Exhibitions

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

Thursday, September 28, 2017 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
Visually stunning, City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites.
 
City on Edge builds on the book of the same name, published by Greystone Books, and authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird. The exhibition is co-curated by Kate Bird and
MOV curator Viviane Gosselin and designed by Amir Ofek.
 
 
 
October 19, 2017 / 7:00 PM
City On Edge Curatorial Talk & Tour
 

Join exhibition co-curators Viviane Gosselin and Kate Bird on an intimate tour of City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism, where they will be discussing many of the key exhibition themes, as well as Vancouver's rich protest history.  

Some of the key questions they will answer include: What are the motivations for discussing the topic of demonstrations? What are the challenges of representing protest histories' intangible heritage, performative nuances and multiple voices? The process of researching images and the curator's opportunity to mine private archives will additionally be covered. Participants will  be treated to a few of the stories behind the exhibition’s dramatic photographs. This promises to be an engaging tour, amplifying the voices and narratives of dissent imbedded within Vancouver's history. 
 
Date: Thursday, October 19
 
Time: 7:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $17; Seniors and Students: $15
 
MOV Members: Free
 
Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free. 
 
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.
 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 

 
Bios
 
Viviane Gosselin is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at MOV. In her work with Canada’s largest civic museum, Viviane has expanded the museum’s role as city resource, cultural hub, laboratory and catalyst for learning, social interactions and civic engagement. She has produced and led several exhibition teams in museums for the past fifteen years while serving on peer review committees with the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) and Canadian Heritage.
 
 
Kate Bird worked for twenty-five years amidst the vast photograph collection at The Vancouver Sun and The Province.  She is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for a 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia. 
 

 
City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.
 

 

Sponsored by BC Federation Of Labour

 

 
November 09, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Wapikoni Mobile Film Screening
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Quebec-based Wapikoni's Indigenous youth film and music production collective is bringing a travelling audio-visual production studio to Vancouver for the first time! Join us for a special screening of documentary and performance based short films produced by indigenous youth and young adults developed from Wapikoni's multi media training workshops.

This screening program features diverse short films that engage with First Nations issues and activist strategies specific to the filmmakers communities, including environmental and land protection, independent media development, music and poetry as a site of agency, and community street protest. A Q and A with Wapikoni filmmakers and coordinators will follow the screening. The films are subtitled in English for the hearing impaired. 
 
Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited over 32 communities in Canada and accompanied over 4,300 participants who worked to produce close to 1,000 short films. These films have received 148 awards and honours at national and international festivals. Wapikoni mobile is under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
 
Wapikoni believes that video and music creations can become powerful tools for social transformation and for people to tell their own stories. This is a rare opportunity to see Wapikoni's diverse young filmmakers in a single cinema program. Not to be missed! 
 
 
 
 
Date: Thursday, November 9
 
Time: 7:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $15; Seniors and Students: $13
 
MOV Members: $10
 
Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free.
 
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.  
 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 

 

Wapikoni's mobile production studio will be operating at Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre from September 8 through October 10. Drop in hours are Monday through Friday, 12:30 - 7:00 pm. 


 

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.


 

Sponsored by BC Federation of Labour

 

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