Exhibitions

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Thursday, April 23, 2015 to Monday, September 7, 2015

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is a thought-provoking and engaging exhibition that inspires happiness.

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?

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 sexuality, 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.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you.

April 09, 2015 / 6:00 PM
MOV Volunteer Info Session & Orientation – Spring 2015

MOV Volunteers
Photo: Kellan Higgins

MOV Volunteer Info Session & Orientation – Spring 2015

Help the Museum of Vancouver kick off its spring and fall 2015 seasons with an exciting preview of upcoming  programs and exhibitions (such as Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show and Arctic Adaptations). We’ll also be discussing how you can contribute to our community as a part of our wonderful volunteer team! There are opportunities in audience engagement, public outreach, youth and family programs; urban experimentation, and more!

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Admission: Free! Please RSVP below, or at https://volunteeratmovapril9.eventbrite.ca.

Meet and greet MOV staff, fellow volunteers (past, present, and new) – and get to know us better! Snacks and good company provided. Please RSVP!

April 21, 2015 / 3:00 PM
Change Makers Symposium - From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities

From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities

In partnership with the Museum of Vancouver and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) brings together international researchers and community leaders for a symposium dedicated to exploring the evidence and developing ideas about how to build happier communities.

This afternoon discussion at the Museum of Vancouver will be moderated by Al Etmanski and takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, which officially opens April 23, 2015.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Admission: $28 Regular | $20 MOV Members | $15 Students
Get Tickets: To attend, order tickets through the CIFAR website.

Presentations:

The Happy City – A Danish Case Study
Meik Wiking, CEO, The Happiness Research Institute, Denmark

How may local governments work with happiness and what can be done to improve the quality of life for citizens? At this session we will take a closer look at the Danish town of Dragør, where the Happiness Research Institute has conducted a large happiness survey among the citizens and together with the local government developed initiatives to increase happiness, well-being and quality of life for the people.

Meik Wiking is CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness and Founding member of The Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. He holds degrees in business and political science and has previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilstrup Research and as a director for the think tank Monday Morning. Meik Wiking has written several books and reports on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life, and is often used as a public speaker around the world.

Life Satisfaction within and across Canadian communities
Grant Schellenberg, CIFAR Associate Fellow and Acting Director of the Social Analysis Division at Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada’s rich data sources will be used to examine the life satisfaction of Canadians within and across regions and communities. The correlations between life satisfaction and both personal and community level characteristics will be highlighted.

Grant Schellenberg is an Associate Fellow of CIFAR’s Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being program and the Acting Director of the Social Analysis Division at Statistics Canada. In this capacity, he leads a group of twelve researchers from various academic disciplines in producing analytical programs in the areas of immigration, labour market adjustment, pensions and retirement, and well-being. Prior to joining Statistics Canada in 2003, Grant was the Director of the Work Network at the Canadian Policy Research Networks. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of British Columbia and his Master’s degree in Sociology at Carleton University.

How can happiness research be used to support happier communities?
John Helliwell, CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

This presentation will supplement the Danish examples and Canadian community happiness data with a range of specific examples showing how community design, neighbourhood initiatives, policy frameworks and workplace initiatives can, by leveraging human cooperative capacities, create the positive human connections and shared social identities that support happier lives.

John F. Helliwell, who is based at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, is CIFAR Senior Fellow and co-director of CIFAR’s Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being. He has pioneered the incorporation of well-being into economic models and is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world. He is also co-editor of World Happiness Report 2015, to be released in New York City on April 23rd.

Symposium Moderator
Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. His new book: Impact: 6 Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation has just been released. He is founding partner of BC Partners for Social Impact, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). He is an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He and his wife Vickie Cammack were recently awarded the Order of Canada for their work with people with disabilities and their families, as well as for their social innovation leadership. Al blogs at www.aletmanski.com.
 

The afternoon is designed to promote maximum conversation and debate. A panel discussion and audience Q&A follows formal presentations. A networking reception will conclude the symposium.

Social innovation happens when people from different backgrounds and experiences come together to share knowledge and ideas that address important issues facing society.

Through CIFAR’s national dialogue series, research and community leaders are invited to engage in conversation around new ways of thinking and acting to drive social change and community well-being.

