early history and living culture. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is a series of three distinct exhibitions, opening simultaneously on January 25, 2015. The unified exhibitions will connect Vancouverites with c̓əsnaʔəm – one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built – sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.

“People often think of Vancouver as a new city, when in fact it is one of the most significant sites of ancient cultures in Canada – one that has even been compared to other societies such as the Egyptian and Roman societies,” says Terry Point, Co-Curator of the Musqueam First Nation and MOV exhibitions. “Visitors to c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city will learn it is part of an ancient landscape, and will discover aspects of Musqueam heritage, culture, and knowledge that have never before been shared with the public.”

Located in the area now commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm is imbued with the history and culture of the Musqueam people. First occupied almost 5,000 years ago, c̓əsnaʔəm became one of the largest of Musqueam’s village sites approximately two thousand years ago. Generations of families lived at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, harvesting the rich resources of the delta.

Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors, and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains, many of which are in museums and private collections locally and abroad. The land has been given various names since colonialism, including Great Fraser Midden, Eburne Midden, DhRs-1, and Marpole Midden – a name under which it would receive designation as a National Historic Site in 1933.

Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR Airport, and a miscellaneous assortment of buildings and developments obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory. The significance of c̓əsnaʔəm to the Musqueam community remains undiminished despite this. In 2012, Musqueam community members held a 200+ day vigil when ancestral remains were unearthed at c̓əsnaʔəm, putting a stop to a proposed condominium development.

Opening simultaneously in January of 2015, these three c̓əsnaʔəm exhibitions will bring the rich history of the Musqueam Nation to the attention of Greater Vancouver audiences. Each exhibition will highlight a distinctive aspect of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm:

Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre & Gallery
Curated by Leona M. Sparrow, Co-curated by Terry Point, Jason Woolman, and Larissa Grant this exhibition focuses on the sophistication of Musqueam knowledge and technology past and present. It makes connections through a continuum of knowledge and expertise over time. The exhibition will feature oral histories, community interviews, hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ language associated with c̓әsnaʔәm belongings on display, and artifact recreation. It will be on display for a minimum of one year.

Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
This multi-year exhibition draws multiple connections between c̓əsnaʔəm artifacts, Indigenous ways of knowing, colonialism, heritage politics, cultural resilience, and contemporary Musqueam culture. It will include graphic and 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds. The MOV exhibition is the work of a curatorial collective from Terry Point, Susan Roy, Viviane Gosselin, Larissa Grant, Leona Sparrow, Jordan Wilson, Jason Woolman, and Susan Rowley and will be on display for a minimum of five years.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
Focusing on Musqueam identity and worldview, and Curated by Sue Rowley and Jordan Wilson, this exhibition will highlight language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əәsnaʔəәm. Rich in multi-media, it will demonstrate Musqueam’s continuous connection to their territory, despite the many changes to the land. This exhibition will be on display for one year.

Programs
As a way to further educate, enrich, and connect with people, public programming and events will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibitions’ run. The complete range of public programs will include a series of curated tours, cultural exchanges with Musqueam artists, elders, and activists, and cultural tours from Musqueam youth.

For further exhibition information, including complete details on public programs, please
visit: thecitybeforethecity.com

About Musqueam First Nation:
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

About MOV:
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community.

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is worldrenowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many, which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

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Laura Murray I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.418.2998
lmurray@lauramurraypr.com

 

October 09, 2014
Vancouver City Shapers Honoured at 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner

Monday evening, the Museum of Vancouver played host to the 3rd annual Legacy Awards Dinner that honours individual, families and companies who have shown outstanding vision and commitment to building a city that is ranked as one of the most impressive in the world.

The MOV invited well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to the selection table. They spent two months reviewing over 50 nominees who have helped mould the city as we know it today and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The 2014 winners were Wade Grant, Dr. Julio Montaner, Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk.

Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, was presented with the Emerging City Visionary Award for his work bringing together First Nations and New Immigrants, and forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. Dr. Montaner was recognized with the City Shaper Award for his dedication to HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention, resulting in a decrease in infections and mortality. The MOV Legacy Award was presented to Yosef Wosk for his, and his father’s (Morris J. Wosk) extensive history of philanthropic work, benefitting diverse non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad.

Each of the award winners delivered gracious and moving acceptance speeches. Grant reminded guests of the value of multiculturalism; Montaner urged the public to put pressure on the federal government to adopt the UN AIDS treatment strategy; Yosef Wosk read an insightful poem he wrote specifically for the event, entitled ‘Museum as Matter and Metaphor.’

Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble explained the significance of the award winners: “At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today. In this third year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing this group of honourees for their contributions to our city’s story.”

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Photos of the award winners and the awards dinner can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/latl1ivzqj39mrp/AADir0Mpxh16YjPXNfmRsMnXa?dl=0

For additional background on the award winners, visit:  www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner

 

About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

 

Media Contact

Myles Constable,

Marketing Officer and Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

 

August 27, 2014
Ravishing exhibition revisits fashion trends of the 1940s and 1950s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2014

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver is excited to announce the opening of From Rationing to Ravishing on September 18, 2014. This exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing that reflect how WWII changed society.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 historic garments and accessories. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition also includes a dress from Ceil Chapman, who produced high-quality, French-inspired garments. She was reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer and counted Elizabeth Taylor and Mamie Van Doren as famous clients. Lauren Bacall’s shoes, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac’s dress suit and a suit from Miss Germany 1955 will also be on display.

“In From Rationing to Ravishing, we tried to bring together a collection of garments and accessories that illustrate a variety of historical references,” stated Sayers, one of Canada’s preeminent fashion historians. Jahnke elaborates, “We chose the artifacts for their relevance, their appearance, and their stories.” This exhibition will demonstrate how historical events continue to shape our lives.

From Rationing to Ravishing is the second installment in a continuing series of fashion exhibitions with Sayers and Jahnke. Sayers—who thinks of his exhibitions as lessons in history—claims, “No era is better illustrated by an examination of its clothing than the period of World War II and the postwar years of recovery and rebuilding.“ During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness; clothes were influenced by the need for practicality and economy. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned and then, in the 1950s, influenced by indulgence and amusement, designers made girlishness the rage.

From Rationing to Ravishing will include participatory features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to digitally wear period garments. Over the exhibition’s run, MOV will host a number of history-themed events, including two fashion shows that feature exceptional examples from Sayers’ private collection and two “talk and tour” events, also led by Sayers. 

Fashion history enthusiasts will get a sneak peek into the curators’ collection at Oakridge Centre, where five glamorous garments will be on display from September 11th through the 21st. Susan Nicol, General Manager at Oakridge Centre explains their commitment to this exhibition: “As a fashion and style destination in Vancouver for over 55 years, Oakridge Centre has been a driver of the evolution of fashion in the lower mainland. We are excited to partner with the Museum of Vancouver to showcase some of the significant trends of the past and to help bring to the community a little of our shared history.”

From Rationing to Ravishing: the Transformation of Women's Fashion in the 1940s and 1950s, opens to the public on September 18th; set to close March 8th, 2015. Additional exhibition and event information can be found at www.museumofvancouver.ca/ravishing

 

MOV Events:

Curator's Talk & Tour: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Additional members-only dates to be announced

Join Vancouver's preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space. Follow Ivan as he describes the evolution of women's fashion from wartime utility to postwar extravagance.

Fashion Show: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fashion historian and guest curator Ivan Sayers will produce and narrate live fashion shows that complement From Rationing to Ravishing. These shows will feature exceptional examples from Ivan’s own private collection and others.

 

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About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

Images of some of the standout garments and the curators, can be downloaded from this Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zp6mzocarzwba25/AABx9h_Zl_ghInH3f5bMPc2Ia?dl=0

 

July 28, 2014
MOV Announces 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner Honourees: Morris and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Legacy Awards. The MOV, through its selection committee, discovers outstanding people who are deserved of recognition for their efforts in creating a better Vancouver. The 3rd annual MOV Legacy Awards Dinner will take place on Monday, October 8th at the Museum of Vancouver.

In keeping with the Museum’s vision, to hold a mirror up to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future, it is appropriate that we recognize those individuals, organizations and even businesses that have and continue to make Vancouver the city it is today.

Each year the committee struggles to make the selections because there are so many worthy candidates. It is exciting, however, to realize how many incredibly people we have in this city and we are very excited to be honouring this group for their contributions to our city’s story.

The Museum of Vancouver will present its Legacy Award to Morris and Yosef Wosk. Father and son, Morris and Yosef have contributed to many local charities. Born in Russia, the late Morris Wosk moved to British Columbia in 1928. His hard work and strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all, earned him success in business, a success he shared widely with the people of B.C. After nearly four decades building a family retail business, Morris turned his attention to the hotel and residential sector. For Morris, achievement in business is only one measure of success. The other being contribution to community. He generously gave his time, energy and resources to numerous causes, both locally and abroad, supporting diverse non-profit organizations. Morris Wosk is a member of The Order of British Columbia, The Order of Canada and has also been recognized for his philanthropic work internationally.

Morris and Dena’s son Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. Active in communal affairs, Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author who has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world.  Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed Member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and is included in the Canadian Who's Who.

The MOV City Shaper Award will be presented to Dr. Julio Montaner, a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of ‘Treatment as Prevention’ using HAART to simultaneously decrease progression to AIDS and death, as well as HIV transmission. He was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, in part for his work resulting in a decrease in HIV/AIDS infections and mortality. Dr. Montaner was born in Argentina and completed his M.D. with Honours from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC and meeting his future wife, Montaner decided to remain in Vancouver, joining the faculty of St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC. He was invited to run the new HIV department that was being established in response to the emerging AIDS crisis. In 1992, he was joined by Michael O’Shaughnessy to found the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 1996, Dr. Montaner presented the results of his pioneering research on triple therapy to treat HIV infections at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, creating new standard for HIV drug therapy. Dr. Montaner served as the President of the International AIDS Society from 2008 to 2010, and as of 2013, continues to serve as an elected member of the Council of the International AIDS Society.

The Emerging City Visionary Award will honour Wade Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. After receiving an Arts degree from UBC, Wade worked in many different areas and attended UBC Law School.  He has participated on many volunteer boards and committees around the city and has been actively involved forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. In 2004, at the age of 26, Wade was elected to Musqueam Chief & Council for the first time.  Wade was the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Minister of Public safety from 2006-2007. In 2007, Wade accepted a role in the office of Shawn Atleo who was the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief at the time.  In 2009, Wade was named the Assistant General Manager of the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wade is particularly proud of his work as Co-Chair for the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project, which brought together the First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and New Immigrants in ways that had never been done before. Recently, Wade accepted a role in the Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on First Nations and Aboriginal Issues.

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Awards Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner to purchase early bird tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.

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About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

 

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May 14, 2014
Sasquatch Mask returned to Sts’ailes People

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(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today, the Sts’ailes Band (formerly Chehalis) will hold a private repatriation ceremony on their land near Harrison Hot Springs, to celebrate the return of a significant artifact in their people’s history. Earlier this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) returned the Sasq’ets (commonly known as Sasquatch) mask to its rightful owner, 75 years after being donated to the institution.

At a ceremony held Monday at MOV, the Sts’ailes expressed their gratitude to the Museum of Vancouver for protecting their mask. A Musqueam First Nation representative also attended to welcome the Sts’ailes to their ancestral land.

MOV’s CEO Nancy Noble explained the importance of returning aboriginal belongings: “I believe that museums have a social and cultural obligation to consider repatriating certain objects from their collections to First Nations people.”

Noble describes the positive impacts of repatriation: “For aboriginal peoples, the return of an object with significant cultural or spiritual value can help to rebuild awareness, educate youth and strengthen ties to a culture that was often suppressed or taken away. And from the MOV’s point of view, the process is a way of building trust and developing relationships with the ultimate goal of narrowing the cultural divide that often still exists today.”

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to be aligned with the Vancouver Airport Authority, supporting sponsor of the First Nations Collection, in developing positive relations while returning artifacts of significance. During another repatriation ceremony in 2013, James Leon from Sts’ailes asked to view artifacts from the collection, believing that MOV might have the Sasq’ets mask, which had been missing since 1939, when it was donated by J.W. Burns. A formal letter from Sts’ailes requesting the repatriation of the mask was received by MOV in late 2013; the museum’s repatriation committee recommended the return soon thereafter.

Noble stated: “Every request is different and must be considered on its merits, but when objects were obtained improperly or have a high degree of cultural sensitivity within a community, repatriation seems like an obvious solution.”

All records indicate that Ambrose Point carved the Sasq’ets mask in 1937 or 1938 and wore it at Sasquatch Days, a celebration of aboriginal sport, ceremony, art and handicraft. Burns who was a teacher at the Chehalis Indian Day School was very interested in Sasq’ets and is often credited for bringing the word “Sasquatch” into common use. The Sts’ailes Band state that due to the mask’s extreme cultural significance, Point would not have sold it or given ownership to Burns, and that Point was dispossessed of the mask without permission.

The Sts’ailes Band has a close spiritual and cultural relationship with Sasq’ets. The Band recognizes Sasq’ets as having the ability to move between the physical and spiritual realms. A sighting or encounter with Sasq’ets is viewed as a gift and as a bestowal of responsibility within the Sts’ailes community. 

The Sasquatch Days celebration has been revived in recent years and will take place in Harrison Hot Springs on the weekend of June 7-8, 2014. This will be a special year because for the first time both the newly carved Sasq’ets mask and the original Sasq’ets mask will be present. These events are open to the public. http://www.tourismharrison.com/Sasquatch-Days

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Museum of Vancouver First Nations Collection Supporting Sponsor: 

Additional Resources:

Photo of the Sasquatch Mask (catalogue #AA69.01) from the Museum of Vancouver First Nations Collection supported by YVR: https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwdFdXRStQb0xOUjhUQw

Photo of Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble (second from left) returning the Sasquatch Mask to Sts’ailes Band elders in a private ceremony held May 12th at MOV in Vanier Park: https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwdFdXRStGR0hMYnRVag

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April 17, 2014
Museum of Vancouver celebrates 120 years

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(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) reached a major milestone, as a collector of precious artifacts from around the world and the protector of Vancouver’s past. In recognition of 120 years, MOV will host a celebration on May 29th when admission will be $1.20 (always free for members). Following the Annual General Meeting that evening, birthday cake will be served and BC Place will be lit in the Museum’s colours. MOV’s celebration will continue on their social media channels with photos of artifacts representing 120 years of accessions, shared daily at 1:20pm.

MOV’s 120th anniversary is not only an acknowledgment of history, but of Vancouver’s history. As MOV CEO Nancy Noble explains, “In Canadian terms, we are an old museum with an old collection. For 120 years this museum has been the repository of the material culture and collective memory of this city. We are a reflection of Vancouver’s identity over time. That is valuable in and of itself.”

In 1894, a group of visionaries formed Vancouver’s Art, Historical and Scientific Association. Soon after, the City Museum was created at the Carnegie Library location at Main and Hastings. In 1967, the city announced the construction of the current landmark building in Vanier Park as part of Canada’s centennial. Designed by well-known architect Gerald Hamilton, the Museum’s distinctive dome top was inspired by the shape of a woven basket hat made by Northwest Coast First Nations people. In 1981, the Centennial Museum was re-named the Vancouver Museum and featured permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region.

Society continues to transform and museums have had to adapt to that change. In 2008, the Museum underwent a visioning process that resulted in a shift in focus, taking a cross-disciplinary approach and engaging the community in dialogue about contemporary issues of our city. To reflect the new vision, the Museum changed its name to the Museum of Vancouver in 2009.

“We don’t collect the way colonial collectors did, nor do we communicate information in the same way we did 120 years ago,” Noble explains. “As a contemporary museum, MOV wants to push the boundaries of our role. We believe that the power of history and collections bind the community together, but we want to go beyond that to engage our community in building our collections, telling their own stories, debating contemporary issues and hopefully shaping the future of Vancouver.”

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Media interested in a presentation of our standout artifacts representing 12 decades, and a tour of our 70,000 object collection or interviews with MOV CEO Nancy Noble, can contact Myles Constable (below) to make private appointments.

Media Contact

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December 04, 2013
Rewilding Vancouver connects the city with its natural history

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December 2, 2013

 

Rewilding Vancouver connects the city with its natural history

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver is known for its connection to nature — a unique quality in a major urban centre. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Rewilding Vancouver, opening on February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver, explores Vancouver’s nature as it was, is, and could be.

Rewilding Vancouver is an act of remembering,” explains J.B. MacKinnon, curator of the exhibition and author of The 100-Mile Diet and the recently released The Once and Future World. “It offers a window into a forgotten history in order to look at the present and the possible future with new eyes.”

In 2010, for example, Vancouverites were mesmerized when a grey whale came for a swim in False Creek. Few were aware that, just 150 years ago, hundreds of whales visited local waters each year, including a resident population of humpback whales — famous for their haunting underwater songs. Rewilding Vancouver seeks to encourage people to discover such stories from Vancouver’s past as inspiration to imagine a wilder city today.

The first major exhibition on urban historical ecology in Canada, Rewilding Vancouver features 12 tableaux that mix taxidermy, material culture, projection and sound to reveal the natural “understory” of familiar Vancouver locations. An extinct Steller’s sea cow hovers over the Stanley Park Seawall and a coyote remembers Expo 86, while 120 km of former fish-bearing streams flow beneath our feet.

“Almost everyone has experienced the loss of some treasured natural space — whether an entire forest or a simple vacant lot,” says MacKinnon. “This exhibition is a way to connect with that feeling, and to explore the unlimited possibilities of melding the urban and wild.”

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October 16, 2013
Interesting Vancouver returns for a sixth year of sharing how the typical can actually be intriguing

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Interesting Vancouver returns for a sixth year of sharing
how the typical can actually be intriguing

(VANCOUVER) – What makes someone interesting? Is it their stories? Their life experience? Maybe it’s their drag persona. Vancouverites can find out what makes 10 of their neighbours interesting on November 8 at the Museum of Vancouver when Interesting Vancouver returns for its sixth year.

Interesting Vancouver is an event that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. Ten Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 10 minutes each and answer questions from the audience. With no themes or agendas, it becomes a remarkable opportunity for the audience to also reflect on what’s interesting in their own lives.

“The thing I love most about Interesting Vancouver is that the only theme is ‘interesting’,” says Mark Busse. “No corporate overlords, no profit motives, no self-promotion. Just a room full of fascinating people sharing their hobbies, obsessions, and passions intended to expand the collective vision of what is uniquely possible in our city and by its citizens.”

In addition to speakers, guests will be invited to smash one of Meaghan Kennedy’s piñatas and be treated to a musical performance by CR Avery.

Speakers at the 2013 Interesting Vancouver include:

  • Steve Fisher, Founder and Experience Architect of The Republic of Quality who will share his story about faith, science, love, leaving religion, and the subsequent repercussions.
  • Lynn Hill, curator of Contemporary First Nations exhibitions will share her story of climbing the career ladder.
  • Stephane Mouttet, Chef Concierge of the Shangri-La Hotel on being reunited with his biological parents.
  • Yared Nigussu, Ethiopian artist on the risk of first impressions.
  • Meaghan Kennedy, Piñata Artist on how piñatas have changed her life.
  • Ken Tsui, pop-up event organizer on how Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album informed his understanding of the personal voice.
  • Dave “Peach Cobblah” Deveau, playwright, drag queen, event organizer on how necessity is the root of creativity.
  • Robert Rietveld, former army, navy, and air force executive on Canadian war heros.
  • CR Avery, musician on what it’s like to be a true East Vander.
     

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.interestingvancouver.com and http://interestingvancouver2013.eventbrite.com. Tickets go on sale on October 16.

 

 

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About Interesting Vancouver

In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. 2013 sponsors include Driftwood Beer, Prospect Winery, The Butler Did It, Eventbrite, MediaTemple, GDCBC, The Hot Charlottes, Industrial Brand, and Kirsti Wakelin.

Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.

About the Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

 

 

 

September 25, 2013
MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees: Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

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September 18, 2013

 

MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees: Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

 

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver will present its City Shaper Awards to recipients Ray Spaxman, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, and Tamara Vrooman at the MOV Legacy Dinner, presented by Maynards, this upcoming Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Honoured for his work as a visionary architect and city planner, Ray Spaxman will be taking home the MOV Legacy Award. “This award is a wonderful recognition of the city planning work undertaken in the ’70s and ’80s that led to the status Vancouver has come to enjoy in the world,” says Spaxman. “It is the result of the creative synergy between politicians, staff, and citizens in those two decades.”

The Livable City Award, being presented for its first time this year, will go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op for their pioneering business. “Vancouver gave rise to Mountain Equipment Co-op in 1971,” explains Shona McGlashan, representing Mountain Equipment Co-Op. “Since then, MEC has grown to become Canada’s most vibrant outdoor retailer … We are delighted to be recognized as a city shaper in the city that helped shape our identity.”

Finally, the 2013 Emerging City Visionary Award will be going to Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity for her remarkable work. “I am honored to receive an award that supports a vision of everyone working together to meet the long-term needs of the community and the people who live and work in this city,” remarks Vrooman. “I’m truly excited about the future opportunities that will support us as we continue to create a city that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.”

Recipients were chosen by a committee of city historians, urban planners, business and philanthropic influencers, and representatives of the MOV Board of Directors.

“At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “In this second year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing these three for their contributions to our city’s story.”

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner  to purchase tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.

The Museum of Vancouver is thrilled to partner with Maynards Auctioneers on this year’s dinner and thanks them for their ongoing support.  Other sponsors include BDO, Prospect Winery, The Butler Did It Catering, and Lonsdale Rentals.

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About Ray Spaxman

Ray Spaxman, LL.D, ARIBA, MRTPI, FCIP, RPP, Hon AIBC; Architect

Ray is an architect and planner with over 50 years of experience in planning and urban design, with more accomplishments to his name than can be noted in this short description. During his time with the City of Vancouver he established public participation and community engagement in planning, helped in developing the City's View Protection Policies, and produced plans for Downtown, West End, False Creek, Granville Island, Kitsilano, Champlain Heights, Kensington, Southlands, and Fairview Slopes. Since then he has developed urban design projects both here and abroad, including Vancouver's High Building Policies.

 

About MEC

In 1971, a group of west coast mountaineers made a decision to do business differently, and they turned an unconventional retail model into a thriving business. Today, MEC is Canada's largest co-operative by membership and is the leading specialty retailer of outdoor clothing, gear, and accessories. MEC's purpose is to inspire and enable all Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles.

 

About Tamara Vrooman

Tamara Vrooman; Chief Executive Officer, Vancity

As Chief Executive Officer of Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman harnesses the strength of Vancity to fulfill its vision of redefining wealth for members and communities. Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity became the first carbon neutral credit union in North America, the first Canadian financial institution invited to join Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), and the largest organization in Canada with a living wage policy.

 

 

September 05, 2013
Exhibition explores the “Buddha-like” Daniel Evan White and his distinct west coast architecture

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September 5, 2013

 

Exhibition explores the “Buddha-like” Daniel Evan White and his distinct west coast architecture

 

I had the impression of being in the presence of a private man, a man who had a Buddha-like quality and who made a house speak the way a Dylan Thomas poem makes a grown man weep or a Lawren Harris clean line painting evokes the grandeur of Canada.”

