Museum of Anthropology: Paradise Lost

Comments 42 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC quickly became one of my favourite places in Metro Vancouver after school field trip visits when I was younger. The history and artwork, the in-depth look at Northwest Coast culture, and the various galleries make the MOA an enchanting place for a visitor of any age. Their latest exhibit is on now until September 29th and it takes a look at works from across the ocean:

“The Melanesia Project” by Ralph Regenvanu

Paradise Lost?
Contemporary Works from the Pacific

This new exhibition breaks through the tiki kitsch and tourist misrepresentations of the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands oft found in Hollywood. For Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific, MOA Curator Dr. Carol Mayer has gathered an esteemed group of 13 contemporary artists from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu.

Working in video, installation, sculpture, weaving, painting, and photography, these artists show the Pacific Islands from an insider’s perspective. Their artworks explore environmental concerns, cultural heritage issues, questions relating to the experience of migration and diaspora, and the intersection of Indigenous belief systems and Western religions.

The artists featured are George Nuku, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Greg Semu, Pax Jakupa Jr., Michael Timbin, Tom Deko, Cathy Kata, Shigeyuki Kihara, Ralph Regenvanu, Rosanna Raymond, Moses Jobo, Eric Natuoivi, and David Ambong.

The MOA galleries and shop (at 6393 NW Marine Drive at UBC) are open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm and until 9:00pm on Tuesdays.

If you would like to visit the Paradise Lost? exhibit I have a pair of passes to give away (valid until September 29, 2013). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Museum of Anthropology on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibit and other happenings at the museum. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Update The winner is Heidi!

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42 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. LAinVanWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 2:57pm PDT

    My Dad is coming out from Ontario the first week in September … this would be a great way to “waste a day!”

  2. VictoriaWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 3:29pm PDT

    Being a UBC student, I’ve always wanted to take my parents to MOA – it is my favourite place in Vancouver to go to as it has such an amazing array of cultural artifacts and is so enlightening. Love MOA!

  3. janWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 4:05pm PDT

    Never been before

  4. JenWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 5:31pm PDT

    One way or another, this is one I will be checking out!

  5. JasWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 6:07pm PDT

    Went years ago on a high school trip and have always wanted to go!

  6. IssyWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 7:08pm PDT

    My birthday is coming up, and I’ve been wanting to head over to the Moa since I’ve been back in Vancouver. It would be greatly appreciated!

  7. RjWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    Sounds fun!

  8. Radhika KWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 9:26pm PDT

    Thanks for the contest!

  9. Holiday Baker ManWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 9:34pm PDT

    Haven’t been there for a while!

  10. TracyWednesday, August 14th, 2013 — 11:50pm PDT

    Haven’t been there in ages, would love to go again!

  11. MichaelThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 10:01am PDT

    Sounds Awesome!!!!

  12. ErinThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 10:04am PDT

    I’d love to go, my daughter hasn’t been the MOA yet!

  13. JenniferThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 10:11am PDT

    Yes please!

  14. SebThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 10:13am PDT

    One of my favorite place as well !

  15. MargaretThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 12:35pm PDT

    Would love to win. Could cycle out and enjoy the downhill ride on the way home…

  16. KayKayThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 1:03pm PDT

    awesome museum!

  17. SharylinThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 1:27pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the MOA and this exhibit sounds great!

  18. SanazThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 2:55pm PDT

    I’d love to check this out

  19. KrissyThursday, August 15th, 2013 — 3:02pm PDT

    looks cool!

  20. ShirleyFriday, August 16th, 2013 — 9:11am PDT

    I would love to see this exhibition.

  21. BrittneyFriday, August 16th, 2013 — 11:37am PDT

    Love the MOA

  22. John StuartFriday, August 16th, 2013 — 11:42am PDT

    My daughter loves museums!

  23. LindaFriday, August 16th, 2013 — 3:48pm PDT

    This is a fanulous museum. Looking forward to the visit.

  24. Colm BFriday, August 16th, 2013 — 7:19pm PDT

    In it to win it. Would love to go.

  25. bjhSaturday, August 17th, 2013 — 9:20am PDT

    I’d love to go!

  26. MaureenSaturday, August 17th, 2013 — 3:39pm PDT

    Haven’t been to the Museum since I went for a school field trip in elementary school years ago! Would love to return.

  27. CarolSunday, August 18th, 2013 — 10:30pm PDT

    Would love to experience this.

  28. LindaMonday, August 19th, 2013 — 7:57am PDT

    The MOA is one of the best places to visit in Vancouver.

  29. LeahMonday, August 19th, 2013 — 7:57am PDT

    This looks great, I’d love to check it out

  30. fawnMonday, August 19th, 2013 — 9:44pm PDT

    The MOA is one of my favourite places in Vancouver

  31. Andy C.Monday, August 19th, 2013 — 11:28pm PDT

    Sounds like paradise

  32. StotesTuesday, August 20th, 2013 — 7:34am PDT

    Sounds great!

  33. Michael KwanTuesday, August 20th, 2013 — 3:01pm PDT

    Sounds like as good a reason as any to revisit my alma mater. I went back to see the Beaty Biodiversity Museum a while back and that was fun too.

  34. XanthineWednesday, August 21st, 2013 — 11:46am PDT

    I love the MoA!

  35. HeidiWednesday, August 21st, 2013 — 1:14pm PDT

    I love MOA! Thanks for another great contest.

  36. RebeccaWednesday, August 21st, 2013 — 11:41pm PDT

    Haven’t been there in a long time, would love to check this out.

  37. KimThursday, August 22nd, 2013 — 8:38am PDT

    This sounds fantastic! Love the MOA!

  38. Shawna SandersonThursday, August 22nd, 2013 — 3:38pm PDT

    Living here for over 20 years I have always said I would love to see the Museum of Anthropology but have never had a chance to get there. Would love the opportunity.

  39. LilThursday, August 22nd, 2013 — 11:54pm PDT

    I love the MOA! Thanks for the contest.

  40. Michelle W.Friday, August 23rd, 2013 — 11:19am PDT

    Sounds fun!

  41. Sharon ParkerFriday, August 23rd, 2013 — 12:05pm PDT

    Would love to take my daughter, who is an art student.

  42. cheryl borgmannThursday, August 29th, 2013 — 5:14pm PDT

    One of my fave places in Van to zen out and just take it all in.

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