The Museum of Vancouver has received an abundance of media coverage of the newest exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Take a look at the previews and reviews below:
CBC's Andrew Chang takes a walk through the exhibition just before the Opening Reception.
"The Happy Show at the Museum of Vancouver will leave you smiling." The Georgia Straight's Amanda Siebert explores The Happy Show and upcoming events. Full story here.
Stefan Sagmeister tours Shaw Go! Westcoast through The Happy Show exhibition.
Dawn Chubai from Breakfast Television visited the Museum to chat with Aaron Weidman from UBC's Happy Lab about the Psychology of Happiness, and MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement Gregory Dreicer; she even rode the stationary bike to power the wall of neon! Weidman will be leading a Talk & Tour of the exhibition, June 4, Drecier will lead a Talk & Tour, August 6.
Stefan Sagmeister visited Breakfast Television studio to chat with Riaz Meghji about happiness and the exhibition.
Gregory Dreicer speaks about The Happy Show on CKNW's 'Drex Live'
Margaret Gallagher from CBC's The Early Edition (April 22) interviewed Stefan Sagmeister about The Happy Show. Listen here.
Kevin Griffin from The Vancouver Sun (April 22) interviewed Stefan Sagmeisiter about The Happy Show. Stefan discribes the design and function of what to expect as you walk through the show in corralation to happiness, “It’s a subject that clearly many people are interested in,” he said. “We’ve designed the show so that you can walk through it and pick and choose and see something in 15 minutes. If those 15 minutes seem interesting, you can easily stay three hours.” Read more here.
The Province interview betweeen reporter Stuart Derdeyn and The Happy Show designer Stefan Sagmeister (April 22)
"At at time when polls suggest Vancouver is one of the least happy places in Canada, The Happy Show should be somewhere to have a much-needed laugh. Well, there or reading real estate listings and then playing with a mortgage calculator to see how many generations it will take to pay off that single family home." Full Article here.
Ecert from Monecristo Magazine's Whitney Millar article The Happy Show: Stefan Sagmiester's lessons in joy. (April 23)
"A glance at the gumball levels helps each of us find our place in a collective level. And suddenly, we’re not so alone." she says. Read more here.
John Burns from Vancouver Magazine talks with curator Gregory Driecer about The Happy Show and The Museum of Vancouver. (April 24)
"The show ties into larger themes for the museum, and for Dreicer personally, who arrived last summer to discover the dispiriting “Connections and Engagement” survey results from the Vancouver Foundation. His responses: this show, and a second, planned for 2016, that will “enable and help people to connect. But also get people to understand why connection is important: if an earthquake happens, are you expecting an ambulance just to drive up? If people can come away from interacting with the museum knowing why to connect and how, and having the opportunity to do so, then I really will be happy." Full article here.
Exert from Brian Patterson from 24 Hours talk with Gregory Driecer about The Happy Show and Vancouverites happiness (April 23)
"If there is one takeaway Dreicer hopes to impart to visitors, it’s that, “if we want to, we can take control of our own happiness. We can make a difference for ourselves and for other people at the same time.” Read more here.
Metro News Vancouver Thandi Fletcher's excert from Tuesday April 21st article talking to Stefan Sagmesiter about The Happy Show.
At the time, Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain and depression, said he was at an emotional low point in his life dealing with the death of his mom and the end of an 11-year relationship.“It was sort of ironic that just as I started to work on this happiness subject, my own life was actually going down,” he said. Read more here.
Westender's Sabrina Furminger discusses happiness with designer of The Happy Show Stefan Sagmeister (April 21)
“You have things that are very short in length of time, that last maybe a few seconds, that would be more in the way of joy or bliss or possibly an orgasm, and then there are medium lengths of experience, like when you spend a Sunday afternoon with a paper at the park. And you have very long experiences, possibly lifelong, like finding the thing that you’re good for in life, fulfilling your potential,” says Sagmeister.
“These three things all fall under the giant terminology of happiness, but really have little to do with each other. If you think of an orgasm, it really has nothing to do with finding what you’re good for in life.” Read more here.
Cheryl Rossi of The Vancouver Courier walks through The Happy Show April 21
"A companion exhibit called #makesmehappy saw 10 Vancouverites, including writer Amber Dawn, singer-songwriter Veda Hille and hip-hop artist Prevail select an object from the museum’s vaults that sparked happy memories, write a blurb about it and issue an immediate call to action, such as call your mother." Read more here.
"If you’re in the Vancouver area pick a date between now and September 7th and make a trip to the Museum of Vancouver. It’s the perfect day out, and guaranteed to make you happy enough to dance! It worked on us!!" - SpandyAndy
"The Happy Show is definitely one of my favourite exhibits. I absolutely recommend you check it out for yourself." -Ruuella
"I may not have exited the museum that evening with a prescription for happiness, but I did have many new ideas to consider. My friend and I stood in a surprising summer rain shower and contemplated what bus route to take back to our rented apartments. A yellow taxi approached and without much deliberation, we hailed it. For a few dollars each we got to forgo a long damp ride on transit. As I watched our wet, boring city glide past from the back seat, I was happy. For a while, anyway." - Eleanor Radford / SadMag
"interactive, informative and fun... With Gum-ball machines which you get a free gum by displaying how happy you are. A bicycle in the middle of a great big room on a platform, which you can ride and a huge display runs slogans of inspiration in front of you. Seek discomfort to achieve your goals. You only grow when your uncomfortable! In a word Brilliant! We haven't had this kind of mind jogging exhibit ever." - Ron P. via Yelp