–Bruce Fraser, in his 2012 eulogy to Daniel Evan White

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – While Arthur Erickson, Fred Hollingsworth, and Ron Thom garnered international fame, their contemporary – Vancouver born and raised Daniel Evan White – quietly broke boundaries while raising stunning houses amongst Vancouver’s rugged landscape. His visionary career now comes to life in Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White, opening October 16, 2013 at the Museum of Vancouver, giving Vancouverites the first glimpse of one of their most remarkable citizens.

“Dan’s work not so much fits its site as becomes one with it,” explains co-curator Greg Johnson. “His clever architectural innovations allowed his buildings to match their dramatic west coast sites.”

White was little known due to his tendency to avoid publicity, despite continual inquiries from magazines, journals, and scholars, and a loyal roster of customers who had him build for them again and again. His name may not ring instant bells, but chances are you’ll recognize some of the more than 100+ Vancouver residential projects he was involved in, 36 of which are highlighted in Play House.

Play House ventures through Daniel Evan White’s mind, hands, and eyes to explore the creative process that transforms the dream home from desire into reality.  The exhibition includes stories from clients and contractors, a replica of the Máté House built to 1:4 scale, projections, smaller models, 3D computer models, and an area where visitors can get hands on with some of Dan’s favourite geometric shapes.

“Dan was a very quiet, modest man,” explains Martin Lewis, Play House co-curator and former associate of White’s. “Those who worked with Dan saw him as an innovator of design. Some of Dan’s ideas were so unconventional at the time that they must have seemed like sheer folly. But now we see not only that they worked, but that they have withstood the test of time.”

The exhibition refreshes our ideas of the typical house and its functions, with each featured project becoming a commentary on contemporary culture, innovation, risk, and the idea of play. Yet again, the MOV strikes out to introduce Vancouverites to one of their own incredibly talented people.

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July 09, 2013
MOV and partners to take over Granville Street in day of spectacular transformation and playful design

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July 13, 2013

MOV and partners to take over Granville Street in day of spectacular transformation and playful design

(VANCOUVER, BC) — On Saturday, July 13 the Museum of Vancouver and its partners invite the public downtown, to help enliven and transform the 700 block of Granville Street using hundreds of super-sized polystyrene building blocks.

“MOV’s Upcycled Urbanism challenges Vancouverites to do more than just talk about urban design, public space, and environmental sustainability. It brings people together to build their ideas in the public realm—but just for one day,” says Charles Montgomery, Curatorial Associate at the Museum of Vancouver. “The project takes advantage of pioneering work by Langley-based Mansonville Plastics, which rescued polystyrene salvaged from the construction projects around the lower mainland and ground it down for use in new blocks. After our event, materials will be returned for a third round of recycling.”

The project was born from the common aspiration of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), the Vancouver Public Space Network, Maker Faire Vancouver, Spacing Magazine, and the MOV to offer people new ways to re-imagine public design. Three  teams will use the blocks to create giant games, social machines, and art installations.

The public is invited to watch, encourage builders, and experience the interactive landscape at any time between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Orientations for anyone who wants to join a build team will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.

“This project has been an exhilarating and productive challenge for SALA students,” says SALA lecturer Bill Pechet.  “They were asked to design beautiful block prototypes that anyone could use in construction. We’ll be putting the premise of the project and hundreds of these interlocking pieces to the test on July 13.”

People of all ages are welcome to participate. Register by emailing upcycledurbanism@museumofvancouver.ca

Upcycled Urbanism is a Museum of Vancouver initiative in partnership with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), Maker Faire Vancouver, and Spacing Magazine, with generous additional support from SALA, Mansonville Plastics, and the Vancouver Foundation.

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April 25, 2013
Will the Museum of Vancouver be moving?

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APRIL 24, 2013

Will the Museum of Vancouver be moving?

Vancouver, BC — The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has been taking deliberate steps towards securing its position as a thriving part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape for generations to come. Today the museum announced its commitment to find an optimal location that will complement its provocative, award-winning programs and exhibitions.

The MOV has occupied its current location in Vanier Park since 1967. While the location is picturesque it is not without its challenges. A study is being conducted by AldrichPears Associates (APA) to define a functional program for the Museum in an optimal scenario.

“We are constantly asked about our location,” said Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver’s CEO. “With this study we will finally have a definitive answer to the question ‘should we stay or should we go?’”

Through the study, the Museum is examining many options for its location, the current Vancouver Art Gallery space being only one. The functional program is informed by current operations, industry best-practices, the vision for the visitor experience at the Museum and the anticipated visitation levels at the current location as well as other locations throughout Vancouver.

Isaac Marshall, Principal at APA, said, “There are so many opportunities in Vancouver right now. It is the perfect time for the MOV to prove it is ready to lead the world in redefining the role of a city museum.”

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About the Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror up to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.
http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

Media Contact:
Amanda McCuaig
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amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

About AldrichPears Associates
AldrichPears Associates is a planning and design firm based in Vancouver, BC that provides interpretive planning and exhibit design services for cultural attractions around the world.
http://www.aldrichpears.com

Media Contact:
Elaine Edge
604-669-7044
marketing@aldrichpears.com

 

April 11, 2013
Museum of Vancouver first North American cultural institution to take augmented reality “to the streets”

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April 30, 2013

Museum of Vancouver first North American cultural institution to take augmented reality “to the streets”

The Visible City now available for iPhone and Android

Vancouver, BC, Canada – April 30, 2013 – Today the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) launches the Visible City, a virtual exhibition of Vancouver’s neon history, developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) at virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. In doing so it becomes the first cultural institution in North America to have taken augmented reality technology to the streets.

The Visible City is a free app and virtual exhibition that allows users to discover the rise, fall and revival of neon in Vancouver. The app provides walking tours of Vancouver’s most colorful neighborhoods and users can actively contribute to the history of 57 of Vancouver’s neon signs by uploading their own stories, sharing them with others and voting on their favorite signs and places.

At the MOV, we consider the entire city our artifact, and the Visible City is one of those ways we can take history beyond the walls of the Museum,” explains Hanna Cho, MOV Curator of Audience Engagement. “The app is like taking a piece of Vancouver’s history around with you in your pocket – but it’s a piece of history that you can actively contribute to.”

Users can explore two digitally guided walking tours through Vancouver’s cultural heart (Granville Street) and the city’s original downtown hub (Chinatown and Hastings Street). By holding their cameras up to the present day scene, they can see the same Vancouver location appear as it did in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Users can then listen to over 40 pre-curated stories on audio and video told by  celebrated Vancouverites like Dal Richards (big band musician), Joe Keithley (of DOA), Judy Graves (City of Vancouver advocate for the homeless) and more.

The Visible City is free to download and is available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The Visible City gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the VMC at www.virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information visit www.museumofvancouver.ca/visiblecity

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March 27, 2013
Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific street photographer, in retrospective at Museum of Vancouver

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March 27, 2013

Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific street photographer, in retrospective at Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) –Taking thousands of photos each year and about 15 million photos over his lifetime, Foncie Pulice was Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer. Many long-time Vancouver families have Foncie photos in their albums – and the stories to go with them. Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street, opening at the Museum of Vancouver on June 6, 2013, reveals the life and workstyle of this Vancouver photographer.

Foncie Pulice shot from locations along Granville and Hastings for almost 40 years. He photographed without discrimination, capturing the full range of ages, ethnicities, and classes that thronged downtown. At a time when personal cameras were rare and family portraits were expensive, Foncie sometimes created the only surviving image of a family member.

“Foncie captured people in motion, literally in mid-stride, stepping with energy into Vancouver’s future,” explains Joan Siedl, exhibition curator. “His camera lens was fixed at about waist height and pointing slightly up, so that everyone appears slightly larger than life, commanding their patch of sidewalk for an instant.”

Foncie claimed that he destroyed all of his negatives, but he did not. The exhibition will include projected images from a surviving reel of over 10,000 negatives shot in May and June 1968 on Granville near Robson. If you happened to walk south on the east side of the 700 block of Granville Street that spring, Foncie may have taken your photo as you passed.

Foncie’s camera, which he donated to the Museum when he retired in 1979, is a gimcrack assemblage of war surplus metal plate on wheels decorated with a red plastic lightening bolt. Its flash was powered by a car battery. The camera used large reels of movie film so that Foncie could shoot for hours on end.

The exhibition has worked in collaboration with the Knowledge Network, which is producing shorts about Foncie that will be shown in the exhibition, as well as a feature documentary that will premiere later in the year. Those with photo taken by Foncie are encouraged to upload and share via “Foncie’s Corner” on the Knowledge Network (fonciescorner.knowledge.ca).  

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January 17, 2013
Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

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January 17, 2013

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – The six cultural institutions of Vanier Park are celebrating their Kitsilano location again during their second Winter Wander. Vancouverites are invited to attend all locations on Saturday, January 26, for one significantly reduced rate.

“We had such a wonderful turn out at our first Winter Wander that we’ve been looking forward to doing it again all year,” says Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum “For us, it’s a great way to showcase what’s down here in Vanier Park, and to work together as institutions. This park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes admission to all venues. Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free.

“When the Royal Canadian Air Force station that occupied this area was decommissioned in the 1960’s the Vancouver Parks Board took over management of the land,” explains Robinson. “This enabled the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's very unique, but sometimes overlooked. Adjacent to the downtown heart of our city, today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, discovering music, or learning about Vancouver’s history.”

In addition to visiting the museums, Winter Wanderers will be able to enjoy a talk by Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and visiting food trucks.

For full schedule of events, visit www.museumofvancouver/winterwander.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

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January 08, 2013
Talking Sex in Vancouver - New Exhibition at the MOV

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January 8, 2013

Talking Sex in Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver tackles taboo subject by exploring its cultural history

(VANCOUVER, BC) – What better to do on Valentine’s Day, than throw open the doors to an exhibition dedicated to Vancouver’s sexual history? Sex Talk in the City, the Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, opens February 14, 2013, and will give visitors a chance to consider how sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political. 

Moving from the classroom, to the bedroom, to the streets, Sex Talk in the City explores how sexuality is learned (at school, in the media, through popular culture) and how these conversations have impacted the way people self-identify and relate to each other.

“Exploring what people in Vancouver think about sex becomes a telling way to know the city,” explains Viviane Gosselin, Sex Talk’s curatorial lead. “Looking at Vancouver’s sexual history has enabled us to see that many people in the city have challenged the sexual norms of their time — whether it is on issues of contraception, gay rights, or the ergonomics of sex toys — to create communities that are more inclusive and educated.”

The exhibition shares stories ranging from early sex education in Vancouver, to political movements that began at our local universities, to the local origin of the iconic black cougar logo that for decades warned movie audiences about sexually explicit content. It also touches on issues of sex trade work, the role of the Internet as “sex educator” to many children, and how the pleasure of belonging can be as important as pleasure itself.

In the collaborative style that Gosselin brought to the award-winning Bhangra.me exhibition, Sex Talk in the City was created with an advisory panel of 17 people, and a team that included the design studio Propellor, a writer, filmmaker, and several historians.

“Working with a large advisory committee has played a crucial role in this project,” says Gosselin. “Committee members stressed the importance of featuring diverse perspectives while highlighting concerns that are often shared across age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.”

Sex Talk in the City is a unique opportunity to reflect on personal ideas about sexuality (where they came from, the values that shaped them, and how they help or impede our ability to live a healthy sexual life) in a safe, fun, and interesting environment. Visitors are sure to leave wanting to share their own quirky stories about their first time, their sex ed class experience, or the awkward birds and bees conversation they had with their parents.

The creation of Sex Talk in the City involved the participation of Options for Sexual Health, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the Vancouver School Board, public health experts, activists, sexologists, educators, youth, and historians.

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Large format images of Sex Talk in the City and related artifacts are available on request.

The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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November 06, 2012
Museum of Vancouver launches retail collection around the city

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November 6, 2012

Museum of Vancouver launches retail collection around the city

Vancouver (BC) — The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has partnered with local businesses to breathe new life into artifacts and make them available for culture lovers to take history home with them via a new retail collection.

In an initiative that goes beyond the traditional approach of cultural institutions of hosting a gift shop on location, the MOV has created a model that works directly with local retailers to produce and stock items inspired by the MOV collection.

“This new model is a great way to take the MOV brand and our array of historical artifacts out to the city,” says Kate Follington, Director of Development at the MOV. “Given that we can only ever display a fraction of our collection, it is a way for us to breathe new life into artifacts and raise funds to continue our work.”

The project sees the MOV working with multiple Vancouver businesses, including Harvey Burritt’s 2nd Century Rug Company, Country Furniture, Cascade Room Restaurant & Bar, Walrus, Make Vancouver, Vancouver Special, Bookmark at the Vancouver Public Library, London Drugs, and Murchie’s Teas.

“When the MOV approached us to be part of the program, we jumped at the opportunity,” says Harvey Burritt of 2nd Century Rug Company. “We are known for our ability to create high quality, custom area rugs from items that are meaningful to our clients. We have applied this ability to the treasure trove of MOV’s collection. I can’t think of a better way for my family to support one of our city’s cultural institutions.”

In addition to the rugs, products include keychains, coasters, T-shirts, pillows, beer glasses, and a specially concocted Smilin’ Buddha tea from Murchie’s. Each product comes with a history of the original artifact and a catalogue number so that buyers can look the artifact up on openMOV (openmov.museumofvancouver.ca). Products and locations can be found online at www.museumofvancouver.ca/retail .

The retail line is part of a project supported by the Vancity Social Enterprise Portfolio and is being developed as an alternative line of revenue for the MOV. Funds raised through the retail initiative will benefit MOV’s special exhibitions and its school programs that reach 10,000 elementary school students annually.

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October 04, 2012
The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

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October 4, 2012

The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

(VANCOUVER, BC) If the city itself is looked at as an artifact, to whom do we credit its creation? The Museum of Vancouver — in its ongoing mission to hold a mirror to the city and provoke dialogue about its past, present, and future — has responded to this question with a new award. The first inaugural Vancouver City Shapers Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 11, at the MOV Legacy Dinner.

Uniquely positioned to look at the entire city as an artifact, the MOV pulled seven well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to select recipients for two new awards. They spent two months reviewing over 50 families and individuals who have helped to mould the city as we know it today, and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The resulting selection brought forward three extraordinary individuals for this inaugural year:

City Legacy Award:                                      Milton and Fei Wong
Emerging City Visionary Award:                Robert Fung

The City Legacy Award acknowledges Milton and Fei’s extraordinary contribution and influence over the city’s celebration of diversity, academic success, and mentorship of business innovators and new entrepreneurs.

“They touched so many sectors in Vancouver with their idealism and leadership, from finance and philanthropy to diversity and culture,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “Their legacy is our harmonious and diverse city.”

The Emerging City Visionary Award recognizes individuals shaping Vancouver for tomorrow. Salient Group partner and developer Robert Fung will receive this award for his successful preservation and revitalization of Gastown.

The Museum of Vancouver’ City Shapers Award legacy dinner will be an ongoing annual award.

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For full background on selection committee and criteria, download the PDF.

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October 03, 2012
Giant Dice Portrait Pays Homage to Vancouver Artist

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October 3, 2012

Giant Dice Portrait Pays Homage to Vancouver Artist

Vancouver (BC) — There are few better ways to pay homage to an artist/designer than to create a portrait made of the same number of dice as the days they lived. Frederick McSwain, a friend of Tobias Wong’s, did just that, creating one of the world’s largest dice portraits using 13,138 die.

Now accompanying the exhibition Object (ing): the art/design of Tobias Wong, at the Museum of Vancouver, McSwain’s piece “DIE” is a tribute to Wong, a Vancouver/New York artist who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35 in early 2010.

 “The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life,” explains Frederick McSwain, who produced the dice portrait for NY Design Week, 2011. “It felt like a medium he would use. The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life defines who you are. All of those days symbolically make up the image of Tobi.”

The medium was chosen from an exchange McSwain once witnessed — a stranger approached Wong to ask for a cigarette, and Wong accepted a cheap six-sided die in exchange.

The portrait also pays homage to Wong’s own style of conceptual art/design. Wong was well known in New York as a provocative artist, re-designing every-day objects and making poignant statements about the world around him.

The dice were organized into individual sheets of 361 pieces and then laid to rest free on the floor without adhesive. A time lapse video of the piece being assembled can be seen online.  

US Furniture giant Bernhardt Designs bought the piece in 2011 and is currently touring it across North America. The portrait will be on display at the Museum of Vancouver until the end of October.

The exhibition Object(ing) at the Museum of Vancouver is the first major showing of Tobias Wong’s body of work. Since opening on September 19, it has received public accolades from the likes of Douglas Coupland and Jason Heard (show director of IDS West). Wong himself has been referred to as one of more influential and provocative designers of his generation.

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August 17, 2012
Interesting Vancouver returns to reveal the passions of eight interesting Vancouverites

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Interesting Vancouver returns to reveal the passions of eight interesting Vancouverites

(VANCOUVER) – Interesting Vancouverites from various walks of life will be sharing personal stories at the fifth annual Interesting Vancouver on Friday, September 28 at the Museum of Vancouver from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Interesting Vancouver is a conference that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. There are no corporate sponsors, themes or agendas. The format is the same every year: eight Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 15 minutes each and answer questions from the audience.

“The vision for Interesting Vancouver is to give smart and dynamic people the opportunity to share their close kept passions and stories with an audience of curious minds,” says Lauren Isaacson, conference organizer and Senior Researcher and Analyst at Motion Canada. “We hope to spark conversation, interest, and investigation about new topics, events, and people, and for attendees to walk away with new ideas and inspiration to make their own lives a little more interesting.”

“Partnering with groups like Interesting Vancouver is exactly how the MOV aims to catalyze meaningful, interdisciplinary, and socially rich experiences for Vancouverites, and break down cultural and civic silos in the city”, adds Hanna Cho, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the MOV. “It’s amazing for us to be able to connect with such a fantastic and creative group of volunteer organizers, and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead as we continue to grow together.”

Interesting Vancouver 2012 with the Museum of Vancouver has curated a selection of speakers:

  • Ron Skewchuck, a Public Relations guru who is also an international BBQ champion;
  • Roy White, a successful international designer who found an avocation in middle age as a dancer;
  • Lloyd Bernhardt, a software developer who turned Ethical Bean coffee guru as a result of adopting a child in Guatemala;
  • Boris Mann, a tech entrepreneur who spent a year sailing a tall ship;
  • Aamer Haleem, co-host for CTV Morning Live who has interviewed celebrities such as George Clooney and Madonna, and covered international events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Concert for Diana;
  • Tori Holmes, the youngest women to row an ocean -- as a novice -- and live to write about it;
  • Corinne Lea, an artist turned business woman who successfully fought city hall at the Rio Theatre;
  • Toby Barazzuol, who spent his childhood in the Stanley Park Teahouse, became an entrepreneur, and then found a vocation restoring buildings and supporting community in the Downtown Eastside.

Driftwood Beer returns as the 2012 sponsor, and is joined by Mark Anthony Wines, Field Notes and Eventbrite.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.interestingvancouver.com and http://interestingvancouver2012.eventbrite.com/. Tickets go on sale on September 3.

Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.

Other links:

https://www.facebook.com/interestingvancouver

https://twitter.com/interestingvan

www.museumofvancouver.ca

 

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July 23, 2012
Tobias Wong’s cheeky art/design comes home

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July 23, 2012

Tobias Wong’s clever art/design comes home
Museum of Vancouver to hold first solo exhibition of the forerunner of conceptual design

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Opening this September 20, 2012, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present the first time solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed, Vancouver-born artist, Tobias Wong in Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong.

Wong has been lauded as “contemporary design’s most nimble provocateur” by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is considered a forerunner of conceptual design. He appropriated, manipulated, manufactured, mass-produced, and re-issued everyday objects — from candies and dollar bills to box cutters and neon signs — pouring new meanings into them in the process. Like many pioneers, his art both seduced and upset.

“Tobias’ work and artistic trajectory are fascinating,” explains Viviane Gosselin, senior curator and project lead at the MOV. “I view Tobias as a poet who didn’t play with words but with objects; most of the time, familiar ones. He took the mundane, the utilitarian, and turned it into incredible sculptures. People ‘get it’ because it’s funny or it connects to popular culture and current events. However, more deeply considered, you can see all these clever references to the history of art/design.”

Although Wong was a ‘Vancouver boy’, his work is better known internationally than in his hometown. Leaving when he was 20 to study architecture in Toronto, he eventually moved to NYC to attend the sculpture program at the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art in 1998. His career soon took off in a big way provoking responses from globally recognized designers like Alessi, Philippe Starck and Karim Rashid and brands including Burberry. Wong kept close ties with friends, family, and collaborators in Vancouver. He came back regularly and worked with people here.

The show will feature over 50 pieces, including well known items like Bulletproof Quilted Duvet, the Ottoman, the “I Want to Change the World” book, and This is a Lamp. Some items have been re-issued specifically for this project (based on documentation and assistance of original collaborators). Reissuing works will allow new audiences to see pieces like Room Partition, the Anus sign that hung in the window of his East Village apartment, Chocolate Wood produced in collaboration with Chocolate Arts , and a series of candies created for Papabubble, a high end candy store based in NYC.

Wong passed away suddenly in 2010 at age 35 in his home in New York City. The MOV has been incredibly fortunate to work with close friends, collaborators, family and guest curator and project instigator Todd Falkowsky in making this exhibition a reality. The exhibition has mobilized the participation of over 50 collectors, curators, and artists from Vancouver, NYC, San Francisco, UK, and elsewhere, including pop culture commentator and artist Douglas Coupland and senior curator of design from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paola Antonelli.

"I no longer worry about what title people give me,
I’m happy being whatever fits the context.
I don’t draft or create models/prototypes,
I don’t problem solve,
and I definitely don’t make things to make life easier."
— Tobias Wong

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Large format images of Tobias Wong and his work are available on request.

The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
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June 10, 2012
One year later – Stanley Cup riot boards from downtown windows go on display at MOV

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June 4, 2012

One year later – Stanley Cup riot boards from downtown
windows go on display at MOV

(VANCOUVER, BC) – A year after the Stanley Cup Riots of June 15, 2011, the Museum of Vancouver will open Reading the Riot Boards, a small exhibition displaying 15 of the plywood panels used to board up broken windows in downtown.

Boards on display include selections from the windows of the Bay. The exhibition will run from June 15 to September 23, 2012.

For the opening of this small MOV Studio exhbiition, the MOV invites the public to join in dialogue with Vancouver playwright Kevin Loring, City Councillor Andrea Reimer, and photographer Maurice Li in a multi-faceted examination of how the riots altered our collective conscience, spurred new civic conversations, and changed how Vancouverites see themselves and each other.  That is, we invite you to pause, reflect, and share in a discussion that asks: “Is this Vancouver?”

The roundtable will include a visual street-view storytelling of events by Maurice Li, excerpts from “The Thin Veneer” a play written as Loring’s response to the riots, and policy insights from Councillor Reimer.  A moderated Q&A and closer look at selected boards installed in the MOV Studio will follow.

The event is by donation (suggested $5-10, none turned away for lack of funds) | MOV Members free. RSVP online: http://riotreflections.eventbrite.com

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About the Speakers:
Kevin Loring is the recipient of the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Drama. "The Thin Veneer" is Loring's response to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. This profoundly beautiful play investigates who we are as Vancouverites.

Andrea Reimer was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008. Her appointments include Chair, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment; Greenest City Action Team; Vancouver Economic Development Commission. Andrea is a fourth generation British Columbian who lives right across from her father’s family home at Trout Lake on Vancouver’s east side.

