2016 was an exciting year for the Museum of Vancouver. This post takes a look back at the past year of MOV exhibitions and events.
The year started off with the exhibition Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver which delved into issues regarding Vancouver's housing affordability, urban density, mobility, and public spaces. We invited the public to participate in various workshops and seminars and to view various innovative designs from local architects, urban planners and designers.
2016 also marked the 30th anniversary of the monumental World's Fair - Expo 86. To commemorate the game-changing event there was a nostalgic Expo 86 display, full of original memorabilia and souvenirs. Expo 86 themed events, including Recollecting Expo 86 and Transporting Expo 86 - Bikes, Beers and Bali, fostered discussion on what the event did for Vancouver's urban and transportation development and how the event has influenced the work of designers and architects living in Vancouver today.
Our summer feature exhibition All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds opened in June, celebrating 20 eclectic collections. The exhibition also explores what collecting means to different people and how it ties to personal memories and cultural history. With an exhibition this robust it was a privilege to host a series of collector talks entitled "Me and My Collection." Guests included Willow Yamauchi, Harold Steves, Imogene Lim, Marie Allen, Art Lingren, Kyle Sellers, and Rob Frith. We're thrilled to announce the "Me and My Collection" talks will continue into the new year with Maurice Guibord from All Together Now sharing his collection and stories from Expo 67.
In October, MOV teamed up with The Vancouver Sun to present Vancouver in the Seventies. This exhibition displays over 400 photographs from The Vancouver Sun collection that showcases day to day life and major historic events in Vancouver during the 1970s. The exhibition was co-curated by former research librarian Kate Bird who also authored the photography book of the same name. She also presented a 'talk and tour' of the exhibition where she discussed the transitional decade for Vancouver, and the major themes that the photos were categorized in for the exhibition.
Along with these extraordinary exhibitions and related events, MOV played host to our annual Why I Design event where 23 local designers set up in the museum galleries and talked one-on-one with attendees about why they design and why they do it in Vancouver.
And as if the year wasn't packed enough, in early December the Museum of Vancouver welcomed our new CEO Mark Richards, getting 2017 off to an already exciting start.