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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Subseries English
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YVR projects

Subseries consists of several files documenting a number of projects McLennan was part of at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) over several years. Files include publicity, correspondence, artists’ statements, photographs, artists’ renderings, the YVR Art Foundation and designs for YVR regarding the creation and installation of Northwest Coast art at the International Airport. Art pieces specifically mentioned include Bill Reid’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe, Susan Point’s Flight Spindle Whorl and Richard Hunt, Dempsey Bob and Robert Davidson’s pieces for the Supernatural World.

Where are the children?

Subseries contains records related to the <i>Where are the Children?</i> exhibit held by MOA. Curated by Jeff Thomas, and circulated by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in Ottawa, this exhibition presented a series of historical photographs documenting the history of residential schools in Canada. The records include correspondence related to exhibit loans, temporary exhibit preliminary and finalized designs and a reference manual for setting up the exhibition.

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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Tom and Francis Richardson Collection

Subseries contains a timeline developed by McLennan regarding a collection of Northwest coast carvings, baskets, blankets and tools collected and received by the museum through a bequest from the late Tom and Frances Richardson in preparation for an exhibit.

Tlingit Long-tail canoe

Subseries contains records related to the <i>Tlingit Long-tail Canoe</i> exhibit held in Gallery 3 at MOA. The exhibit features a newly carved 38 foot Tlingit long-tail canoe created by Mr. Calvin Hunt to honour his great, great Tlingit grandmother, Anisalaga (nee Mary Ebbets). The exhibit ran from October 15 – December 13, 2009. Records include correspondence and proposals regarding the creation of the exhibit, photographs and photocopies of canoes and public relations materials promoting the exhibit.

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.

The legacy show

Subseries contains images of objects in the exhibit <i>The Legacy: Continuing Traditions of Northwest Coast Indian Art.</i> This exhibit was held November 25, 1981 - August 31, 1982. In addition are photographs of the exhibit opening.

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