Maurice Li is a Vancouver-based photographer and visual storyteller.  Maurice’s work is informed by his passion for commercial, documentary, and fine art work that focuses on the urban form, cultural narrative, and experiential travel.

May 29, 2012
Young Makers’ Workshops prep kids for MakerFaire Vancouver

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May 29, 2012

Young Makers’ Workshops prep kids for MakerFaire Vancouver

June 16, 2012 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Museum of Vancouver

If you have a young family member aged 13–18 who loves to create and get hands-on, then Young Makers Day is an excellent opportunity for them to build and to introduce them to a community of “Makers” — creative folks who range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors.

Participants will become part of Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Come to the Young Makers Day at the Museum of Vancouver to make a cool team project to show-and-tell at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire to be held June 23 and 24 at the PNE!   

At the MOV your young maker can:

  • Create a giant ugly creature
  • Build paper and PVC pipe lanterns lit with LED lights
  • Hack a spray paint can to make virtual graffiti

Young Makers will work with an expert Maker from the community to learn how to manipulate materials, foster creativity and collaboration, inspire other makers, and grow the Maker Movement.  AND participants get to attend Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 23 and 24 as a featured Makers to show-off their team’s project.  How cool is that?  Participants become a Maker in just one day! 

Registration is limited and includes all food and material costs for the day. For more information or to register online, visit http://youngmakersvancouver.eventbrite.com .

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Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer                      Arielle Fraser, Education Liaison Maker Faire
T: 604.730.5309                                                         T: 778.883.8525
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May 23, 2012
Petroglyph to return to Secwepemc traditional territory from Museum of Vancouver

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May 23, 2012

 

Petroglyph to return to Secwepemc traditional territory from Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) – A petroglyph rock that has been in Vancouver since 1926 will be returning to its home with the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (formerly Canoe Creek Indian Band) on June 13, 2012.

A blessing ceremony of the petroglyph will take place June 11 at the Museum of Vancouver with Chief Hank Adam of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation prior to the petroglyph’s historic journey of repatriation back to Secwepemc traditional territory west of Clinton, BC.  Members of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation and the MOV will be joined by Vancouver Mayor, Williams Lake Mayor, the Chair of the Cariboo Regional District, and members of Vancouver City Council.

"It’s been 86 years since the petroglyph rock was taken without our consent from our traditional area,” says Hank Adam, Chief of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. “For Stswecemc/ Xgat'tem it means a sense of empowerment for us to finally have a voice as to the future of this sacred petroglyph rock. It is an exciting time for our community. We look forward to the rock’s journey home."

The boulder, measuring approximately three by five feet and weighing about six tons, was found on the east bank of the Fraser River near Crowe’s Bar back in 1926 by prospector H.S. Brown.  Brown brought the petroglyph to the attention of Park Board chair W.C. Shelly who arranged for its move to Stanley Park in Vancouver.  It took a team of 10 horses a month to drag the boulder from the sandbar along the Fraser up the 3,000 foot ascent to the railhead near Clinton. After years of being in Stanley Park in an unsheltered area where it was subject to vandalism, the Park Board and the Museum agreed to donate and move the rock to MOV in 1992.

In 2010, MOV curatorial staff and its Collections Committee began to explore repatriation of the petroglyph. It was determined to have come from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. In August 2011, members of the First Nation and MOV staff visited the original site of the boulder and began planning for repatriation.

“We were powerfully moved last year when Chief Adam and our friends at Canoe Creek took us to the exact spot where the rock had stood,” explained Joan Seidl, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the MOV. “It is a timeless place that has endured despite the sadness of the great rock’s removal. The Museum of Vancouver looks forward to working with the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation to bring the petroglyph home and to the joy that it will bring to all involved.”

After consultation with its people about where the petroglyph should rest after its return, the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation has decided to place the petroglyph in Churn Creek Protected Area upon its return on June 13, 2012.

A documentary film is being made about the repatriation, and everyone is invited to follow the journey of the petroglyph at www.facebook.com/storyofarock .

As part of its ongoing support of the Museum of Vancouver’s First Nation Collection, Vancouver Airport Authority is pleased to support the repatriation of this significant petroglyph to the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

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Hank Adam and Joan Seidl are available for interview upon request.

Photos of the summer 2011 visit to Crow's Bar and of the petroglyph available upon request.

Media Contacts

Amanda McCuaig, MOV Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

Agness Jack, Communications, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
T: 250-392-7361
E: A.Jack@nstq.org

 

About Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
For more visit: www.canoecreekband.ca

About the Museum of Vancouver
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May 07, 2012
Museum of Vancouver receives second Canadian Museum Association Award of Excellence in three years

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May 4, 2012

Museum of Vancouver receives second Canadian Museum Association Award of Excellence in three years

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver has one more thing to boast about this spring as its civic museum, the Museum of Vancouver, brings home its second Canadian Museum Association award in just three years.

The MOV — which rebranded and refocused its vision in 2009 and won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Management in 2010 as a result — used that forward momentum to develop the multi-faceted and highly collaborative exhibition called Bhangra.me, which ran from May 5, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Last week at the Canadian Museum Association annual awards night, the team behind Bhangra.me was awarded Outstanding Achievement for best project in the Education Category.

Bhangra.me followed the MOV’s new model of telling Vancouver focused stories, and was a robust educational program designed to examine bhangra music as a cultural, artistic, and political phenomenon in Vancouver. It was comprised of original research and collections of costumes, instruments, interviews, a temporary exhibition, musical concerts, public programming, and interactive social technologies. It was completed in collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC).

Vancouverites can still see a slideshow of the exhibition, related photos and videos on the Museum of Vancouver’s website (www.museumofvancouver.ca).

The MOV will continue to bring Vancouver innovative, contemporary, and sometimes contentious exhibitions. This fall we’ll house the first solo exhibition of the recently deceased artist/designer Tobias Wong in, followed by an educational exploration of all things sex in Sex Talk in the City, opening in 2013.

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April 16, 2012
High Tea @ MOV mixes tea tasting with fund raising for a special Mother’s Day event

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April 16, 2012

High Tea @ MOV mixes tea tasting with fund raising for a special Mother’s Day event

(VANCOUVER, BC) – This upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, the Museum of Vancouver mixes learning, fashion, and tea for “High Tea @ MOV”, a special fundraiser for the museum. Whether guests come as friends or as a mother/child pair, they are sure to enjoy this delightful afternoon celebrating their bond during this special sit-down tea service.

Special guest speaker Brendan Waye, an accredited tea specialist known as “The Tea Guy” and tea sommelier program instructor from Vancouver Community College, will provide insight on the traditions and rituals of high tea culture over time.

Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a delicious assortment of petite sandwiches and cakes. A guided tour of the Art Deco Chic exhibition will provide a base for conversations, and tea demonstrations will provide guests an opportunity to discover new tastes while learning about teas from around the world.

Date:                     Saturday, May 12, 2012
Doors Open:      2:00PM
Concludes:         5:00PM
Cost:                      Individual $40 | Two People $60
Where to buy: http://highteamov.eventbrite.com

All money raised will go towards the Museum of Vancouver’s programs for conserving Vancouver’s history and material items.

Special thanks to our sponsors Herbal Republic, Bernardin, Salt Spring Coffee, and Angela James.

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March 20, 2012
The Maraya Project and Veda Hille come together for an exploration of Vancouver’s False Creek

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March 20, 2012

The Maraya Project and Veda Hille come together for an exploration of Vancouver’s False Creek

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver’s False Creek has a fascinating history, and its most recent development is explored in an MOV Studio Exhibition now on display called the Maraya Project:  Waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai. False Creek mythology and history will be further explored in an intimate performance on Friday, March 30, featuring local folk musician and city singer, Veda Hille, accompanied by a visual narrative by Annabel Vaughan (architect and city thinker).

Through Songs of False Creek Flats: Reflections, Veda and Annabel use music, talk, and pictures to animate an area of the city that currently lies primarily dormant. Audience members will be given a hand-drawn artist map in order to take themselves on a local walk through the flats at their leisure.

Date:                     Friday, March 30, 2012
Doors:                   6:30PM
Performance:    7:30PM
Cost:                      MOV Members $15 | General Admission $17 | Student rate $10 (*with valid ID)
Where to buy: http://falsecreeksongs.eventbrite.com

*music and reception to follow

Through photography, video, public art, public programs and an interactive online platform, the Maraya Project explores new forms of urban living pioneered in both countries, showing how we are connected in ways that are both familiar and surprising. Maraya — from the Arabic m’raya for “mirror” or “reflection” — connects the glass and steel residential towers that line the seawall walkways of Emaar’s Dubai Marina and Concord Pacific Place along False Creek, looking at these two cities that are leaders of 21st century urbanism.

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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January 19, 2012
Extravagant glamour between the wars - Art Deco Chic opening at the MOV

Extravagant glamour between the wars
Museum of Vancouver to exhibit Art Deco women’s fashions from the 1920s and 1930s

(VANCOUVER, BC) – The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. Here in Vancouver, we see the art deco’s geometry-inspired style captured in the architecture of the Marine Building and the Burrard Street Bridge. Starting March 8, the public can also see it captured in women’s fashions of the 1920s and 1930s on display in Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The garments chosen for exhibition have been selected because of their beauty and fine quality,” explains guest co-curator Ivan Sayers. “Some of the most important fashion designers in the world in the 1920s and 1930s will be represented.”

The fashion design of the era was a distinct departure from previous design styles. Drawing inspiration from geometric shapes to evoke elegance and modernity, it was also influenced by an increased ability to travel world wide – bringing inspiration not only from modernism, but from faraway places such as Russia, Egypt, and Mexico.

Visitors will enjoy more than 66 garments on display in this exhibition.

Notable Vancouver items include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in 1929 and a red and gold lamé evening dress made from fabric depicting the battles of the Trojan War. Many items on show are exquisite designer dresses with labels such as Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, and Schiaparelli. To contrast these high fashion items is a piece from the MOV’s collection – a modest, yet stylish, navy polka dot dress made by the Aurora Dress Company of Vancouver around 1927.

The garments and accessories on display come from the private collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, as well as from the MOV and other’s collections. Handbags, hats, shoes, and jewelry will further illustrate the use of geometric shapes to create sleek, sophisticated designs.

November 16, 2011
Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

For Immediate Release
November 16, 2011

Type: Community Event / Family Day

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – Vanier Park is a cultural hub that many Vancouver residents know little about, and on Saturday, December 3 the six cultural institutions that call Kitsilano’s biggest park home will be celebrating this hidden treasure with a significantly reduced rate for visitors.

“Music, history, space, sea, and Shakespeare reside together in stunning Vanier Park,” says Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach. “It is truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives – offering visitors a fascinating range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance of each other.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what all Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes all venues (Note Bard on the Beach will be located at the MOV, as the tents are currently down). Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free. Venues open at 10am and close at 5pm.

“Before it became Vanier Park, this area was first a First Nations fishing village, then a Royal Canadian Air Force station,” explains Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “We are fortunate that the Vancouver Parks Board started managing the land in 1966 thereby allowing the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's quite unique, but sometimes overlooked as a great destination. Today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, learning music, or discovering Vancouver’s history.”

Winter Wanderers will also be able to enjoy food from visiting food trucks, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and have an opportunity to win memberships to the three participating museums.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

November 14, 2011
Museum of Vancouver’s 70,000 item collection now accessible online

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November 14, 2011

Image: First contribution to the Museumof Vancouver  from 1896, a trumpeter swan
Image: The first record taken for the Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver’s 70,000 item collection now accessible online

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouverites can now broaden their understanding of Vancouver history with the click of a mouse, thanks to the Museum of Vancouver’s newly launched digital collections database.

Using OpenMOV from the Museum of Vancouver’s website (http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection) anyone from anywhere can access information about the museum’s more than 62,000 items, with nearly 10,000 entries currently accompanied by digital images.

“With open MOV, we were able to update the old electronic database while opening the collection to the public. OpenMOV allows the public virtual access to objects when they are not on display,” explains Wendy Nichols, the MOV’s Curator of Collections. “Increasingly, museums are finding that allowing their communities to access the collections digitally not only connects people to history, but also stimulates museum going.”

The digital database was developed with support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. OpenMOV was custom-made for MOV using Drupal open source content management system by Vancouver-based Fuse Interactive.

MOV will continue to flesh out and refine artifact information and to increase the number of objects accompanied by digital images. The creation of digital images has been made possible in part by the BC History Digitization Project through the Irving K. Barber Centre at UBC. The Project has supported digitizing all material in the BC First Nations ethnology collection over the last two years.

The digital collection metaphorically throws the doors open to the back-room shelves of MOV. With the information now online, researchers can access images and information about the collection from their desks at home or school.

About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is a non profit museum that holds a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future.

October 20, 2011
Canadian Submissions to 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture find temporary home at Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) – When people migrate, they bring their cultural memories with them and create a unique understanding of the world. Migrating Landscapes, a nation-wide competition for young Canadian architects 45 and under, explores the nature of contemporary Canadian migration through original designs for housing. Vancouverites can immerse themselves in this idea starting Thursday, November 3 when the regional stage of the competition launches at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The intention of the competition is to bring the Venice Biennale to Canada,” explains Johanna Hurme, one of the three young Winnipeg-based organizers and curators of Migrating Landscapes. “We want to showcase the up-and-coming generation of Canadian architects and designers to the Canadian public before they hit the world stage in Venice.”

The exhibition will display videos, in which each entrant talks about how their experiences of migration have affected them as designers, together with architectural models of dwellings that respond to the issues raised in the videos. These videos and models will be “settled” into a modular exhibition infrastructure, or “new landscape”, made of wood.

“When people migrate, they carry with them very specific memories of place and cultural heritage,” explains Hurme. “These migrated memories have to negotiate with their new locale and culture, resulting in an experience in which an immigrant never settles or unsettles.”

“When applied to architecture and design,” adds her colleague Jae-Sung Chon, “the built form is neither of the present location or the past. Instead, it’s a unique form that resonates with both locations and one’s own cultural memories.”

“We think Migrating Landscapes will be a timely and provocative exhibition,” says Sasa Radulovic, who completes the curatorial team. “It will generate and showcase innovative new designs for housing by young Canadians, confront the closing down of immigration policies globally, and project Canada as one of the most engaging and promising models of a multi-ethnic social democracy in the 21st century.”

The Museum of Vancouver is one of seven presenting hosts of the regional competitions across the country. Regional winners will progress to a national final competition and exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery next spring, where a high-profile national jury will select the young, architectural “Team Canada” that will represent Canada at the 13th annual Venice Biennale in Architecture in late summer/fall 2012.

The BC Regional Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes is at the Museum of Vancouver from November 3 to November 27. 

October 13, 2011
Popular bhangra exhibition to celebrate extension with full day of activities for families

Popular bhangra exhibition to celebrate extension with full day of activities for families

(VANCOUVER, BC) — Following recognition by CBC’s Culture Days for its contribution to the community, the Museum of Vancouver is pleased to announce an extension of its unique, community-based exhibition, Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story. To celebrate, the MOV will host a unique family-oriented day of interactive exhibition programming, food, and performances on Saturday, October 22, from 10am-4pm.

MOV’s family-oriented “Not Just Bhangra” festivities will appeal to all ages, featuring a Special Senior's Lounge, photobooth, and guided mini-tours of Bhangra.me by co-curator Naveen Girn and board members from VIBC.

 “The day’s activities will provide an opportunity that we seldom have—to bring grandparents and grandchildren, Bhangra professionals and amateurs, all in the same space talking, learning and exploring the culture of Bhangra,” says Manpal Rana, a performer, editor of Chakdey.com and member of VIBC’s Community Engagement Committee.

Lunch is included with admission, and will be provided by Sutra Vancouver; admission includes access to the MOV's history galleries, and its newest exhibition, Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver.

Space is limited, so advance purchase strongly encouraged. Tickets are online at http://notjustbhangra.eventbrite.com .

Bhangra.me tells a vibrant Canadian story as it traces the major moments in the local bhangra scene. In addition to early costumes, photos, rare videos and albums, the exhibition features interviews and memorabilia from international artists Jazzy B, Harbhajan Mann, Delhi 2 Dublin, En Karma, and many more.

Bhangra.me is co-presented by the MOV and the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. It was curated by the MOV’s Curator of Contemporary Issues, Viviane Gosselin, and Guest Curator, Naveen Girn. Designed by local designers, Propellor Studio, the exhibition was created from original interviews, archival video footage, personal photo albums, community consultations, and support from Vancouver’s bhangra community. Over 55 interviews and 100 hours of documentary footage were compiled for the exhibition.

Originally set to close October 23, Bhangra.me will now be open until January 1, 2012.

September 26, 2011
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver: An exhibition on Vancouver’s love/hate relationship with neon signs

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Explore Vancouver’s gritty, urban past at the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) upcoming feature exhibition, Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver. Opening October 13, 2011 Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver presents a fascinating look at the rapid growth of neon signs throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the visual purity crusade that virtually banished them from Vancouver streets.

“The exhibition raises interesting questions about how we collectively construct the way our city is portrayed,” says Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver curator, Joan Seidl, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at MOV. “There was a real push in the 60s and 70s to redefine Vancouver as a green, natural space. While we may love neon today, there was a real outcry against neon signs, which represented a more industrial, urban city.”

July 28, 2011
MOV opens Chosen Family Portraits - Tuesday August 2nd

The Museum of Vancouver has partnered with the Queer Film Festival and Options for Sexual Health to launch the extraordinary photography exhibit Chosen Family Portraits.

Chosen Family Portraits is a project where the Festival audience were asked to model with their chosen families and to share their stories. A total of 28 families visited the portrait studio to pose with their loved ones, bffs, kids, parents, neighbours, allies and whomever they considered chosen family.

The families and media are invited to view their family portraits on display at the Museum of Vancouver on Tuesday August 2nd and it will be open to the public on Wednesday August 3rd   until late September.

 

July 26, 2011
Summer Fun at MOV: 5 Things to do in Kits

 

Raincouver/Vancouver – no need to give up on summer fun yet! Museum of Vancouver has interactive exhibits and events that will have you, friends and family forgetting about the sun in no time.

April 27, 2011
Bhangra.me: Vancouver's Bhangra Story - Groundbreaking Feature Exhibit Opens at MOV

Politics, identity and music intersect in Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story, opening May 5 at Museum of Vancouver.

March 22, 2011
MOV Asks: Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?

 

MOV Asks: Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?
Museum of Vancouver invites Vancouverites to talk about their priorities for the future of our city’s architecture with new MASHNOTES installation.
November 03, 2010
A Local Food Top Ten with the authors of The 100-Mile Diet

After completing their critically acclaimed book The 100-Mile Diet, James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith embarked on a North American tour that took them to some of the greatest and most unheralded local food hotspots today. What they discovered were dozens of inventive and effective local projects that point toward a very different future for food. Join us on November 25th when they will share the top ten findings from their travels at the Museum of Vancouver’s Food and Beers Speaker Series event.

October 14, 2010
Sechelt Nation and Museum of Vancouver to Complete Historic Repatriation of Sacred Stone Figure

Chief Gary Feschuk of the Sechelt Indian Band (shíshálh First Nation) will lead a delegation to Museum of Vancouver (MOV) to reclaim a prehistoric stone sculpture of enduring spiritual significance to his people, Friday October 15.

August 19, 2010
Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food

The exhibit Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food, is a visual feast of 39 Brian Harris photographs set across four seasons, opening on August 26, 2010 and running to January 2, 2011.

May 20, 2010
MOV Wins National Award for Innovation

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) wins a Canadian Museums Association (CMA) award for outstanding achievement in management.

April 20, 2010
Vancouver's Rock Stars of Footwear Exposed

Museum of Vancouver presents Fox, Fluevog & Friends: The story behind the shoes, May 14 to September 26, 2010

Meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice: friends, collaborators, trend-spotters, businessmen, and artists. MOV’s fashion retrospective explores the story behind their footwear companies, from their early days making the scene in 1970s Gastown to acclaim and powerful brand loyalty on an international scale.

March 17, 2010
Olympic Partners to create legacy collection of 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games memorabilia

The City of Vancouver is working with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Province, Whistler, the Federal Government, the Four Host First Nations, and VANOC to assemble a legacy collection from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

January 20, 2010
Immersive maze installation by Ed Pien comes to MOV

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents Tracing Night, February 4 to April 11, 2010. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Toronto-based visual artist, Ed Pien has become widely known for what have been called his “magical” paper maze installations. Tracing Night is one of the most celebrated of the series – this glowing labyrinth combines drawing, video projections and haunting soundscapes to recreate the phenomenon of night and darkness.

January 07, 2010
MOV showcases Canadian and Korean craft to the world

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents Art of Craft, January 14 to April 11, 2010 featuring exuberantand refined craft from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

October 14, 2009
Museum of Vancouver exhibits its Ravishing Beasts

VANCOUVER, BC - The Museum of Vancouver will launch Ravishing Beasts, a provocative, visual study of taxidermy, and a look at the Museum’s own history of collecting. On view from October 22, 2009 to February 28, 2010, the exhibit features over 110 species, about two-thirds of its extensive natural-history holdings.

July 09, 2009
Bike-In Movie July 13, 2009

The Museum of Vancouver presents a free outdoor Bike-In Movie (cycling’s answer to the drive-in) on the lawn behind the MOV in Vanier Park at 9pm on Monday, July 13th -- the same day that the Burrard Bridge bike lane trial launches.

July 06, 2009
Ian Wallace, My Heroes in the Streets

My Heroes in the Streets - Studies for Pictures on Canvas, a suite of 10 compelling photographs by one of the pioneering forces behind the city's emblematic brand of photo-conceptualism, Ian Wallace. On till Sept 7, 2009

June 01, 2009
Velo-City

From commuters to critical massers, fixie riders to kids with training wheels, Vancouver’s Bicycle Revolution gains momentum.

August 19, 2008
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park

We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park’s forests, creatures and people to make nature more ‘natural’. With “The Unnatural History of Stanley Park” exhibit, the Vancouver Museum sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.

April 07, 2008
Movers & Shapers

Brad Pitt’s jewellery at the Vancouver Museum!

January 10, 2008
Contemporary Craft in BC

The Vancouver Museum presents The Crafts Association of British Columbia’s latest exhibition, Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence Within Diversity, with pieces from over 90 fine craft artisans.

May 15, 2006
Gateway to the Pacific and Boom, Bust & War

Vancouver's Real Estate Boom Ends in War.

November 30, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Welcomes New CEO Mark Richards

MOV CEO Mark Richards

VANCOUVER, BC – The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) today announced that they have named Mark Richards as the Museum’s new CEO.

Richards is an internationally respected museum professional with more than twenty years of experience working in national museums in the United Kingdom and is an expert in museum transformation and operations. He is known for building community partnerships and creative sponsorship opportunities in large and small markets.

He was most recently a director at the Museum of London where he was instrumental in transforming the museum into a world-leading cultural institution, doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of income.

“Mark’s deep expertise in civic museum operations and his track record of success in guiding cultural institutions through periods of growth and transformation along with his passion for culture, the arts and Vancouver itself are ideal qualities for our next CEO,” says Jill Tipping, MOV Board Chair.

Richards says, “MOV is a cultural treasure and I am pleased to be joining its dedicated team at an exciting time in its history. I look forward to helping it fulfill its potential and reach wider audiences.”

Richards will take over in his official capacity on December 5th.  

 

About Museum of Vancouver:

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The Museum’s vision is to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city. MOV is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks partners to support the evolution of the Museum’s visitor experience. 

