MOV presents New Exhibition ‘Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City’

Protesters on Granville Street demonstrate against the Vietnam war. October 30, 1970 Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun

The Museum of Vancouver presents a fascinating new exhibition about an era of political upheaval, economic prosperity, and cultural blossoming. Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City – on view at MOV from October 13, 2016 through February 26, 2017 – features 400 images from the Vancouver Sun newspaper archives, as well as a number of 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection. MOV Senior Curator Viviane Gosselin describes the images as “stunning snapshots of an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They capture the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.”

The images are organized around themes of protesting, building, performing, and playing in Vancouver. Visitors are invited to add their significant 1970s Vancouver happenings to a visual timeline of events and factoids. Vancouver in the Seventies builds on the book of the same name – authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic – publishing October 15, 2016 by Greystone Books. “This collection of Vancouver Sun photographs reveals not just the character of the city in the 1970s but how Vancouver became what it is today,” says Bird.

To encourage Vancouverites to think about the future of their city, the Museum of Vancouver will invite people to come together to reflect on the 1970s through the lenses of activism, arts, and business. Public programs will include an event where news photographers and journalists will share their perspectives and invite debates on the evolving field of photojournalism.