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

BC Sports Hall of Fame Celebrates Vancouver Olympics with Red Mitten Weekend February 11 & 12

BC Sports Hall of Fame and Musem. Photo: The Province / Jenelle Schneider, PNG

The excitement and wonder of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics lives on in the hearts and minds of Vancouverites, and next weekend you can relive the glory at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum with their special Red Mitten Weekend in honour of the second anniversary of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Red Mitten Weekend runs February 11 – 12, 2012, and offers half-priced admission all weekend, plus free admission for the first 25 kids wearing their 2010 Olympics red mittens. It’s a chance to see the new additions to the museum made during its remodeling (which coincided with the remodeling of BC Place), including the new Vancouver 2010 / Olympic Inspirations Gallery, the new Hall of Champions (an interactive exhibit on BC’s sports’ legends), the new special exhibit “The Dream Card” Hockey Card Collection, and the new Our Teams/Our Turf Gallery featuring the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions.

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BC Sports Hall of Fame Celebrates Vancouver Olympics with Red Mitten Weekend February 11 & 12

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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openMOV: MOV’s 70,000 Collection Now Online

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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Chosen Family Portraits at MOV

Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the re-invented Britannia Mine Museum—it recently had a $14.7 million makeover and now boasts lots of fun activities, including panning for gold and an underground mine train—the annual Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the perfect excuse to visit.

The Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the signature summer event at the Britannia Mine Museum. The festival showcases local artists, artisans, musicians, and performers and features arts and crafts with a “copper, fire and mined materials” theme. The art works are displayed throughout the museum and range from copper and bronze sculptures to jewelry to gunpowder paintings.

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Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum

The Colour of My Dreams – Surrealist Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Edith RimmingtonThe Oneiroscopist, 1947oil on canvasThe Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art in the Israel MuseumPhoto: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Last week, I finally had a chance to see the newest exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG): The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art.

Once again, VAG has brought an outstanding, world-class exhibition to Vancouver. The Colour of My Dreams is the most comprehensive exhibition of Surrealist art ever to be shown in Canada; it features 350 works by leading Surrealist artists, including André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Leonora Carrington, Brassaï, André Masson, Edith Rimmington, and (my favourite) Man Ray.

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The Colour of My Dreams – Surrealist Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Going Underground at the Britannia Mine Museum

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Anyone who grew up in Vancouver probably remembers the old Britannia mine building.  You know the one – the big abandoned mill on the side of the Sea to Sky Highway just south of Squamish.  The mine, which was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire, closed down in 1974.  The site was subsequently abandoned and the mill became a crumbling shell most notable for its busted window panes.

Well, as you might have noticed, times have changed.  A restored Britannia Mine reopened earlier this year as a historical museum after a $14.7 million renovation.  It has gone from an eyesore to one of the most fascinating sights in the Sea to Sky Corridor – a unique glimpse into the underground world of mining.

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Going Underground at the Britannia Mine Museum