Running from now through September 30, the dynamic exhibition traces the history of the iconic yet humble North American cabin as an architectural form and significant component in our culture.
The entire second floor of the Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition, assembling renderings, artworks, photographs, videos, and commercial products, as well as architectural models, plans, and full-scale installations.
As you walk around the exhibition, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the cabin’s evolution, utility, admiration, and prevalence in Canada and the United States.
This starts with the kind of rustic sanctuary that Henry David Thoreau wrote about in his book Walden (1854), and journeys through history to contemporary, minimalist designs popularized by coffee table books like Rock the Shack and Hide and Seek, and websites like Cabin Porn.
Cabin Fever explores three key themes: “Shelter”, which introduces the cabin as a practical solution to patterns of westward expansion and emergency relief; “Utopia,” which examines the cabin as the ideal locale to practice introspection or to escape the conventions of society; and “Porn,” which positions the cabin as an idea fully integrated into popular culture.
The centerpiece of Cabin Fever is a collection of 17 architectural models which have been installed in chronological order to showcase the cultural influences that have informed cabin design in North America since the 17th century.
You’ll also want to check out the two full-scale installations by American artist and filmmaker James Benning and the full-size cabin model by Canadian artist Liz Magor.
If you’re wondering where the title of the exhibition came from, think of the expression for an anxious state of mind that results from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place. It also plays upon the consumer-driven definition of “fever.”
Tickets to Cabin Fever are on sale now via Vancouver Art Gallery.
For the first month of the exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has partnered with Arc’teryx. The brand will have their Hut Magic VR experience activated in the Gallery lobby on select weekends. There’s also going to be some contesting at the Gallery and throughout Arc’teryx Vancouver, Kitsilano and North Vancouver stores.
Just so you know, Cabin Fever isn’t the only exhibition opening at the Gallery this month. David Milne: Modern Painting and Site Unseen are both launching on June 16.
Starting this Friday, June 22, you’ll have even more time to enjoy the artworks on display with extended summer hours until 9 PM every Friday! Regular admission rate apply.
When: June 9 to September 30
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street
Price: Ranging from $6.50 – $24.00 (including tax) – Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery