2017

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City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

September 28, 2017 - February 19, 2018

Visually stunning, City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity.

The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of the City of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites.

 
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Unbelievable: Secret, Rare & Amazing Treasures!

June 24, 2017 - September 24, 2017

On the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary, we're diving deep into our vault and showcasing some of Vancouver's most valuable treasures. 

Unbelievable features contested objects, storied replicas and, iconic artifacts for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining community – and what happens when these tales can not be relied upon.  

 
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The Vienna Model: Housing for the Twenty-First-Century City

May 17, 2017 - July 16, 2017

The Vienna Model: Housing for the Twenty-First-Century City shines the spotlight on sixty prototypical projects from the last hundred years, with a special focus on the public art that has complemented the city’s housing since the First Republic. To expand this architectural and urban discussion, the curators invited Vancouver and Vienna based artists and cultural researchers Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber to look at these communal spaces and concepts and speculate on how they resonate within artistic and cultural practices. Their selection of art projects and public works will accompany, reflect upon, and contextualize the selected examples and also shape the format of the exhibition and publication.

 
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The 81lb Challenge - VV by EB

Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Monday, April 17, 2017

The 81lb Challenge presented by Value Village is a fashion collection created from a year's worth of discarded clothing.

“The average North American discards 81 pounds of textiles per year, ranking fashion as the second most-polluting industry next only to oil,” shared Myriam Laroche, founder and president of Eco Fashion Week.

For this year's event, Evan Biddell - winner of Project Runway Canada – transformed second-hand clothing from Value Village thrift stores into gorgeous garments.


2016

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Vancouver in the Seventies

October 13th, 2016 to July 16, 2017

The exhibition featured 400 photographic gems from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as several 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection. These stunning shots illustrated an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They captured the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.

 
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All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

June 23rd, 2016 to March 19th, 2017

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds featured 20 beautiful, rare, and unconventional collections, with something for everyone including corsets, prosthetics, pinball machines, taxidermy, toys, and much more. In this exhibition both collector and collected were objects of study, interaction, and delight.

 
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Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver

January 21st, 2016 to May 15th, 2016

Co-presenters Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium explored challenges and solutions relating to citizens’ greatest concerns. Your Future Home invited people to discover surprising facts about the city and imagine what Vancouver might become. This major exhibition engaged visitors with the bold visual language and lingo of real estate advertising as it presented the visions of talented Vancouver designers about how we might design the cityscapes of the future.

2015


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Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

April 23, 2015 - September 7, 2015

One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcended the boundary between art and design. It took over museum galleries and inbetween, including the Museum’s bathrooms, in order to ask: what makes us happy? Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free sabbatical—a year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge.

 
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Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

October 8, 2015 - December 13, 2015

This exhibition marked the 15th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, in 1999, and its rapid rise. Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 surveys a century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward.

 
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#makesmehappy 

April 23, 2015 - December 13, 2015

#makesmehappy inspired people to boost their happiness with simple acts. The Museum of Vancouver invited ten Vancouverites to enter the vaults and each select an object that sparked memories of happiness and that will encourage positive feelings in everyone. Participants included charitable online marketplace founder John Bromley, CBC news host Andrew Chang, writer Amber Dawn, happiness expert Elizabeth Dunn, songwriter Veda Hille, hip hop artist Prevail, artist Henry Tsang, Squamish educator Deborah Jacobs, curator Viviane Gosselin, and museum administrator Sarah Kamal.

 
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Lively Objects

August 16, 2015 – October 12, 2015

Lively Objects brings together artworks that vibrate with mechanical, digital, and magical forces. Installations hidden throughout the Museum’s history galleries awaken our fascination with objects that come to life. The artworks in Lively Objects take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus. 

 
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Robson Redux Design Exhibition

February 28, 2015 – March 15, 2015

VIVA Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver have partnered to present an exhibition of all of the design entries received as part of Robson Redux 2015. Come see more than 80 submissions from local and international teams; some entries came from as far away as Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, and Vienna.


2014

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Artware - Northwest Coast Designs & Everyday Objects

October 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Artware is a micro exhibition (in our studio space) that showcases Aboriginal-themed commercial products developed by Vancouver- based artists and companies. The objects selected will highlight shifts in relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, as illustrated in the design of the objects themselves and in the exchanges and practices to which they give rise.

 
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From Rationing to Ravishing

September 18, 2014 – March 8, 2015

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke̶—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing presented more than 80 garments. Highlights included: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli. This exhibition demonstrated how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.  It included features that engaged families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to virtually try on period garments.

 
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Unmoored: Vancouver's Voyage of the Komagata Maru

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

*Please note, this is a one-wall, mini-exhibition.