 

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Media contact :                                  

Jill Tipping, Chair, MOV Board of Directors

Jill.tipping@schneider-electric.com

604-671-0001

 

Photos:                                                

Mark Richards - http://ow.ly/pYYC306Gte8

MOV Building - http://ow.ly/TxP4306GpST

 

Mark Richards Backgrounder:

Mark Richards began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Museum of Science and Industry, which included the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

During his ten-year tenure as a director at the Museum of London (2005 – 2015) he was the architect behind its transformation to a world-leading cultural institution; doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of commercial income generation.

Richards was educated at the University of East London where he studied psychology. He has a particular interest in social anthropology, public art, urban archaeology and photography.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has worked in museum management, change and business turnaround and has lectured on cultural transformation, leadership, creativity and the museum visitor experience.

Outside of work, Mark has a long term interest in public art, museums, galleries and the theatre. He is also an accomplished photographer and has had his work displayed in London and Tokyo. He and his wife enjoy mountain biking, hiking and long distance cycling tours.

 

October 18, 2016
Why I Design connects people to the city’s most innovative creators

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October 18, 2016

Museum event answers all your questions about design.

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a stimulating night of inquiry focused on the creative process with its 3rd annual Why I Design event. On the evening of Friday, November 4, from 7-11pm, a big party packs two dozen designers into museum spaces for drinks, demonstrations and discussion.

Why I Design offers people the opportunity to awaken their curiosity and learn about the city’s booming design community. Designers will discuss how they face challenges and change lives. They will reveal their sources of inspiration and describe why they’re working in Vancouver.

Attendees will discover the stories behind the development of everyday technologies and cool things they’ve never seen before. Felix Böck from ChopValue will present his innovative products made from recycled chopsticks, and Hapa Landscape Architecture Collaborative will highlight some of the city’s most exciting new building projects. People will get a firsthand look at VeloMetro’s fully-enclosed, electric assist cycles and can ask The Alinker how its three-wheeled walking bike keeps people active.

Visit the Museum of Vancouver’s website for the full list of designers participating in this year’s event.

About Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

 

Listing Information

 

Why I Design 2016

Date:                                       Friday, November 4, 7-11pm

Venue:                                     Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:                                   museumofvancouver.ca/wid2016

 

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For further information or to book interviews with participating designers, please contact Myles Constable at mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca or 604-730-5309.

September 13, 2016
MOV zooms in on key moments from the 1970s in this new photo exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 13, 2016

 

Museum of Vancouver zooms in on key moments from the city’s coming of age with a new exhibition:
Vancouver in the Seventies

 

Photos from the Vancouver Sun's collection focus on the decade that changed the city.

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a fascinating new exhibition about an era of political upheaval, economic prosperity, and cultural blossoming. Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City – on view at MOV from October 13, 2016 through February 26, 2017 – features 400 images from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as a number of 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

MOV Senior Curator Viviane Gosselin describes the photos asstunning images of an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They capture the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.”

The images are organized around themes of protesting, building, performing, and playing in Vancouver. Visitors are invited to add their significant 1970s Vancouver happenings to a visual timeline of events and factoids.

Vancouver in the Seventies builds on the book of the same name – authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic – publishing October 15, 2016 by Greystone Books. The exhibition will be designed by 10four Design Group, with curation by Viviane Gosselin and guest curator Kate Bird.

“This collection of Vancouver Sun photographs reveals not just the character of the city in the 1970s but how Vancouver became what it is today,” says Bird.

To encourage Vancouverites to think about the future of their city, the Museum of Vancouver will invite people to come together to reflect on the 1970s through the lenses of activism, arts, and business. Public programs will include an event where news photographers and journalists will share their perspectives and invite debates on the evolving field of photojournalism.

  The Museum of Vancouver is grateful for the support of the Vancouver Sun.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver’s mission is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

 

LISTING INFORMATION

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from the Decade that Changed the City           

Guest curator: Kate Bird

MOV curator: Viviane Gosseiln

Design: 10four Design Group

Date: October 13, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Venue: Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website: museumofvancouver.ca

 

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For further media information, contact Myles Constable: 604-730-5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

Images for press use can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pbo7i8kxt6hwlkh/AACLJ_crtSUJoRdYGeWAAOULa?dl=0

 

May 11, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Demonstrates Cultural Power of Collecting in Immersive New Exhibition: All Together Now

Interactive display shines spotlight on fascinating local collectors and treasures that help us understand our history and community

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present an intriguing exhibition about the significance of collecting. All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds – on view at MOV from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – features wall-to-wall displays of rare, unconventional, and awe-inspiring objects from 20 diverse Vancouver collectors.

“The act of collecting is a fascinating way to engage with one’s identity, history, and community,” explained Viviane Gosselin, Curator of Contemporary Culture at MOV. “This exhibition enables visitors to enter into the rich, often-unknown worlds of collectors, and to think about how private collections can affect our understanding of the past. In this way, it reminds us of the importance of collectors as memory keepers.”

Taking inspiration from the eclectic cabinets of curiosities belonging to 17th century scientists, All Together Now features floor-to-ceiling displays, portraits of each collector, and numerous tactile experiences for visitors. These interactive components include playing pinball machines, trying on corsets, listening to long-forgotten bands, and handling historical artifacts.

This captivating sensory experience not only showcases intriguing items, but the stories of their remarkable collectors: Angus Bungay started collecting action figures when he worked in the animation industry; Imogene Lim, an anthropologist, gathers Chinese-Canadian menus because they connect to her family story and her interest in intercultural history; Kyle Seller’s numerous pinball machines are featured in pubs across the city; prosthetist David Moe’s assortment of vintage artificial limbs stems from his father’s profession and offers insight into the rapid development of medical technology; and Melanie Talkington observes the changes in fashion and bodies through the ages with her largest-in-the-world collection of 19th century corsets.

Vancouver-centric collections also feature prominently in All Together Now: Lyanne Smith and Angus McIntyre’s ephemera from public transit documents its history in Greater Vancouver; journalist Willow Yamauchi’s collection of her father’s drag queen costumes also includes materials from his beloved 80s Vancouver band, the Bovines; and Major James Matthews’ hunting compilation forms the core of the MOV and Archives collections, shaping how we understand Vancouver today.

As a way to further engage with the exhibition, the Museum invites people to post pictures of themselves with their collections on social media, using the hashtag #mycollectionatMOV. These images will animate the exhibition space through large projections. MOV will also ask visitors to consider collecting in their own lives through upcycling workshops, collector show and tells, and a symposium on the role of community engagement in museum collecting.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 ext. 507 I C. 604.802.3712

scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

 

April 29, 2016
MOV Celebrates Expo 86 Anniversary with $4.00 Admission and Display of Memorabilia

VANCOUVER, BC –  On Monday, May 2, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) will be turning the clock back thirty years, to that monumental day that changed the city forever – the opening of 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. To mark the occasion, admission to the Museum will reflect 1986 pricing: just $4.00 to learn about the city’s history, future, and check out the new Recollecting Expo 86 display. Cake will be served at 11:00am.

Expo 86 was a game changer. It remains one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia, and it was a catalyst for major projects in real estate, infrastructure, and architecture. The fair attracted over 22 million visitors and gave Vancouver international stature. The provincial town became a bold city with boundless potential.  

“The creation of Expo 86 was less about planning and design and more about performance art, the orchestrations of beliefs, and the hopes and desires of a local and global community,” said Bruno Freschi, Expo 86 Chief Architect.

Expo 86 had an impact on everyone who took part in it. Vancouverites remember what they did there and who was with them. Many residents held onto their memories by collecting souvenirs.

To mark the 30th anniversary, MOV has put together a mini-exhibition using a fraction of Pete Visscher’s impressive collection of Expo 86 memorabilia, including Expo Ernie, hundreds of pins, signage, and recollections of this impactful event. This display spotlights the important role of collectors as memory keepers. The Museum invites you to share your memories and images of Expo 86 on Twitter and Instagram. Please use the hashtag #RecollectingExpo86.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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March 10, 2016
Museum of Vancouver Tests the Waters with Floating Billboards

ANNOUNCEMENT
 

VANCOUVER, BC –  For two days this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) ran test advertisements on Burke Billboards. The digital advertising company offered the opportunity to increase brand exposure in target locations around False Creek, especially in key areas where tourists could discover the Museum’s proximity in Vanier Park. The tests revealed just how visible the displays are, and that public would certainly take notice.

The Museum has received a few messages expressing displeasure in choosing this new advertising medium. The sentiment is understandable, and MOV appreciates where these perspectives are coming from. The Museum, whose vision includes inspiring civic engagement, is impressed by the passionate reaction of local residents.

As many people in Vancouver are new to the city and unacquainted with MOV, we have a significant challenge in raising awareness that we are located in the white building “with the hat on it” in Vanier Park. Moreover, with a modest marketing budget, MOV is forced to get creative and try new cost-effective methods to get the word out. For the Museum to remain sustainable, it must continue to grow its audience.

The Museum of Vancouver relies on a combination of financial support from donors, government funders, and admissions revenue from visitors to create programming that deepens our understanding of Vancouver.  Our current exhibition Your Future Home focuses, in part, on the use of public space, and encourages the people to suggest ideas for the betterment of the city.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309
 

March 02, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT: CEO Nancy Noble will be leaving MOV at the end of July

ANNOUNCEMENT
March 2, 2016

The Museum of Vancouver’s Board of Directors announces that CEO Nancy Noble will be leaving MOV at the end of July.

A rigorous and disciplined search for her successor will begin now to ensure a smooth transition.

“It has been an amazing ten years at MOV, and I am very proud of everything we’ve accomplished, creating a great city museum,” says Noble. “However, I am looking forward to new challenges and I hope to continue to push boundaries of what a museum can do.”

Board Chair, Jill Tipping, says, “Nancy’s leadership has had a significant impact on the Museum and the role it plays in the community. Over the past ten years, she led the organization to the creation of a new vision, values, direction and brand. The Museum’s reputation has grown in attendance and has won numerous awards. Noble transformed the Museum into a significant civic institution, reflecting the values and interests of Vancouverites, and making an impact in the city’s cultural realm.

Nancy Noble has taken the Museum of Vancouver on an exciting journey in the last decade and the MOV looks to the future and the opportunity to once again redefine the Museum and its role in Vancouver’s cultural life.  MOV recently unveiled a new five-year strategic plan focusing on its position as a social connector, inspiring civic engagement and improving the institution’s sustainability.

The Board of Directors is both proud and greatly appreciative of Nancy’s exceptional contribution to the Museum of Vancouver and for her leadership and its significant impact on the Museum and the role in plays in the community.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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Inquiries about this matter should be directed to
Jill Tipping, Museum of Vancouver Board Chair
jill.tipping@schneider-electric.com
604-671-0001

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309

February 29, 2016
Museum of Vancouver welcomes Amanda Burrows as new Director of Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC –  The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce that Amanda Burrows has joined its team of passionate advocates for the city. As the Director of Development, Burrows will head up the Museum’s fundraising efforts, fostering relationships with donors, sponsors, and the Museum’s membership.

She comes to MOV with more than eight years of experience raising funds for arts organizations. In addition to her experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim NYC, Burrows recently served as the Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Vancouver Opera, where she created the Young Patrons Circle that engaged the next generation of arts patrons.

Burrows was the ideal candidate for this position after studying Fundraising Management at Ryerson University, and having earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.

As a connector, Burrows has developed programs that stimulate philanthropic behaviour. She sits on the Boards for Contemporary Art Gallery, and Passion Foundation, that encourage using arts for community involvement, civic engagement and social change.

 “I am thrilled to join the MOV team as it moves forward,” Burrows announced. “Several years ago, the Museum’s provocative programming helped to put them on my radar, and I am extremely excited to apply my experience as a fundraiser, museum practitioner, and Vancouverite to such an innovative and inclusive institution.”

“Amanda has wholeheartedly embraced MOV’s new vision to inspire a social connected, civically engaged city,” explained MOV CEO Nancy Noble.

Burrows is excited to explore new linkages in the local community, and get more Vancouverites involved with their Museum.

You can reach Amanda Burrows at:

 
 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

February 16, 2016
Instagram and Museum of Vancouver host #Empty event Wednesday, February 17

VANCOUVER, BC - From Canada’s centennial and leading up to its sesquicentennial, the Museum of Vancouver continues to play a vital role in preserving history, and inspiring dialogue about our future. As part of Canada’s Road to 2017, MOV is partnering with Instagram to host #EmptyMuseumofVan on February 17, an exclusive event for Vancouver Instagrammers to experience and capture the wonder of their city museum, and the new Your Future Home exhibition, before its doors open to the public.

The Museum of Vancouver joins other major institutions around the world that have hosted similar events, including #EmptyLouvre in Paris and #EmptyGuggenheim in New York. Instagram is working with landmark institutions across Canada like the Museum of Vancouver, a centennial building, to host #empty events in the lead up to Canada's 150th in 2017. The goal is to bring people together around photography and celebrate the beauty of Canada through the lens of the arts, culture and digital media. The result: a special exhibit that will feature photographs showcasing leading Canadian cultural institutions through the eyes of Canadians (and their Instagram filters).

What:     Instagram photography event #EmptyMuseumofVan #Roadto2017

Who:    Heather Deal, Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver
Lilly Wyden, Manager of Public Policy, Instagram
Nancy Noble, CEO, Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver-based Instagrammers

When:     Wednesday, February 17, 2016
8:30 a.m.    Registration
8:40 a.m.    Remarks
8:50 a.m.    Self-guided tour and opportunities for photographs

Where:    Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver (in Vanier Park)

About Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309
 

December 15, 2015
New Exhibition Invites Vancouverites to Participate in the Future Design of their City

 

Co-presenters Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium explore challenges and solutions relating to citizens’ greatest concerns

 

Vancouver, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in partnership with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, comes a provocative and timely exploration of the future of Vancouver. In response to mounting concern about a rapidly changing region, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, on display at MOV from January 21 through May 15, 2016, will immerse visitors in an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow’s city, while focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.

“Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment. With as many as three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a watershed moment in the history of the region,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “With everyone already talking about Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, we want to shift the conversation from real estate to the state of the city. Your Future Home launches from a ‘presentation centre’ into an ‘urban grid,’ in which some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grapple with the city’s thorniest issues. We want to bring more people into debates about what their city might become.”

More than 20 of Vancouver’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries will create multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown. These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will have visitors challenging customary notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.

Your Future Home will also contain a fascinating series of case studies that will highlight the role that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and changes to how we heat buildings downtown.

Visitors of all ages will discover astonishing facts about the unceasing change that has resulted in today’s Vancouver—a city with fewer native residents than any other in North America. Your Future Home will feature a mock 1,400-square-foot ‘sales centre,’ including infographics, animations, dramatic models, panoramic images relating to the downtown core—and the until-now suburban neighbourhoods that make up 95 per cent of the city. People will be encouraged to discuss the exhibition’s future scenarios, give feedback, and propose their own ideas.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a number of complementary activities, including walking tours, discussions, social events with drinks, and workshops developed to spark conversation about the environments in which we live. A series of hard-hitting debates will focus on public transportation, taxation of vacant properties, affordable housing solutions, and more.

The Vancouver Urbanarium Society and Museum of Vancouver are grateful for the support of Rositch Hemphill Architects, Marcon Investments Ltd., Wesgroup Properties LP, Macdonald Development Corporation, Glotman Simpson, Richard Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects, Rethink, Adera Development Corporation, BTY Consulting Group, Brooks Pooni Associates, PFS Studio, Bruce Haden, Andrew Gruft, Leslie Van Duzer, and Marta Farevaag. Additionally, the Museum would like to thank its institutional funders: City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, and BC Arts Council, and the exhibition media sponsor: CBC Vancouver.

About: Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an inde­pendent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

About: Vancouver Urbanarium Society (urbanarium.org)
Urbanarium was founded by a group of prominent Vancouver urbanites, including architects, planners and leading citizens who are passionate about citybuilding. Urbanarium believes in engaging and informing the citizens of Metro Vancouver, in order to help guide decision-making and protect the region’s future well-being. Urbanarium intends to become a respected platform for urban conversation and a place where people can get balanced, unbiased information.

 

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For further media information, contact

Sarah Cruickshank | T: 604.558.2400 ext. 507 | C: 604.802.3712 

scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

October 16, 2015
Vancouver Museums win Governor General’s Award for First Nations Exhibition

c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City shares Musqueam history and culture

VANCOUVER, BC – A unique collaboration amongst three Vancouver cultural institutions has been named winner of the 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums. Gold medals were presented Friday at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Canadian history. This year’s winning project is c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City. The exhibition tells the story of c̓əsnaʔəm, one of the largest ancient Musqueam villages and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built. It was jointly curated by the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) in collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC, Musqueam First Nation, and Susan Roy from the University of Waterloo.

“Winning such a prestigious national award is a testament to the hard work, creativity and perseverance of the curatorial teams,” says Nancy Noble, CEO of MOV. “This important exhibition has allowed the Museum to confront its own colonial past, acknowledging the actions of our predecessors and hopefully, in some small way, reconciling the many misconceptions about the Musqueam people, their history and their continued contributions to Vancouver and Canadian society.”

The three-location exhibition intends to generate public discussion about indigenous history, and to raise awareness of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm for the Musqueam people and for Vancouver. The ancient village of c̓əsnaʔəm was founded about 5,000 years ago at what was then the mouth of the Fraser—the southern border of today’s Marpole neighbourhood.

“c̓əsnaʔəm was a place where families lived and put their people to rest and was a sophisticated society. That’s why the exhibit is called ‘The City Before the City,’ says Jordan Wilson of the MOA and co-curator of the exhibition. “All too often there’s a picture painted of these villages as quite small and primitive, but in fact it was quite a large site, and the Musqueam people played a significant role in shaping the City of Vancouver.”

“Museums are no longer just passive buildings that store old objects. They play an active role in sharing new knowledge,” says Janet Walker, President and CEO of Canada’s History Society, which administers the award. “c̓əsnaʔəm, The City Before the City is a perfect example of how a museum exhibition can counter an existing narrative—that Vancouver is a young city of immigrants—and replace it with a more truthful version of events. In this way, museums help shape our future as well as our past.”

The joint exhibition opened earlier this year at the Museum of Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology and the Musqueam Cultural Centre, and continues through January 2016. Each location explores different aspects of c̓əsnaʔəm, through artifacts—collected mainly in the 1920s and ‘30s—and new technologies such as 3-D printing.

You can find more information about the exhibition at www.thecitybeforethecity.com.

About the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums
The Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association and Canada’s History Society. First presented in 2011, it honours significant achievement in the historical field and encourages standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history.

About Canada’s History
Canada’s History is a national charitable organization whose mission is to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history, principally through its publishing, education, and recognition programs. In addition to administering the Governor General’s History Awards and publishing Canada’s History magazine (formerly The Beaver) and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, Canada’s History produces a number of educational and online programs to encourage a Canada where people are deeply engaged in connecting with their shared past.

About Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections.  Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

About Musqueam First Nation
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive and evolve, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver
604.730.5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
 

September 15, 2015
Vancouver Premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

 

Architectural history of Canada’s newest territory presented at Museum of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes the Vancouver premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, commemorating the establishment of Canada’s newest, largest and most northerly territory. This investigation into the architectural history of Nunavut is on display October 8 – December 13, 2015.

 

The exhibition, which is organized and curated by Lateral Office, was originally shown in 2014 at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

 

Visitors will delve into the realities of contemporary life in this sublime yet fragile region, exploring philosophies of adaptation, ingenuity, and the intersection of technology and tradition. Concepts will be illuminated through soapstone carvings of significant architectural works, topographic models and photographs of Nunavut’s 25 communities, and replicas of structures enhanced by animations which suggest innovative solutions in the delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation.

 

Arctic Adaptations surveys a recent architectural past, a current urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Today, there are almost 33,000 people living across two million square kilometres, making Nunavut one of the least densely populated regions in the world. These communities, located above the tree line and with no roads connecting them, range in population from 120 in the smallest hamlet to 7,000 in Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit. The climate, geography, and people of Nunavut, as well as the wider Canadian Arctic, challenge the viability of a universalizing modernity.

 

Following the age of polar exploration in the 20th century, modern architecture encroached on this remote and vast region of Canada in the name of sovereignty, aboriginal affairs management, or trade, among others. Throughout the last 100 years, architecture, infrastructure, and settlements have been the tools for these acts. People have been re-located; trading posts, military infrastructure, and research stations have been built; and small settlements are now emerging as Arctic cities. Some have described this rapid confrontation with modernity as a transition “from igloos to internet” compressed into forty years. This abruptness has revealed powerful traits among its people—adaptation and resilience—qualities which modern architecture has often lacked. Few places exemplify the ability to adapt in the face of modernity better than Nunavut.

 

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the territory, which changed

Canada’s map, Arctic Adaptations explores modernism’s legacy within the contextual particularities of the North. The exhibition documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively unknown region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines a projected role for architecture moving forward. It argues that modern Inuit cultures continue to evolve and merge the traditional and the contemporary in unique and innovative ways, and questions whether architecture, which has largely failed this region—both technically and socially—can be equally innovative and adaptive.

 

Modernity is often fearful of the specificities of place and the premise of ‘the local’. Yet Nunavut seems to resist modernism’s universalizing tendency. This unique exhibition seeks to reveal acts of architectural resistance and identify an unrecognized modern Canadian North.

 

Media are invited to an exclusive curator tour of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, with Lola Sheppard, on Wednesday, October 7 at 2:30pm. Phone interviews can also be arranged in advance.

 

Credits

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.  It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance for the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

 

LISTING INFORMATION                Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Date:                                                 October 8 – December 13, 2015

Venue:                                              Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:                                          museumofvancouver.ca

Images:                                              High-resolution images are available to download at: arcticadaptations.ca/press

 

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver

604.730.5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

March 18, 2015
Western Canadian Premiere of 'Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show'

Museum of Vancouver inspires happiness through surprising interactive exhibition

From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes a vibrant exhibition and profound exploration of one of humanity’s universal desires: happiness. Conceived by one of the world’s foremost designers and creative minds, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show—on display April 23 – September 7, 2015 at MOV—is both thought-provoking and engaging. One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces—stairwells, hallways, and restrooms—in order to ask: what makes us happy?   

The Happy Show arrives as the wellbeing of Metro Vancouver residents is at the forefront of attention. The Vancouver Foundation has recently reported that Lower Mainland residents feel lonely and isolated. Our local and provincial governments are now recognizing that social connection is crucial for personal happiness and for a thriving city,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “This exhibition—masterfully created by Sagmeister—will delight visitors with works of art and design as it inspires them to reflect on their own lives.”
 
Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free sabbatical—a year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge. The final display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness.

Confronted with stories about wellness, mindfulness, and sex, viewers will be immersed in an experience akin to walking into Sagmeister’s mind. The Happy Show is comprised of an array of engaging infographics, video projections, and interactive installations, including a stationary bike that powers a wall of neon, a giant inflatable monkey, and a series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of happiness. Audiences will also enjoy a preview of Sagmeister’s soon-to-be-released documentary, The Happy Film, which depicts his attempts to increase his happiness through meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Born in Austria in 1962, Sagmeister has had a significant impact on design over the past decade, regarded for his keen eye when blending typography with imagery in strikingly original ways. A multi-award winning artist—including two GRAMMY Awards and the Lucky Strike Designer Award, among many others—Sagmeister is co-founder of sought-after New York design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh. His resume boasts such clients as HBO, Levi’s, The Rolling Stones, Time Warner, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has delivered several popular TED talks on happiness and design, and written numerous books including: Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Made You Look, and Another Book about Promotion and Sales.

