In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art

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  • June 22, 2017 - Spring 2019
  • CURATORS: Karen Duffek, Jordan Wilson, Bill McLennan
  • Despite sitting still in a glass case before you, some artworks never stop moving. They contain histories. They challenge us. They are more than art. In a Different Light presents more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands. With the increasing impacts of colonization in the 19th century, many Northwest Coast objects were removed from their communities. As they circulated through museums and private collections, their histories were often lost. Indigenous community members are now reconnecting with these objects and rebuilding their past. Through their eyes, you will come to see these artworks in a different light — as teachers, belongings, even legal documents. Ultimately, this inaugural exhibition of the Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks highlights the creativity and inventiveness of Northwest Coast artists and how they understood the world they lived in. And critically, it shows us the immense body of knowledge that endures today.

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MOA Magazine, Issue 03, Spring / Summer 2017

This issue contains articles on recent ceramic acquisitions, the Reconciliation Pole, the opening of the Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks, threats to Indigenous peoples in the Amazon, the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, ethical shopping, the conservation and loan of a thunderbird headdress, climate change, Curator-in-Residence Jordan Wilson, and touchable objects at the museum.

MOA Magazine, Issue 04, Fall 2017

This issue contains articles on current and upcoming exhibitions, renovations, the installation of murals at BC Children's Hospital, Amazonia: The Rights of Nature and related student workshops and forensic work, a Musqueam Teaching Kit, the Native Youth Program's night sky project, the Rachel and David Herman Collection of Byzantine Coins, the Museum of Lisbon exhibition From Carnival to Lucha Libre: Mexican Masks and Devotions, In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art, The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving, the MOA Journey to Papua New Guinea, and an interview with April Liu, Curator of Public Programs + Engagement.

MOA Magazine, Issue 05, Summer 2018

This issue contains articles on current and upcoming exhibitions, an award for Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, renovations, MOA Journeys, donors Elspeth McConnell and Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess, the UBC Indigitization Program, highlights from the Multiversity Galleries, the BC Heritage Response Network for emergency and disaster response, artist-in-residence Debra Sloan, the donation of a South Pacific collection belonging to Reverend George Stallworthy, and an interview with Sharon Haswell, MOA Shop Manager.