Saturday, May 26, 2007

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.

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