If you’re looking for a good time, you may want to give the MOV a call. Opening this week is Sex Talk in the City - an exhibition that tells the story of Vancouver’s sexual history through the exploration of three paradigms: the School, the Bedroom and the Street. These historical portholes let you peep into the politics that shaped this city.
The exhibition is a part of the Museum of Vancouver’s mandate to carry conversations about the city, to create a choir of voices with differing experience and backgrounds, and advocate for public dialogue. Curator Viviane Gosselin consulted many agencies, including the public school board, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Health Canada, in her design for the show, and all of the organizing partners saw value in learning about our city’s cultural history through the lens of sexuality.
The exhibition also includes contemporary topics, such as Vancouver’s revival of burlesque entertainment, and the growth of the Pride Parade from a tiny protest to a world class event. The collection includes pieces of lingerie from Melanie Talkington of Lace Embrace and photos of some of our favorite burlesque performers, including Lola Frost & Little Miss Risk. Captain Condom also makes a subtle appearance.
Visitors to this show can expect to gain insight into the history of things we sometimes take for granted, like birth control and AIDS medicine, and find context for current issues, like sexting and online pornography. It shows how social movements often started in Vancouver, a place where culture and economics create conditions for social change.
This exhibition contains course language, sexual language, sexually suggestive scenes, and nudity presented within a historical, political, and educational context. Sex Talk in the City is intended for adults and youth 15 years and older who choose to learn about or discuss how ideas about sexuality have influenced life in Vancouver. Children younger than 15 may visit accompanied by an adult.
The opening reception is February 13.
6:30pm Doors open (please allow time for paid parking and admission)
7:00pm Event Begins
8:00pm Mingling and exhibition exploration
Dress: In Red
Show continues from February 14 – September 2, 2013. Please visit the Museum of Vancouver’s website for time and more info.
Written for Hello VanCity