In 1914 Vancouver was a burgeoning, multicultural port city and a hub for migrants searching for new opportunities. On the cusp of the Great War, Vancouver waged its own internal battle to determine what type of city it wanted to be. A flashpoint was the arrival of the Komagata Maru – a steamship carrying 376 British Indian passengers who were denied entry into Canada. This modest-sized exhibition – guest curated by Naveen Girn – examines the enduring impact that this dramatic event had on Vancouver. Stories, rare artefacts, images and documents provide new insights into how national policies and racial bias shaped the lives of Komagata Maru passengers and South Asian immigrants. Bringing fresh perspectives and meanings to this significant moment of Vancouver’s history provide opportunities for intercultural dialogue and for re-imagining the future of the city.

 
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Rewilding Vancouver - Remember. Reconnect. Rewild.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014

The Vancouver we know is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Museum of Vancouver with presenting sponsor Pacific Salmon Foundation, Rewilding Vancouver explores the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be.  

The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, videos and photo interventions that challenge our perception of what is natural to Vancouver. Visitors will discover a changing-of-the-guard when it comes to the region’s wildlife, with ravens, wolves and elk fading as crows, coyotes and black-tailed deer settled in. Rewilding Vancouver also challenges us to envision new streetscapes that feature unearthed fish-bearing streams long hidden below city streets. A life-sized creation of the now extinct Steller’s Sea Cow is one of many highlights of this exhibition.

 
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Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren't

Thursday, February 6, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014

The art of city building has always required many talents. Builders and architects are often remembered for their accomplished constructions, but architectural illustrators have frequently been overlooked. This collection of plans depicts architectural and urban projects that were proposed in Vancouver at different historical periods but never materialized. This MOV Studio exhibition shares 21 unrealized plans and drawings by architects, city planners, and engineers including Harland Bartholomew, Arthur Erickson, I.M Pei, Andrew Malczewski, and others, from 1910-2000.

Guest Curator: Jason Vanderhill, creator of the Illustrated Vancouver blog


2013

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Foncie's Fotos

Thursday, June 6, 2013 to Sunday, May 4, 2014

Foncie Pulice was the last man standing from Vancouver’s great era of post-war street photography. Creator of about 15 million images over his lifetime, Foncie captured Vancouverites in action as they strode the city streets. His photographs trigger vivid memories for long-time residents who recall the particular day, the hour, their companions, the circumstances.

 
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Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White

Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Sunday, March 23, 2014

Daniel Evan White knew exactly how to play with houses. The modest Vancouver architect drove innovation along the west coast from 1960 to 2012, creating homes that his clients claim were life changing. Discover his remarkable work in this first retrospective of his career.

Play House ventures through Daniel Evan White’s mind, hands, and eyes to explore the creative process that transforms the dream home from desire into reality. The exhibition includes stories from clients and contractors, a replica of the Máté House built to 1:4 scale, projections, smaller models, 3D computer models, and an area where visitors can get hands on with some of Dan’s favourite geometric shapes.

 
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An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 to Sunday, January 26, 2014 ]

Four contemporary Vancouver photographers examine and respond to Foncie Pulice and his body of work in this photographic exhibition, done in collaboration with Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival. Artists include Lincoln ClarkesBrian HowellAngela Fama, and John Goldsmith.

 
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Joe Average - Photographic Exhibition

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Sunday, September 22, 2013

Joe Average has delighted Vancouverites and the world with his bold, whimsical and exuberant paintings and prints since the 1980s; his art living in public squares, markets, bridges, and street banners. More recently Joe turned to photography proposing new encounters with familiar Vancouver scenes and reminding us that nature and humans constantly interact with each other in the city.  Thirteen photographic images by Joe Average will be on display in the MOV Studio from January 16 to June 9 2013.

 
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Sex Talk in the City

Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Monday, September 2, 2013

Sex Talk in the City is a multifaceted exhibition that teases out how people in Vancouver learn about sexuality, define pleasure, and respond to particular politics. Sex Talk in the City addresses issues of sexual expression, diversity, politics, and education in a fun, approachable, and thought-provoking manner. Sex isn’t only biological, it’s cultural.

Visitors can expect to gain context on the materials and stories they are exposed to every day - from online dating to safe sex ads to the pride parade. You're sure to leave recalling your own "birds and bees" talk with your parents and other such stories.


2012

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Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong

Thursday, September 20, 2012 to Sunday, February 24, 2013

The MOV is pleased to present the first time solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed Vancouver-born artist Tobias Wong. Wong’s work defied categorization, as he engaged with a range of art processes from installations, performances, and furniture making to product and fashion design.

He was cheeky, playful, witty, and clever. He appropriated, manipulated, manufactured, mass-produced, and re-issued objects, pouring new meanings into them. Like many pioneers, his art both seduced and upset.

You'll want to see first hand why Wong is considered a forerunner of conceptual design.

