Vancouver Art Gallery explores the cabin’s history & cultural constructs in new exhibition

The Vancouver Art Gallery is presenting Cabin Fever, a new exhibition tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view June 9 to September 30, 2018. Assembling renderings, artworks and commercial products as well as architectural models, plans and full-scale interventions, Cabin Fever surveys this iconic yet humble lodging’s utility, adulation and prevalence in Canada and the US. From rustic sanctuary of the kind Henry David Thoreau wrote about in his book Walden (1854), to minimalist homesteads popularized by coffee table books Rock the Shack, Hide and Seek, and websites such as Cabin Porn, the cabin and its connotations have evolved over centuries. Cabin Fever explores this evolution through three key themes: “Shelter”, which introduces the cabin as a practical solution to patterns of westward expansion and emergency relief; “Utopia”, which

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