Friday, 3 December 2010

MOA -Museum of Anthropology, UBC

Rainy day in Vancouver? Or, just bored? Here is a place to spend the whole day!
The sidewalk will greet you with a mosaic of modern designs.
I have long been fascinated by these little 'watchman' figures that are often near the top of a pole.
In the evening, the light is different, with less interference from the sun. My camera sees colours that the human eye does not. The first is in daylight, the second at night.
At the University of British Columbia, we are fortunate to have an amazing museum,. Arthur Erikson designed the building with the 'big house' in mind - the traditional log and plank homes of the native people to the West Coast. Many cultures are studied and displayed. However, the MOA specializes in North West Coast Native Art. There are permanent displays of totem poles, feast dishes and other items.
The abstract art is considered to be very high in developed symbols and style.
We attended the opening of the current show:


Signed Without Signature

Works by Charles & Isabella Edenshaw
November 26, 2010 – September, 30, 2011
From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Charles and Isabella Edenshaw produced Haida art that continues to inspire the finest Haida artists of today, many of whom are their descendants. What is the aesthetic that makes their work recognizable and so respected? How has it remained contemporary for more than 100 years? This exhibit addresses these and other questions by highlighting Charles Edenshaw’s engraved silver bracelets, as well as his wife Isabella’s basketry, which Charles painted. Media sponsor The Georgia Straight.
Photo Credit:(detail) C. Edenshaw bracelet, McMichael Cdn Art Collection
The portraits are large posters within the displays: Charles and Isabella Edenshaw were incredible artists from the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). They took the traditional art form to a new level.

You can search the MOA collections online:

To experience the collections, you need to see them.
One example, the Koerner Gallery: Look for these statues (sorry, I don't have the artist).
Tucked around the corner is the Gallery with a diverse collection of porcelain ...
Classic Jalisco Period, Western Mexico 200BC - 400 AD.
and a spouted pot from Peru 900-1476 AD. items.
This ~ 8 foot German porcelain tile stove is one of the early forms of central heating and a beautiful art piece! 1560.
This little German figurine is a little surprising! 1750-1800.
Haban Faience 16th century pottery using tin glazes. Examples are Czechoslovakia.
In the background, a handwoven Abousson silk and wool tapestry in the style of European tapestry of the 16th and 17th century. The artist is Ruth Jones, woven in 1990, Granville Island,Vancouver, BC.
The Koerner Gallery has been beautifully designed as a peaceful place to be ... minimalist display areas with soft music in the background.

In another area of the museum (with many drawers) ... you will see many fascinating artifacts from indigenous cultures from around the world. Everything has a number and a computer search will bring information on who - what - where and how.

Click on links to other posts on MOA

Mar 27, 2012
Doug's sister, Gloria Cramner Webster spoke of her brother as a gentle man who pushed boundaries. Gloria is an Anthropologist and at one time worked at MOA as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Canadian ...
Jan 31, 2010
The building is concrete, but found its inspiration from the Big House built by the First Nations people on the coast. On the grounds, there are examples of the Big House made of huge wood logs with ...

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