MOV will engage visitors in a diverse array of public activities that extend The Happy Show into the community. Programs include a public symposium on ideas for happier communities led by one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, University of British Columbia Professor John Helliwell; a series of Happy Hours that will encourage Vancouverites to meet each other and inspire happiness through interaction; and a series of guerilla street interventions that invite social connection.

Credits:
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, curated by Claudia Gould. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support provided by The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

LISTING INFORMATION
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Date: April 23 – September 7, 2015

Venue:    Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

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For further media information, contact
Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.802.3712
scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

February 19, 2015
Azrieli Foundation Book Launch With Jeanne Beker, hosted by MOV

VANCOUVER BC — “As a child of [Holocaust] survivors, I’m keenly aware that I have been left with a legacy that’s as
powerfully daunting as it is inspiring.” – Jeanne Beker

Jeanne Beker — television personality, fashion designer and daughter of Holocaust survivors — will be reading from her
parents’ memoir, Joy Runs Deeper at the Museum of Vancouver on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 PM.

Bronia and Joseph Beker paint a colourful picture of prewar life in Kozowa, a small town in eastern Poland where they met and
fell in love. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, everything changed. Until their liberation, the Bekers were first confined to a
ghetto and then on the run, relying on the kindness of strangers — and luck. They were adamant about telling their daughters
every detail of their war experience, time and time again.

According to Beker, “Now I realize it was [my parents’] storytelling [about their experiences during the Holocaust] that made me
who I am, colouring my personal philosophies, imparting a sense of resilience and instilling in me a precious instinct for survival.”
Coinciding with the West Coast launch of Joy Runs Deeper is the Museum of Vancouver exhibition, From Rationing to Ravishing: The
Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s
. This exhibition features rare examples of haute couture and Vancouvermade
clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and
Claus Jahnke, this exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.

This program is presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and
the Museum of Vancouver. Copies of Joy Runs Deeper, published by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs
Program, will be distributed to those who attend. To RSVP to the Joy Runs Deeper launch, visit www.joyrunsdeeper.eventbrite.ca.
Admission to the featured Museum of Vancouver exhibition is by donation to attendees of the launch.

ABOUT THE VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is a teaching museum and a leader in Holocaust education in British Columbia, dedicated to
promoting human rights, social justice and genocide awareness, and to teaching about the causes and consequences of discrimination, racism
and antisemitism through education and remembrance of the Holocaust. The VHEC reaches more than 25,000 students annually. It produces
acclaimed exhibits, innovative school programs, teaching materials and online exhibits, many of them with a focus on Canada and the Holocaust.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that
encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary
issues and stories from the past. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on
support from the community.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Nina Krieger
Executive Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
604.264.0499
ninakrieger@vhec.org

January 20, 2015
Vanier Park hosts family-friendly, cultural discovery event

(Vancouver, BC) – On Saturday, February 7, Vancouverites are invited to spend the day exploring the six cultural institutions of Vanier Park, at the fourth annual Winter Wander, presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

Vanier Park is home to Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. Each year, the group teams up for a one-day event where locals and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer. For only $5.00, youth, seniors and adults receive admission to all venues, while kids five and younger can visit for free.

 “Vanier Park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure, says Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “With added experiences including face painting, a Polaroid station, and roaming live performances, another great turnout is expected for this year’s event.”

New this year, there will be complimentary beverages, wooden boat building demonstrations at the Vancouver Maritime Museum's Heritage Harbour, and the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition of Musqueam culture.

 “Winter Wander is a unique opportunity to not only showcase all Vanier Park has to offer, but to bring its members together in the spirit of collaboration, says Space Centre CEO Raylene Marchand. “By joining together, we’re able to put on a great event that in turn strengthens our connection to each other, and also to the community we operate in.”

"We are grateful for the continued generosity of Port Metro Vancouver, whose support will ensure that this year’s event is not to be missed,” says Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Catherine Butler. “We would also like to thank our event sponsors City and LG104.3 for spreading the word and We Love Van for supplying water and coffee!”

For full schedule of events and more information, visit winterwander.com.

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Winter Wander at Vanier Park is presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

For media inquiries contact:
Lyndsey Barton
Director of Community Engagement, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
604.738.7827 / marketing@spacecentre.ca

December 02, 2014
Unprecedented, Three-Site Exhibition Reveals Archaeological & Cultural Origins of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC partner on a groundbreaking exploration of the city’s ancient landscape, and Musqueam’s early history and living culture. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is a series of three distinct exhibitions, opening simultaneously on January 25, 2015. The unified exhibitions will connect Vancouverites with c̓əsnaʔəm – one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built – sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.

“People often think of Vancouver as a new city, when in fact it is one of the most significant sites of ancient cultures in Canada – one that has even been compared to other societies such as the Egyptian and Roman societies,” says Terry Point, Co-Curator of the Musqueam First Nation and MOV exhibitions. “Visitors to c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city will learn it is part of an ancient landscape, and will discover aspects of Musqueam heritage, culture, and knowledge that have never before been shared with the public.”

Located in the area now commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm is imbued with the history and culture of the Musqueam people. First occupied almost 5,000 years ago, c̓əsnaʔəm became one of the largest of Musqueam’s village sites approximately two thousand years ago. Generations of families lived at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, harvesting the rich resources of the delta.

Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors, and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains, many of which are in museums and private collections locally and abroad. The land has been given various names since colonialism, including Great Fraser Midden, Eburne Midden, DhRs-1, and Marpole Midden – a name under which it would receive designation as a National Historic Site in 1933.

Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR Airport, and a miscellaneous assortment of buildings and developments obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory. The significance of c̓əsnaʔəm to the Musqueam community remains undiminished despite this. In 2012, Musqueam community members held a 200+ day vigil when ancestral remains were unearthed at c̓əsnaʔəm, putting a stop to a proposed condominium development.

Opening simultaneously in January of 2015, these three c̓əsnaʔəm exhibitions will bring the rich history of the Musqueam Nation to the attention of Greater Vancouver audiences. Each exhibition will highlight a distinctive aspect of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm:

Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre & Gallery
Curated by Leona M. Sparrow, Co-curated by Terry Point, Jason Woolman, and Larissa Grant this exhibition focuses on the sophistication of Musqueam knowledge and technology past and present. It makes connections through a continuum of knowledge and expertise over time. The exhibition will feature oral histories, community interviews, hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ language associated with c̓әsnaʔәm belongings on display, and artifact recreation. It will be on display for a minimum of one year.

Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
This multi-year exhibition draws multiple connections between c̓əsnaʔəm artifacts, Indigenous ways of knowing, colonialism, heritage politics, cultural resilience, and contemporary Musqueam culture. It will include graphic and 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds. The MOV exhibition is the work of a curatorial collective from Terry Point, Susan Roy, Viviane Gosselin, Larissa Grant, Leona Sparrow, Jordan Wilson, Jason Woolman, and Susan Rowley and will be on display for a minimum of five years.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
Focusing on Musqueam identity and worldview, and Curated by Sue Rowley and Jordan Wilson, this exhibition will highlight language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əәsnaʔəәm. Rich in multi-media, it will demonstrate Musqueam’s continuous connection to their territory, despite the many changes to the land. This exhibition will be on display for one year.

Programs
As a way to further educate, enrich, and connect with people, public programming and events will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibitions’ run. The complete range of public programs will include a series of curated tours, cultural exchanges with Musqueam artists, elders, and activists, and cultural tours from Musqueam youth.

For further exhibition information, including complete details on public programs, please
visit: thecitybeforethecity.com

About Musqueam First Nation:
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

About MOV:
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community.

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is worldrenowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many, which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

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October 09, 2014
Vancouver City Shapers Honoured at 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner

Monday evening, the Museum of Vancouver played host to the 3rd annual Legacy Awards Dinner that honours individual, families and companies who have shown outstanding vision and commitment to building a city that is ranked as one of the most impressive in the world.

The MOV invited well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to the selection table. They spent two months reviewing over 50 nominees who have helped mould the city as we know it today and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The 2014 winners were Wade Grant, Dr. Julio Montaner, Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk.

Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, was presented with the Emerging City Visionary Award for his work bringing together First Nations and New Immigrants, and forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. Dr. Montaner was recognized with the City Shaper Award for his dedication to HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention, resulting in a decrease in infections and mortality. The MOV Legacy Award was presented to Yosef Wosk for his, and his father’s (Morris J. Wosk) extensive history of philanthropic work, benefitting diverse non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad.

Each of the award winners delivered gracious and moving acceptance speeches. Grant reminded guests of the value of multiculturalism; Montaner urged the public to put pressure on the federal government to adopt the UN AIDS treatment strategy; Yosef Wosk read an insightful poem he wrote specifically for the event, entitled ‘Museum as Matter and Metaphor.’

Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble explained the significance of the award winners: “At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today. In this third year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing this group of honourees for their contributions to our city’s story.”

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Photos of the award winners and the awards dinner can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/latl1ivzqj39mrp/AADir0Mpxh16YjPXNfmRsMnXa?dl=0

For additional background on the award winners, visit:  www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner

 

About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

 

Media Contact

Myles Constable,

Marketing Officer and Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

 

August 27, 2014
Ravishing exhibition revisits fashion trends of the 1940s and 1950s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2014

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver is excited to announce the opening of From Rationing to Ravishing on September 18, 2014. This exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing that reflect how WWII changed society.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 historic garments and accessories. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition also includes a dress from Ceil Chapman, who produced high-quality, French-inspired garments. She was reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer and counted Elizabeth Taylor and Mamie Van Doren as famous clients. Lauren Bacall’s shoes, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac’s dress suit and a suit from Miss Germany 1955 will also be on display.

“In From Rationing to Ravishing, we tried to bring together a collection of garments and accessories that illustrate a variety of historical references,” stated Sayers, one of Canada’s preeminent fashion historians. Jahnke elaborates, “We chose the artifacts for their relevance, their appearance, and their stories.” This exhibition will demonstrate how historical events continue to shape our lives.

From Rationing to Ravishing is the second installment in a continuing series of fashion exhibitions with Sayers and Jahnke. Sayers—who thinks of his exhibitions as lessons in history—claims, “No era is better illustrated by an examination of its clothing than the period of World War II and the postwar years of recovery and rebuilding.“ During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness; clothes were influenced by the need for practicality and economy. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned and then, in the 1950s, influenced by indulgence and amusement, designers made girlishness the rage.

From Rationing to Ravishing will include participatory features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to digitally wear period garments. Over the exhibition’s run, MOV will host a number of history-themed events, including two fashion shows that feature exceptional examples from Sayers’ private collection and two “talk and tour” events, also led by Sayers. 

Fashion history enthusiasts will get a sneak peek into the curators’ collection at Oakridge Centre, where five glamorous garments will be on display from September 11th through the 21st. Susan Nicol, General Manager at Oakridge Centre explains their commitment to this exhibition: “As a fashion and style destination in Vancouver for over 55 years, Oakridge Centre has been a driver of the evolution of fashion in the lower mainland. We are excited to partner with the Museum of Vancouver to showcase some of the significant trends of the past and to help bring to the community a little of our shared history.”

From Rationing to Ravishing: the Transformation of Women's Fashion in the 1940s and 1950s, opens to the public on September 18th; set to close March 8th, 2015. Additional exhibition and event information can be found at www.museumofvancouver.ca/ravishing

 

MOV Events:

Curator's Talk & Tour: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Additional members-only dates to be announced

Join Vancouver's preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space. Follow Ivan as he describes the evolution of women's fashion from wartime utility to postwar extravagance.

Fashion Show: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fashion historian and guest curator Ivan Sayers will produce and narrate live fashion shows that complement From Rationing to Ravishing. These shows will feature exceptional examples from Ivan’s own private collection and others.

 

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About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

Images of some of the standout garments and the curators, can be downloaded from this Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zp6mzocarzwba25/AABx9h_Zl_ghInH3f5bMPc2Ia?dl=0

 

July 28, 2014
MOV Announces 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner Honourees: Morris and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Legacy Awards. The MOV, through its selection committee, discovers outstanding people who are deserved of recognition for their efforts in creating a better Vancouver. The 3rd annual MOV Legacy Awards Dinner will take place on Monday, October 8th at the Museum of Vancouver.

In keeping with the Museum’s vision, to hold a mirror up to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future, it is appropriate that we recognize those individuals, organizations and even businesses that have and continue to make Vancouver the city it is today.

Each year the committee struggles to make the selections because there are so many worthy candidates. It is exciting, however, to realize how many incredibly people we have in this city and we are very excited to be honouring this group for their contributions to our city’s story.

The Museum of Vancouver will present its Legacy Award to Morris and Yosef Wosk. Father and son, Morris and Yosef have contributed to many local charities. Born in Russia, the late Morris Wosk moved to British Columbia in 1928. His hard work and strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all, earned him success in business, a success he shared widely with the people of B.C. After nearly four decades building a family retail business, Morris turned his attention to the hotel and residential sector. For Morris, achievement in business is only one measure of success. The other being contribution to community. He generously gave his time, energy and resources to numerous causes, both locally and abroad, supporting diverse non-profit organizations. Morris Wosk is a member of The Order of British Columbia, The Order of Canada and has also been recognized for his philanthropic work internationally.

Morris and Dena’s son Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. Active in communal affairs, Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author who has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world.  Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed Member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and is included in the Canadian Who's Who.

The MOV City Shaper Award will be presented to Dr. Julio Montaner, a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of ‘Treatment as Prevention’ using HAART to simultaneously decrease progression to AIDS and death, as well as HIV transmission. He was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, in part for his work resulting in a decrease in HIV/AIDS infections and mortality. Dr. Montaner was born in Argentina and completed his M.D. with Honours from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC and meeting his future wife, Montaner decided to remain in Vancouver, joining the faculty of St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC. He was invited to run the new HIV department that was being established in response to the emerging AIDS crisis. In 1992, he was joined by Michael O’Shaughnessy to found the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 1996, Dr. Montaner presented the results of his pioneering research on triple therapy to treat HIV infections at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, creating new standard for HIV drug therapy. Dr. Montaner served as the President of the International AIDS Society from 2008 to 2010, and as of 2013, continues to serve as an elected member of the Council of the International AIDS Society.

The Emerging City Visionary Award will honour Wade Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. After receiving an Arts degree from UBC, Wade worked in many different areas and attended UBC Law School.  He has participated on many volunteer boards and committees around the city and has been actively involved forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. In 2004, at the age of 26, Wade was elected to Musqueam Chief & Council for the first time.  Wade was the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Minister of Public safety from 2006-2007. In 2007, Wade accepted a role in the office of Shawn Atleo who was the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief at the time.  In 2009, Wade was named the Assistant General Manager of the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wade is particularly proud of his work as Co-Chair for the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project, which brought together the First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and New Immigrants in ways that had never been done before. Recently, Wade accepted a role in the Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on First Nations and Aboriginal Issues.

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Awards Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner to purchase early bird tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.

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About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

 

Media Contact

Myles Constable,

Marketing Officer and Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

May 14, 2014
Sasquatch Mask returned to Sts’ailes People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2014

(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today, the Sts’ailes Band (formerly Chehalis) will hold a private repatriation ceremony on their land near Harrison Hot Springs, to celebrate the return of a significant artifact in their people’s history. Earlier this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) returned the Sasq’ets (commonly known as Sasquatch) mask to its rightful owner, 75 years after being donated to the institution.

At a ceremony held Monday at MOV, the Sts’ailes expressed their gratitude to the Museum of Vancouver for protecting their mask. A Musqueam First Nation representative also attended to welcome the Sts’ailes to their ancestral land.

MOV’s CEO Nancy Noble explained the importance of returning aboriginal belongings: “I believe that museums have a social and cultural obligation to consider repatriating certain objects from their collections to First Nations people.”

Noble describes the positive impacts of repatriation: “For aboriginal peoples, the return of an object with significant cultural or spiritual value can help to rebuild awareness, educate youth and strengthen ties to a culture that was often suppressed or taken away. And from the MOV’s point of view, the process is a way of building trust and developing relationships with the ultimate goal of narrowing the cultural divide that often still exists today.”

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to be aligned with the Vancouver Airport Authority, supporting sponsor of the First Nations Collection, in developing positive relations while returning artifacts of significance. During another repatriation ceremony in 2013, James Leon from Sts’ailes asked to view artifacts from the collection, believing that MOV might have the Sasq’ets mask, which had been missing since 1939, when it was donated by J.W. Burns. A formal letter from Sts’ailes requesting the repatriation of the mask was received by MOV in late 2013; the museum’s repatriation committee recommended the return soon thereafter.

Noble stated: “Every request is different and must be considered on its merits, but when objects were obtained improperly or have a high degree of cultural sensitivity within a community, repatriation seems like an obvious solution.”

All records indicate that Ambrose Point carved the Sasq’ets mask in 1937 or 1938 and wore it at Sasquatch Days, a celebration of aboriginal sport, ceremony, art and handicraft. Burns who was a teacher at the Chehalis Indian Day School was very interested in Sasq’ets and is often credited for bringing the word “Sasquatch” into common use. The Sts’ailes Band state that due to the mask’s extreme cultural significance, Point would not have sold it or given ownership to Burns, and that Point was dispossessed of the mask without permission.

The Sts’ailes Band has a close spiritual and cultural relationship with Sasq’ets. The Band recognizes Sasq’ets as having the ability to move between the physical and spiritual realms. A sighting or encounter with Sasq’ets is viewed as a gift and as a bestowal of responsibility within the Sts’ailes community. 

The Sasquatch Days celebration has been revived in recent years and will take place in Harrison Hot Springs on the weekend of June 7-8, 2014. This will be a special year because for the first time both the newly carved Sasq’ets mask and the original Sasq’ets mask will be present. These events are open to the public. http://www.tourismharrison.com/Sasquatch-Days

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Museum of Vancouver First Nations Collection Supporting Sponsor: 

Additional Resources:

Photo of the Sasquatch Mask (catalogue #AA69.01) from the Museum of Vancouver First Nations Collection supported by YVR: https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwdFdXRStQb0xOUjhUQw

Photo of Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble (second from left) returning the Sasquatch Mask to Sts’ailes Band elders in a private ceremony held May 12th at MOV in Vanier Park: https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwdFdXRStGR0hMYnRVag

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For interview requests or more information, please contact:

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer/Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

Office: 604-730-5309

April 17, 2014
Museum of Vancouver celebrates 120 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2014

(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) reached a major milestone, as a collector of precious artifacts from around the world and the protector of Vancouver’s past. In recognition of 120 years, MOV will host a celebration on May 29th when admission will be $1.20 (always free for members). Following the Annual General Meeting that evening, birthday cake will be served and BC Place will be lit in the Museum’s colours. MOV’s celebration will continue on their social media channels with photos of artifacts representing 120 years of accessions, shared daily at 1:20pm.

MOV’s 120th anniversary is not only an acknowledgment of history, but of Vancouver’s history. As MOV CEO Nancy Noble explains, “In Canadian terms, we are an old museum with an old collection. For 120 years this museum has been the repository of the material culture and collective memory of this city. We are a reflection of Vancouver’s identity over time. That is valuable in and of itself.”

In 1894, a group of visionaries formed Vancouver’s Art, Historical and Scientific Association. Soon after, the City Museum was created at the Carnegie Library location at Main and Hastings. In 1967, the city announced the construction of the current landmark building in Vanier Park as part of Canada’s centennial. Designed by well-known architect Gerald Hamilton, the Museum’s distinctive dome top was inspired by the shape of a woven basket hat made by Northwest Coast First Nations people. In 1981, the Centennial Museum was re-named the Vancouver Museum and featured permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region.

Society continues to transform and museums have had to adapt to that change. In 2008, the Museum underwent a visioning process that resulted in a shift in focus, taking a cross-disciplinary approach and engaging the community in dialogue about contemporary issues of our city. To reflect the new vision, the Museum changed its name to the Museum of Vancouver in 2009.

“We don’t collect the way colonial collectors did, nor do we communicate information in the same way we did 120 years ago,” Noble explains. “As a contemporary museum, MOV wants to push the boundaries of our role. We believe that the power of history and collections bind the community together, but we want to go beyond that to engage our community in building our collections, telling their own stories, debating contemporary issues and hopefully shaping the future of Vancouver.”

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Media interested in a presentation of our standout artifacts representing 12 decades, and a tour of our 70,000 object collection or interviews with MOV CEO Nancy Noble, can contact Myles Constable (below) to make private appointments.

Media Contact

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer/Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

Office: 604-730-5309

December 04, 2013
Rewilding Vancouver connects the city with its natural history

EARLY MEDIA RELEASE

December 2, 2013

 

Rewilding Vancouver connects the city with its natural history

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver is known for its connection to nature — a unique quality in a major urban centre. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Rewilding Vancouver, opening on February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver, explores Vancouver’s nature as it was, is, and could be.

Rewilding Vancouver is an act of remembering,” explains J.B. MacKinnon, curator of the exhibition and author of The 100-Mile Diet and the recently released The Once and Future World. “It offers a window into a forgotten history in order to look at the present and the possible future with new eyes.”

In 2010, for example, Vancouverites were mesmerized when a grey whale came for a swim in False Creek. Few were aware that, just 150 years ago, hundreds of whales visited local waters each year, including a resident population of humpback whales — famous for their haunting underwater songs. Rewilding Vancouver seeks to encourage people to discover such stories from Vancouver’s past as inspiration to imagine a wilder city today.

The first major exhibition on urban historical ecology in Canada, Rewilding Vancouver features 12 tableaux that mix taxidermy, material culture, projection and sound to reveal the natural “understory” of familiar Vancouver locations. An extinct Steller’s sea cow hovers over the Stanley Park Seawall and a coyote remembers Expo 86, while 120 km of former fish-bearing streams flow beneath our feet.

“Almost everyone has experienced the loss of some treasured natural space — whether an entire forest or a simple vacant lot,” says MacKinnon. “This exhibition is a way to connect with that feeling, and to explore the unlimited possibilities of melding the urban and wild.”

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future.

 

Media Contact

Debbie Douez, Director of Marketing and Development

T: 604.730.5304

E: marketing@museumofvancouver.ca

October 16, 2013
Interesting Vancouver returns for a sixth year of sharing how the typical can actually be intriguing

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Interesting Vancouver returns for a sixth year of sharing
how the typical can actually be intriguing

(VANCOUVER) – What makes someone interesting? Is it their stories? Their life experience? Maybe it’s their drag persona. Vancouverites can find out what makes 10 of their neighbours interesting on November 8 at the Museum of Vancouver when Interesting Vancouver returns for its sixth year.

Interesting Vancouver is an event that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. Ten Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 10 minutes each and answer questions from the audience. With no themes or agendas, it becomes a remarkable opportunity for the audience to also reflect on what’s interesting in their own lives.

“The thing I love most about Interesting Vancouver is that the only theme is ‘interesting’,” says Mark Busse. “No corporate overlords, no profit motives, no self-promotion. Just a room full of fascinating people sharing their hobbies, obsessions, and passions intended to expand the collective vision of what is uniquely possible in our city and by its citizens.”

In addition to speakers, guests will be invited to smash one of Meaghan Kennedy’s piñatas and be treated to a musical performance by CR Avery.

