We decided to go to the Glenbow as a date activity one afternoon since when we travel, museums are always top on our lists of things to see. There were 3 current exhibitions:
"Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" ; "Bryan Adams: Exposed" & "Made in Calgary: The 1990s" .. as well as the regular permanent exhibitions.
- The Worn to be WIld exhibit had a few interesting pieces but overall was rather disappointing. I was expecting more than a couple blurbs and jackets that were 'typical of' certain places or times (ie: worn in Wisconsin in the 1970's). It reminded me more of a vintage shop rather than an educational exhibit. For example, there was only 1 jacket (of a total of about 30 jackets overall) from any war and there were just 3 famous pieces (from Terminator 2, Elvis & House M.D.).
- Bryan Adams' photographic exhibit was a positive spot. It was interesting and showed an array of emotions. PG13 for the prudish (couple of breasts) or easily upset (healed war wounds).
- Made in Calgary wasn't something I went into with preconceptions and I was still quite disappointed. Having been in Calgary for half of the 90's and exposed to the art world I expected a HECK of a lot more than a couple random pieces scattered about. There was no continuity, no real movements and for the most part, not even interesting.
Otherwise we spent time the most time in "Warriors" and "Treasures of the Mineral World" which were rather interesting. They could certainly have done more with each exhibit but they were enjoyable as is.
We did not attend the kids' areas so I cannot comment on their educational value or interest.
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