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Photographs

Series contains photographs taken by Cunningham of the inside and outside of the building, exhibit cases, exhibit spaces, and other institutions.

Exhibitions

Series consists of records related to exhibitions in which Porto was involved. Material includes planning documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, research, and promotional material.

Nuno Porto

Pigapicha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi

Sub-series consists of records related to the exhibition 'Pigapicha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi,' which was on display at the Museum of Anthropology from November 25, 2014 - April 5, 2015. Porto was the Curatorial Liaison for this exhibition, which was curated by Katharine Greven and first displayed at the Nairobi National Museum in 2009.

The exhibition was described on the Museum of Anthropology's website as follows:

"MOA takes a profound look at Kenya’s popular culture through an illuminating collection of studio photography, from the 1910s to the present day, in the North American premiere of Pigapicha!, November 25, 2014 through April 5, 2015. Including more than180 photographs spanning a century, this deeply moving exhibition showcases portraits that are carefully staged in the studio as well as those quickly taken on the streets of Nairobi. The exhibition documents the customs of modern Kenyan urban culture while supporting an East African history of photography.

“MOA has always served as a forum for cultivating an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of world arts and cultures traditions,” explains Nuno Porto, Curatorial Liaison for Pigapicha! at MOA. “This Canadian premiere exhibition aligns with MOA’s mission through a comprehensive examination of studio photography in East Africa, incorporating works from all backgrounds – as opposed to similar projects which have focused on Kenya’s booming middle-class.”

Curator and professional photographer Katharina Greven, formerly of the Goethe-Institut in Kenya, partnered with more than 30 photography studios in Nairobi and consulted with photographers, studio operators, artists, bloggers, journalists, and cultural scientists to curate this diverse collection of portraits – a subtle balance between the fine arts and the rich, distinct flavors of East African popular culture.

'A highly-regarded art form in Nairobi, portrait photography is used to tell stories, share social status, and transform everyday life,' says Curator Katharina Greven. 'More than a direct reflection of the individual, these self portraits highlight and amplify desirable features to create an illusion of the idyllic self. In the past 15 years, studio photography has experienced an unfortunate decline in popularity – likely a direct result of cameras, now commonplace on mobile phones. For this reason, Pigapicha! serves to recognize and preserve portrait photography as a significant art form and thus connect us to the significant history of urban Kenya before it is lost.'

Pigapicha! – which literally translates as “take my picture!” – will include more than 180 images ranging from carefully staged artistic prints, to passport photos, to pictures snapped hastily on the streets of Nairobi. Judiciously arranged into six thematic groups –Uzee na Busara (Age and Wisdom), I and Me, Open Air, Imaginary ‘Safari’, Speaking from Yesterday and Intimacy – each image will offer a unique stance on the attitudes, beliefs, and customs of generations of Nairobi citizens.

Born from the cooperative efforts of Iwalewa Haus and the DEVA-Archive, both with the University of Bayreuth, and the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, this exhibition opening at MOA will mark the first time this powerful collection has been displayed for a North American audience. First presented in 2009 at the Nairobi National Museum, Pigapicha! has since been exhibited in 2011 at Iwalewa Haus in Bayreuth, Germany and in 2013 at the Forum des Arts et de la Culture in Bordeaux, France."

Nuno Porto

Herb Watson fonds

  • 107
  • Fundo
  • 1975 - 1992

Fonds consists of records generated by Watson while working as an exhibit designer at the Museum of Anthropology. Material includes records gernated during the preparation and documentation of exhibitions at the Museum, as well as records generated for two additional design projects undertaken by Watson during his tenure at MOA: the design of textile storage and display unit, 1980-1984; and the design of an extension to the west wing of MOA, 1988-1990.

Fonds is organized into two series:
1 - Museum design
2 - Exhibition design

See attached pdf document for series descriptions and file list.

James Herbert Watson

President's Planning and Coordinating Committee fonds

  • 123
  • Fundo
  • 1971 - 1976

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, contracts, and reports relating to the Planning of the Museum of Man (later Museum of Anthropology). The fonds includes information pertaining to the planning for the new museum, building needs, museum function, and the Functional Program which outlines the results of decisions the committee made.

President’s Planning and Coordinating Committee

Gordon Miller collection

  • 36
  • Coleção
  • [1979?]-1993

The collection consists of nine large watercolour illustrative panels commissioned by the UBC Museum of Anthropology, eight of which were commissioned for the exhibit "The Four Seasons: Food Getting in British Columbia Prehistory," which ran from April to November 1979. The other watercolour is from an unidentified exhibit or sourcebook.