Speakers at the 2013 Interesting Vancouver include:

  • Steve Fisher, Founder and Experience Architect of The Republic of Quality who will share his story about faith, science, love, leaving religion, and the subsequent repercussions.
  • Lynn Hill, curator of Contemporary First Nations exhibitions will share her story of climbing the career ladder.
  • Stephane Mouttet, Chef Concierge of the Shangri-La Hotel on being reunited with his biological parents.
  • Yared Nigussu, Ethiopian artist on the risk of first impressions.
  • Meaghan Kennedy, Piñata Artist on how piñatas have changed her life.
  • Ken Tsui, pop-up event organizer on how Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album informed his understanding of the personal voice.
  • Dave “Peach Cobblah” Deveau, playwright, drag queen, event organizer on how necessity is the root of creativity.
  • Robert Rietveld, former army, navy, and air force executive on Canadian war heros.
  • CR Avery, musician on what it’s like to be a true East Vander.
     

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.interestingvancouver.com and http://interestingvancouver2013.eventbrite.com. Tickets go on sale on October 16.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Amanda McCuaig

Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver

604.730.5309

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About Interesting Vancouver

In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. 2013 sponsors include Driftwood Beer, Prospect Winery, The Butler Did It, Eventbrite, MediaTemple, GDCBC, The Hot Charlottes, Industrial Brand, and Kirsti Wakelin.

Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.

About the Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

 

 

 

September 25, 2013
MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees: Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

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September 18, 2013

 

MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees: Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

 

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver will present its City Shaper Awards to recipients Ray Spaxman, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, and Tamara Vrooman at the MOV Legacy Dinner, presented by Maynards, this upcoming Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Honoured for his work as a visionary architect and city planner, Ray Spaxman will be taking home the MOV Legacy Award. “This award is a wonderful recognition of the city planning work undertaken in the ’70s and ’80s that led to the status Vancouver has come to enjoy in the world,” says Spaxman. “It is the result of the creative synergy between politicians, staff, and citizens in those two decades.”

The Livable City Award, being presented for its first time this year, will go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op for their pioneering business. “Vancouver gave rise to Mountain Equipment Co-op in 1971,” explains Shona McGlashan, representing Mountain Equipment Co-Op. “Since then, MEC has grown to become Canada’s most vibrant outdoor retailer … We are delighted to be recognized as a city shaper in the city that helped shape our identity.”

Finally, the 2013 Emerging City Visionary Award will be going to Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity for her remarkable work. “I am honored to receive an award that supports a vision of everyone working together to meet the long-term needs of the community and the people who live and work in this city,” remarks Vrooman. “I’m truly excited about the future opportunities that will support us as we continue to create a city that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.”

Recipients were chosen by a committee of city historians, urban planners, business and philanthropic influencers, and representatives of the MOV Board of Directors.

“At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “In this second year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing these three for their contributions to our city’s story.”

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at www.museumofvancouver.ca/legacydinner  to purchase tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.

The Museum of Vancouver is thrilled to partner with Maynards Auctioneers on this year’s dinner and thanks them for their ongoing support.  Other sponsors include BDO, Prospect Winery, The Butler Did It Catering, and Lonsdale Rentals.

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About Ray Spaxman

Ray Spaxman, LL.D, ARIBA, MRTPI, FCIP, RPP, Hon AIBC; Architect

Ray is an architect and planner with over 50 years of experience in planning and urban design, with more accomplishments to his name than can be noted in this short description. During his time with the City of Vancouver he established public participation and community engagement in planning, helped in developing the City's View Protection Policies, and produced plans for Downtown, West End, False Creek, Granville Island, Kitsilano, Champlain Heights, Kensington, Southlands, and Fairview Slopes. Since then he has developed urban design projects both here and abroad, including Vancouver's High Building Policies.

 

About MEC

In 1971, a group of west coast mountaineers made a decision to do business differently, and they turned an unconventional retail model into a thriving business. Today, MEC is Canada's largest co-operative by membership and is the leading specialty retailer of outdoor clothing, gear, and accessories. MEC's purpose is to inspire and enable all Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles.

 

About Tamara Vrooman

Tamara Vrooman; Chief Executive Officer, Vancity

As Chief Executive Officer of Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman harnesses the strength of Vancity to fulfill its vision of redefining wealth for members and communities. Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity became the first carbon neutral credit union in North America, the first Canadian financial institution invited to join Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), and the largest organization in Canada with a living wage policy.

 

 

September 05, 2013
Exhibition explores the “Buddha-like” Daniel Evan White and his distinct west coast architecture

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September 5, 2013

 

Exhibition explores the “Buddha-like” Daniel Evan White and his distinct west coast architecture

 

I had the impression of being in the presence of a private man, a man who had a Buddha-like quality and who made a house speak the way a Dylan Thomas poem makes a grown man weep or a Lawren Harris clean line painting evokes the grandeur of Canada.”

–Bruce Fraser, in his 2012 eulogy to Daniel Evan White

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – While Arthur Erickson, Fred Hollingsworth, and Ron Thom garnered international fame, their contemporary – Vancouver born and raised Daniel Evan White – quietly broke boundaries while raising stunning houses amongst Vancouver’s rugged landscape. His visionary career now comes to life in Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White, opening October 16, 2013 at the Museum of Vancouver, giving Vancouverites the first glimpse of one of their most remarkable citizens.

“Dan’s work not so much fits its site as becomes one with it,” explains co-curator Greg Johnson. “His clever architectural innovations allowed his buildings to match their dramatic west coast sites.”

White was little known due to his tendency to avoid publicity, despite continual inquiries from magazines, journals, and scholars, and a loyal roster of customers who had him build for them again and again. His name may not ring instant bells, but chances are you’ll recognize some of the more than 100+ Vancouver residential projects he was involved in, 36 of which are highlighted in Play House.

Play House ventures through Daniel Evan White’s mind, hands, and eyes to explore the creative process that transforms the dream home from desire into reality.  The exhibition includes stories from clients and contractors, a replica of the Máté House built to 1:4 scale, projections, smaller models, 3D computer models, and an area where visitors can get hands on with some of Dan’s favourite geometric shapes.

“Dan was a very quiet, modest man,” explains Martin Lewis, Play House co-curator and former associate of White’s. “Those who worked with Dan saw him as an innovator of design. Some of Dan’s ideas were so unconventional at the time that they must have seemed like sheer folly. But now we see not only that they worked, but that they have withstood the test of time.”

The exhibition refreshes our ideas of the typical house and its functions, with each featured project becoming a commentary on contemporary culture, innovation, risk, and the idea of play. Yet again, the MOV strikes out to introduce Vancouverites to one of their own incredibly talented people.

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July 09, 2013
MOV and partners to take over Granville Street in day of spectacular transformation and playful design

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July 13, 2013

MOV and partners to take over Granville Street in day of spectacular transformation and playful design

(VANCOUVER, BC) — On Saturday, July 13 the Museum of Vancouver and its partners invite the public downtown, to help enliven and transform the 700 block of Granville Street using hundreds of super-sized polystyrene building blocks.

“MOV’s Upcycled Urbanism challenges Vancouverites to do more than just talk about urban design, public space, and environmental sustainability. It brings people together to build their ideas in the public realm—but just for one day,” says Charles Montgomery, Curatorial Associate at the Museum of Vancouver. “The project takes advantage of pioneering work by Langley-based Mansonville Plastics, which rescued polystyrene salvaged from the construction projects around the lower mainland and ground it down for use in new blocks. After our event, materials will be returned for a third round of recycling.”

The project was born from the common aspiration of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), the Vancouver Public Space Network, Maker Faire Vancouver, Spacing Magazine, and the MOV to offer people new ways to re-imagine public design. Three  teams will use the blocks to create giant games, social machines, and art installations.

The public is invited to watch, encourage builders, and experience the interactive landscape at any time between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Orientations for anyone who wants to join a build team will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.

“This project has been an exhilarating and productive challenge for SALA students,” says SALA lecturer Bill Pechet.  “They were asked to design beautiful block prototypes that anyone could use in construction. We’ll be putting the premise of the project and hundreds of these interlocking pieces to the test on July 13.”

People of all ages are welcome to participate. Register by emailing upcycledurbanism@museumofvancouver.ca

Upcycled Urbanism is a Museum of Vancouver initiative in partnership with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), Maker Faire Vancouver, and Spacing Magazine, with generous additional support from SALA, Mansonville Plastics, and the Vancouver Foundation.

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April 25, 2013
Will the Museum of Vancouver be moving?

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APRIL 24, 2013

Will the Museum of Vancouver be moving?

Vancouver, BC — The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has been taking deliberate steps towards securing its position as a thriving part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape for generations to come. Today the museum announced its commitment to find an optimal location that will complement its provocative, award-winning programs and exhibitions.

The MOV has occupied its current location in Vanier Park since 1967. While the location is picturesque it is not without its challenges. A study is being conducted by AldrichPears Associates (APA) to define a functional program for the Museum in an optimal scenario.

“We are constantly asked about our location,” said Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver’s CEO. “With this study we will finally have a definitive answer to the question ‘should we stay or should we go?’”

Through the study, the Museum is examining many options for its location, the current Vancouver Art Gallery space being only one. The functional program is informed by current operations, industry best-practices, the vision for the visitor experience at the Museum and the anticipated visitation levels at the current location as well as other locations throughout Vancouver.

Isaac Marshall, Principal at APA, said, “There are so many opportunities in Vancouver right now. It is the perfect time for the MOV to prove it is ready to lead the world in redefining the role of a city museum.”

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About the Museum of Vancouver
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http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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About AldrichPears Associates
AldrichPears Associates is a planning and design firm based in Vancouver, BC that provides interpretive planning and exhibit design services for cultural attractions around the world.
http://www.aldrichpears.com

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April 11, 2013
Museum of Vancouver first North American cultural institution to take augmented reality “to the streets”

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April 30, 2013

Museum of Vancouver first North American cultural institution to take augmented reality “to the streets”

The Visible City now available for iPhone and Android

Vancouver, BC, Canada – April 30, 2013 – Today the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) launches the Visible City, a virtual exhibition of Vancouver’s neon history, developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) at virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. In doing so it becomes the first cultural institution in North America to have taken augmented reality technology to the streets.

The Visible City is a free app and virtual exhibition that allows users to discover the rise, fall and revival of neon in Vancouver. The app provides walking tours of Vancouver’s most colorful neighborhoods and users can actively contribute to the history of 57 of Vancouver’s neon signs by uploading their own stories, sharing them with others and voting on their favorite signs and places.

At the MOV, we consider the entire city our artifact, and the Visible City is one of those ways we can take history beyond the walls of the Museum,” explains Hanna Cho, MOV Curator of Audience Engagement. “The app is like taking a piece of Vancouver’s history around with you in your pocket – but it’s a piece of history that you can actively contribute to.”

Users can explore two digitally guided walking tours through Vancouver’s cultural heart (Granville Street) and the city’s original downtown hub (Chinatown and Hastings Street). By holding their cameras up to the present day scene, they can see the same Vancouver location appear as it did in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Users can then listen to over 40 pre-curated stories on audio and video told by  celebrated Vancouverites like Dal Richards (big band musician), Joe Keithley (of DOA), Judy Graves (City of Vancouver advocate for the homeless) and more.

The Visible City is free to download and is available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The Visible City gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the VMC at www.virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information visit www.museumofvancouver.ca/visiblecity

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March 27, 2013
Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific street photographer, in retrospective at Museum of Vancouver

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March 27, 2013

Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific street photographer, in retrospective at Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) –Taking thousands of photos each year and about 15 million photos over his lifetime, Foncie Pulice was Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer. Many long-time Vancouver families have Foncie photos in their albums – and the stories to go with them. Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street, opening at the Museum of Vancouver on June 6, 2013, reveals the life and workstyle of this Vancouver photographer.

Foncie Pulice shot from locations along Granville and Hastings for almost 40 years. He photographed without discrimination, capturing the full range of ages, ethnicities, and classes that thronged downtown. At a time when personal cameras were rare and family portraits were expensive, Foncie sometimes created the only surviving image of a family member.

“Foncie captured people in motion, literally in mid-stride, stepping with energy into Vancouver’s future,” explains Joan Siedl, exhibition curator. “His camera lens was fixed at about waist height and pointing slightly up, so that everyone appears slightly larger than life, commanding their patch of sidewalk for an instant.”

Foncie claimed that he destroyed all of his negatives, but he did not. The exhibition will include projected images from a surviving reel of over 10,000 negatives shot in May and June 1968 on Granville near Robson. If you happened to walk south on the east side of the 700 block of Granville Street that spring, Foncie may have taken your photo as you passed.

Foncie’s camera, which he donated to the Museum when he retired in 1979, is a gimcrack assemblage of war surplus metal plate on wheels decorated with a red plastic lightening bolt. Its flash was powered by a car battery. The camera used large reels of movie film so that Foncie could shoot for hours on end.

The exhibition has worked in collaboration with the Knowledge Network, which is producing shorts about Foncie that will be shown in the exhibition, as well as a feature documentary that will premiere later in the year. Those with photo taken by Foncie are encouraged to upload and share via “Foncie’s Corner” on the Knowledge Network (fonciescorner.knowledge.ca).  

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January 17, 2013
Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

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January 17, 2013

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – The six cultural institutions of Vanier Park are celebrating their Kitsilano location again during their second Winter Wander. Vancouverites are invited to attend all locations on Saturday, January 26, for one significantly reduced rate.

“We had such a wonderful turn out at our first Winter Wander that we’ve been looking forward to doing it again all year,” says Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum “For us, it’s a great way to showcase what’s down here in Vanier Park, and to work together as institutions. This park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes admission to all venues. Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free.

“When the Royal Canadian Air Force station that occupied this area was decommissioned in the 1960’s the Vancouver Parks Board took over management of the land,” explains Robinson. “This enabled the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's very unique, but sometimes overlooked. Adjacent to the downtown heart of our city, today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, discovering music, or learning about Vancouver’s history.”

In addition to visiting the museums, Winter Wanderers will be able to enjoy a talk by Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and visiting food trucks.

For full schedule of events, visit www.museumofvancouver/winterwander.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

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January 08, 2013
Talking Sex in Vancouver - New Exhibition at the MOV

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January 8, 2013

Talking Sex in Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver tackles taboo subject by exploring its cultural history

(VANCOUVER, BC) – What better to do on Valentine’s Day, than throw open the doors to an exhibition dedicated to Vancouver’s sexual history? Sex Talk in the City, the Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, opens February 14, 2013, and will give visitors a chance to consider how sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political. 

Moving from the classroom, to the bedroom, to the streets, Sex Talk in the City explores how sexuality is learned (at school, in the media, through popular culture) and how these conversations have impacted the way people self-identify and relate to each other.

“Exploring what people in Vancouver think about sex becomes a telling way to know the city,” explains Viviane Gosselin, Sex Talk’s curatorial lead. “Looking at Vancouver’s sexual history has enabled us to see that many people in the city have challenged the sexual norms of their time — whether it is on issues of contraception, gay rights, or the ergonomics of sex toys — to create communities that are more inclusive and educated.”

The exhibition shares stories ranging from early sex education in Vancouver, to political movements that began at our local universities, to the local origin of the iconic black cougar logo that for decades warned movie audiences about sexually explicit content. It also touches on issues of sex trade work, the role of the Internet as “sex educator” to many children, and how the pleasure of belonging can be as important as pleasure itself.

In the collaborative style that Gosselin brought to the award-winning Bhangra.me exhibition, Sex Talk in the City was created with an advisory panel of 17 people, and a team that included the design studio Propellor, a writer, filmmaker, and several historians.

“Working with a large advisory committee has played a crucial role in this project,” says Gosselin. “Committee members stressed the importance of featuring diverse perspectives while highlighting concerns that are often shared across age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.”

Sex Talk in the City is a unique opportunity to reflect on personal ideas about sexuality (where they came from, the values that shaped them, and how they help or impede our ability to live a healthy sexual life) in a safe, fun, and interesting environment. Visitors are sure to leave wanting to share their own quirky stories about their first time, their sex ed class experience, or the awkward birds and bees conversation they had with their parents.

The creation of Sex Talk in the City involved the participation of Options for Sexual Health, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the Vancouver School Board, public health experts, activists, sexologists, educators, youth, and historians.

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Large format images of Sex Talk in the City and related artifacts are available on request.

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November 06, 2012
Museum of Vancouver launches retail collection around the city

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November 6, 2012

Museum of Vancouver launches retail collection around the city

Vancouver (BC) — The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has partnered with local businesses to breathe new life into artifacts and make them available for culture lovers to take history home with them via a new retail collection.

In an initiative that goes beyond the traditional approach of cultural institutions of hosting a gift shop on location, the MOV has created a model that works directly with local retailers to produce and stock items inspired by the MOV collection.

“This new model is a great way to take the MOV brand and our array of historical artifacts out to the city,” says Kate Follington, Director of Development at the MOV. “Given that we can only ever display a fraction of our collection, it is a way for us to breathe new life into artifacts and raise funds to continue our work.”

The project sees the MOV working with multiple Vancouver businesses, including Harvey Burritt’s 2nd Century Rug Company, Country Furniture, Cascade Room Restaurant & Bar, Walrus, Make Vancouver, Vancouver Special, Bookmark at the Vancouver Public Library, London Drugs, and Murchie’s Teas.

“When the MOV approached us to be part of the program, we jumped at the opportunity,” says Harvey Burritt of 2nd Century Rug Company. “We are known for our ability to create high quality, custom area rugs from items that are meaningful to our clients. We have applied this ability to the treasure trove of MOV’s collection. I can’t think of a better way for my family to support one of our city’s cultural institutions.”

In addition to the rugs, products include keychains, coasters, T-shirts, pillows, beer glasses, and a specially concocted Smilin’ Buddha tea from Murchie’s. Each product comes with a history of the original artifact and a catalogue number so that buyers can look the artifact up on openMOV (openmov.museumofvancouver.ca). Products and locations can be found online at www.museumofvancouver.ca/retail .

The retail line is part of a project supported by the Vancity Social Enterprise Portfolio and is being developed as an alternative line of revenue for the MOV. Funds raised through the retail initiative will benefit MOV’s special exhibitions and its school programs that reach 10,000 elementary school students annually.

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October 04, 2012
The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

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October 4, 2012

The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

(VANCOUVER, BC) If the city itself is looked at as an artifact, to whom do we credit its creation? The Museum of Vancouver — in its ongoing mission to hold a mirror to the city and provoke dialogue about its past, present, and future — has responded to this question with a new award. The first inaugural Vancouver City Shapers Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 11, at the MOV Legacy Dinner.

Uniquely positioned to look at the entire city as an artifact, the MOV pulled seven well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to select recipients for two new awards. They spent two months reviewing over 50 families and individuals who have helped to mould the city as we know it today, and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The resulting selection brought forward three extraordinary individuals for this inaugural year:

City Legacy Award:                                      Milton and Fei Wong
Emerging City Visionary Award:                Robert Fung

The City Legacy Award acknowledges Milton and Fei’s extraordinary contribution and influence over the city’s celebration of diversity, academic success, and mentorship of business innovators and new entrepreneurs.

“They touched so many sectors in Vancouver with their idealism and leadership, from finance and philanthropy to diversity and culture,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “Their legacy is our harmonious and diverse city.”

The Emerging City Visionary Award recognizes individuals shaping Vancouver for tomorrow. Salient Group partner and developer Robert Fung will receive this award for his successful preservation and revitalization of Gastown.

The Museum of Vancouver’ City Shapers Award legacy dinner will be an ongoing annual award.

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For full background on selection committee and criteria, download the PDF.

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October 03, 2012
Giant Dice Portrait Pays Homage to Vancouver Artist

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October 3, 2012

Giant Dice Portrait Pays Homage to Vancouver Artist

Vancouver (BC) — There are few better ways to pay homage to an artist/designer than to create a portrait made of the same number of dice as the days they lived. Frederick McSwain, a friend of Tobias Wong’s, did just that, creating one of the world’s largest dice portraits using 13,138 die.

Now accompanying the exhibition Object (ing): the art/design of Tobias Wong, at the Museum of Vancouver, McSwain’s piece “DIE” is a tribute to Wong, a Vancouver/New York artist who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35 in early 2010.

 “The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life,” explains Frederick McSwain, who produced the dice portrait for NY Design Week, 2011. “It felt like a medium he would use. The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life defines who you are. All of those days symbolically make up the image of Tobi.”

The medium was chosen from an exchange McSwain once witnessed — a stranger approached Wong to ask for a cigarette, and Wong accepted a cheap six-sided die in exchange.

The portrait also pays homage to Wong’s own style of conceptual art/design. Wong was well known in New York as a provocative artist, re-designing every-day objects and making poignant statements about the world around him.

The dice were organized into individual sheets of 361 pieces and then laid to rest free on the floor without adhesive. A time lapse video of the piece being assembled can be seen online.  

US Furniture giant Bernhardt Designs bought the piece in 2011 and is currently touring it across North America. The portrait will be on display at the Museum of Vancouver until the end of October.

The exhibition Object(ing) at the Museum of Vancouver is the first major showing of Tobias Wong’s body of work. Since opening on September 19, it has received public accolades from the likes of Douglas Coupland and Jason Heard (show director of IDS West). Wong himself has been referred to as one of more influential and provocative designers of his generation.

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August 17, 2012
Interesting Vancouver returns to reveal the passions of eight interesting Vancouverites

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Interesting Vancouver returns to reveal the passions of eight interesting Vancouverites

(VANCOUVER) – Interesting Vancouverites from various walks of life will be sharing personal stories at the fifth annual Interesting Vancouver on Friday, September 28 at the Museum of Vancouver from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Interesting Vancouver is a conference that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. There are no corporate sponsors, themes or agendas. The format is the same every year: eight Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 15 minutes each and answer questions from the audience.

“The vision for Interesting Vancouver is to give smart and dynamic people the opportunity to share their close kept passions and stories with an audience of curious minds,” says Lauren Isaacson, conference organizer and Senior Researcher and Analyst at Motion Canada. “We hope to spark conversation, interest, and investigation about new topics, events, and people, and for attendees to walk away with new ideas and inspiration to make their own lives a little more interesting.”

“Partnering with groups like Interesting Vancouver is exactly how the MOV aims to catalyze meaningful, interdisciplinary, and socially rich experiences for Vancouverites, and break down cultural and civic silos in the city”, adds Hanna Cho, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the MOV. “It’s amazing for us to be able to connect with such a fantastic and creative group of volunteer organizers, and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead as we continue to grow together.”

Interesting Vancouver 2012 with the Museum of Vancouver has curated a selection of speakers:

  • Ron Skewchuck, a Public Relations guru who is also an international BBQ champion;
  • Roy White, a successful international designer who found an avocation in middle age as a dancer;
  • Lloyd Bernhardt, a software developer who turned Ethical Bean coffee guru as a result of adopting a child in Guatemala;
  • Boris Mann, a tech entrepreneur who spent a year sailing a tall ship;
  • Aamer Haleem, co-host for CTV Morning Live who has interviewed celebrities such as George Clooney and Madonna, and covered international events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Concert for Diana;
  • Tori Holmes, the youngest women to row an ocean -- as a novice -- and live to write about it;
  • Corinne Lea, an artist turned business woman who successfully fought city hall at the Rio Theatre;
  • Toby Barazzuol, who spent his childhood in the Stanley Park Teahouse, became an entrepreneur, and then found a vocation restoring buildings and supporting community in the Downtown Eastside.

