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'Mn̩úkvs w̓u̓w̓a̓x̌di - One Mind, One Heart

Use for: One Mind, One Heart

  • December 18, 2012 - April 21, 2013 (Multiversity Galleries)
  • One Mind, One Heart is the response of the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and to oil tanker traffic in their territories. The exhibit features the ancestral guardian ’Yágis swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by ’Nusí, Heiltsuk artist and embodies the ancient teachings of the Heiltsuk to protect their land and seas against such perils as pipelines and oil tanker traffic in their waters. It also includes an iPad kiosk featuring films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community members protesting during the Joint Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. About the piece ’Nusí comments: “I created ’Yágis for One Mind, One Heart, an installation at the Museum of Anthropology to show my support in opposing the Enbridge Pipeline Project. He hunts down oil tankers and protects our territories and coast.”
  • The installation was curated by Pam Brown, MOA curator in collaboration with the Heiltsuk Nation and ’Nusí, Ian Reid, Heiltsuk artist and activist.
(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
  • November 20, 2015 – April 3, 2016.
  • CURATOR: Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia
  • Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Deities reside in a variety of shrines and temples or forms of natural phenomena across the island. Known for its democracy, contemporary Taiwan embraces different, often hybrid, beliefs expressed and practiced in myriad fashion. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan. Taiwan is home to sixteen officially recognized Aboriginal groups of Austronesian peoples and Han Chinese of various backgrounds as well as other long-term settlers and recent immigrants. Throughout its history, outside forces—Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese—have taken a turn to ‘discover’, settle in or occupy Taiwan. They introduced or forced different religions or brought myths and legends to the island with them. As with other East Asian countries, it is common to blend different religious practices in Taiwan. The spiritual world is very much part of life and has also been the source for creative inspiration in Taiwan. (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art explores how traditional and religious beliefs and modern values are integrated in this vibrant country. The exhibition features works by seven contemporary Taiwanese artists, who express and visualize religious beliefs, myths and the spiritual world with modern sensitivities
A Break in the Ice: Inuit Prints and Drawings from the Linda J. Lemmens Collection
  • April 7 - September 6, 1999
  • Student exhibition: An exhibit of recently donated prints and drawings by ten Inuit artists organized by the students of Anthropology 432 (The Anthropology of Public Representation) to reflect ideas about community history and identity.
A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada
  • September 6 - November 17, 1991 (Gallery 5)
  • The history of the Jewish experience in Canada was brought to life with 300 objects, from the common to the extraordinary, and the personal stories of individuals, from the famous to the unknown. The exhibition explored relations between Jews and non-Jews in Canada-relations that have been touchingly warm and disturbingly harsh. By mirroring the experiences of other ethnic and cultural communities in Canada, “A Coat of Many Colours” offered visitors a very timely understanding of the strengths of our national cloth.
A Connoisseur’s Collection: Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation

