Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia (VAG has reopened)
July 18, 2020 -
Exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery was to have opened April 10 until the VAG closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The exhibit will now open July 18, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Several items from the VHWSG Permanent Collection are included in this exhibit.
Exhibit continues until January 3, 2021.
From the VAG website: "Featuring over 300 works, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia examines the furniture, ceramics, textiles, fashion and jewellery that defined West Coast modern living in the mid-twentieth century. In the three decades following the Second World War, thousands of people immigrated to British Columbia seeking the benefits of its resource-based economy, mild climate, natural amenities and inventive spirit. This optimistic post-war environment fostered the development of exceptional design and craft practices, deeply influenced by the tenets of modernism: simplicity, fine craftsmanship and functional design for everyday use. The most comprehensive view of mid-century craft and design from this region assembled to date, the exhibition reveals how local histories, immigration patterns and materials impacted interpretations of modernism in British Columbia, while also recognizing this cultural movement’s inherent ties to colonial expansion."
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