Driftwood Beer returns as the 2012 sponsor, and is joined by Mark Anthony Wines, Field Notes and Eventbrite.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.interestingvancouver.com and http://interestingvancouver2012.eventbrite.com/. Tickets go on sale on September 3.

Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.

Other links:

https://www.facebook.com/interestingvancouver

https://twitter.com/interestingvan

www.museumofvancouver.ca

 

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July 23, 2012
Tobias Wong’s cheeky art/design comes home

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July 23, 2012

Tobias Wong’s clever art/design comes home
Museum of Vancouver to hold first solo exhibition of the forerunner of conceptual design

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Opening this September 20, 2012, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present the first time solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed, Vancouver-born artist, Tobias Wong in Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong.

Wong has been lauded as “contemporary design’s most nimble provocateur” by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is considered a forerunner of conceptual design. He appropriated, manipulated, manufactured, mass-produced, and re-issued everyday objects — from candies and dollar bills to box cutters and neon signs — pouring new meanings into them in the process. Like many pioneers, his art both seduced and upset.

“Tobias’ work and artistic trajectory are fascinating,” explains Viviane Gosselin, senior curator and project lead at the MOV. “I view Tobias as a poet who didn’t play with words but with objects; most of the time, familiar ones. He took the mundane, the utilitarian, and turned it into incredible sculptures. People ‘get it’ because it’s funny or it connects to popular culture and current events. However, more deeply considered, you can see all these clever references to the history of art/design.”

Although Wong was a ‘Vancouver boy’, his work is better known internationally than in his hometown. Leaving when he was 20 to study architecture in Toronto, he eventually moved to NYC to attend the sculpture program at the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art in 1998. His career soon took off in a big way provoking responses from globally recognized designers like Alessi, Philippe Starck and Karim Rashid and brands including Burberry. Wong kept close ties with friends, family, and collaborators in Vancouver. He came back regularly and worked with people here.

The show will feature over 50 pieces, including well known items like Bulletproof Quilted Duvet, the Ottoman, the “I Want to Change the World” book, and This is a Lamp. Some items have been re-issued specifically for this project (based on documentation and assistance of original collaborators). Reissuing works will allow new audiences to see pieces like Room Partition, the Anus sign that hung in the window of his East Village apartment, Chocolate Wood produced in collaboration with Chocolate Arts , and a series of candies created for Papabubble, a high end candy store based in NYC.

Wong passed away suddenly in 2010 at age 35 in his home in New York City. The MOV has been incredibly fortunate to work with close friends, collaborators, family and guest curator and project instigator Todd Falkowsky in making this exhibition a reality. The exhibition has mobilized the participation of over 50 collectors, curators, and artists from Vancouver, NYC, San Francisco, UK, and elsewhere, including pop culture commentator and artist Douglas Coupland and senior curator of design from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paola Antonelli.

"I no longer worry about what title people give me,
I’m happy being whatever fits the context.
I don’t draft or create models/prototypes,
I don’t problem solve,
and I definitely don’t make things to make life easier."
— Tobias Wong

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Large format images of Tobias Wong and his work are available on request.

The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

June 10, 2012
One year later – Stanley Cup riot boards from downtown windows go on display at MOV

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June 4, 2012

One year later – Stanley Cup riot boards from downtown
windows go on display at MOV

(VANCOUVER, BC) – A year after the Stanley Cup Riots of June 15, 2011, the Museum of Vancouver will open Reading the Riot Boards, a small exhibition displaying 15 of the plywood panels used to board up broken windows in downtown.

Boards on display include selections from the windows of the Bay. The exhibition will run from June 15 to September 23, 2012.

For the opening of this small MOV Studio exhbiition, the MOV invites the public to join in dialogue with Vancouver playwright Kevin Loring, City Councillor Andrea Reimer, and photographer Maurice Li in a multi-faceted examination of how the riots altered our collective conscience, spurred new civic conversations, and changed how Vancouverites see themselves and each other.  That is, we invite you to pause, reflect, and share in a discussion that asks: “Is this Vancouver?”

The roundtable will include a visual street-view storytelling of events by Maurice Li, excerpts from “The Thin Veneer” a play written as Loring’s response to the riots, and policy insights from Councillor Reimer.  A moderated Q&A and closer look at selected boards installed in the MOV Studio will follow.

The event is by donation (suggested $5-10, none turned away for lack of funds) | MOV Members free. RSVP online: http://riotreflections.eventbrite.com

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

About the Speakers:
Kevin Loring is the recipient of the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Drama. "The Thin Veneer" is Loring's response to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. This profoundly beautiful play investigates who we are as Vancouverites.

Andrea Reimer was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008. Her appointments include Chair, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment; Greenest City Action Team; Vancouver Economic Development Commission. Andrea is a fourth generation British Columbian who lives right across from her father’s family home at Trout Lake on Vancouver’s east side.

Maurice Li is a Vancouver-based photographer and visual storyteller.  Maurice’s work is informed by his passion for commercial, documentary, and fine art work that focuses on the urban form, cultural narrative, and experiential travel.

May 29, 2012
Young Makers’ Workshops prep kids for MakerFaire Vancouver

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May 29, 2012

Young Makers’ Workshops prep kids for MakerFaire Vancouver

June 16, 2012 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Museum of Vancouver

If you have a young family member aged 13–18 who loves to create and get hands-on, then Young Makers Day is an excellent opportunity for them to build and to introduce them to a community of “Makers” — creative folks who range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors.

Participants will become part of Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Come to the Young Makers Day at the Museum of Vancouver to make a cool team project to show-and-tell at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire to be held June 23 and 24 at the PNE!   

At the MOV your young maker can:

  • Create a giant ugly creature
  • Build paper and PVC pipe lanterns lit with LED lights
  • Hack a spray paint can to make virtual graffiti

Young Makers will work with an expert Maker from the community to learn how to manipulate materials, foster creativity and collaboration, inspire other makers, and grow the Maker Movement.  AND participants get to attend Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 23 and 24 as a featured Makers to show-off their team’s project.  How cool is that?  Participants become a Maker in just one day! 

Registration is limited and includes all food and material costs for the day. For more information or to register online, visit http://youngmakersvancouver.eventbrite.com .

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Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer                      Arielle Fraser, Education Liaison Maker Faire
T: 604.730.5309                                                         T: 778.883.8525
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca                 E: Arielle@makerfaire.ca

May 23, 2012
Petroglyph to return to Secwepemc traditional territory from Museum of Vancouver

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May 23, 2012

 

Petroglyph to return to Secwepemc traditional territory from Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) – A petroglyph rock that has been in Vancouver since 1926 will be returning to its home with the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (formerly Canoe Creek Indian Band) on June 13, 2012.

A blessing ceremony of the petroglyph will take place June 11 at the Museum of Vancouver with Chief Hank Adam of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation prior to the petroglyph’s historic journey of repatriation back to Secwepemc traditional territory west of Clinton, BC.  Members of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation and the MOV will be joined by Vancouver Mayor, Williams Lake Mayor, the Chair of the Cariboo Regional District, and members of Vancouver City Council.

"It’s been 86 years since the petroglyph rock was taken without our consent from our traditional area,” says Hank Adam, Chief of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. “For Stswecemc/ Xgat'tem it means a sense of empowerment for us to finally have a voice as to the future of this sacred petroglyph rock. It is an exciting time for our community. We look forward to the rock’s journey home."

The boulder, measuring approximately three by five feet and weighing about six tons, was found on the east bank of the Fraser River near Crowe’s Bar back in 1926 by prospector H.S. Brown.  Brown brought the petroglyph to the attention of Park Board chair W.C. Shelly who arranged for its move to Stanley Park in Vancouver.  It took a team of 10 horses a month to drag the boulder from the sandbar along the Fraser up the 3,000 foot ascent to the railhead near Clinton. After years of being in Stanley Park in an unsheltered area where it was subject to vandalism, the Park Board and the Museum agreed to donate and move the rock to MOV in 1992.

In 2010, MOV curatorial staff and its Collections Committee began to explore repatriation of the petroglyph. It was determined to have come from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. In August 2011, members of the First Nation and MOV staff visited the original site of the boulder and began planning for repatriation.

“We were powerfully moved last year when Chief Adam and our friends at Canoe Creek took us to the exact spot where the rock had stood,” explained Joan Seidl, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the MOV. “It is a timeless place that has endured despite the sadness of the great rock’s removal. The Museum of Vancouver looks forward to working with the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation to bring the petroglyph home and to the joy that it will bring to all involved.”

After consultation with its people about where the petroglyph should rest after its return, the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation has decided to place the petroglyph in Churn Creek Protected Area upon its return on June 13, 2012.

A documentary film is being made about the repatriation, and everyone is invited to follow the journey of the petroglyph at www.facebook.com/storyofarock .

As part of its ongoing support of the Museum of Vancouver’s First Nation Collection, Vancouver Airport Authority is pleased to support the repatriation of this significant petroglyph to the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

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Hank Adam and Joan Seidl are available for interview upon request.

Photos of the summer 2011 visit to Crow's Bar and of the petroglyph available upon request.

Media Contacts

Amanda McCuaig, MOV Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

Agness Jack, Communications, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
T: 250-392-7361
E: A.Jack@nstq.org

 

About Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
For more visit: www.canoecreekband.ca

About the Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

May 07, 2012
Museum of Vancouver receives second Canadian Museum Association Award of Excellence in three years

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May 4, 2012

Museum of Vancouver receives second Canadian Museum Association Award of Excellence in three years

 

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver has one more thing to boast about this spring as its civic museum, the Museum of Vancouver, brings home its second Canadian Museum Association award in just three years.

The MOV — which rebranded and refocused its vision in 2009 and won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Management in 2010 as a result — used that forward momentum to develop the multi-faceted and highly collaborative exhibition called Bhangra.me, which ran from May 5, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Last week at the Canadian Museum Association annual awards night, the team behind Bhangra.me was awarded Outstanding Achievement for best project in the Education Category.

Bhangra.me followed the MOV’s new model of telling Vancouver focused stories, and was a robust educational program designed to examine bhangra music as a cultural, artistic, and political phenomenon in Vancouver. It was comprised of original research and collections of costumes, instruments, interviews, a temporary exhibition, musical concerts, public programming, and interactive social technologies. It was completed in collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC).

Vancouverites can still see a slideshow of the exhibition, related photos and videos on the Museum of Vancouver’s website (www.museumofvancouver.ca).

The MOV will continue to bring Vancouver innovative, contemporary, and sometimes contentious exhibitions. This fall we’ll house the first solo exhibition of the recently deceased artist/designer Tobias Wong in, followed by an educational exploration of all things sex in Sex Talk in the City, opening in 2013.

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

 

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

 

April 16, 2012
High Tea @ MOV mixes tea tasting with fund raising for a special Mother’s Day event

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April 16, 2012

High Tea @ MOV mixes tea tasting with fund raising for a special Mother’s Day event

(VANCOUVER, BC) – This upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, the Museum of Vancouver mixes learning, fashion, and tea for “High Tea @ MOV”, a special fundraiser for the museum. Whether guests come as friends or as a mother/child pair, they are sure to enjoy this delightful afternoon celebrating their bond during this special sit-down tea service.

Special guest speaker Brendan Waye, an accredited tea specialist known as “The Tea Guy” and tea sommelier program instructor from Vancouver Community College, will provide insight on the traditions and rituals of high tea culture over time.

Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a delicious assortment of petite sandwiches and cakes. A guided tour of the Art Deco Chic exhibition will provide a base for conversations, and tea demonstrations will provide guests an opportunity to discover new tastes while learning about teas from around the world.

Date:                     Saturday, May 12, 2012
Doors Open:      2:00PM
Concludes:         5:00PM
Cost:                      Individual $40 | Two People $60
Where to buy: http://highteamov.eventbrite.com

All money raised will go towards the Museum of Vancouver’s programs for conserving Vancouver’s history and material items.

Special thanks to our sponsors Herbal Republic, Bernardin, Salt Spring Coffee, and Angela James.

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

March 20, 2012
The Maraya Project and Veda Hille come together for an exploration of Vancouver’s False Creek

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March 20, 2012

The Maraya Project and Veda Hille come together for an exploration of Vancouver’s False Creek

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver’s False Creek has a fascinating history, and its most recent development is explored in an MOV Studio Exhibition now on display called the Maraya Project:  Waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai. False Creek mythology and history will be further explored in an intimate performance on Friday, March 30, featuring local folk musician and city singer, Veda Hille, accompanied by a visual narrative by Annabel Vaughan (architect and city thinker).

Through Songs of False Creek Flats: Reflections, Veda and Annabel use music, talk, and pictures to animate an area of the city that currently lies primarily dormant. Audience members will be given a hand-drawn artist map in order to take themselves on a local walk through the flats at their leisure.

Date:                     Friday, March 30, 2012
Doors:                   6:30PM
Performance:    7:30PM
Cost:                      MOV Members $15 | General Admission $17 | Student rate $10 (*with valid ID)
Where to buy: http://falsecreeksongs.eventbrite.com

*music and reception to follow

Through photography, video, public art, public programs and an interactive online platform, the Maraya Project explores new forms of urban living pioneered in both countries, showing how we are connected in ways that are both familiar and surprising. Maraya — from the Arabic m’raya for “mirror” or “reflection” — connects the glass and steel residential towers that line the seawall walkways of Emaar’s Dubai Marina and Concord Pacific Place along False Creek, looking at these two cities that are leaders of 21st century urbanism.

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The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309
E: amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca

January 19, 2012
Extravagant glamour between the wars - Art Deco Chic opening at the MOV

Extravagant glamour between the wars
Museum of Vancouver to exhibit Art Deco women’s fashions from the 1920s and 1930s

(VANCOUVER, BC) – The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. Here in Vancouver, we see the art deco’s geometry-inspired style captured in the architecture of the Marine Building and the Burrard Street Bridge. Starting March 8, the public can also see it captured in women’s fashions of the 1920s and 1930s on display in Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The garments chosen for exhibition have been selected because of their beauty and fine quality,” explains guest co-curator Ivan Sayers. “Some of the most important fashion designers in the world in the 1920s and 1930s will be represented.”

The fashion design of the era was a distinct departure from previous design styles. Drawing inspiration from geometric shapes to evoke elegance and modernity, it was also influenced by an increased ability to travel world wide – bringing inspiration not only from modernism, but from faraway places such as Russia, Egypt, and Mexico.

Visitors will enjoy more than 66 garments on display in this exhibition.

Notable Vancouver items include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in 1929 and a red and gold lamé evening dress made from fabric depicting the battles of the Trojan War. Many items on show are exquisite designer dresses with labels such as Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, and Schiaparelli. To contrast these high fashion items is a piece from the MOV’s collection – a modest, yet stylish, navy polka dot dress made by the Aurora Dress Company of Vancouver around 1927.

The garments and accessories on display come from the private collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, as well as from the MOV and other’s collections. Handbags, hats, shoes, and jewelry will further illustrate the use of geometric shapes to create sleek, sophisticated designs.

November 16, 2011
Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

For Immediate Release
November 16, 2011

Type: Community Event / Family Day

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – Vanier Park is a cultural hub that many Vancouver residents know little about, and on Saturday, December 3 the six cultural institutions that call Kitsilano’s biggest park home will be celebrating this hidden treasure with a significantly reduced rate for visitors.

“Music, history, space, sea, and Shakespeare reside together in stunning Vanier Park,” says Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach. “It is truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives – offering visitors a fascinating range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance of each other.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what all Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes all venues (Note Bard on the Beach will be located at the MOV, as the tents are currently down). Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free. Venues open at 10am and close at 5pm.

“Before it became Vanier Park, this area was first a First Nations fishing village, then a Royal Canadian Air Force station,” explains Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “We are fortunate that the Vancouver Parks Board started managing the land in 1966 thereby allowing the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's quite unique, but sometimes overlooked as a great destination. Today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, learning music, or discovering Vancouver’s history.”

Winter Wanderers will also be able to enjoy food from visiting food trucks, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and have an opportunity to win memberships to the three participating museums.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

November 14, 2011
Museum of Vancouver’s 70,000 item collection now accessible online

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November 14, 2011

Image: First contribution to the Museumof Vancouver  from 1896, a trumpeter swan
Image: The first record taken for the Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver’s 70,000 item collection now accessible online

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouverites can now broaden their understanding of Vancouver history with the click of a mouse, thanks to the Museum of Vancouver’s newly launched digital collections database.

Using OpenMOV from the Museum of Vancouver’s website (http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection) anyone from anywhere can access information about the museum’s more than 62,000 items, with nearly 10,000 entries currently accompanied by digital images.

“With open MOV, we were able to update the old electronic database while opening the collection to the public. OpenMOV allows the public virtual access to objects when they are not on display,” explains Wendy Nichols, the MOV’s Curator of Collections. “Increasingly, museums are finding that allowing their communities to access the collections digitally not only connects people to history, but also stimulates museum going.”

The digital database was developed with support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. OpenMOV was custom-made for MOV using Drupal open source content management system by Vancouver-based Fuse Interactive.

MOV will continue to flesh out and refine artifact information and to increase the number of objects accompanied by digital images. The creation of digital images has been made possible in part by the BC History Digitization Project through the Irving K. Barber Centre at UBC. The Project has supported digitizing all material in the BC First Nations ethnology collection over the last two years.

The digital collection metaphorically throws the doors open to the back-room shelves of MOV. With the information now online, researchers can access images and information about the collection from their desks at home or school.

About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is a non profit museum that holds a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future.

October 20, 2011
Canadian Submissions to 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture find temporary home at Museum of Vancouver

(VANCOUVER, BC) – When people migrate, they bring their cultural memories with them and create a unique understanding of the world. Migrating Landscapes, a nation-wide competition for young Canadian architects 45 and under, explores the nature of contemporary Canadian migration through original designs for housing. Vancouverites can immerse themselves in this idea starting Thursday, November 3 when the regional stage of the competition launches at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The intention of the competition is to bring the Venice Biennale to Canada,” explains Johanna Hurme, one of the three young Winnipeg-based organizers and curators of Migrating Landscapes. “We want to showcase the up-and-coming generation of Canadian architects and designers to the Canadian public before they hit the world stage in Venice.”

The exhibition will display videos, in which each entrant talks about how their experiences of migration have affected them as designers, together with architectural models of dwellings that respond to the issues raised in the videos. These videos and models will be “settled” into a modular exhibition infrastructure, or “new landscape”, made of wood.

“When people migrate, they carry with them very specific memories of place and cultural heritage,” explains Hurme. “These migrated memories have to negotiate with their new locale and culture, resulting in an experience in which an immigrant never settles or unsettles.”

“When applied to architecture and design,” adds her colleague Jae-Sung Chon, “the built form is neither of the present location or the past. Instead, it’s a unique form that resonates with both locations and one’s own cultural memories.”

“We think Migrating Landscapes will be a timely and provocative exhibition,” says Sasa Radulovic, who completes the curatorial team. “It will generate and showcase innovative new designs for housing by young Canadians, confront the closing down of immigration policies globally, and project Canada as one of the most engaging and promising models of a multi-ethnic social democracy in the 21st century.”

The Museum of Vancouver is one of seven presenting hosts of the regional competitions across the country. Regional winners will progress to a national final competition and exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery next spring, where a high-profile national jury will select the young, architectural “Team Canada” that will represent Canada at the 13th annual Venice Biennale in Architecture in late summer/fall 2012.

The BC Regional Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes is at the Museum of Vancouver from November 3 to November 27. 

October 13, 2011
Popular bhangra exhibition to celebrate extension with full day of activities for families

Popular bhangra exhibition to celebrate extension with full day of activities for families

(VANCOUVER, BC) — Following recognition by CBC’s Culture Days for its contribution to the community, the Museum of Vancouver is pleased to announce an extension of its unique, community-based exhibition, Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story. To celebrate, the MOV will host a unique family-oriented day of interactive exhibition programming, food, and performances on Saturday, October 22, from 10am-4pm.

MOV’s family-oriented “Not Just Bhangra” festivities will appeal to all ages, featuring a Special Senior's Lounge, photobooth, and guided mini-tours of Bhangra.me by co-curator Naveen Girn and board members from VIBC.

 “The day’s activities will provide an opportunity that we seldom have—to bring grandparents and grandchildren, Bhangra professionals and amateurs, all in the same space talking, learning and exploring the culture of Bhangra,” says Manpal Rana, a performer, editor of Chakdey.com and member of VIBC’s Community Engagement Committee.

Lunch is included with admission, and will be provided by Sutra Vancouver; admission includes access to the MOV's history galleries, and its newest exhibition, Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver.

Space is limited, so advance purchase strongly encouraged. Tickets are online at http://notjustbhangra.eventbrite.com .

Bhangra.me tells a vibrant Canadian story as it traces the major moments in the local bhangra scene. In addition to early costumes, photos, rare videos and albums, the exhibition features interviews and memorabilia from international artists Jazzy B, Harbhajan Mann, Delhi 2 Dublin, En Karma, and many more.

Bhangra.me is co-presented by the MOV and the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. It was curated by the MOV’s Curator of Contemporary Issues, Viviane Gosselin, and Guest Curator, Naveen Girn. Designed by local designers, Propellor Studio, the exhibition was created from original interviews, archival video footage, personal photo albums, community consultations, and support from Vancouver’s bhangra community. Over 55 interviews and 100 hours of documentary footage were compiled for the exhibition.

Originally set to close October 23, Bhangra.me will now be open until January 1, 2012.

September 26, 2011
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver: An exhibition on Vancouver’s love/hate relationship with neon signs

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Explore Vancouver’s gritty, urban past at the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) upcoming feature exhibition, Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver. Opening October 13, 2011 Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver presents a fascinating look at the rapid growth of neon signs throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the visual purity crusade that virtually banished them from Vancouver streets.

“The exhibition raises interesting questions about how we collectively construct the way our city is portrayed,” says Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver curator, Joan Seidl, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at MOV. “There was a real push in the 60s and 70s to redefine Vancouver as a green, natural space. While we may love neon today, there was a real outcry against neon signs, which represented a more industrial, urban city.”

July 28, 2011
MOV opens Chosen Family Portraits - Tuesday August 2nd

The Museum of Vancouver has partnered with the Queer Film Festival and Options for Sexual Health to launch the extraordinary photography exhibit Chosen Family Portraits.

Chosen Family Portraits is a project where the Festival audience were asked to model with their chosen families and to share their stories. A total of 28 families visited the portrait studio to pose with their loved ones, bffs, kids, parents, neighbours, allies and whomever they considered chosen family.

The families and media are invited to view their family portraits on display at the Museum of Vancouver on Tuesday August 2nd and it will be open to the public on Wednesday August 3rd   until late September.

 

July 26, 2011
Summer Fun at MOV: 5 Things to do in Kits

 

Raincouver/Vancouver – no need to give up on summer fun yet! Museum of Vancouver has interactive exhibits and events that will have you, friends and family forgetting about the sun in no time.

April 27, 2011
Bhangra.me: Vancouver's Bhangra Story - Groundbreaking Feature Exhibit Opens at MOV

Politics, identity and music intersect in Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story, opening May 5 at Museum of Vancouver.

March 22, 2011
MOV Asks: Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?

 

MOV Asks: Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?
Museum of Vancouver invites Vancouverites to talk about their priorities for the future of our city’s architecture with new MASHNOTES installation.
November 03, 2010
A Local Food Top Ten with the authors of The 100-Mile Diet

After completing their critically acclaimed book The 100-Mile Diet, James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith embarked on a North American tour that took them to some of the greatest and most unheralded local food hotspots today. What they discovered were dozens of inventive and effective local projects that point toward a very different future for food. Join us on November 25th when they will share the top ten findings from their travels at the Museum of Vancouver’s Food and Beers Speaker Series event.

