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Karen Duffek fonds
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1978 - 2012 (Creation)
- Karen Duffek
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106 cm of textual records and other material
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Karen Duffek is a curator at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In spring of 1983, she received her Masters of Arts in Anthropology from UBC with a thesis titled The Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Art Market. Karen Duffek’s relationship with MOA has spanned over twenty years. From 1985 through 1999, Duffek was a Guest Curator and Research Associate, during which time she worked closely with Marjorie Halpin. In 1999, she took on a role as Interim Manager in Administration at MOA. In 2000, she was hired by MOA as a Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts & the Pacific Northwest. Since 1985, Duffek has published numerous articles, essays, and anthologies addressing issues in Native Art. She has written multiple exhibition catalogues, including The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of Northwest Coast First Nations (UBC Press, 2000), which she co-authored with Bill McLennan. The Transforming Image won the Canadian Museum Association’s 2001 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications, and the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Certificate of Merit for Historical Writing in 2000. In 2005, Karen Duffek co-edited the anthology, Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art (Douglas & McIntyre, 2004).
As the Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts & the Pacific Northwest, Karen Duffek has curated some major exhibitions at MOA, including Border Zones: New Art across Cultures (2010), and Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge (2004).
Scope and content
The fonds relate primarily to research Karen Duffek conducted and exhibitions she curated or was involved in. In addition, some files relate to publications Duffek wrote. Files consist of research materials, exhibition planning and implementation, publications and articles, correspondences, and artist interviews.
The fonds is arranged into the following two series:
- Research Projects
See attached pdf document for full description of theses series and file lists.
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Karen Duffek transferred the records to the Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives between 1994 and 2011. Accruals were added in 2012 and 2016.
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All records are subject to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copyright and other restrictions may apply. See archivist for details.
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Records relating to exhibits at MOA can be found in other curators’ fonds, as well as other institutional files.
Further accruals are expected.
Fonds is comprised of 106 cm textual records, of which 8 cm textual records are on cue cards; and 9 cm of graphic material: ca. 1000 negatives, ca. 300 slides, 15 contact sheets, ca. 70
color transparencies; ca. 20 color photographs; 7 optical discs : DVD+R; 3 videocassettes : VHS
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- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Robert Davidson: "The Abstract Edge"
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Wheel: Overlays - An Installation by Edgar Heap of Birds
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Gathering Strength: New Generations in Northwest Coast Art
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Carl Beam
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Raven and the First Immigrant [Nicholas Galanin]
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Forest One [Annie Ross]
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » A Green Dress: Objects, Memory, and the Museum
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » ひろしま Hiroshima [Ishiuchi Miyako]
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » My Ancestors are Still Dancing
- Museum of Anthropology » Museum exhibitions » Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Meddling in the Museum
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Created December 2, 2015
Updated May 2016