Oct 092013

A visitor records her thoughts Speaking to Memory at MOA Photo: Ann Cameron

A series of exhibitions were held in September tied into the theme of Reconciliation (see The Beat September 2013). They relate to issues of aboriginal Canadians and their difficult history with the Canadian government.

A few of the exhibitions continue beyond the time of the official government programs in Vancouver in September 2013. At the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School can be seen until March 2, 2014.

The exhibition’s curator Bill McLennan notes that the interactivity of the installation has led to interesting encounters. For example, viewers who recognize the children in the photographs of St. Michael’s residential school can write the name of the children on a transparent sheet hanging over the photo. This has enabled families to see images of children and parents they thought lost.

For more about the exhibition see http://moa.ubc.ca/experience/exhibit_details.php?id=1209

Also at the UBC, the large and moving Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools continues at the Belkin Gallery until December 1 2013. A related work by Cathy Busby, We Are Sorry is at the Koerner Library at UBC. At the Belkin, artist Beau Dick will be speaking on Thursday October 10 at 12:30; Cathy Busby at the same time on October 31. http://www.belkin.ubc.ca/current/

Apr 062011
Carl Beam (1943-2005)

Carl Beam (1943-2005)

An exhibition of the work of Anishinaabe artist Carl Beam is at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver from April 8 to May 29 2011. Beam’s work Greg Hill, the Audain Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada will speak on his own role as curator of the exhibition on Sunday April 10 at 1 pm and Tuesday April 12 at 7 pm. A documentary film Aakideh about Beam’s art and his life will be shown Saturday April 16 at 1 pm, and Tuesday April 26 at 7 pm.

In 1986 Beam was the first aboriginal artist to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as “contemporary art”. A master and innovator of many media, Beam graduated from the University of Victoria in 1974, and pursued a distinguished career in the southwest United States and in Canada. He died in 2005.

Jan 062011

Signed Without Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has been extraordinarily popular: attendance in November, when the show opened, increased by 30%. MOA’s attendance this year has increased by an impressive 17%.

The spirit of the opening ceremony in November is captured in some video clips on YouTube at:

The exhibition will run to September 30 2011.

See http://www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits/

Nov 302010

The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver has two exhibitions of special interest in November: Signed without Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw, November 25 2010 to October 2 2011, and Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, through to January 23 2010. The latter concentrates on photographs of African objects by American artist Man Ray (1890-1976). Of particular interest to those who have a passion for any art, it provokes the viewer to think about the representation, reception, and perception of art as mediated by the camera lens, and as influenced by the context in which they will be presented. Contemporary movies are projected in the gallery. Related events are listed at http://www.moa.ubc.ca/events/.

Among them is When the Real Meets the Imagined: Northwest Coast Art and the Surrealists, on November 23 at 7 pm at MOA, by Marie Mauze of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale in Paris. This talk is an opportunity to learn about the interest of the French surrealists in the art of the First Nations of our Pacific coast from the early 1920’s on.

Thunderbird – Hiilang nga xidid by Charles Edenshaw, ca 1890  Collection: MOA  Digital Scan: Bill McLennan

Thunderbird – Hiilang nga xidid by Charles Edenshaw, ca 1890 Collection: MOA Digital Scan: Bill McLennan

The MOA exhibition of works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw includes work never before displayed in public. Many are new to Vancouver and others rarely seen. An opening reception, with everyone welcome, is at 7 pm on November 25 2010.

A talk and tour by Curator Bill McLennan on Tuesday November 30 at 7 pm will explain why certain works have been attributed to the Edenshaws (or not), and how their influence lives on.

The exhibition will be in the Museum’s Gallery 3, newly renamed the O’Brian Gallery in honour of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation’s $1 million gift to the museum.