New MOV Exhibit Reveals Candid Street Photos By Vancouver’s Most Prolific Street Photographer

Foncie's Fotos at MOV. Photo credit: Museum of Vancouver

Foncie’s Fotos at MOV. Photo credit: Museum of Vancouver

Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer, took about 15 million photos of Vancouver residents from the 1930s to the 1970s shooting in hotspots along Granville Street and Hastings Street. Museum of Vancouver is offering a rare chance to peek back into Vancouver urban history at their new exhibit of his work: Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street, opening June 6, 2013.

Foncie wasn’t aiming for fame. From his 20s onward, street photography was his job. He did what many other street photographers of the day did. He took photos of citizens dressed up and hitting the town. Whether it was a special date, a family event or hanging out with friends, getting your photo taken was part of the downtown Vancouver experience. People expected it. The next day, you picked up your photo at a downtown storefront studio. The photos were taken head-to-toe candid shots when you were just being –not unlike an old fashioned version of Facebook.

Foncie stood out from the other street photographers because he took more photos. And he was friendly. He is the best known Vancouver street photographer thanks to his bottomless collection of residents throughout four decades. Continue reading:
New MOV Exhibit Reveals Candid Street Photos By Vancouver’s Most Prolific Street Photographer

Extravagant Glamour: Art Deco Chic at MOV

Art Deco Chic exhibit at MOV. Photo: Dana Lynch

Last night, I attended the opening night party for the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) newest exhibition: Art Deco Chic: Extravagant Glamour Between the Wars. Not only did we get to be the first official visitors to see the new exhibit, it was a smashing party, too, complete with a packed house, visitors decked out in their own Art Deco garb, wine, food, and a live dance performance!

Of course, it was the Art Deco Chic exhibit itself that inspired the party, which is only natural since the exquisite garments on display seem to want a fabulous event to attend. (Even the day dresses are glamourous!) The exhibit brings together 66 items that epitomize Art Deco fashion, clothes and accessories from the 1920s – 1930s; most items come from the private collections of Guest Curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, as well as MOV’s own extensive archive.

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Extravagant Glamour: Art Deco Chic at MOV

openMOV: MOV’s 70,000 Collection Now Online

Ferguson Point Tea House flyer, c. 1951 to 1960; one of the many Vancouver artifacts accessible online at openMOV. Photo: Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has just made it easier to learn more about Vancouver’s storied history with openMOV, a new online database that lets users access all 70,000 artifacts in the Museum’s collection.

Custom-made for MOV by Vancouver‐based Fuse Interactive, openMOV allows users to search for objects by keyword, by “department” (e.g., Asian Studies, History), by “Geocultural area,” and by place of origin. Currently, only 10,000 items are accompanied by images, but MOV plans to increase that number as quickly as possible.

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Chosen Family Portraits at MOV

One of the Vancouver family portraits on display at MOV's "Chosen Family Portraits" exhibit. Photo: MOV

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

That’s the theme of a engaging new exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV): Chosen Family Portraits. Created in conjunction with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Chosen Family Portraits is a community-based art project that lovingly captures “chosen” (i.e., not necessarily biologically or legally linked) families among Vancouver’s queer, gay, lesbian, and transgender population.

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Uniquely Vancouver: SweaterLodge Unlatched at the Museum of Vancouver

SweaterLodge at Museum of Vancouver

If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to live inside your polar fleece, now’s your chance to find out.

MOV, the Museum of Vancouver, kicks off 2011 with a new exhibit that is uniquely Vancouver: a mammoth polarfleece sweater that becomes a soft, architectural lodge. Titled SweaterLodge, the piece was created by Vancouver design studio Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture and was chosen to represent Canada at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture. It’s exhibition at MOV is the first time SweaterLodge has been remounted in Canada.

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Uniquely Vancouver: SweaterLodge Unlatched at the Museum of Vancouver

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