The dust never settles at Vancouver’s museums and galleries, curators are constantly at work to bring innovative, thought provoking and entertaining exhibits to their guests. Check out these upcoming or recently launched exhibits, buy tickets here and save when you book two or more attractions. Tickets are valid all year so stock up for upcoming shows as well!
Science World at Telus World of Science’s, visiting exhibition Cats & Dogs, presented by White Spot restaurants, is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to our furry friends, encouraging guests to discover what we know about our canine and feline companions—scientifically, sociologically and culturally. When you visit you can take science to the next level by leaping like a cat and bounding like a dog through interactive exhibits. As well as expanding your understanding of the loveable companions who have lived along side us for over 15,000 years. Come immerse yourself and see, hear and feel what our furry, and not-so-furry, friends experience daily. Is it a cat’s life or a dog’s life? Cats & Dogs sniffs out the amazing facts and lets you be the judge. At Telus World of Science until January 5, available with a regular ticket that includes all 12 galleries and theatres. Make a day of it!
The Vancouver Art Gallery, where Art Makes Us, brings leading national and international artists to downtown Vancouver all year long. Their most recently opened exhibition, Cindy Sherman—touring from the National Portrait Gallery, London—is the first retrospective of the internationally acclaimed artist’s work to be shown in Canada in 20 years. This important exhibition explores the development of the American photographer’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day and includes selections from each of her major series, as well as new and rarely seen works. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Cindy Sherman manipulates her own appearance by deploying material inspired by a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. For almost 50 years she has consistently explored the tension between identity and persona through the creation of characters that she assumes in each of the photographs. Visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca for more information about this exhibition and others now on view at Vancouver’s premier art gallery.
The Museum of Anthropology launches Playing with Fire, Ceramics of the Extraordinary on November 22, and will display until March 29, 2020. This stunning group exhibition from 11 BC-based artists who defiantly and boldly challenge the notion that all things made of clay are required to be functional, offer a series of installations of extraordinary ceramic works that express opinions and offer commentary on the state of the world around us.
The collection of works is spectacular, tempting viewers to get closer, only to discover that nothing is quite as it appears. The ceramic pieces may appear to be nostalgic, humorous, fragile, beautiful or unassuming, but closer inspection reveals provocative commentary on social injustice, racism, identity and censorship. There are many layers of technical prowess and symbolic power to uncover in these sculptures, superbly demonstrating clay’s infinite artistic possibilities.