 
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Untold Stories: History of Immigrants in Vancouver

Thursday, October 18, 2012 to Sunday, January 6, 2013

This exhibition brings to life -- through interviews and portraits, and personal stories of immigration -- the role that Immigrant Service Society of BC (ISSofBC) has played in the last 40 years supporting newcomers to Vancouver as they build new lives in Canada. The exhibit is a partnership project with ISSofBC

Exhibit-related programming includes: a no-fee, moderated public dialogue; teaching resources for ELSA and Vancouver School Board students; and a “Share Your Story” section on the ISSofBC website where immigrants can share their stories.

 
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Reading the Riot Boards

Friday, June 15, 2012 to Sunday, September 30, 2012

Following the riot on June 15, 2011 after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, broken windows on downtown businesses were hastily boarded up with sheets of plywood. The day after the riot fans and others met to clean up the city and began to leave messages on the boards - condemning the violence and looting, professing their love for the city, and stating “this is not the real Vancouver”. The MOV received 86 of the boards for its permanent collection. Opening June 15, 2012, the MOV will exhibit 15 the boards in the MOV Studio.

 
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Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars

Thursday, March 8, 2012 to Sunday, September 23, 2012

The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. In Art Deco Chic visitors to the MOV can take in 66 gorgeous garments from the era.

Art Deco was a distinct departure from previous design styles, drawing inspiration from geometric shapes to evoke elegance and modernity. It was also influenced by an increased ability to travel world wide – bringing inspiration not only from modernism, but from faraway places such as Russia, Egypt, and Mexico.

 
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Working World: Diversity and Employment

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 to Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Located downstairs, in the Community Display Area (between the elevators and the Learning Lab)

SPARC BC and the Museum of Vancouver have partnered to present an exhibit of local photography that examines the intersection of cultural diversity and employment in Metro Vancouver. Photographers were invited to submit a photo and write-up for the opportunity to present a series of photographic works at the Museum of Vancouver’s community display area. The results are in and the photos are up!

 
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Maraya Project: The Seawalls of Vancouver and Dubai

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 to Sunday, May 20, 2012

Maraya is an art project that looks at the relationship between urban waterfronts in Vancouver and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Through photography, video, public art, public programmes and an interactive online platform, new forms of urban living pioneered in both countries are explored, showing how we are connected in ways that are both familiar and surprising. Maraya — from the Arabic m’raya for “mirror” or “reflection” — connects the glass and steel residential towers that line the seawall walkways of Emaar’s Dubai Marina and Concord Pacific Place along False Creek, looking at these two cities that are leaders of 21st century urbanism.

2011


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Vancouver 2010 Legacy Collection: A Preview

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remember the moments, in sunny February 2010, when the city came together to celebrate and engage in friendly competition with the world in this small sample of the almost 2,000 artifacts that make up the Vancouver 2010 Legacy Collection.

Visitors will enjoy reminiscing over the mascots, the Torch Relay, the Four Host First Nations, and more.

 
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Bhangra.me: Vancouver's Bhangra Story

Thursday, May 5, 2011 to Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story, is an interactive exhibition that chronicles Bhangra music, dance and politics in Vancouver. From dance teams in the 70s, to international DJs in 2011, this exhibit features Vancouver’s unique Bhangra story. Play instruments, listen to local DJ-curated playlists, read about Bhangra’s connection to social protest, and dance in the Performance Lounge.

Co-produced by Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration SocietyBhangra.me has been extended to run until January 1, 2012. The first museum exhibition of its kind of Canada, Bhangra.me attempts to interpret and understand what Bhangra means to people in Vancouver. Bhangra – and by extension the greater story of South Asians in Vancouver - is deeply intertwined with Vancouver’s own story.

 
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Migrating Landscapes

Thursday, November 3, 2011 to Sunday, November 27, 2011

Architectural design competition display of models from emerging architects.

Take in the creativity of emerging architects as the MOV plays host to an exhibit of the Migrating Landscapes Competition. Architectural models are created by young Canadians to reflect on how cultural memory plays a role in our way of thinking about space and home. Homes and dwellings will be designed to fit a wooden landscape created by the Migrating Landscapes Organization, and their very structure will offer a unique view into Canada’s past, present, and future.

 
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Chosen Family Portraits

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 to Sunday, November 6, 2011

There are the families we are born with and there are the families that we choose. 

The term “chosen family” refers to the formation of non-biological families; many lesbian, gay, transgender and queer people, especially those with problematic relationships with their birth families, have friends and often lovers they consider part of their chosen family.

During August 2010, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival conducted a community-based art project called, Chosen Family Portraits. This photography and oral history project invited local queer and allied community to model with their chosen family and share their stories.

 
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SweaterLodge Unlatched

Friday, January 14, 2011 to Sunday, May 1, 2011

Suspended in the Museum of Vancouver, a mammoth polarfleece sweater becomes a soft lodge. Come experience an exhibit that's uniquely Vancouver.

