Doug Cranmer Untitled 9 (Canoe) Photo: Royal British Columbia Museum
Research on a Kwakwaka’wakw artist at the UBC Museum of Anthropology has resulted in both a major exhibition and a substantial book of the same name: Kesu : The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer. The exhibition opens on March 16 2012, on view until September 3 2012. Kesu is the Kwakwala name of the late Mr. Cranmer, and means “wealth being carved”.
The exhibition is organized in modules reflecting different aspects of Cranmer’s character, “perspectives,” and the range of his work.
Cranmer’s façade paintings of the U’Mista Cultural Centre and the Community Centre in Alert Bay are surely the largest of his works; other projects are in Stanley Park, Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization, Osaka’s Museum of Ethnology, the Glenbow Museum, Deep Cove, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and many private collections.
The 142-page book is published by Douglas & McIntyre and the Museum of Anthropology. It includes many photographs of Cranmer, colour illustrations of his extensive oeuvre and a Foreword by Gloria Cranmer Webster, his sister and like him a leader in the Alert Bay community. Curator Jennifer Kramer will speak on Sunday, March 18 at 1 pm about Cranmer.
As a tribute to Cranmer, who was a gifted teacher and inspired a great many younger artists, MOA is offering a series of talks by noted artists who worked with him, beginning with Richard Sumner on Sunday April 15 at 1 pm, and including also Meghann O’Brien, Bruce Alfred and Wayne Alfred, and Marianne Nicolson.