MOV zooms in on key moments from the 1970s in this new photo exhibition


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.



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





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Tuesday, September 13, 2016