Museum of Anthropology Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art

Comments 25 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.

Without Masks Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art

Juan Carlos Alom (1964); Without words, 1996

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art opens at the Museum of Anthropology on May 2nd. Originally launched in Johannesburg in 2010, this is the first time this collection has been seen in North America. The largest and most diverse exhibition of Afro Cuban art ever to be staged in the world, Without Masks includes artworks from 31 Cuban contemporary artists spanning from 1980 to 2009.

Two great themes are explored in this exhibition: the cultural and religious traditions of Africa in Cuba and related racial themes and issues from around the Atlantic. The vast media represented in this collection include painting on canvas and wood, watercolour, drawing, printing (xylography, silk-screen, collography), collage, patchwork, installation, soft-sculpture, photography, video-installation and video art, creating a powerful exhibition that comments and reflects upon the multiple imprints of Africa in Cuba’s culture.

I have two passes to give away for this exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology, valid until it closes in November of this year. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to Without Masks at @MOA_UBC from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Follow the Museum of Anthropology on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibit and other happenings at the museum.

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.

Update The winner is Cj!

25 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. DeeMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 7:32pm PDT

    Wonderful cultural and arts programs offered at MoA. It was one of my first museum visits when I relocated to Vancouver and continues to be one of my favourites too.

  2. kaykayMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 8:24pm PDT

    love the moa

  3. StotesTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 6:28am PDT

    This would be great!

  4. MarkTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 8:28am PDT

    The Afro-Cuban Art exhibit looks great

  5. DarcyTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 9:42am PDT

    Really enjoyed the MOA last May

  6. jordanTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 9:58am PDT

    fun! Sounds like a cool experience!

  7. DonaldTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 10:23am PDT

    I went to school at UBC, use to always visit the MOA.

  8. Lori @airbnbsuperhostTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 10:49am PDT

    I highly recommend the MOA; it is amazing!

  9. TracyTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 11:35pm PDT

    Haven’t been there in ages so it would be great to get these passes!

  10. janWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 11:06am PDT

    love the long expiry date

  11. AnaWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 12:13pm PDT

    I’ve been wanting to visit the MOA for a while, this would be perfect!

  12. CjWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 12:46pm PDT

    I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the MOA for a long time! This exhibit sounds lovely… would be great to see it.

  13. RebeccaThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 12:38am PDT

    It’s been years since I’ve been to the MOA and it would be great to return for this exhibit.

  14. BenThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 1:50am PDT


  15. cindyThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 1:33pm PDT

    my favourite building in the province

  16. SharylinThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 1:55pm PDT

    I’d love to experience this exhibit & the Museum of Anthropology

  17. wenxiaoThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 2:35pm PDT

    Ah I haven’t been there in ages.

  18. ShelleyThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 4:30pm PDT

    Would love to see this collection.

  19. KarenThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 9:08pm PDT

    Would love to go to the MOA

  20. Teresa KFriday, April 18th, 2014 — 12:18pm PDT

    I’d love to win.

  21. MaureenFriday, April 18th, 2014 — 2:34pm PDT

    Haven’t been back since field trips when I was in elementary school. Would be a good time to return and see the unique exhibit!

  22. Sarah MFriday, April 18th, 2014 — 5:00pm PDT

    I haven’t made it out to this museum yet, this would be perfect for a rainy day!

  23. AnglaSunday, April 20th, 2014 — 12:01am PDT

    I’d love to see it!

  24. Sarah MWednesday, April 23rd, 2014 — 8:41am PDT

    I moved here recently, and have not made it there yet. Would love to go!!

  25. DebbieSaturday, April 26th, 2014 — 3:31pm PDT

    Love to see the exhibit!

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