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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Museum exhibitions
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Royal Ontario Museum

File contains copies of correspondence between McLennan and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) regarding MOA borrowing some pieces from their collection to showcase in the <i>Signed Without Signature</i> exhibit. The majority of the photographs contain in this file are images of a cedar hat held at the ROM. Other photographs depict gold and silver bracelets.

Sensibilities

Subseries contains images of objects in the exhibit Sensibilities: Unsuspected Multicultural Harmonies which ran at the Museum of Anthropology from October 26 1982 – April 17, 1983.

Signed without signature

Subseries consists of records related to the <i>Signed Without Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw</i> exhibit curated by McLennan for MOA. In this exhibition, McLennan focused on showcasing Charles Edenshaw’s metalwork and painting, and Isabella Edenshaw’s basketry, to illustrate how each artist created a recognizable “signature” through art and not by physically signing their names, and how it evolved through their long careers. Records include research on the Edenshaws, exhibit photos, reviews, notes, correspondence, artifact loans, and files relating to individual museums and heritage institutions which hold Edenshaw artifacts.

Speaking to memory

Subseries consists of records relating to research on residential schools that led to the production of the exhibit Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School, held at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC.

Test prints

File contains photocopies of images of some of the silver work featured in the <i>Signed withot Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw</i> exhibit.

Text and photographs

File contains images of the text that was used as well as images of the exhibit <i>Show and Tell: The Story of the Big Mac Box</i>. In addition there are two images on the contact sheet that show a different exhibit titled <i>Blood from Stone</i>.

Through my eyes

Subseries consists of records relating to the <i>Through My Eyes</i> exhibit held at the Museum of Vancouver. The exhibit is a collaborative effort curated by 27 First Nations people of different Northwest Coast communities allowing them to “present their personal perspective” of their culture and its objects. McLennan was involved through managing the development, production and implementation of this collaborative effort. Records include photographs and slides of potential exhibit artifacts, media reviews, student paper reviews, exhibit project statements, transcripts of interviews done with First Nations artists, correspondence, consent forms for interviews and audio cassettes of the taped interviews which detail McLennan discussing various pieces of First Nations art with several artists.

Tlingit Long-tail canoe

File mainly contains textual records related to the Tlingit Long-tail Canoe Exhibit. Textual records mainly consist of photocopies of historical photographs of Tlingit canoes. Other textual records include copies of correspondence between McLennan and the Royal British Columbia Museum, where many of the images were obtained from, and information about the exhibit, including a promotional handout, and a project report.

The images contained in this file are historic photographs of Tlingit canoes.

Transforming Image

Subseries contains records directly related to the planning, development and execution of the Transforming Image exhibit at MOA. Planning for the exhibit began in 1983 when grants were obtained to begin research on Northwest Coast paintings. The exhibit itself occurred in 1993. The exhibit was the end result of research and development of a technique to view severely faded Northwest Coast First Nations paintings and painted objects through the use of infrared technology. Records include correspondence and information requests, public relations files, grant application information, budgeting information, papers, conferences and publications about the Transforming Image, files related to the publishing of the Transforming Image book and school interest in the exhibit.

Due to its large volume, The Transforming Image subseries has been broken down further into sub- subseries: Administration records; Research files; Book related; and Institutional photographs.

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Transforming image - painted board photographs

File contains images of some of the painted boards and screens featured in the <i>Transforming Images</i> Exhibit held at MOA and at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. There are also images of some of the artists featured in the exhibit working on their pieces.

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