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
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.