SweaterLodge is an architectural installation consisting of a giant orange polarfleece sweater. It measures 26.5 meters (87 feet) cuff to cuff and is made of Polartec 200 fleece made of recycled two-litre plastic pop bottles. 3,150 two-litre pop bottles went into making all the polarfleece used throughout the entire exhibit, approximately 2,560 into the sweater fleece alone.

 

2010

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Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food

Thursday, August 26, 2010 to Sunday, January 2, 2011

Home Grown is a photographic exploration of local food production and sustainable farming in Vancouver and the surrounding region, presented by MOV and FarmFolkCityFolk.

In photo-journalistic style, 39 stunning images by photographer, Brian Harris, contain a call-to-action for individuals and communities to reclaim control of local food systems and to think carefully about the ethics of food consumption decisions that are made everyday.

Accompanying programs including; workshops, screening, talks, and tours will give a deeper understanding and appreciation of local food production issues as well as the inspiration and skills to start a backyard or community garden.

 
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Fox, Fluevog & Friends

Friday, May 14, 2010 to Sunday, October 3, 2010

The story behind the shoes.

Meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice: friends, collaborators, trend-spotters, businessmen, and artists. This fashion retrospective explores the story behind their footwear companies, from their early days making the scene in 1970s Gastown to acclaim and powerful brand loyalty on an international scale.

Approximately 150 shoes dating from 1968 to 2000 are featured, complemented by photographs, catalogues, newspaper articles, sketches and customer comments.

 
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Tracing Night by Ed Pien

Thursday, February 4, 2010 to Sunday, April 11, 2010

Visual artist Ed Pien, born in Taiwan and based in Toronto, has exhibited nationally and internationally for 20 years.

His Tracing Night is a large maze-like installation that combines drawing, video and sound to recreate the phenomenon of night and darkness. It invites viewers to walk around and through its evocative environments.

Presented with Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010.

 
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Art of Craft

Thursday, January 14, 2010 to Sunday, April 11, 2010

Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Celebrate the exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft at this exhibition of work from Canada and the Republic of Korea.

Art of Craft showcases 173 spectacular fine craft works in three parts.

 

2009

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Ravishing Beasts

Thursday, October 22, 2009 to Sunday, February 28, 2010

Displaying the Museum of Vancouver’s extensive collection of taxidermy for the first time in decades, Ravishing Beasts investigates the provocative and strangely alluring world of taxidermy.

Whether a hoarding of exotic curiosities, a scientific archive, a hunting trophy, or a stuffed pet, taxidermy always exposes longings to capture animals and tell stories about their significance within human lives.

 
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Working Wood

Thursday, November 12, 2009 to Sunday, February 7, 2010

WORKING WOOD presents the work of an emerging group of woodworkers. Though each piece offers a distinct viewpoint, there is a common emphasis on sustainable materials and wood products, and simple forms that highlight the qualities of the wood itself.

 
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Home Phone

Friday, October 9, 2009 to Sunday, October 25, 2009

A response to the retreat of telephone booths from the urban landscape, and their continued use by the homeless as a vital means of communication, Home Phone reimagines the telephone booth as temporary shelter.

 
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Ian Wallace, My Heroes in the Streets

Friday, May 29, 2009 to Sunday, September 20, 2009

My Heroes in the Street, Studies for Pictures on Canvas, is a suite of 10 compelling works by one of the pioneering forces behind Vancouver's emblematic brand of photo-conceptualism.

 
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Velo-City: Vancouver & the Bicycle Revolution

Thursday, June 4, 2009 to Monday, September 7, 2009

This 7500 square foot exhibit about contemporary and future cycling in Vancouver, designed and curated by Toby Barratt, Nik Rust, and Pamela Goddard from Propellor Design, challenges people to think differently about an everyday object. It redefines the bicycle as a vehicle for artistic self-expression, a provocative symbol of counter-culture and as a tool for social change.

 
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The Unnatural History of Stanley Park

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 through Sunday, February 15th, 2019

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board, in English and Chinese, the exhibit shed light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure as we interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park's forests, creatures and people to make nature more 'natural'.

Curator Joan Seidl, exhibit design Sholto Scruton, graphic design 10Four Design, lighting and interactive design Douglas Welch Design

 

2008


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Movers and Shapers

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 to Sunday, June 22, 2008

They are all part of Movers and Shapers, an exhibit showcasing Vancouver’s hippest young designers in architecture, fashion, graphic, product, furniture, interior and interactive design. It was presented by the Vancouver Museum in collaboration with the brand and design company, Cause+Affect.

 
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Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence within Diversity

Thursday, February 7, 2008 to Sunday, April 6, 2008

The exhibition celebrated and explored British Columbia’s diverse and internationally recognized craft artists. A professional jury selected over 90 artists and works in every medium.