April 23, 2015 / 2:30 PM
SOLD OUT – In Conversation: Marian Bantjes and Stefan Sagmeister

Marian Bantjes & Stefan Sagmeister

In Conversation: Marian Bantjes and Stefan Sagmeister

A special opportunity to listen and learn about the art of design from graphic artist Marian Bantjes and The Happy Show creator Stefan Sagmeister. Sagmeister calls Bantjes “one of the most innovative typographers working today.“ Marian has twice contributed to his series Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far. This intimate conversation is not to be missed by artists, designers, and those working in the creative industries. Presented in partnership with the Graphic Designers of Canada (BC Chapter).

Light refreshments to follow.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 2:30pm
Admission: General $28 | GDC Members $20 | MOV Members $20
Get tickets: https://bantjesandsagmeister.eventbrite.caLimited seating available, advance registration recommended.

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, curated by Claudia Gould. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Showhas 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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

April 23, 2015 / 7:00 PM
SOLD OUT – On Happiness: Stefan Sagmeister Lecture

Stefan Sagmeister

On Happiness: Stefan Sagmeister Lecture

The Happy Show creator Stefan Sagmeister explores the possibilities of achieving happiness as a person and as a designer. He will share his strategies for ensuring that his work remains a calling without becoming a job, while seizing the opportunity to create designs that induce happiness. Sagmeister’s talk will feature unreleased clips from his upcoming documentary, The Happy Film.

Cash bar and light refreshments to follow.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: General $28 | Wheelchair Accessible $28 | GDC Members $20 | MOV Members $20
Get tickets: https://onhappiness.eventbrite.caLimited seating available, advance registration recommended.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

May 07, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hours: Happy Politics

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Happy Hours: Happy Politics

Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria and happiness expert John Helliwell will explore the intersection of politics, governance, policy, and happier communities, and attempt to answer the question, “Can politics make us happier?”

Part of a series of fun and brainy talks exploring happiness, paired with a visit to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, plus mingling and drink specials.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Cash Bar, 7:00pm Talk
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: Advance ticket sales have now ended. Standing room will be available for drop-in attendees. Seating priority for the talk will be given to those with advance tickets.
 

This event is presented with the support of the Trudeau Foundation:
 

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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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

 
May 14, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hours: Happiness by Design

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Happy Hours: Happiness by Design

Calling all designers and Vancouver creatives! Grab a friend, and come to the Museum of Vancouver to take part in a special evening dedicated to happiness by design. Join local graphic design leaders for a special night of happy mingling, social connection, and a celebration of design.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm Cash Bar, 6:15pm Talk
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | GDC Members $11 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: Advance ticket sales have ended. Standing room will be available for drop-in attendees. Seating priority will be given to those with advance purchase tickets.


The evening will feature a brief talk by Shannon Powell on “Happiness by Design”, and an opportunity to be part of her unique participatory art installation, An Exchange of Charm, the second in a series of signs that provokes us to explore our connection to cities and the power of social exchange between strangers.

Plus: Attendees will be joined by reviewers and participants from the Vancouver Behance Portfolio Review.

Part of a series of fun and brainy talks exploring happiness, paired with a visit to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, plus mingling and drink specials. Hosted in partnership with the Graphic Designers of Canada (BC Chapter).

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

May 16, 2015 / 10:00 AM
Happy Retreat (Meditation 101) with Thomas Kefferputz

Happy Retreat (Meditation 101) with Thomas Kefferputz

Get inspired by the perspectives and experiments of Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Give yourself a one-day meditation retreat with instructor Thomas Kefferputz against a backdrop of trees, ocean, and the North Shore mountains, and be refreshed and rejuvenated. Meditation is proven to reduce stress and strengthen the body’s immune system. The retreat will include meditations, chanting, teachings, and time outdoors. Tea, water, and healthy snacks provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Admission: General $85 | MOV Members $65
Get Tickets: https://happyretreat.eventbrite.ca

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

May 23, 2015 / 10:00 AM
Happy Hoopla: Family Festival

Happy Hoopla: Family Festival

Join us for a day of delights! Kids come FREE* to this day of music, activities and entertainment inspired by Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Enjoy performances by ventriloquist Kellie Haines, explore the interactive exhibition, get your face-painted, and try your hand at making your own Happy buttons. Plus, enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches from the MeltCity truck, treats from Johnny Pops, and music from CBC. PLUS: the Smile Squad from Live Happy Water will be giving out water shots!