The collection also contains one painting that was commissioned by the museum for a publication (Museum Note, no.12, "Ninstints: World Heritage Site"), as well as a blueprint reproduction of a related drawing. These are renderings of how the houses and poles on a beach at the Ninstints village site might have looked when they were in use. The rendering is based on George MacDonald's map.

Collection consists of the following items:

001: The Four Seasons – Spring – Interior [1979?]
002: The Four Seasons – Spring – Coast [1979?]
003: The Four Seasons – Summer – Interior [1979?]
004: The Four Seasons – Summer – Coast [1979?]
005: The Four Seasons – Autumn – Interior [1979?]
006: The Four Seasons – Autumn – Coast [1979?]
007: The Four Seasons – Winter – Interior [1979?]
008: The Four Seasons – Winter – Coast [1979?]
009: Haida six beam house 1993
010: [Ninstints village painting] 1983
011: [Ninstints village, drawing for Museum Note] 1983

Gordon Miller

Exhibit records

Series documents Cunningham’s responsibilities as exhibits designer, and consists of records related to the planning and implementation of various exhibits since the late 1980s. In addition to his role as designer, Cunningham has also been involved in producing exhibit proposals; assisting with travelling exhibits; and developing exhibition policies and guidelines. Records include artists’ statements and artwork; banners; calligraphy; case lists; contact prints/proofs; contracts; correspondence; exhibition catalogues; exhibition panels; exhibition proposals; exhibition text; guidelines; invitations; labels; loan agreements; measurements; memoranda; minutes; negatives; object lists; photographs; photocopy of artworks; plans; policies; reports; schedules; and sketches.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Guidelines 1992-1994

B Long-term installations [ca. 1992]-2000

C Proposals 1988-1996

D Schedules 1991-1993

E We Sing to the Universe: Poems and Drawings by Ron Hamilton [1994]-1994

F Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991

G A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada 1990-1991

H Ancient Cloth / Ancient Code? 1990-1992

I Savage Graces: After Images by Gerald McMaster 1990-1993

J A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada 1989-1997

K Inside Passage: 1792 1993

L Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy 1989-[ca. 1993]

M Cannery Days: A Chapter in the Lives of the Heilsuk 1993-1994

N High Slack: An Installation by Judith Williams 1992-1994

O Reclaiming History: Ledger Drawings by Assiniboine Artist Hongeeeysa 1993-1995

P Trapline Lifeline 1990-1992

Q Our Chiefs and Elders: Photographs by David Neel, Kwagiutl 1989-1990

R Festival Hong Kong: Possessions from the Past: Objects from a Lifetime of Change and Contrasts: Hong Kong’s New Territories in the 20th Century 1991-1992

S Nunavutmiutankik Elisasiniq: A Tribute to the People of Nunavut 1998-1999

T Travelling exhibits 1990-1991

U Gathering Strength: New Generations in Northwest Coast Art [199-?]-2004

V Continuing Traditions: Coast Salish Basketry 2000-2001

W Musqueam Weavers 1999-2000

X Haida Metalwork [1999?]-1999

Y Kaxlaya Gvilas [200-]-2002

Z Proud to be Musqueam 1991-1993

AA Repatriation 2000-2002

BB To Wash Away the Tears 2002-2003

CC Artifacts 1995-[ca. 1996]

DD The Abstract Edge: Recent Works by Robert Davidson 2001-2005

EE Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People [200-]-2003

FF Connoisseur’s Collection: Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation 2000-2002

GG Written in the Earth 1993-2002

HH Recalling the Past: Early Chinese Art from the
Victor Shaw Collection 1997-1998

II Maui: Turning Back the Sky: Exhibition of Contemporary
Hawaiian Art 1996-1997

JJ El Corazon Del Mundo: At the Heart of the World
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia 2002

KK The Art of Norval Morrisseau 1999-2000

LL Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art 2014

MM Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists 2013

NN The Smart One video

OO Luminescence: the Silver of Peru 2012

PP Inuit Prints and Drawings: Selections from the Permanent Collection 1988-1989

QQ Carl Beam 2011

RR Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens 2010-2011

SS Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image 1986

TT Speaking to Memory 2013

UU One Mind, One Heart 2013

VV Hiroshima 2011-2012

WW Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread 2004

XX "Pasifika: Island Journeys” - The Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts 2003-2004

YY Exhibit unknown

ZZ: Recent acquisitions 2005

Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

The records in this sub-series relate to the development and implementation of the exhibition curated by Jennifer Kramer titled Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer. Records in the sub-series also relate to the development and publication of Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer, authored by Jennifer Kramer and published in 2012 by Douglas & McIntyre. The exhibition featured the artwork of Doug Cranmer (1927-2006), a leading practitioner of Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw art. Kesu' took place at the Museum of Anthropology from March 17 to September 3, 2012, the Museum at Campbell River in Campbell River, BC from October 19, 2010 to February 17, 2013 and the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, BC from May 11 to October 8, 2013. Kramer received the 2012 British Columbia Museums Association's Museums in Motion Award of Merit for the exhibition. The book designer Jessica Sullivan received the 2012 Alcuin Society's award for First Place in the pictorial category.

