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Midcentury Studio

Hot Art: Stan Douglas Shoots Period Pieces

Stan Douglas's Dancer II, 1950

DECEMBER 10 TO MARCH 4 We’re often told to examine the past in order to understand the present. Vancouver artist Stan Douglas takes this notion one step further. For his exhibition Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio, he re-created a workspace using period equipment and hired actors to produce staged photographs representing a 1950s-era “every city.” On display at The Power Plant, these images—including a series depicting a fictional, historic nightclub—borrow from portraiture, photojournalism and even advertising to depict a culture of diversion and frivolity, buoyed by postwar optimism yet tempered by our own knowledge of what came next.