We decided to start the new year by going to the Museum of Anthropology (MoA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver (Canada).
The MoA is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest. As well as being a major tourist destination, MoA is a research and teaching museum, where UBC courses in art, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, and museum studies are given. MoA houses close to 50,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in its building alone.
On top of their amazing permanent collection, they also have a new temporary group-exhibition called “Playing with fire: Ceramics of the extraordinary”, featuring 11 BC-based artists who have created a series of awesome ceramic works. I particularly loved the works by Brendan Tang.
By the way, they have a really nice website, with tons of documentation and an excellent online catalogue of nearly 50,000 digitized works, all under Creative Commons license. Nice!
And, at least, on the bottom of their website, they mention:
MOA acknowledges that it is built on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam people.