Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Global Puppetry Exhibition

String puppets. By unknown makers (Sinhalese). MOA Collection: Eh149, Eh147, Eh164, Eh144, Eh142. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Although puppets seem like simple creations, they have a rich and complex history across a variety of cultural traditions.

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is presenting a new exhibition that offers a fascinating and comprehensive look at the world of puppetry, including the art and its theatrical experience.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Global Puppetry Exhibition

Get Around Like a Local – 6 Places in Vancouver Worth Taking Public Transit To

One of my favourite things about living in Vancouver is how you can get anywhere in the city, and to some great day trip places, via public transit. There isn’t really any need to drive anywhere. Which is just as well because driving in any city can be a bit of a pain!

I’ve been taking Vancouver’s public transit all my life and I’ve got the TransLink routes locked down. While I’m always a firm believer of walking everywhere, sometimes you need to hop on the train. Here is a quick recap of the convenient and accessible transit options* and six of my favourite attractions worth taking them to.

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Get Around Like a Local – 6 Places in Vancouver Worth Taking Public Transit To

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

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