Fonds 102 - Karen Duffek fonds

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Karen Duffek fonds

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106 cm textual records
ca. 1400 photographs : negatives, slides, prints, and transparencies
7 optical discs: DVD+R
3 videocassettes: VHS

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([19-?] -)

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In spring of 1983, Karen Duffek received her Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia with a thesis titled The Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Art Market. Karen Duffek’s relationship with the Museum of Anthropology 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 the Museum of Anthropology 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 the Museum of Anthropology, including Border Zones: New Art across Cultures (2010), and Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge (2004).

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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:

  1. Research Projects
  2. Exhibitions

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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.

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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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Created December 2, 2015
Updated May 2016

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