Wednesday, September 15, 2010

West Vancouver's Neighbourhoods - Our First Century

West Vancouver’s Neighbourhoods-Our First Century

September 14 to October 16, 2010

Organized by the West Vancouver Historical Society, this exhibition features a preview of the Centennial book on the history of West Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, people and events that have shaped our community. West Vancouver’s Neighbourhoods – Our First Century is scheduled to be published in September 2011.
Photo: West Vancouver Archives. William James Turnbull fonds. Ambleside, West Vancouver, [191-?].

Fragmented History: Objects and Meaning

Fragmented History: Objects and Meaning features a selection of artworks and historical artifacts from the museum’s own collection, and presents in a series of thought-provoking displays that explore critical themes pertaining to collecting institutions. The act of collecting is rooted in a desire to endow value and meaning to our lives through the gathering and ordering of the material world around us. Motives that drive this accumulation of ‘things’ are complex and varied, ranging from the psychological desire to possess, the emotional need to preserve and remember, to the political and economic drive for power, status, knowledge, and validation. The history of the Museum as an institution is inextricably linked to this practice, and the collections that it houses embody the assumptions about knowledge and value of the societies and culture that create them.

Fragmented History explores the acquisition, organization, and display of objects, addressing some key topics in collecting discourse -authenticity, fragmentation, classification, possession, and the imbuing of value. This exhibition includes artworks by well-known B.C. artists including Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt, as well as personal possessions from the estates of B.C. Binning and architect Hugh Hodgson in juxtaposition with other historical items from the Museum’s diverse collections. The exhibition re-evaluates the relationships between institutions, visitors, objects and collections.

Image: Photograph of Scott Paper Towel Display designed by Winston Elliott, c. 1965

Summer Architecture Camps 2010

The popular Architecture Camps returned this summer for four weeks. 9-12 year olds attending the camps visited the B.C. Binning house and went on a tour of interesting buildings in downtown Vancouver.

In awe of the Guinness Tower

Having fun in front of the recycled wood wall at the Vancouver Convention Center

By the end of camp, each participant designed floor/elevation plans and constructed their dream house.

a mountain side residencial model created by a participant

Finished model houses at the end of the week

Our final camp participants (13 to16yrs) had the privilege of learning from North Shore artist and trained architect Alfonso Tejada. Below pictures show places they toured in Vancouver and West Vancouver to explore architecturally significant buildings.

Getting lessons from Alfonso Tejada

Inside the B.C. Binning house

Downtown Architecture Tour

Sketches by a camp participant

A dream house model created by a camp participant

Summer Art Camps 2010

Another round of Art Camps has come and gone! We held three weeks of art camps, two weeks for 6-8 year olds and one week for 9-12 year olds. The children experimented with different artistic mediums such as painting, block printing and sculpture making. Many were inspired by the paintings by Lionel Thomas, which was on display at the West Vancouver Museum gallery.

6-8 year olds admiring Lionel Thomas's Summer Farms

The participants had the opportunity to look at iconic photographs from the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition, from the National Gallery of Canada.

The camp attendants toured the Vancouver Biennale outdoor exhibition 2009-2011. They enjoyed sketching the sculptures, and had fun interacting with them as well!

A drawing of Aerodynamics in Space, a sculpture by Rodney Graham

A camper's sculpture by the Vancouver Biennale exhibition.