Exhibitions

Rewilding Vancouver

Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014

Rewilding Vancouver
Remember. Reconnect. Rewild.

At the Museum of Vancouver February 27, 2014 - September 1, 2014.

Presenting Sponsor:

Pacific Salmon Foundation

The Vancouver we know is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Opening February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver with presenting sponsor Pacific Salmon Foundation, Rewilding Vancouver explores the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be.  

The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, videos and photo interventions that challenge our perception of what is natural to Vancouver. Visitors will discover a changing-of-the-guard when it comes to the region’s wildlife, with ravens, wolves and elk fading as crows, coyotes and black-tailed deer settled in. Rewilding Vancouver also challenges us to envision new streetscapes that feature unearthed fish-bearing streams long hidden below city streets. A life-sized creation of the now extinct Steller’s Sea Cow is one of many highlights of this exhibition.

Rewilding Vancouver’s core exhibition team includes MOV curator Viviane Gosselin, designer Kevin McAllister and guest curator J.B. MacKinnon who is co-author of 100-Mile Diet and author of the recently released The Once and Future World, which served as inspiration for the exhibition.

“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 also explore the unlimited possibilities of melding the urban and wild.”

In 2010, Vancouverites were mesmerized when a grey whale came for a swim in False Creek, and in 2013 we were equally awe-struck by a beaver investigating the Olympic Village as a new potential home. Rewilding Vancouver seeks to encourage people to discover what nature was like in Vancouver’s past, reconnect with nature as meaningful to their lives, and engage with efforts to make the city a wilder place.

Rewilding Vancouver is an exhibition of remembering,” explains J.B. MacKinnon. “It allows the public to reconnect with a forgotten history in order to look at the present and the possible future with new eyes.”

Major Sponsors:

Greenest City Fund

Royal BC Museum

 Goldcorp

Media Sponsors:

Homes & Living Magazine

The Georgia Straight

Vancouver is Awesome

January 16, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Built City @MOV: Rewild

Built City @MOV: Rewild
Beyond Green Urbanism, towards restorative urban environments

Creating sustainable urban systems and shaping city life to be less taxing on the natural environment is more than a passing concern in Vancouver.   In particular, there is keen interest in regenerative design, along with a renaissance in philosophies that underline the critical role of restorative biological diversity in undoing destructive patterns of human domestication. Driving these changes are fundamental questions that involve looking at human behavior and ways of viewing nature through history, and visioning a future which radically reconfigures the relationship between city and nature.

Date:  Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time:  7:00pm
Admission:  $12 | MOV Members Free | RAIC Members & Students $10
Get Tickets:  https://jan16builtcity.eventbrite.com

Some important questions about the way we see nature today include: If nature changes over time, are all changes to nature equally good or bad? When does change become damage? What species “belong” in a place? Can we recreate past states of nature, and should we try to do so? What is the wildest world we can live with?

Landscape architect and principal at PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Margot Long, will provide some thoughts on these questions, and share insights from Habitat Island, an urban sanctuary and naturalized foreshore created as part of the development at Southeast False Creek, site of the 2010 Winter Games Athletes Village.

Vancouver author J.B. MacKinnon (best known for The 100-Mile Diet) will explore some of these ideas and new understandings, drawing from research and findings associated with historical ecology as found in his book The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Sept. 2013).  James will also talk about the upcoming MOV feature exhibition “Rewilding Vancouver”, which he is guest curator for.

The evening will be moderated by Trevor Boddy, a critic and historian of architecture + urbanism, and consulting urban designer. The exhibition he curated/produced entitled  “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” was shown at the 2008 London Festival of Architecture (with a site-specific construction in Trafalgar Square), Paris in 2009, and at Woodwards during the Olympics.

The audience is invited to join presenters and fellow attendees for this provocative discussion about our forgotten wild history, and a glimpse of a wild urban future.

The Built City Architectural Speaker Series is an annual trio of talks presented in partnership with Architecture Canada (BC).

MOV and Architecture Canada gratefully recognize financial support of HCMA (Hughes Condon Marler Architects) for the January 16 talk.