Files in the sub-series consist of exhibition and publication planning notes and related correspondence, research materials pertaining to the career and life of Doug Cranmer, interview transcripts, photographs, funding proposals, object loan agreement forms, photography permission agreements, interview release forms, contracts and financial records, marketing plans, book drafts, exhibit text and labels, promotional materials and printouts of digital photographs of art work.

Exhibits

Series consists of records relating to exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research material pertaining to exhibition subjects, transcripts of interviews used for research and publication purposes, administrative files and notes and correspondence pertaining to exhibition design, installation and publication development. Fonds currently has records from only one exhibit; additional exhibits material expected.

The series is arranged into sub-series relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 1-A: Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (1964-2012)

Ribbon-cutting speeches made during the official opening of the Museum of Anthropology

Item is an audio recording of speeches made during MOA's official opening ceremonies, featuring the following speakers: Hon. J Hugh Faulkner, then Minister of State for Science and Technology of Canada; the Honorable Grace McCarthy, Deputy Premier of the Province of British Columbia; Thomas K. [?], the Chairman of the Board of Governors of UBC; Douglas T. Kenny, UBC President; the Right Honorable Jules Léger, the Governor General of Canada.

Nuno Porto fonds

  • 120
  • Fundo
  • 2012 - 2015

Includes material related to the Pigapicha! exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology. Nuno Porto curated this exhibition. Records include correspondence, research, and meeting notes.

Nuno Porto

Museum of Anthropology Student Exhibition and Research collection

  • 125
  • Coleção
  • 1973 - 2003

Collection consists of projects and reports written by students in Anthropology 302, 431, 432, 433, 449, 518 and other related courses and programs. The projects and reports include information about exhibits designed and displayed at the Museum of Anthropology
by the students; critiques on "current" museum exhibitions and programs; and proposal papers for student exhibit projects.

David Cunningham fonds

  • 28
  • Fundo
  • [19-?] - 2014, predominant 1990 - 2014

The fonds reflects Cunningham’s function as Manager, Design/Exhibits for MOA; his role in MOA facility planning and renovations; his position as an instructor in the Department of Anthropology at UBC; and involvement in other projects for MOA and external organizations. The records are arranged in the following series:

  1. Education records (1988 - [ca. 2004])
  2. Exhibit records (1987 - 2005)
  3. Renovation records ([19-?] - 2014)
  4. Miscellaneous project records (1987 - 2002)
  5. CFI Partnership of peoples project (1990 - [2012])
  6. Photographs (1990 - [2005])

The records include artists’ statements and artwork; banners; blueline prints; calligraphy; case lists; contact prints/proofs; contracts; correspondence; diagrams; exhibition catalogues; exhibition panels; exhibition proposals; exhibition text; guidelines; invitations; labels; lecture notes; loan agreements; manuals; measurements; memoranda; minutes; negatives; object lists; photographs; plans; policies; reports; syllabi; and tender drawings.

David Cunningham

Public Relations and Communications Office fonds

  • 71
  • Fundo
  • 1975 - 2015, predominant 1981 - 2006

The fonds consists of records generated by the Museum of Anthropology Public Relations and Communications Office in the course of carrying out its mandated functions and activities. In addition to textual records, the fond also includes graphic material. The records are composed of correspondence, publications, reports, press releases, photocopied newspaper clippings, minutes of staff, committee, and association meetings, and other materials relating to the activities and functions of the Public Relations and Communications Office and its staff.

The fonds has been organized into the following series:

1.  Administrative files (1981-2006)
2. Financial files (1980-1989)
3. Media activities files (1975-2015)
4. Museum programs and projects files (1977-2008)
5. Museum events and performances files (1960-2008)
6. Museum exhibition files (1978-2008)
7. Volunteer and student position files ([ca. 1981]-2009)
8. Resource files (1976-2007)

University of British Columbia. Museum of Anthropology. Public Relations and Communications Office

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