Celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Museum of Anthropology

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Photo by Valeria Almaraz on Unsplash

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is well worth the trip out to Point Grey near UBC for its extensive collection of First Nations artifacts and aristry along with the stunning setting perched above the Pacific Ocean. Next week, they will also be hosting a party to celebrate the dead!

Similar to some of Vancouver’s other top attractions who have begun to offer extremely successful night-time events (e.g. FUSE, After Hours at the Aquarium, etc…), MOA now doesn’t shut down after dark. On the first Thursday of every month, the museum hosts monthly cabaret parties with an unexpected mix of comedy, music, dance and experimental theatre by some of the most interesting artists from Vancouver and beyond.

Next week, MOA invites you to an immersive evening of music, interactive theatre, live painting, and altar-making for this year’s Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos) on Thursday, November 2 from 6pm-11pm. 

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Celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Museum of Anthropology

MOA Showcases Northwest Coast Art In A Different Light

Kaayd hllngaay skaayxan (spruce-root basket) with Wasgo (Sea Wolf) imagery, c. 1890-1920; Woven by Skidegate Haida artist and painted by Neeslant, John Cross (1867 – 1939); spruce root, paint; Promised Gift, Private Collection, Montreal; Photo: MOA/Tyler Hagan

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) has recently unveiled a stunning new display space, the Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks.

The first exhibition to be housed there is titled In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art and brings together 110 historical Indigenous artworks, exploring questions of community, culture, and the intricacies of history.

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MOA Showcases Northwest Coast Art In A Different Light

Vancouver’s MOA Launches New Exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Hisao Yugami, Mikazuki, Crescent, 2015
Sumi ink on gasen paper mounted on wood panel

Lately, calligraphy has been experiencing a resurgence of interest as more people rediscover the art, craft, and expressive potential of this form of writing. In this digital age, both the ephemerality and permanence of words are intriguing.

One of my favourite museums in the city, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC, is launching a new exhibition that focuses on calligraphy, as well as other ways of capturing language. As someone who teaches literature and has had a lifelong obsession with words, this exhibition is definitely exciting and worth going to.

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Vancouver’s MOA Launches New Exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Norkoro Spirit Mask; Photo Credit: Kyla Baily

One of my favourite places in the city is the stunningly gorgeous Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC. I never get tired of its design, with its confluence of modernist concrete and glass, northwest coast post-and-beam design, and natural forest backdrop. Its permanent exhibits and open storage are always well worth another visit.

I go to MOA (6393 NW Marine Drive) at least twice a year, especially when they have a new temporary exhibit to check out. It makes for a good day-time outing, or an evening date on a Thursday when MOA opens until 9pm.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Flickr: Colin Knowles

Flickr: Colin Knowles

My boyfriend “S” has lived nearly two years in Vancouver and, up until this week, had never been to the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I say this with some surprise because the MOA (6393 N.W. Marine Drive) is one of my favourite museums (and places) in the city. I go at least once a year to check out one of their temporary exhibits, but also just to visit an old friend who reminds me why I love the west coast so much.

And because I also love S, I wanted to share the MOA with him. Plus, our dates have been getting a tad humdrum (ie lounging on the couch) so I wanted to do something different for a change.

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Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

An Inside Look: Vancouver’s Acclaimed Museum of Anthropology

photo: Anthony Maw / Flickr

photo: Anthony Maw / Flickr

On the outskirts of Vancouver, in a quiet stretch of Pacific coastal rainforest, is an architectural marvel that’s just as impressive inside as out. Rising like a monumental post-and-beam hut – but made of stark concrete instead of wood – the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is home to one of the world’s finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts.

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An Inside Look: Vancouver’s Acclaimed Museum of Anthropology

New Exhibit on Middle Eastern Art Coming to Museum of Anthropology

Photo courtesy of Tarek Al-Ghoussein and The Third Line, Dubai

Photo courtesy of Tarek Al-Ghoussein and The Third Line, Dubai

A landmark exhibit of works by Middle Eastern artists is set to be unveiled in Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

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New Exhibit on Middle Eastern Art Coming to Museum of Anthropology