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.
Guest curator: Kate Bird
MOV curator: Viviane Gosseiln
Design: 10four Design Group