Thursday, January 22, 8pm
FREE

Performance of Kenneth Fletcher's Camp Potlatch

Directed by Paul Wong, performed by Edwin Neel

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street


Saturday, January 31, 2pm
FREE

Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street


Saturday, February 21, 2pm
FREE

Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald

Meeting point: Helen’s Grill, 4102 Main Street


Saturday, March 7, 10:30pm

Mainstreeters Drag Ball

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, purchase at Horoscope 2020 after February 15


Sunday, March 15
FREE

Countercultures

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

mainstreeters: taking advantage, 1972 –1982

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is an exhibition, website, publication and series of public events that shines a light on a self-identified collective of socially and artistically motivated men and women who came of age on Vancouver's Main Street—once the dividing line between a predominantly Anglo middle-class west side and a multicultural working-class east side.

The Mainstreeters—Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong—were an "art gang" who took advantage of the times, a new medium (video), and each other. Emerging from the end-stage hippie era, the gang drew from glam, punk and a thriving gay scene to become an important node in the local art scene.

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is curated by Allison Collins and Michael Turner and is a coproduction of grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. The exhibition is presented at Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC.

Please join us for a series of public events held in conjunction with the Mainstreeters exhibition. (Please note the specific locations of each event.)


Performance of Kenneth Fletcher's Camp Potlatch
Directed by Paul Wong, performed by Edwin Neel
Thursday, January 22 at 8pm, FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

This audio-visual performance, named for the wilderness Boys and Girls campground, re-stages Kenneth Fletcher's 1976 performance. Here, the intimate gesture of a former camper is updated to consider the social and political connotations of the camp and its place in the Fletcher's imagination.


Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner
Saturday, January 31 at 2pm, FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

This discussion will bring forward the research methods and curatorial impulses brought to bear on the exhibition material. As well, the curators will discuss key themes and conclusions drawn from the work.

This tour is a part of the Downtown Gallery Tour Series. To join the larger tour series, meet us at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Geometry of Knowing Part 2 led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk; 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 led by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner, and 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Grace Schwindt and Krista Belle Stewart led by CAG Director, Nigel Prince and CAG Curator, Learning and Public Programs, Shaun Dacey.


Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald
Saturday, February 21 at 2pm, FREE

Meeting point: Helen’s Grill, 4102 Main Street

This personal walking tour led by Mainstreeters will visit sites along Main Street that are of particular significance to the gang. Changes to the neighbourhood will become clear as the tour highlights what Main Street once was, and the central role the neighbourhood continues to play in the lives of the artists.


Mainstreeters Drag Ball
Saturday, March 7, 10:30pm

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, purchase at www.foxcabaret.com after February 15

House Rules: come in drag or not at all. This event reprises the legendary Mainstreeter Drag Balls, bringing the pomp and circumstance back to Mount Pleasant. Produced by grunt gallery and the Fox Cabaret. Check grunt.ca for updates.


Countercultures
Sunday, March 15, FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

An afternoon of talks and multimedia presentations about countercultures of the 1970s. This forum considers Vancouver's countercultural activities of the era within the context of cultural histories beyond Canada. It brings together artists, writers, curators and historians, including the Mainstreeter curators. Presented by Presentation House Gallery. Please check satellitegallery.ca for updates.