Special thanks to our major sponsor: Homes & Living Magazine

February 26, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Rewilding Vancouver Opening Reception

Rewilding Vancouver: Remember, Reconnect, Rewild Opening Reception @MOV

Explore the rich natural world of Vancouver’s ecological history in an exhibition that shows how we shape nature and how nature shapes us. Curated by author J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World; co-author of The 100-Mile Diet).

Rewilding Vancouver is comprised of taxidermy specimens, dioramas, soundscapes, video and photo interventions that challenge our perception of what is natural to Vancouver and invite us to make the city a wilder place.

Guest Curator: J.B. MacKinnon
MOV Curator: Viviane Gosselin
Exhibition Design: Kevin McAllister at ModelBox.ca

Photo Illustration: Daniel Irvine & Matt Beall

Light refreshments available. Cash bar.

Schedule:
6:30pm Doors open (please allow time for paid parking and admission)
7:00pm Event Begins
7:15pm Remarks
8:00pm Mingling and exhibition exploration
10:00pm Closing

Suggested dress: Wild

MOV Members Attend Free
*** Your invitations will be arriving by mail OR by email by mid-February***

Members attend for free.It's a great time to become a member! More information at: http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/programs/membership 
Call 604.736.4431 ext.0 for more information.

March 06, 2014 / 5:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with J.B. MacKinnon | March 6

*Please note that this Talk & Tour has been rescheduled to 5:00pm.

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. Join us for an intimate talk and tour with guest curator J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet). Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World, which has been nominated for three non-fiction awards. Explore the rich natural world of Vancouver's ecological history in an exhibition that shows how we shape nature and how nature shapes us.

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 5:00pm
Admission: By general admission | MOV Members attend free
Get Tickets: rewildingvancouvertourmarch6.eventbrite.com

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

Pre-registration strongly recommended, limited space available.

April 03, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with J.B. MacKinnon | April 3

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. Join us for an intimate talk and tour with guest curator J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet). Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World, which has been nominated for three non-fiction awards. Explore the rich natural world of Vancouver's ecological history in an exhibition that shows how we shape nature and how nature shapes us.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 Adults | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members attend free | Pre-registration strongly recommended
Get tickets: http://rewildingvancouvertourapril3.eventbrite.ca

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

April 07, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Reflections on Rewilding, Change, and City Life (Screening & Dialogue) | April 7

The day-to-day impact of the individual in city life is one of the most meaningful levels of change we can understand in the conversation about “rewilding.” Join us for a public screening and dialogue featuring the premiere of short videos created by students from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Taking a reflexive approach, these artistic video works showcase a range of Vancouver’s wild locales and sites. The evening will include remarks from J.B. MacKinnon, guest curator of Rewilding Vancouver, and aim to foster dialogue about the potential for effecting change through critical art and media-making.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Free, RSVP required (limited registration)
Get tickets: http://reflectionsonrewildingapril7.eventbrite.ca

These projects are the outcome of the Rewilding Vancouver Community Projects course offered by the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Museum of Vancouver.  

This screening is featured as an Ashoka Changemaker Showcase, a collaboration with schools to improve educational opportunities for young changemakers, increase opportunities for applied learning and strengthen local ecosystems for social innovation. Presented in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the David Suzuki Foundation with support from Ashoka Canada. Additional funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

April 11, 2014 / 6:00 PM
From Restoring to Rewilding: Exploring the Once and Future World with J.B. MacKinnon | April 11

The Vancouver we know today is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Join MOV guest curator of Rewilding Vancouver and author J.B. MacKinnon for this in-depth talk that invites us to learn how the past can teach us about what a healthy ecological world looks like, and delve into how we’re learning here in Vancouver, and beyond, how to raise the bar on what we see as the “normal” state of nature. J.B. MacKinnon will share insights from the Rewilding Vancouver exhibition, as well as share his thoughts on what nature used to be, what it is and what it might be again, as described in his new book The Once and Future World. Short-listed for three nonfiction prizes including the Charles Taylor Prize, The New York Times has described the book as "a beautifully written meditation on natural history and memory, full of new revelations about familiar landscapes and species."

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: Doors/exhibition viewing at 6pm | Talk at 7pm | Reception & book-signing at 8:15pm
Admission: Adults $14 | Seniors & Students $11  | Youth $8 | MOV Members free
Get tickets: https://restoringtorewildingapril11.eventbrite.ca

This talk is co-presented by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Museum of Vancouver with support provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City fund. It draws reference from the Museum of Vancouver’s Rewiliding Vancouver exhibition, presented by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, which explores the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be. *Admission to Rewilding Vancouver included with talk; Nature Conservancy of Canada informational reception and book signing by J.B. MacKinnon to follow.
 
J.B. MacKinnon is an independent journalist and author or co-author of four books including The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, which catalyzed the local foods movement. His most recent book, The Once and Future World, re-imagines nature and shows that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves.

The evening will also showcase a few urban conservation projects by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, including their first project in British Columbia in 1974—the acquisition of 145-acres of intertidal property known as Mud Bay—in Vancouver's Boundary Bay, as well as more recent efforts to conserve and restore Swishwash Island, a 72 acre nature sanctuary located in the middle arm of the Fraser River estuary, adjacent to Canada’s 2nd busiest airport, YVR.   
 
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private non-profit organization working for the direct protection of natural habitats and wild spaces across this country. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have protected over 2.6 million acres of ecologically significant land and water for its intrinsic value and for future generations. More than 1 million of these protected acres are located in British Columbia. It is the goal of NCC to protect, manage, and where appropriate, restore natural areas so they can sustain the ecosystems and species that define them.

April 26, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Where the Wild Things Were | April 26

Join MOV and a cast of wild characters on Saturday April 26th at our spring party, "Where The Wild Things Were." Don your finest local animal species-inspired sartorials in support of our major 2014 exhibition: Rewilding Vancouver.

Date: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Time: Doors at 7pm | Show & performances start at 8pm (ends at 11:30pm)
Admission: General $15 Early Bird / $17 Advance / $20 at Door | MOV Members/Students/Seniors $12 Early Bird / $14 Advance / $20 at Door
Get Tickets: http://wherethewildthingswereapril26.eventbrite.ca

Be warned, this is not your everyday endemic animal species themed dance party. Arrive early to get expertly transformed by face painting artists Spirit Love, as a fox, grizzly bear, sea otter, or fauna’d human. Mingle and moonwalk with human-plant hybrids, as personified and performed by costumed members of The Romance Project and the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. Get on the dance floor with electronic music composer and DJ Sweet Anomaly or sit back and enjoy the handcrafted analog visuals by the creative minds Mind of a Snail.

Theme: think local plant and animal species. Cougar, black bear, coyote and sword fern. Remember a lot can be achieved with a few well placed pieces of flair.

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

April 27, 2014 / 1:00 PM
*SOLD OUT* MOV Members Only Curator Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with J.B. MacKinnon | April 27

This tour is SOLD OUT.

Additional tickets might be available on Sunday April 27th. Please call 604-736-4431 ext.0 on Sunday April 27th to find out. There is no wait list available.

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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. Join us for an intimate, members only talk and tour with guest curator J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet). Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World, which has been nominated for three non-fiction awards. Explore the rich natural world of Vancouver's ecological history in an exhibition that shows how we shape nature and how nature shapes us.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Admission: MOV Members attend free | Pre-registration required, space is limited
Get tickets: https://membersrewildingtourapril27.eventbrite.ca

Not a Member yet? You can purchase your membership and reserve your ticket at https://membersrewildingtourapril27.eventbrite.ca or over the phone at 604.736.4431 ext. 0.

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

June 05, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with Viviane Gosselin | June 5

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. Guest curated by J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World. Join us for an in-depth talk and tour with MOV Curator of Contemporary Culture Viviane Gosselin, who will delve into the details of the exhibitions striking roster of artifacts and design.  

