Exhibitions

Vancouver in the Seventies

Thursday, October 13, 2016 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

Vancouver in the Seventies zooms in on key themes and moments from Vancouver’s coming of age: a time of protest, political upheaval, economic prosperity, and cultural blossoming.

The exhibition will feature 400 photographic gems from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as a number of 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

These stunning shots illustrate 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 by Greystone Books. It is authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic and is now available in the MOV Gift Shop.

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.


 

Exhibition Team

Guest curator: Kate Bird

MOV curator: Viviane Gosseiln

Design: 10four Design Group


Exhibition Sponsor

October 20, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Curator Talk and Tour with Kate Bird

      
Pay phones at the Vancouver International Airport. Photo by Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun (72-0514)

 

Join us for an inside look at Vancouver Sun photojournalism from Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition guest curator, Kate Bird.  

In the 1970s staff photographers at The Vancouver Sun shot over 4,000 photo assignments every year. They covered news, politics, business, sports and entertainment, in addition to whatever caught their eye. Kate will discuss photojournalism at the Sun, the vast collection she worked amidst for twenty-five years as Research Librarian at Pacific Newspaper Group, and the focus of her book Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from the Decade that Changed the City.

 

The author of Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from the Decade that Changed the City, Kate Bird has been the researcher for books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, which won the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award at the 2013 BC Book Prizes, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia.

Date: Thursday, October 20
 
Time: 7:00pm
 
Tickets: Adults: $15; Seniors, Students and Basic Membership Holders: $11.
 
 
MOV Connect and Connectors Council Holders: Free! Call 604.730.5319 to secure your place for this event or to upgrade your basic membership.
February 09, 2017 / 6:00 PM
I Witness: The Shifting Focus of Photojournalism in the Digital Age - Happy Hour Event

George Diack / Vancouver Sun photo - January 9, 1972

A crowd of protesters confront Mayor Tom Campbell at the Georgia Viaduct opening. Photo by George Diack courtesy of the Vancouver Sun - sponsor of Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City.


 

Photojournalists Rebecca Blissett, Gerry Kahrmann, Richard Lam, and John Lehmann discuss digital photography in the current landscape of the print media industry. This panel discussion will be moderated by journalist Jennifer Moreau of the Burnaby Now.

Serving as an extension of the Vancouver in the Seventies photo exhibition which spotlights some of the best images from the Vancouver Sun’s collection, this panel discussion will consider the historical significance of journalism’s shift from film to digital photography and the role it has played in altering the media’s approach to documenting news.

The panel will consider whether digital photography compromises or enhances the work of photojournalists. Issues surrounding authenticity and the currency of photojournalism in a snap-happy social media landscape will be discussed, as well as what media industry practices might look like in the future.

This impressive panel of photojournalists is sure to provide thought provoking discussion about the above issues, and their experiences in various newsrooms and in the field.

This is our first Happy Hour event of 2017. The bar opens at 6:00pm and drinks will be available throughout the evening.

Date: Thursday, February 9

Time: Doors and Bar open at 6:00pm /  Discussion at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $11. *Free for MOV Members.

Tickets / Registration

               


 

Panelists:

Rebecca Blissett is interested in the stories of all kinds of people - whether it is spending time with the wives of Elvis impersonators or documenting Neil Diamond as he prepares for a concert. Her award-winning photography includes her work in the music industry for various magazines and touring productions where she is known for her concert and creative portraiture. She has also covered a wide range of subjects for editorial, corporate and commercial projects for the past 20 years. Some of her portraiture can be seen in the Museum of Vancouver’s current exhibition, All Together Now.

Gerry Kahrmann has served since 1983 as a staff photographer at Pacific Newspaper Group, publisher of the Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers. In addition to winning multiple awards throughout his career, he won a Canadian Press National Award for photography in 1991 . Gerry was the point photographer at the Province during PNG’s transition to digital photography and archive. In addition to photography, Gerry produces short digital films for the PNG news service, blogs and website. 

Richard Lam is a Vancouver-based freelance photographer specializing in editorial, sports and commercial photography. He is currently freelancing for Postmedia and Getty Images, as well as being the official photographer for the Athletic Department of the University of British Columbia. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world. He also works as an educator and press event manager at major sporting events.

John Lehmann is a highly regarded photographer who was named photojournalist of the year in 2012 and 2013 by the News Photographers Association of Canada, and in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association of Journalist. His images have won a variety of prizes, including a National Newspaper Award for news feature photography in 2007. In 1998, he was named photographer of the year by the Canadian Press. Prior to working at The Globe and Mail, Lehmann worked in Canada for Reuters, the National Post, and the Canadian Press.

Jennifer Moreau (moderator) is the pipeline and politics reporter for the Burnaby NOW. She’s also vice-president of Unifor Local 2000, the union chapter representing more than 800 British Columbians working mostly in the newspaper and printing industries.

 

Vancouver in the Seventies - Exhibition themes with Viviane Gosselin

Video (Posted: 18/10/16)

Vancouver in the Seventies - exhibition themes

Vancouver in the Seventies co-curator Viviane Gosselin explains the exhibition's themes and how it differs from the book of the same name. *Sponsored by the Vancouver Sun
Video (Posted: 18/10/16)
Vancouver in the Seventies - exhibition themes
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