Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology: December 2016

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Coming Soon: Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks
In case you missed our big news last month, MOA will soon be home to a significant collection of historical and contemporary Indigenous artworks and a new Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks. The anonymous donation of more than 200 pieces of Indigenous art, worth an estimated $7 million, is believed to be the largest collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in recent decades.

Work on the new gallery has already begun, and it is scheduled to open in June. We’re incredibly excited by this development, and we invite you to learn more about it on our website. You can see a few of the donated objects above, or take a moment to view our Masterworks photo gallery on Flickr. 

Make Your Own Ceramic Art with MOA’s Artist in Residence
Javier Ramirez, a highly acclaimed ceramic artist from Mexico, is in residence at MOA until December 15. Drop by and visit him as he creates a Tree of Life sculpture for our collection. Or better yet, you can join Javier this Saturday for a rare chance to sculpt your own ceramic creations and have them fired in a dugout, wood-burning kiln on MOA’s grounds. Learn more and get tickets.
Unique Gifts Galore at our Winter Art Market
If you’re searching for thoughtful gifts for friends and family, you’ll find plenty of ideas at our annual Winter Art Market. Our wonderful staff at the MOA Shop have gathered up their favourite seasonal items and stocked up on your favourite gifts, such as this stunning shirt by Nuxalk artist Danika Naccarella, the winner of our t-shirt contest this year. The Winter Art Market runs at the MOA Shop until December 24. 
Holiday Hours
Gather your family up and bring them to MOA this holiday season for a tour, or simply take in one of our temporary exhibitions. We’re open our regular hours, with a few exceptions:
  • December 24: 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 31: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Calendar of Events

 

Art Exhibition Opening at MOA: Unceded Territories by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. 7-9pm, May 10, 2016

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun:
Unceded Territories

Tuesday, May 10, 7-9 pm. Free admission. Cash bar.

We invite you to join us for the opening party for our new exhibition, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, is showcased in this provocative exhibition of works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights to lands, resources and sovereignty. Learn more.

No RSVP required. Opening remarks will be given at 7:15 pm by MOA Director Anthony Shelton and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. A full-colour publication accompanying the exhibition will be available for purchase from the MOA Shop.

Upcoming Events at MOA

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Join us this summer for a spectacular trip to Haida Gwaii, in which you will explore the islands from north to south. Exclusively for MOA Members, this truly unique journey takes place from July 17–23, 2016, and will be hosted by our Curator of Education, Dr. Jill Baird.

You’ll encounter living cultural traditions and treasures, unforgettable coastal landscapes, and outstanding artists and knowledge-holders. Haida Gwaii will be shared with you by those who actively work and learn to sustain the rich traditions of the islands.

Would you like to know more? Download the trip itinerary (PDF).

Interesting in booking a space? Call Adventures Abroad at 1.800.665.3998.

Questions? Contact Gwilyn Timmers at members@moa.ubc.ca.

Next @ MOA
Tues, Mar 8 / Tour: Crocodile Man Exhibition Concept Tour
Thu, Mar 10 / Seminar: The Liminal Life of Collector Adrian Jacobsen
Thu, Mar 24 / Seminar: To Touch or Not To Touch
Sun, Apr 3 / Closing: (In)visible: The Spritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
Sun, Apr 3 / Talk: A Fire Tiger’s Tale on the Ceremony of Rebellion

Museum of Anthropology: Open Conservation Lab. 2 pm, Jan 24, 2016

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Join our Open Conservation Lab on January 24
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes with the museum’s conservation staff? Join us on Sunday, January 24 at 2pm for a free members-only event to learn about conservation activities at MOA.

There will be a quick introduction in our Community Lounge before we head out on a tour of our Conservation Lab. You’ll see some of the objects that we’re working on, and we’ll show you how our state-of-the-art preservation equipment works, including the XRF, cavitron and snakescope. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A session with our conservators, where you can ask how to care for your personal treasures.

Not a member? Not a problem! Get your membership online or at admissions right before the event begins.

Thinking of bringing kids? Open Lab participants must be at least 15 years old. But we do have kid-friendly conservation activities for Family Day on Sunday, February 7.

Space is limited to 24 lucky people, so register today! 

Register for the Open Conservation Lab

This Month at MOA for December 2013

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Exhibitions

The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011 

Until March 30, 2014 | MOA

In 1949, the Cuban writer and ethno-musicologist, Alejo Carpentier (1904 – 1980), coined the term the “marvellous real” to describe a particular kind of magic realism that is manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Eluding the expected through bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and fantastic correlations, the marvellous real is, as Carpentier said, “neither beautiful nor ugly; rather, it is amazing because it is strange.” Read more

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School

Until March 2, 2014 | MOA

This exhibition has grown out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael’s Indian Residential School. During the late 1930’s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. The photos provide a rare and moving glimpse of residential school life through the eyes of students as they made a life for themselves away from families and home communities. Read more