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Admission includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Children & Youth Free* | MOV Members Free!
Get tickets: https://happyhoopla.eventbrite.ca

*All children and youth must be accompanied by an adult (max. 4 per adult). Please note that the exhibition includes adult themes and content.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

PERFORMANCES - IN THE JOYCE WALLEY ROOM

10:30am: Storytime with Kelly Savage, Children’s Librarian (VPL)

11:00am: Ventriloquist performance by Kellie Haines

Noon: Storytime with Kelly Savage, Children’s Librarian (VPL)

1:00pm: Ventriloquist performance by Kellie Haines

2:00pm: Storytime with Kelly Savage, Children’s Librarian (VPL)

*and complimentary coffee from The Butler Did It, while supplies last.

ACTIVITIES - IN THE STUDIO

10:00am-5:00pm: Happy as a Button! Make and show off your own button about happiness (courtesy of Building Caring Communities)

10:30am-3:00pm: Expert face painter Allyson Grant (Gossamer Designs) will be on site with her fun and creative face and body art!

FOOD & FUN - OUTSIDE

10:00am-5:00pm: CBC music and prize wheel

10:00am-5:00pm: Bubbles and Hula Hooping

From 10:00AM: Live Happy Water - Smile Squad and giveaways

From 11:00AM: MeltCity grilled cheese sandwiches for sale

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

 

May 27, 2015 / 6:30 PM
Happy Futures: Imagination and Sustainability

Happy Futures: Imagination and Sustainability
 
Join us for a unique dialogue that asks, “how can we use our imagination to create the futures we want,” and shares techniques for leveraging storytelling, experiential design, and the arts to solve complex challenges with social innovation.
 
Presenters will include Erika Gregory, a theatre-trained social innovator from San Francisco; Joe Tankersley – an ‘optimistic futurist’ with eighteen years as a Disney Imagineer; Christophe Gouache – an industrial and strategic designer from Brussels.
 
The dialogue will be moderated by Vanessa Timmer of One Earth, and is presented in partnership with Disruptive Imaginings, a conference bringing together these experts in the fields of arts, sustainability, and design to harness collective imaginings of compelling futures.
 
Followed by a reception with light refreshments and cash bar.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm Cash Bar, 6:45pm Talk
Admission: Adult $20 | Seniors & Students $14 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: https://happyfutures.eventbrite.ca

Erika Gregory
Director of the N Square – Erika is responsible for catalyzing innovation in the nuclear security and non-proliferation arena. Part R&D lab, part venture fund, N Square brings a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach that reflects Erika's 20+ years of experience building companies and leading innovation programs for clients in philanthropy, education, government and the private sector in the US, Asia, and Europe. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and a master facilitator of group process, Erika has made her career working at the intersection of the arts, future studies, business, and social justice. She co-founded two companies: Collective Invention and The Idea Factory.

Joseph Tankersley
Joseph Tankersley is a storyteller, futurist and creator of immersive experiences. For over 25 years he has helped organizations create compelling messages about their goals and visions for the future.  He has worked with national and international corporations, NGO’s and governments. Joe employs a wide range of media tools; from oral storytelling to feature films and fully immersive physical environments to help communicate these messages of better tomorrows.

Christopher Gouache
Christopher Gouache is a Project Manager at Strategic Design Scenarios. Christophe studied industrial product design and responsible innovation and received his Masters from The École de Design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes, France. His main focuses are on social innovation, public policy innovation, foresight, sustainable ways of living and co-design processes.

 

Partners:

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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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

May 28, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hours: Bikes & Beers

Happy Hours: Bikes & Beers

A Bike to Work Week celebration, entry to this special evening is by donation, with congratulations for all Vancouver Bike to Work Week participants. Get happy!