Use for: Early Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation

  • May 30, 2001 - March 10, 2002
  • With this exhibition, the Museum of Anthropology celebrates the recent gifts of The Victor Shaw Collection of Chinese Arts to the University of British Columbia. Created over a period of 5000 years, the objects in the collection are made of ceramic, bronze, and precious metals. Each piece reflects the collector’s sensitive eye and discriminating taste and, in turn, a long tradition of Chinese art connoisseurship.
A Family Affair: Making Cloth in Taquile, Peru
  • May 9 - October 1, 1989 (Gallery 5)
  • Making cloth is a vital, everyday activity in Taquile, where everyone makes and uses cloth according to tradition. This exhibit presents examples of the cloth and clothing made by a four-generation family over a five-year period. The family’s cloth parallels their lives, reflecting changes in the community as well as the stages and momentous events in their lives between 1982 and 1987. Their portraits and biographies, their simple tools and images of their island home will accompany the exhibit.
A Green Dress: Objects, Memory, and the Museum
  • September 27, 2011—April 8, 2012 (The O’Brian Gallery)
  • Do objects remember? Or are they wrapped in the memories we bring to them, like layers of stories folded around a picture, a voice, or a worn-out shoe? In this exhibit, created to complement ひろしま hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako, opening in The Audain Gallery on October 13, visitors are invited to experience selected objects and media from MOA’s worldwide collection. Some are ancient, some are new. Some are inscribed with their histories, while others are uprooted – their origins, makers, and journeys erased or forgotten. Some, like the green dress of the title, speak to memories and relationships not contained by the Museum but still part of living communities. Please join us for this intimate, yet revealing, look at the collections, curated by Karen Duffek, Krisztina Laszlo, Carol Mayer, and Susan Rowley.
A Partnership of Peoples Exhibit
  • June 5, 2006 (Gallery 8)
  • The Museum has recently embarked upon a major Renewal Project known as “A Partnership of Peoples”. In this exhibit, MOA displays its plans for expansion and renovation, a scale model, and samples of architectural details, finishings, and furnishings.
A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada
  • May 16 - November 7, 1993 (Gallery 5) and between January 18, 1994 - February 4, 1996 (Traveling)
  • Drawing on MOA’s superb collection of Cantonese opera costumes and accessories - one of the oldest and largest in the world...Photographs, newsclippings, and other materials document how Cantonese opera has remained a vibrant art form in Canada from 1880s to today...
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Acts of Transformation: From War Toys to Peace Art
  • June 20 - December 31, 2006
  • In June 2006, the World Peace Forum and the International Peace Education Conference took place in Vancouver. In response to these important events, MOA partnered with the BC Teachers Federation to present an exhibit dedicated to the ideals of peace. The exhibit features toys of violence transformed into objects of art by BC students, teachers, artists, and activists. The exhibit celebrates the six principles of UNESCO's Manifesto 2000: the need to respect all life, reject violence, share with others, listen to understand, preserve the planet, and rediscover solidarity.
  • Developed in collaboration with BC Schools.
African Indigo
  • August 11, 1991 (Gallery 9)
  • Textiles from the Museum’s extensive collection show the dramatic patterns created by West-African dyers and weavers. This display opens MOA’s Textile Gallery that will present changing exhibits drawn from the Museum’s world-wide collection of clothing and textiles. A special “source book” now on display introduces these holdings. Children’s programs relating to textiles will be offered.
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Alice, Donna, Helen, John and Adam by Sally Michener
  • March - April, 1994. Placed on permanent display September, 1994.
  • Five life-sized figures of coloured fragments of ceramic tiles and mirrors will go on permanent display in MOA’s lower lobby. Michener says, “I have used ceramic and glass fragments or shards to piece together some ideas and images about living.”
Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
  • March 10, 2017 - January 28, 2018
  • CURATOR: Nuno Porto
  • MOA will showcase its Amazonian collections in a significant exploration of socially and environmentally-conscious notions intrinsic to indigenous South American cultures, which have recently become innovations in International Law. These are foundational to the notions of Rights of Nature, and they have been consolidating in the nine countries that share responsibilities over the Amazonian basin. These depart from a social philosophy, known in Spanish as “buen vivir”, in which the concept of a good life proposes a holistic approach to development that intertwines notions of unity, equality, dignity, reciprocity, social and gender equality – a rallying cry to move beyond Western ideals and practices of development and progress largely measured by profit. Curated by Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA Curator, Africa and Latin America), Amazonia: The Rights of Nature will feature Amazonian works of basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing Indigenous, Maroon and white settler communities that today articulate against the threats caused by political violence, mining, oil and gas exploration, industrial agriculture, forest fires, road building and hydroelectric plants. Challenging visitors to examine their own notions towards holistic wellbeing, the exhibition will cover more than 100 years of unsuspected relationships between Vancouver and Amazonian peoples, ideas and their struggles.
An Exhibition of the collected works of Joe David and Ron Hamilton, contemporary West Coast artists
  • March 7 – July 2, 1978
An Exhibition of the works of Norman Tait
  • September 17 – October 1, 1977 Museum of Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert
  • November 1 – January 31, 1978, Museum of Anthropology.
  • An exhibit of the works of Norman Tait, who is a contemporary Nishga artist.
Ancient Cloth...Ancient Code?
  • March 4 - June 14, 1992 (Gallery 10)
  • This exhibition looks at cloth in ancient societies of Peru as an abstract model for organizing and recording information. Guest curator Mary Frame examines a system of patterns that depict the structures of cloth, yarn and cord.
Ancient Crossroads: The Rural Population of Classical Italy
  • December 5, 1978 - February 11, 1979
  • An exhibition of classical antiquities excavated in Southern Italy at the Note Irsi and San Giovanni di Ruoti, Basilicata.
Ancient Lives: The Maya of Guatemala
  • April 28 – December 1998
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