October 14, 2010
Sechelt Nation and Museum of Vancouver to Complete Historic Repatriation of Sacred Stone Figure

Chief Gary Feschuk of the Sechelt Indian Band (shíshálh First Nation) will lead a delegation to Museum of Vancouver (MOV) to reclaim a prehistoric stone sculpture of enduring spiritual significance to his people, Friday October 15.

August 19, 2010
Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food

The exhibit Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food, is a visual feast of 39 Brian Harris photographs set across four seasons, opening on August 26, 2010 and running to January 2, 2011.

May 20, 2010
MOV Wins National Award for Innovation

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) wins a Canadian Museums Association (CMA) award for outstanding achievement in management.

April 20, 2010
Vancouver's Rock Stars of Footwear Exposed

Museum of Vancouver presents Fox, Fluevog & Friends: The story behind the shoes, May 14 to September 26, 2010

Meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice: friends, collaborators, trend-spotters, businessmen, and artists. MOV’s fashion retrospective explores the story behind their footwear companies, from their early days making the scene in 1970s Gastown to acclaim and powerful brand loyalty on an international scale.

March 17, 2010
Olympic Partners to create legacy collection of 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games memorabilia

The City of Vancouver is working with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Province, Whistler, the Federal Government, the Four Host First Nations, and VANOC to assemble a legacy collection from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

January 20, 2010
Immersive maze installation by Ed Pien comes to MOV

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents Tracing Night, February 4 to April 11, 2010. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Toronto-based visual artist, Ed Pien has become widely known for what have been called his “magical” paper maze installations. Tracing Night is one of the most celebrated of the series – this glowing labyrinth combines drawing, video projections and haunting soundscapes to recreate the phenomenon of night and darkness.

January 07, 2010
MOV showcases Canadian and Korean craft to the world

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents Art of Craft, January 14 to April 11, 2010 featuring exuberantand refined craft from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

October 14, 2009
Museum of Vancouver exhibits its Ravishing Beasts

VANCOUVER, BC - The Museum of Vancouver will launch Ravishing Beasts, a provocative, visual study of taxidermy, and a look at the Museum’s own history of collecting. On view from October 22, 2009 to February 28, 2010, the exhibit features over 110 species, about two-thirds of its extensive natural-history holdings.

July 09, 2009
Bike-In Movie July 13, 2009

The Museum of Vancouver presents a free outdoor Bike-In Movie (cycling’s answer to the drive-in) on the lawn behind the MOV in Vanier Park at 9pm on Monday, July 13th -- the same day that the Burrard Bridge bike lane trial launches.

July 06, 2009
Ian Wallace, My Heroes in the Streets

My Heroes in the Streets - Studies for Pictures on Canvas, a suite of 10 compelling photographs by one of the pioneering forces behind the city's emblematic brand of photo-conceptualism, Ian Wallace. On till Sept 7, 2009

June 01, 2009
Velo-City

From commuters to critical massers, fixie riders to kids with training wheels, Vancouver’s Bicycle Revolution gains momentum.

August 19, 2008
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park

We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park’s forests, creatures and people to make nature more ‘natural’. With “The Unnatural History of Stanley Park” exhibit, the Vancouver Museum sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.

April 07, 2008
Movers & Shapers

Brad Pitt’s jewellery at the Vancouver Museum!

January 10, 2008
Contemporary Craft in BC

The Vancouver Museum presents The Crafts Association of British Columbia’s latest exhibition, Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence Within Diversity, with pieces from over 90 fine craft artisans.

May 15, 2006
Gateway to the Pacific and Boom, Bust & War

Vancouver's Real Estate Boom Ends in War.

June 20, 2011 / 7:33 PM
Bhangra.me Press Kit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
December 29, 2011 / 10:27 AM
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver Press Kit

The Press Kit for Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver includes:

  • the press release
  • biographies of the curator, Joan Seidl, and exhibition designers

For high resolution photos and media inquiries, please contact:

Myles Constable
Marketing Manager
January 19, 2012 / 5:17 PM
Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • exhibition team biographies
  • backgrounder on the Museum of Vancouver
  • image info sheet

 

Media preview is schedule for Tuesday, March 6, at 11:00am. Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309
 

July 10, 2012 / 11:24 AM
Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • image selection sheet with cutlines
  • exhibition team biographies
  • backgrounder on the Museum of Vancouver

 

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, at 11:00am.
Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309

January 09, 2013 / 3:45 PM
Sex Talk in the City Press Kit

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • image selection sheet with cutlines
  • exhibition team biographies
  • backgrounder on the Museum of Vancouver

 

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, at 11:00am.
Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309

March 27, 2013 / 10:11 AM
Foncie's Fotos Press Kit

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • image selection sheet with cutlines
  • exhibition team biographies
  • backgrounder on the Museum of Vancouver

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, at 11:00am.
Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309

April 15, 2013 / 4:05 PM
The Visible City Press Kit

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • pitch kit with possible story angles and images
  • additional fact sheet

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, at 2:00pm at the Vancouver Fanclub (1050 Granville St).
Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309

September 05, 2013 / 1:47 PM
Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White press kit

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • image selection sheet with cutlines
  • exhibition team biographies
  • backgrounder on the Museum of Vancouver

 

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, at 11:00am.
Please RSVP to Amanda (see below).

To request high resolution images or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amanda McCuaig
Marketing Officer
amccuaig@museumofvancouver.ca
604.730.5309

January 10, 2014 / 4:03 PM
Rewilding Vancouver Early Press Release
February 18, 2014 / 11:36 AM
Rewilding Vancouver Press Kit

The attached press kit includes:

  • press release
  • photo intervention from exhibit 
  • headshot of J.B. MacKinnon
  • Follow link from press release to high resolution photo download

Media preview is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at 11:00am.
Please RSVP to Myles (see below).

To schedule an interview, please contact:

Myles Constable
Marketing Officer
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309

August 27, 2014 / 12:27 PM
Ravishing exhibition revisits fashion trends of the 1940s and 1950s

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver is excited to announce the opening of From Rationing to Ravishing on September 18, 2014. This exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing that reflect how WWII changed society.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 historic garments and accessories. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition also includes a dress from Ceil Chapman, who produced high-quality, French-inspired garments. She was reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer and counted Elizabeth Taylor and Mamie Van Doren as famous clients. Lauren Bacall’s shoes, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac’s dress suit and a suit from Miss Germany 1955 will also be on display.

“In From Rationing to Ravishing, we tried to bring together a collection of garments and accessories that illustrate a variety of historical references,” stated Sayers, one of Canada’s preeminent fashion historians. Jahnke elaborates, “We chose the artifacts for their relevance, their appearance, and their stories.” This exhibition will demonstrate how historical events continue to shape our lives.

From Rationing to Ravishing is the second installment in a continuing series of fashion exhibitions with Sayers and Jahnke. Sayers—who thinks of his exhibitions as lessons in history—claims, “No era is better illustrated by an examination of its clothing than the period of World War II and the postwar years of recovery and rebuilding.“ During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness; clothes were influenced by the need for practicality and economy. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned and then, in the 1950s, influenced by indulgence and amusement, designers made girlishness the rage.

From Rationing to Ravishing will include participatory features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to digitally wear period garments. Over the exhibition’s run, MOV will host a number of history-themed events, including two fashion shows that feature exceptional examples from Sayers’ private collection and two “talk and tour” events, also led by Sayers. 

Fashion history enthusiasts will get a sneak peek into the curators’ collection at Oakridge Centre, where five glamorous garments will be on display from September 11th through the 21st. Susan Nicol, General Manager at Oakridge Centre explains their commitment to this exhibition: “As a fashion and style destination in Vancouver for over 55 years, Oakridge Centre has been a driver of the evolution of fashion in the lower mainland. We are excited to partner with the Museum of Vancouver to showcase some of the significant trends of the past and to help bring to the community a little of our shared history.”

From Rationing to Ravishing: the Transformation of Women's Fashion in the 1940s and 1950s, opens to the public on September 18th; set to close on March 8th, 2015. Additional exhibition and event information can be found at www.museumofvancouver.ca/ravishing

 

MOV Events:

Curator's Talk & Tour: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Additional members-only dates to be announced

Join Vancouver's preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space. Follow Ivan as he describes the evolution of women's fashion from wartime utility to postwar extravagance.

Fashion Show: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fashion historian and guest curator Ivan Sayers will produce and narrate live fashion shows that complement From Rationing to Ravishing. These shows will feature exceptional examples from Ivan’s own private collection and others.

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About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

 

High resolution images can be downloaded from this Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zp6mzocarzwba25/AABx9h_Zl_ghInH3f5bMPc2Ia?dl=0

 

For additional information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer and Media Relations

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca / 604-730-5309

 

Press kit includes Press release, web resolution images and co-curator biographies.

December 02, 2014 / 3:59 PM
Unprecedented, Three-Site Exhibition Reveals Archaeological & Cultural Origins of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC partner on a groundbreaking exploration of the city’s ancient landscape, and Musqueam’s early history and living culture. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is a series of three distinct exhibitions, opening simultaneously on January 25, 2015. The unified exhibitions will connect Vancouverites with c̓əsnaʔəm – one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built – sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.

“People often think of Vancouver as a new city, when in fact it is one of the most significant sites of ancient cultures in Canada – one that has even been compared to other societies such as the Egyptian and Roman societies,” says Terry Point, Co-Curator of the Musqueam First Nation and MOV exhibitions. “Visitors to c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city will learn it is part of an ancient landscape, and will discover aspects of Musqueam heritage, culture, and knowledge that have never before been shared with the public.”

Located in the area now commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm is imbued with the history and culture of the Musqueam people. First occupied almost 5,000 years ago, c̓əsnaʔəm became one of the largest of Musqueam’s village sites approximately two thousand years ago. Generations of families lived at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, harvesting the rich resources of the delta.

Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors, and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains, many of which are in museums and private collections locally and abroad. The land has been given various names since colonialism, including Great Fraser Midden, Eburne Midden, DhRs-1, and Marpole Midden – a name under which it would receive designation as a National Historic Site in 1933.

Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR Airport, and a miscellaneous assortment of buildings and developments obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory. The significance of c̓əsnaʔəm to the Musqueam community remains undiminished despite this. In 2012, Musqueam community members held a 200+ day vigil when ancestral remains were unearthed at c̓əsnaʔəm, putting a stop to a proposed condominium development.

Opening simultaneously in January of 2015, these three c̓əsnaʔəm exhibitions will bring the rich history of the Musqueam Nation to the attention of Greater Vancouver audiences. Each exhibition will highlight a distinctive aspect of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm:

Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre & Gallery
Curated by Leona M. Sparrow, Co-curated by Terry Point, Jason Woolman, and Larissa Grant this exhibition focuses on the sophistication of Musqueam knowledge and technology past and present. It makes connections through a continuum of knowledge and expertise over time. The exhibition will feature oral histories, community interviews, hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ language associated with c̓әsnaʔәm belongings on display, and artifact recreation. It will be on display for a minimum of one year.

Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
This multi-year exhibition draws multiple connections between c̓əsnaʔəm artifacts, Indigenous ways of knowing, colonialism, heritage politics, cultural resilience, and contemporary Musqueam culture. It will include graphic and 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds. The MOV exhibition is the work of a curatorial collective from Terry Point, Susan Roy, Viviane Gosselin, Larissa Grant, Leona Sparrow, Jordan Wilson, Jason Woolman, and Susan Rowley and will be on display for a minimum of five years.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
Focusing on Musqueam identity and worldview, and Curated by Sue Rowley and Jordan Wilson, this exhibition will highlight language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əәsnaʔəәm. Rich in multi-media, it will demonstrate Musqueam’s continuous connection to their territory, despite the many changes to the land. This exhibition will be on display for one year.

Programs
As a way to further educate, enrich, and connect with people, public programming and events will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibitions’ run. The complete range of public programs will include a series of curated tours, cultural exchanges with Musqueam artists, elders, and activists, and cultural tours from Musqueam youth.

For further exhibition information, including complete details on public programs, please
visit: thecitybeforethecity.com

About Musqueam First Nation:
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

About MOV:
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community.

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is worldrenowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many, which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

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For further media information, contact
Laura Murray I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.418.2998
lmurray@lauramurraypr.com

 

March 18, 2015 / 11:11 AM
Western Canadian Premiere of 'Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show'

Museum of Vancouver inspires happiness through surprising interactive exhibition

From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes a vibrant exhibition and profound exploration of one of humanity’s universal desires: happiness. Conceived by one of the world’s foremost designers and creative minds, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show—on display April 23 – September 7, 2015 at MOV—is both thought-provoking and engaging. One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces—stairwells, hallways, and restrooms—in order to ask: what makes us happy?   

The Happy Show arrives as the wellbeing of Metro Vancouver residents is at the forefront of attention. The Vancouver Foundation has recently reported that Lower Mainland residents feel lonely and isolated. Our local and provincial governments are now recognizing that social connection is crucial for personal happiness and for a thriving city,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “This exhibition—masterfully created by Sagmeister—will delight visitors with works of art and design as it inspires them to reflect on their own lives.”
 
Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free sabbatical—a year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge. The final display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness.

Confronted with stories about wellness, mindfulness, and sex, viewers will be immersed in an experience akin to walking into Sagmeister’s mind. The Happy Show is comprised of an array of engaging infographics, video projections, and interactive installations, including a stationary bike that powers a wall of neon, a giant inflatable monkey, and a series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of happiness. Audiences will also enjoy a preview of Sagmeister’s soon-to-be-released documentary, The Happy Film, which depicts his attempts to increase his happiness through meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Born in Austria in 1962, Sagmeister has had a significant impact on design over the past decade, regarded for his keen eye when blending typography with imagery in strikingly original ways. A multi-award winning artist—including two GRAMMY Awards and the Lucky Strike Designer Award, among many others—Sagmeister is co-founder of sought-after New York design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh. His resume boasts such clients as HBO, Levi’s, The Rolling Stones, Time Warner, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has delivered several popular TED talks on happiness and design, and written numerous books including: Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Made You Look, and Another Book about Promotion and Sales.

MOV will engage visitors in a diverse array of public activities that extend The Happy Show into the community. Programs include a public symposium on ideas for happier communities led by one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, University of British Columbia Professor John Helliwell; a series of Happy Hours that will encourage Vancouverites to meet each other and inspire happiness through interaction; and a series of guerilla street interventions that invite social connection.

 

Credits
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, curated by Claudia Gould. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support provided by The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

LISTING INFORMATION
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Date: April 23 – September 7, 2015

Venue:    Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

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Images courtesy Sagmeister Walsh.

For further media information, contact
Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.802.3712
scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

August 13, 2015 / 3:36 PM
Lively Objects press release

Museum Comes to Life with ISEA2015 Exhibition

Lively Objects hidden within Museum of Vancouver’s history galleries

 

VANCOUVER, BC – To mark the arrival of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) debuts a new exhibition on display August 16 – October 12, 2015. Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life.

The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus.

In Lively Objects, artefacts do not quietly await appreciation; these enchanted artworks disrupt traditional museum categories and presentation techniques. They start surprising conversations with neighbouring objects and invite visitors to reconsider the museum experience.

Lively Objects is curated by Caroline Seck Langill, and Lizzie Muller. The exhibition features works created by faculty and alumni of OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design: Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle, Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones and Lance Winn, Germaine Koh, and Norman White, with opening night performances by Diana Burgoyne, Judith Doyle, and Kate Hartman.

Opening Reception: August 16, 2015, 6-10pm

To celebrate the opening of the Lively Objects and ISEA2015, MOV is hosting Catalyze, featuring interactive art, performances, and an outdoor pavilion, curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy. Tickets available at: https://catalyze.eventbrite.ca

 

Credits

Caroline Seck Langill is a Peterborough-based writer and artist. She has curated new media art exhibitions for various venues including SAW Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and InterAccess. Caroline Seck Langill is Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration, interaction, and audience experience. She is Director of the Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Faculty of Art and Design, Australia.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world. 

September 15, 2015 / 12:14 PM
Vancouver Premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Architectural history of Canada’s newest territory presented at Museum of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes the Vancouver premiere of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, commemorating the establishment of Canada’s newest, largest and most northerly territory. This investigation into the architectural history of Nunavut is on display October 8 – December 13, 2015.

The exhibition, which is organized and curated by Lateral Office, was originally shown in 2014 at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

Visitors will delve into the realities of contemporary life in this sublime yet fragile region, exploring philosophies of adaptation, ingenuity, and the intersection of technology and tradition. Concepts will be illuminated through soapstone carvings of significant architectural works, topographic models and photographs of Nunavut’s 25 communities, and replicas of structures enhanced by animations which suggest innovative solutions in the delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation.

Arctic Adaptations surveys a recent architectural past, a current urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Today, there are almost 33,000 people living across two million square kilometres, making Nunavut one of the least densely populated regions in the world. These communities, located above the tree line and with no roads connecting them, range in population from 120 in the smallest hamlet to 7,000 in Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit. The climate, geography, and people of Nunavut, as well as the wider Canadian Arctic, challenge the viability of a universalizing modernity.

Following the age of polar exploration in the 20th century, modern architecture encroached on this remote and vast region of Canada in the name of sovereignty, aboriginal affairs management, or trade, among others. Throughout the last 100 years, architecture, infrastructure, and settlements have been the tools for these acts. People have been re-located; trading posts, military infrastructure, and research stations have been built; and small settlements are now emerging as Arctic cities. Some have described this rapid confrontation with modernity as a transition “from igloos to internet” compressed into forty years. This abruptness has revealed powerful traits among its people—adaptation and resilience—qualities which modern architecture has often lacked. Few places exemplify the ability to adapt in the face of modernity better than Nunavut.

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the territory, which changed Canada’s map, Arctic Adaptations explores modernism’s legacy within the contextual particularities of the North. The exhibition documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively unknown region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines a projected role for architecture moving forward. It argues that modern Inuit cultures continue to evolve and merge the traditional and the contemporary in unique and innovative ways, and questions whether architecture, which has largely failed this region—both technically and socially—can be equally innovative and adaptive.

Modernity is often fearful of the specificities of place and the premise of ‘the local’. Yet Nunavut seems to resist modernism’s universalizing tendency. This unique exhibition seeks to reveal acts of architectural resistance and identify an unrecognized modern Canadian North.

Media are invited to an exclusive curator tour of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, with Lola Sheppard, on Wednesday, October 7 at 2:30pm. Phone interviews can also be arranged in advance.

 

Credits

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.  It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance for the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

 

LISTING INFORMATION                Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Date:                                                October 8 – December 13, 2015

Venue:                                              Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website:                                          museumofvancouver.ca

Images:                                           High-resolution images are available to download at: arcticadaptations.ca/press

 

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer, Museum of Vancouver

604.730.5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

December 15, 2015 / 9:57 AM
New Exhibition Invites Vancouverites to Participate in the Future Design of their City

 

Co-presenters Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium explore challenges and solutions relating to citizens’ greatest concerns

 

Vancouver, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in partnership with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, comes a provocative and timely exploration of the future of Vancouver. In response to mounting concern about a rapidly changing region, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, on display at MOV from January 21 through May 15, 2016, will immerse visitors in an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow’s city, while focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.

“Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment. With as many as three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a watershed moment in the history of the region,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “With everyone already talking about Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, we want to shift the conversation from real estate to the state of the city. Your Future Home launches from a ‘presentation centre’ into an ‘urban grid,’ in which some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grapple with the city’s thorniest issues. We want to bring more people into debates about what their city might become.”

More than 20 of Vancouver’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries will create multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown. These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will have visitors challenging customary notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.

Your Future Home will also contain a fascinating series of case studies that will highlight the role that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and changes to how we heat buildings downtown.

Visitors of all ages will discover astonishing facts about the unceasing change that has resulted in today’s Vancouver—a city with fewer native residents than any other in North America. Your Future Home will feature a mock 1,400-square-foot ‘sales centre,’ including infographics, animations, dramatic models, panoramic images relating to the downtown core—and the until-now suburban neighbourhoods that make up 95 per cent of the city. People will be encouraged to discuss the exhibition’s future scenarios, give feedback, and propose their own ideas.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a number of complementary activities, including walking tours, discussions, social events with drinks, and workshops developed to spark conversation about the environments in which we live. A series of hard-hitting debates will focus on public transportation, taxation of vacant properties, affordable housing solutions, and more.

The Vancouver Urbanarium Society and Museum of Vancouver are grateful for the support of Rositch Hemphill Architects, Marcon Investments Ltd., Wesgroup Properties LP, Macdonald Development Corporation, Glotman Simpson, Richard Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects, Rethink, Adera Development Corporation, BTY Consulting Group, Brooks Pooni Associates, PFS Studio, Bruce Haden, Andrew Gruft, Leslie Van Duzer, and Marta Farevaag. Additionally, the Museum would like to thank its institutional funders: City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, and BC Arts Council, and the exhibition media sponsor: CBC Vancouver.

About: Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an inde­pendent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

About: Vancouver Urbanarium Society (urbanarium.org)
Urbanarium was founded by a group of prominent Vancouver urbanites, including architects, planners and leading citizens who are passionate about citybuilding. Urbanarium believes in engaging and informing the citizens of Metro Vancouver, in order to help guide decision-making and protect the region’s future well-being. Urbanarium intends to become a respected platform for urban conversation and a place where people can get balanced, unbiased information.

 

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scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

June 06, 2016 / 11:31 AM
All Together Now press release
September 13, 2016 / 10:00 AM
Vancouver in the Seventies - Press Kit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 13, 2016

 

Museum of Vancouver zooms in on key moments from the city’s coming of age with a new exhibition:
Vancouver in the Seventies

 

Photos from the Vancouver Sun's collection focus on the decade that changed the city.

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a fascinating new exhibition about an era of political upheaval, economic prosperity, and cultural blossoming. Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City – on view at MOV from October 13, 2016 through February 26, 2017 – features 400 images from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as a number of 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

MOV Senior Curator Viviane Gosselin describes the photos asstunning images of an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They capture the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.”

The images are organized around themes of protesting, building, performing, and playing in Vancouver. Visitors are invited to add their significant 1970s Vancouver happenings to a visual timeline of events and factoids.

Vancouver in the Seventies builds on the book of the same name – authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic – publishing October 15, 2016 by Greystone Books. The exhibition will be designed by 10four Design Group, with curation by Viviane Gosselin and guest curator Kate Bird.

“This collection of Vancouver Sun photographs reveals not just the character of the city in the 1970s but how Vancouver became what it is today,” says Bird.

To encourage Vancouverites to think about the future of their city, the Museum of Vancouver will invite people to come together to reflect on the 1970s through the lenses of activism, arts, and business. Public programs will include an event where news photographers and journalists will share their perspectives and invite debates on the evolving field of photojournalism.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful for the support of the Vancouver Sun.

 

About Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver’s mission is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

 

LISTING INFORMATION      

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from the Decade that Changed the City

Curation: Viviane Gosselin with guest curator Kate Bird

Exhibition Design: 10four Design Group

Date: October 13, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Venue: Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website: museumofvancouver.ca

 

 

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For further media information, contact Myles Constable: 604-730-5309 | mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

Images for press use can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pbo7i8kxt6hwlkh/AACLJ_crtSUJoRdYGeWAAOULa?dl=0