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Cash Bar, 7:00pm Talk (TBC)
Admission: By donation | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

The evening will feature a short talk by Allan Shaw, who is a competitive cyclist, photographer, and bike courier based in Vancouver, and Stephen Smysnuik, editor at thegrowler.ca will be describing the perfect bike tour of local craft breweries.

City Studio students will also be demo-ing their exciting PedalPark prototype, which re-imagines bike storage in the 21st century. This bike rack + conversation counter prototype creates a socially interactive space that strengthen connections between Vancouverites and encourages “eyes on bikes” in the community.

This event is part of a series of fun and brainy talks exploring happiness, paired with a visit to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, plus mingling and drink specials.

Our partners from Building Caring Communities will be joining us once again with their Happy as a Button-making station.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

June 04, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: The Social Psychology of Happiness
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Talk & Tour: The Social Psychology of Happiness

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is one of the largest exhibitions in MOV's 120-year history. It 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?

Join Aaron Weidman from the Social Cognition & Emotion Lab at the University of British Columbia to unlock the facts and science behind some of The Happy Show’s assertions about well-being. A walk through this interactive exhibition tour will include ample opportunity for Q&A with Aaron and a member of the museum’s curatorial team.

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8* | MOV Members Free
Get Tickets: https://socialpsychologyofhappiness.eventbrite.ca

*Please note that the exhibition includes adult themes and content.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

June 06, 2015 / 10:00 AM
POSTPONED: Picturing Happy: Photography Workshop with Katie Huisman

Picturing Happy: Photography Workshop with Katie Huisman

Presented in partnership with Arts Umbrella and Capture Photography Festival, this special one-day photography workshop with instructor Katie Huisman is designed for teens wanting to take their photography to the next level. Participants are encouraged to explore composition and creativity while shooting on location in museum and outdoor settings. This course is a great opportunity for teens (ages 13-18*) who want to build a photography portfolio! The workshop will include a special tour of Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show and a related photography tutorial: “Picturing Happy.” Water and healthy snacks are provided; lunch is available for an extra fee.

*Please note that the exhibition includes adult themes and content.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Admission: Youth (ages 13-18) $85 | MOV Members (ages 13-18) $65 | Add $10 for catered lunch
Get Tickets: Postponed until further notice.

About the workshop instructor:

Katie Huisman is a photographer, visual artist and educator in Vancouver, BC.

Based on her experience in both contemporary art and commercial photography, She has created a series of workshops and lectures that she offers at photography festivals, photo clubs, and public and private educational institutions in Vancouver.

Katie regularly shows her work in art galleries and artist run centres in Vancouver and curates photography exhibitions that facilitate socially conscious dialogue. She feels that it is important to communicate something viable in a photograph. She encourages this within her students by acknowledging photography as a universal medium that anybody can use to share their vision and perspective.

Commercially, Katie shoot's lifestyle advertising and editorial work for a broad Canadian and International client base.

www.katiehuisman.com

           

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

 

 
June 18, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hours: Money & Happiness

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Happy Hours: Money & Happiness

The relationship between time, money, and happiness is a complex one. People often fail to use their money in happier ways. How should you spend your money to maximize the happiness you gain from your time? Learn more from award-winning researcher Ashley Whillans of the Social Cognition & Emotion Lab at the University of British Columbia.

Part of a series of fun and brainy talks exploring happiness, paired with a visit to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, plus mingling and drink specials.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Cash Bar, 7:00pm Talk
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: https://moneyandhappiness.eventbrite.ca

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

June 26, 2015 / 10:00 AM
Happy Summer! Free Student Day

School's out for summer!

Students* get FREE admission to the Museum to check out Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, and see Spandy Andy perform at 1:30pm.

The exhibition includes many surprising interactive installations, including a stationary bike you can ride which powers a wall of neon, a sculpture made of sugar cubes that lights up when you smile, and a series of oversized gumball machines that indicate visitors' collective state of happiness, plus lots of other cool artworks!

From English Bay to the nearest dance floor, Spandy calls home wherever he hears the music. A mission to encourage, inspire and excite those around him has brought him to where he is today. His zany personality and quirky dance moves pump up the crowd in all situations. Spandy is recognized internationally as a world class entertainer. From performing on the street, hosting major festivals and producing hilarious online content, Spandy will perpetually leave his audience grinning from ear to ear! WARNING: this guy’s smile is infectious!

