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

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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

Check Out Eco Dining at Vancouver’s UBC Perch Restaurant

Perch-Patio 01For students, and visitors to the UBC campus, life got a little more delicious recently with the opening of the brand new Perch restaurant on top of the new AMS Student Nest building. Next time you visit the world class Museum of Anthropology out at UBC, make time to pop into Perch for a meal and you’ll see what all the flap is about. Forget all your preconceived ideas about student union mac and cheese or mystery meat burgers, Perch is offering an inspired and affordable menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients. Continue reading:
Check Out Eco Dining at Vancouver’s UBC Perch Restaurant

Mexican magical realism comes to MOA in Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

Frida Kahlo's Mi vestido cuelga aquí or My Dress Hangs Here, 1933 Photo credit: Roberto Ortiz

Frida Kahlo’s Mi vestido cuelga aquí or My Dress Hangs Here, 1933 Photo credit: Roberto Ortiz

One of my most memorable travel experiences happened on a sweaty afternoon in Mexico City when a friend and I spent the day hurriedly soaking up Mexican culture in Parque Chapultepec.

After wandering through the lush, busy city park we spent most of the day in the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia and then raced over to Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno for a whirlwind tour of an Alice Rahon exhibition. At the museum we encountered another of Mexico’s famous female exports (hint: not Salma Hayek): magical realist painter Frida Kahlo.

One of my rather large ‘bucket list’ item was checked off that day: to  see original Kahlo and Rahon paintings, in Mexico. Now I can relive my day of cultural tourism at the Museum of Anthropology‘s current exhibition Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011.

Marvellous Real gives a healthy nod to Mexico’s particularly mind-bending contributions to magical realism, featuring 54 artworks from Mexico. Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell, an anthropologist who specialize in the study of museology and curatorial practice, the exhibition contents were cherry-picked from the prestigious FEMSA Collection in Monterrey, Mexico. Continue reading:
Mexican magical realism comes to MOA in Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

Photo credit: Science World

Sure, beach time is what summer in Vancouver is all about. But if you happen find your brain turning to mush, your creative drive in need of inspiration, or rain on the horizon, duck inside and check out these cool, relatively new summer exhibits at Vancouver museums and attractions.

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

1) Foncie’s Fotos at Museum of Vancouver, through January 2014
Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer, took about 15 million photos of Vancouver residents from the 1930s to the 1970s shooting in hotspots along Granville Street and Hastings Street. Museum of Vancouver is offering a rare chance to peek back into Vancouver urban history at their new exhibit of his work: Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street.

2) Grand Hotel at the Vancouver Art Gallery, through September 15, 2013
Hotels are a place where it seems like anything can happen. Rock stars, beat poets and actors take up residence in hotels. Hotels symbolize so many things, from seedy to decadent, including easy wish-fulfillment, escape and purgatory. The Vancouver Art Gallery captures these complexities in their fantastic new exhibit: Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.

3) Science of Sexuality at Science World, through September 2, 2013
From Remy’s coverage: Think Science World is just about sprockets and pulleys, creepy crawlies and whimsical gadgets? Think again. Pushing the boundaries of science education, Science World has just unveiled a provocative new exhibit on the Science of Sexuality (running through Sept. 2).  The self-guided display explores the stages of human sexual development, all the way from conception to first love and beyond. Continue reading:
5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions