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than three hundred items created in the decades following the Second World War “reveals the multiple ways modernism was interprete­d in British Columbia,” says the Vancouver Art Gallery. Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia includes furniture, fashion, jewellery, textiles, and ceramics that represent the craftsmans­hip and functional­ism of modernism. Among other items, objects by Nuu-chahnulth weaver Nellie Jacobson, Haida artist Bill Reid, and others show how Indigenous design contribute­d to the province’s modernizat­ion, while creations from the 1960s and 1970s reflect the influence of countercul­ture movements. The exhibition continues in Vancouver until January 3, 2021.


Chinese Canadian Museum are only taking shape, but the organizati­on behind the project has already helped to launch two temporary exhibits related to Chinese- Canadian history —— one in Vancouver and one in Victoria. Both involve collaborat­ions with existing museums. In July, the B.C. government announced $10 million in support for the wider project to be coordinate­d by the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC. That same month, the pop-up exhibit Peering into the Past: Celebratin­g Canada’s Oldest Chinatown —— which includes artifacts such as historical photograph­s, a fire-insurance map, and an in- depth look at a Chinese

Freemasons lantern —— opened in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley, a National Historic Site. It’s produced by the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society, the Chinese Canadian Museum’s first of several expected regional hubs, in collaborat­ion with the Royal BC Museum and continues into 2021. Meanwhile, in Vancouver’s Chinatown, which is expected to be the site of the new museum’s main provincial hub, the historic Hon Hsing building is hosting a satellite exhibition that also opened in the summer. It’s part of the larger exhibition A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigratio­n and British Columbia produced by the Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia. The Vancouver Chinatown exhibit offers personal stories of Chinese Canadians as part of the wider exhibition that explores immigratio­n through the lens of food and restaurant culture. The main component of A Seat at the Table opens in November at the Museum of Vancouver.


museum In Montreal is hosting an exhibit of Montreal landscapes from the Power Corporatio­n of Canada artworks collection. Begun in 1964 by Paul Guy Desmarais, it’s considered one of the country’s finest corporate art collection­s and traces the developmen­t of Canadian art from 1800 to 1970. Works on display at Château Ramezay until January 2021 portray sites such as Montreal’s Bonsecours Market and Notre Dame Basilica as well as historic scenes of steamboats and grain silos.

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