10am-5pm

*with valid student ID

June 26, 2015 / 6:30 PM
Rain City Chronicles | GUTS

Rain City Chronicles | GUTS
 
Join Rain City Chronicles for a summer evening of storytelling and song inspired by Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show at the Museum of Vancouver. Experience this astonishing exhibition, hear true tales about GUTS - stories of relying on your instincts, acts of bravery, and the organs inside you.
 

Your storytellers are:

  • Julia Smith 


  • Jorge Amigo 


  • Sheila Edmonds 


  • Ashley Silzer 


  • Brenda Martin 


  • Zach Berman and Ryan Slater


  • Pol Morton 


  • Thara Vayali


  • Cory Sterling

with surprises from Woodlot & a special musical experience

Show hosted by Museum of Vancouver, experience produced by Here There.
 
Complimentary water provided by Happy Water.
 
Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm
Admission: General $28 | MOV Members $20 | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: Available online through Rain City Chronicles. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.
 
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.
 
The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:
 
July 02, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: The Roots of Happiness
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Talk & Tour: The Roots of Happiness

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is one of the largest exhibitions in MOV's 120-year history. It 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?

How do choices, nature, spirituality, and the conditions of children’s lives impact happiness? Psychological researcher Dr. Mark Holder of the University of British Columbia will discuss this question. During an interactive exhibition tour, Dr. Holder will explain his positive psychology research.

Please note that the exhibition includes adult themes and content.

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members Free
Get Tickets: https://rootsofhappiness.eventbrite.ca

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

July 09, 2015 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hours: Happy Cities

Happy Hours

Happy Hours: Happy Cities

Urbanist and Happy City author Charles Montgomery and developer/community activist Mark Shieh will discuss how planners, city builders, and everyday people can become design activists who fix broken cities and improve our lives.

Part of a series of fun and brainy talks exploring happiness, paired with a visit to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, plus mingling and drink specials.

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Cash Bar, 7:00pm Talk
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Get Tickets: Advance ticket sales have now ended. Standing room will be available for drop-in attendees.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

July 30, 2015 / 5:00 PM
Happy Pride: By Donation Night
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Happy Pride: By Donation Night

On this 'by donation' night, visit the Museum of Vancouver to experience Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Complimentary freckled lemonade and other treats will be served. Plus: a button-making station!

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show invades the museum’s galleries with surprises around every corner, and asks “What makes us happy?” It features an array of engaging info-graphics, video projections, and astonishing art installations, including a giant inflatable monkey, a digital spider web, and a series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of happiness.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Admission: By Donation | MOV Members Free

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

August 06, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: The Happy Story

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Talk & Tour: The Happy Story

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is one of the largest exhibitions in MOV's 120-year history. It 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?

Explore The Happy Show with the Museum of Vancouver’s Director of Curatorial & Engagement, Gregory Dreicer, for a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition’s journey to Vancouver. This informal tour and Q&A is an opportunity to learn more about the inspiration for bringing The Happy Show to Vancouver, the impact it has had on visitors, and the museum’s approach to social engagement.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members Free
Get Tickets: https://thehappystory.eventbrite.ca

*Please note that the exhibition includes adult themes and content.

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.

The Museum of Vancouver is grateful to the partners, sponsors, and institutional funders that made it possible to share Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show with you:

The Happy Show Partners, Sponsors & Funders

CBC's Andrew Chang visits The Happy Show at Museum of Vancouver

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CBC's Andrew Chang visit The Happy Show

CBC's Andrew Chang visit 'Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show' at the Museum of Vancouver

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show on Novus TV

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Maike Evers visits The Happy Show exhibit

Maike Evers visits the Museum of Vancouver to check out The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister exhibit.

The Pitch: The Happy Show on Shaw TV

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The Happy Show pitch on Shaw

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show at Museum of Vancouver pitch video on Shaw
Video (Posted: 04/05/15)
CBC's Andrew Chang visit The Happy Show
Video (Posted: 07/05/15)
Maike Evers visits The Happy Show exhibit
Video (Posted: 01/05/15)
The Happy Show pitch on Shaw
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.

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