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A Bottom-line Art–North American Hotels and Motels in Postcards

By | August 13, 2013

What You See is What You Get

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The postcard image is an idealized representation that is supposed to make something look better than it is. To realize these aggrandizements, the photographs from which postcards . . . Read More

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A Bottom-line Art–North American Hotels and Motels in Postcards

By | August 6, 2013

The Senses

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As suggested previously, hotels and motels have endeavoured to provide customers with a measure of comfort and security associated with home. The flip side of this is that they are, emphatically, also . . . Read More

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A Bottom-line Art–North American Hotels and Motels in Postcards

By | July 29, 2013

Home Away From Home – Interiors

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The hotel and motel room is a specialized and, from a design perspective, challenging space that combines bedroom, living room, bathroom, an area for eating and sometimes one . . . Read More

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A Bottom-line Art–North American Hotels and Motels in Postcards

By | July 29, 2013

Home Away From Home – Exteriors

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When automobile travel and holiday-making were in their infancy, leaving home often meant taking it – or at least its simulacrum – with you. Although the first free-standing . . . Read More

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ACE X GRAND HOTEL: VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

By | March 29, 2013

Ace Hotel Group (Portland, Seattle, New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, London) has redefined the traditional hotel model for the 21st century.  Conceptualizing new uses for the principal spaces of the hotel, Ace erases the boundaries between sleeping, dining, socializing . . . Read More

Goodweather Studio, 2013

Game Changers

By | March 18, 2013

In the Design Typologies sub-section of the exhibition, we examine how design has shaped our experience and recollection of hotels. We commissioned Goodweather Studio (in collaboration with the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) to analyze, . . . Read More

The prop room, Renegade Arts Society, Vancouver

Suitcases, Trunks and other Luggage

By | March 8, 2013

In developing concepts for the design of the Travel section of the exhibition we have been searching for a large cache of old luggage to evocatively represent the history of travel. A tip from one of our staff led us . . . Read More

Gram Parsons, Album cover, GP, 1973

A Soundtrack of the Hotel

By | March 5, 2013

What do Richard Wagner, Duke Ellington, Gram Parsons and Rufus Wainwright have in common? They have all produced seminal works of music while staying at hotels. Wagner composed and rearranged the main parts of Tannhäuser for a performance of the . . . Read More