Saturday, May 26, 2007

Unique Gifts

The Museum Shop offers a diverse selection of gifts and art by local artists and books by both local and national authors on subjects related to history, architecture, art and culture.

Concurrent with Enduring Traditions, we are highlighting local First Nations jewellery and prints, as well as books on the Northwest Coast people and culture. We are offering limited edition prints by Squamish artist Aaron Nelson-Moody who has created a special new series of three images for the Museum!

Shown above are an18k gold brooch and a pendant created by renowned First Nations artist Lyle Wilson.

Value and Valuing: Northwest Coast Art Today

Next Enduring Traditions Talk
June 13, 6:30pm at the West Vancouver Museum

Value and Valuing: Northwest Coast Art Today
Guest Speaker: Karen Duffek

Recently, a Tsimshian mask sold at auction for $1.8 million. But how is this same mask valued by its originating community? This talk will take a closer look at the ways that Northwest Coast art is given value, and by whom.

Karen Duffek is the Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary and historical First Nations art, including Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge, which recently completed its cross-Canada tour at the National Gallery of Canada. She also co-authored The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of Northwest Coast First Nations with Bill McLennan (2000 & 2007), and co-edited Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art with Charlotte Townsend-Gault (2004).

Photo taken by Bill McLennan on Haida Gwaii, showing Haida people with their button blankets, cedar hats and drums.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Celebrate International Museum Day!

What could be a better way to celebrate International Museums Day on Friday, May 18th by visiting the West Vancouver Museum!

Pop in between 12 - 4:30 and enter a draw to win a fabulous prize!

Miniture Human Figure on display now at the West Vancouver Museum
August Jack Khatsahlano, Squamish Nation
Courtesy of the Squamish Nation.
Photo taken by

The Home Tour date has changed

The date of West Coast Modern Home/Garden Tour and West Coast Modern Home Reception has changed from June 30 to June 16, due to unforeseen circumstances. All other details remain the same.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Do you love West Coast modern architecture and design?

The special guided tour of West Vancouver modern homes is back by popular demand!

West Coast Modern Home/Garden Tour
The tour will take you to homes built between 1940-1970, when modernism flourished in West Vancouver. Join the West Vancouver Museum Curator for a unique look at West Coast architecture, interior design and landscapes. The tour runs twice, but book early to avoid disappointment, as seats are limited.

# 387570 June 16 9:30-12pm $ 25 per person

# 387571 June 16 1:30-4pm $ 25 per person

West Coast Modern Home Reception
After attending the home tour, visit another modern home for refreshments.

# 387572 June 16 4-6 pm $ 15 per person

Call 604-925 7270 to register or visit:

Photo caption: One of the homes featured in the 2006 home tour, WVM, 2006.

Please note. The tour date has changed from June 30 to June 16, due to unforeseen circumstances. All other details remain the same.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Contemporary Salish Vision: The Art of Xwa Lack Tun (Rick Harry)

Image of Snowboard. Artist: Xwa lack tun (Rick Harry), Squamish Nation, 2006. Photo by Urbanpictures. com

Next Enduring Traditions talk is scheduled on May 23 from 6:30pm at the Museum.

Photo of Xwa lack tun, standing in front of his sculpture, Sna7m Smánit (Spirit of the Mountain).
Photo taken by

Dr. Jennifer Kramer, Curator at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, will talk about Squamish artist Xwalacktun's career.

Dr. Jennifer Kramer obtained her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in 2003. She presently holds a joint position at the University of British Columbia as Curator of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Kramer's research focuses upon First Nations Northwest Coast art, past and present, as it intersects with international art markets, legal regimes, museums, cultural centres and band-run schools. She has written and taught on indigenous identity construction, the commodification of art, cultural patrimony, repatriation, tourism, cultural education and collaborative museology. Her book: Switchbacks: Art, Ownership, and Nuxalk National Identity, recently published with UBC Press in 2006, reflects upon the Nuxalk Nation's efforts to protect and pass on cultural heritage, and in this way, build contemporary identity in Bella Coola, BC. The book details the struggles and successes of Nuxalk leaders, educators and artists to produce cultural curriculum, sell Nuxalk art, repatriate cultural property, and protect the Nation from cultural appropriation.