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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Subseries
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2010 Olympics Aboriginal Art Program

Subseries consists of information provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver regarding an Aboriginal Arts Program for the Olympics. The package includes background information about the program and application information for those wishing to apply.

3D scanning research

Subseries consists of research McLennan did regarding 3D scanning technology and its use in a museum setting. Records include photographs, 3D stereoscope cards, STS scanning technology information, UBC published materials on McLennan’s research and correspondence.

A guide to buying contemporary North West Coast Indian arts

Subseries consists of two files. File 1 contains a booklet titled A Guide to Buying Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Arts by Karen Duffek. This booklet was created as part of the Museum Notes program at the Museum of Anthropology. McLennan is credited for the design of the booklet. File 2 contains oversized prints used in the booklet.

Anonymous beauty

This subseries contains images shown in the exhibit <i>Anonymous Beauty</i> curated by Miriam Clavir. This exhibit was on the Japanese handmade paper collection housed at MOA. In addition are 4 transparencies of the exhibit text.

Argillite [project]

Subseries contains of one file consisting of images of two argillite sculptures at the MOA, UBC. These images were taken by McLennan while working with a student on a project related to masking the scale of the object. McLennan called it “Unravelling Scalability.”

Artist files

Subseries contains largely photographs of artworks of Northwest Coast First Nations artists located at various cultural heritage institutions as well as in private collections. The majority of the information within the files was collected by McLennan for research purposes, and includes textual documentation about the lives of the artists, correspondence with the artists, information about exhibits based on the artists’ work and newspaper clippings and other stories about the personal life of the artists.

Attributed to Edenshaw

Subseries contains records related to the <i>Attributed to Edenshaw Exhibit</i> held at MOA from April 28, 1998 through May 30, 2003. This exhibit featured basketry as well as gold, silver, argillite and wood carvings by Haida artists Charles and Isabella Edenshaw. Records include photographs of artifacts identified as potentially on exhibit during the time frame as well as some correspondence and public relations regarding the exhibit.

BC Pavillion in Seville

Subseries consists of correspondence and accompanying documentation regarding the creation and installation of northwest coast art at the British Columbia pavilion as part of the Canada pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992 as part of the Universal Expo of Seville (Expo ’92).

Basket exhibit

Subseries consists of a program and information related to a basket weaving exhibit held at the Bellevue Arts Museum called American Indian Baskets: Trees, Reeds and Grasses.

Beadwork

Subseries consist of images showing a beaded object, possibly associated with the 1982 exhibition Beads: Selections from the Textile Collection of the Museum of Anthropology.

Before the melting pot

Subseries consists of copies of prints and negatives from museums around the world depicting indigenous peoples in Victorian portraiture style photographs during the turn of the 20th century. McLennan acquired these copies with the intention of proposing an exhibit which never materialized. There is also a file of accompanying documentation including correspondence regarding the loans of photographs and other research materials.

Bill Reid rotunda

Subseries contains one file consisting of correspondence, budget reports, drawings of the cabinetry, and label designs. McLennan worked closely on this project as liaison to Bill Reid while the cases were being constructed to house Reid's jewelry pieces.

Bill Reid symposium

Subseries contains three files consisting of records related to the Bill Reid symposium which was titled “The Legacy of Bill Reid: A Critical Enquiry”. The records comprise planning of the symposium, research done after the symposium on related topics, and McLennan’s presentation.

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