Museum of Vancouver
By Nancy Chilton
Vancouver is full of experiences that enrich, enhance and expand our thinking and our lives. While things are a little different this year, appropriate physical distancing protocols and enhanced cleaning programs have been introduced to ensure guests can enjoy these experiences safely. Our indoor attractions are continuing to offer temporary exhibitions and exceptional permanent collections.
Start with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, and experience leading national and international artists in the heart of downtown Vancouver all year long. This Fall’s feature exhibit Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia, examines the ceramics, fashion, furniture, jewelry and textiles that defined West Coast modern living in the mid-20th century. In the three decades following the Second World War, thousands of people immigrated to British Columbia seeking the benefits of its resource-based economy, mild climate, natural amenities, and inventive spirit. This optimistic post-war environment fostered the development of exceptional design and craft practices. The exhibition that includes the most comprehensive view of mid-century craft and design from this region, reveals how local factors impacted interpretations of modernism in British Columbia, while also recognizing this cultural movement’s inherent ties to colonial expansion.
The Museum of Vancouver, which is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects, and shared experiences is next on our fall calendar. Beyond the permanent exhibitions that tell the story of these urban lands from the first peoples through to the 70s are the current exhibitions, Acts of Resistance showcasing the artwork of seven Pacific Northwest indigenous artist activists, whose designs flew from the Iron Workers Memorial bridge on July 3, 2018 to protest the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project, and Haida Now, featuring Haida Artists who share their insights on an exclusive collection of Haida art pieces on loan from the Haida Nation. The exhibit engages with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement. The upcoming exhibition, A Seat at the Table, opening November 19, explores the history of Chinese immigration in the development of British Columbia’s history using food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop.
A trip out to UBC and the Museum of Anthropology, recognized around the world for its permanent indigenous collections, for this Fall’s temporary exhibition, Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman, is a must. This internationally recognized exhibition provides a searing critique of Canada’s colonial policies as Monkman takes viewers on a journey through the past 150 years of Canada. It is a journey that reclaims and reinserts Indigenous voices into the collective memory of our country, challenging and shattering colonial ideas, as told through the artist’s gender fluid, time-travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. MOA is the final stop for this critically acclaimed travelling exhibition, which has been on a multi-year, cross-country tour to nine cities.
FlyOver Canada, the newest addition to the Vancouver Attractions offerings, welcomes the spooky season, with their feature show HowlOver Canada. Join Biker Mama and her band of sidekicks as they tour Canada in search of the ultimate music festival, enjoy a complete Halloween experience including a seasonal 8 minute flight ride, a themed preshow and decorations. Come dressed in costume to enjoy the full experience.
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Published: October 15, 2020
The Vancouver Attractions Group is a marketing consortium of visitor attractions that offer their guests fun, cultural, historic and outdoor experiences that appeal to all ages. Visiting local attractions can enrich a holiday experience and provide an opening to greater understanding of the regions we travel through.