Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982

January 8 – March 15, 2015
Book/Publication Launch, Exhibition, Screening, Cabarets, Conversation, Curator Talk, Walking Tour

About the Program

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is an exhibition, website, and publication that takes a close look at 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 exhibition at Satellite Gallery contributed to the larger project of bringing to light an under-recognized chapter of Vancouver art history. 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. Their activities connect the influential interdisciplinary salon of Roy Kiyooka in the early 1960s with the collective-oriented social practices that emerged worldwide in the early years of the 21st century. Like the current “digital natives” generation, the Mainstreeters were the first generation to grow up with video cameras. The resulting documents bring into focus a decade of their lives, including forays into sex, love, drugs and art. The project was initiated by Glenn Alteen and curated by Allison Collins and Michael Turner in collaboration with grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery.

December 2, 2014: Mainstreeters launched with the release of a video documentary chronicling the lives of the group
January 8, 2015: Exhibition opened along with the launch of the website, featuring selected images, videos, and texts
January 22, 2015: Kenneth Fletcher’s Camp Potlatch, directed by Paul Wong
January 31, 2015: Curators Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner
February 21, 2015: Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald
March 7, 2015: Drag Ball at Fox Cabaret
March 15, 2015: Countercultures Forum - An afternoon of talks and multimedia presentations about countercultures of the sixties and seventies in conjunction with the Mainstreeters project
July 22, 2017: Mainstreeters Book Launch and PHG Closing BBQ Party at Presentation House Gallery


Krista Lomax


2015.0108 MAI


Satellite Gallery
560 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 0A8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Presentation House Gallery
333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7M 3G9
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Fox Cabaret
2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 3C9
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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