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 Adults | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members attend free
Get tickets: http://rewildingvancouvertourjune5.eventbrite.ca

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

June 08, 2014 / 3:00 PM
SOLD OUT - Forage: Local Species Stroll | June 8

Understanding what, where and how certain species are present in our local urban environment is a mystery to most of us. Join the MOV and guest expert Garliq from the Urban Herb School for a plant identification and herbal foraging walk in the lush Vanier Park area where the Museum of Vancouver is located. Discover the small yet abundant pockets of wilderness that surround us in our urban environment and learn about how they can benefit us. Take steps toward a way of living that is dramatically different from that of which many of us are used to, and bring yourself closer to nature.

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time: 3:00pm exhibition exploration/3:45pm introduction to Rewilding Vancouver | 4:00pm start of outdoor walk
Admission: $22 General | $16 MOV Members, Seniors, Students & Youth | Includes admission to Rewilding Vancouver. Tour starts at the MOV and departs into the immediate vicinity. Rain or shine with light exertion, please dress appropriately.
Get tickets: http://foragestrolljune8.eventbrite.ca

Through a combination of ancient, largely forgotten knowledge and more recent scientific discoveries, uncover the nutritional and medicinal properties of the oft-ignored plants that grow all around us: whether through the cracks in the pavement or in our parks. We’ll convene at the MOV at 3:45pm (come earlier to explore Rewilding Vancouver – included in the ticket price) for a brief introduction, and then set off together into Vanier Park and the surrounding neighbourhood for a crash course in herbal identification. We’ll learn to spot and recognize the benefits of such species as plantain (plantago major), burdock (arctium lappa), tansy (tanacetum vulgare), and many more.

*This walk will be held in rain or shine. The tour begins in the MOV and ends in the immediate, surrounding neighbourhood. Please expect light exertion, and dress comfortably for walking and for the weather.

Presented in partnership with the Urban Herb School. Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

July 03, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with Viviane Gosselin | July 3

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. Guest curated by J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World. Join us for an in-depth talk and tour with MOV Curator of Contemporary Culture Viviane Gosselin, who will delve into the details of the exhibitions striking roster of artifacts and design.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: By General Admission | MOV Members Free | RSVP recommended.
Get Tickets: http://july3rewildingvancouvertour.eventbrite.ca

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

July 13, 2014 / 10:00 AM
Family Exploration Day: Hands-On with Rewilding Vancouver | July 13
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Step into the wild through a hands-on, family-friendly day exploring the Rewilding Vancouver exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver! Tackle mysteries of the local food chain and ecosystems, and explore questions about "what belongs" in a wild urban environment through specimen handling, games, art activities, and storytelling.

From 10:00am-3:00pm, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will present special sessions where families are invited to touch and explore local specimens, and learn about adaptations and biodiversity. From 11:00am-1:00pm join Soaring Eagle Nature School for nature-based crafts and activities. From 3:15pm-4:15pm there'll be Rewilding-themed storytelling by Naomi Steinberg.

Perfect for families and children of all ages for a great day exploring Rewilding Vancouver!

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission: By general admission (discounted family rate available) | MOV Members free
Get tickets: http://rewildingfamilydayjul13.eventbrite.ca

Schedule:

-10:00am-3:00pm: Beaty Biodiversity Museum facilitated sessions.
-11:00am-1:00pm: Soaring Eagle Nature School facilitated sessions.
-3:15pm-4:15pm: Storytelling by Naomi Steinberg.

MOV gratefully acknowledges the Education & Outreach team at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for their support of this special family-friendly day at the Museum of Vancouver. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education and outreach. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

This program is presented with support provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City fund, and is part of the Museum of Vancouver’s Rewilding Vancouver exhibition, presented by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, which explores the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be.

August 07, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with Viviane Gosselin | Aug 7

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. Guest curated by J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World. Join us for an in-depth talk and tour with MOV Curator of Contemporary Culture Viviane Gosselin, who will delve into the details of the exhibitions striking roster of artifacts and design.  

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 Adults | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members attend free
Get tickets: https://rewildingvancouvertouraug7.eventbrite.ca

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

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