Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary: Win Tickets to the MOA

Comments 19 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) is one of my favourite places in the city, and no matter how many times I visit, there’s always something new to see like the latest exhibition: Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary on display from November 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020.

MOA Playing with Fire
Tree House, by Jeremy Hatch (2006). Collection of the artist. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary

Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Drive)
When: November 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020
Exhibit Opening Reception: November 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

Showcasing a group of 11 highly celebrated BC-based artists, this premiere exhibition of ceramic works expresses strong opinions on urgent social issues and offers subtle perspectives on the state of our contemporary world. While at first glance these works may appear very approachable through a lens of nostalgia, beauty, or humour, upon closer inspection they reveal much deeper commentaries on social injustice, racism, identity, and censorship. This powerful exhibition invites visitors to explore the many layers of understanding each of these provocative works embody, boldly demonstrating clay’s myriad discursive possibilities.

Playing with Fire features the work of 11 internationally recognized BC-based artists — Judy Chartrand, Ying-Yueh ChuangGathie Falk, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, David LambertGlenn Lewis, Alywn O’Brien, Bill Rennie, Debra Sloan, and Brendan Tang — who are all acclaimed for their fearless innovation in ceramic work. Working in clay, the most accessible of mediums, and drawing inspiration from pop culture, art history, humour, beauty, hope, and nature, these artists bring fresh, playful, and challenging perspectives of the art form. Visitors will be encouraged to discover new meanings and uncover complexities hidden, often in plain sight, within the works.

MOA Playing with Fire
Antechamber (detail), by Ian Johnston (2010-2012). Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

For this exhibition, more than 35 ceramic installations will be on display — some of which are epic in scale, including Johnston’s The Antechamber (2010–2012), in which a 25-foot-long room is covered with a repeating, grid-like motif of ceramic elements, created through a vacuum-forming process. The result of these overlapping elements, hanging like roof tiles, evokes the massive scale of consumption of manufactured goods today.

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Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner who will be able to visit the MOA for Playing with Fire. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The winner will be able to attend on the date of their choosing between November 22, 2019 and March 29, 2020.

UPDATE The winner is Michal

19 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Jason BWednesday, November 20th, 2019 — 12:53pm PST


  2. EdWednesday, November 20th, 2019 — 1:20pm PST

    Would love to go

  3. KellyWednesday, November 20th, 2019 — 3:50pm PST

    Would love to visit!

  4. CarlosWednesday, November 20th, 2019 — 6:27pm PST

    I’m intrigued. Been awhile since I’ve last visited

  5. Shelley ButcherThursday, November 21st, 2019 — 12:39am PST

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the MOA. I would love to take my granddaughter!

  6. RobThursday, November 21st, 2019 — 4:48am PST

    MOA always has good exhibits

  7. Tabby72Thursday, November 21st, 2019 — 6:11am PST

    I do enjoy a visit to the MOA, and would love to see this new show!

  8. Mitchell SchmidtThursday, November 21st, 2019 — 2:10pm PST

    Sounds great, I haven’t visited the Museum of Anthropology in a long time!

  9. KirstyThursday, November 21st, 2019 — 5:30pm PST

    I would love to go!

  10. Christine ThompsonThursday, November 21st, 2019 — 8:28pm PST

    Couldn’t make it to the opening tonight – would still love to go

  11. StephanieFriday, November 22nd, 2019 — 9:59am PST

    Sounds like a great exhibition

  12. Clara HallFriday, November 22nd, 2019 — 11:17am PST

    Cool ? I’d love to win

  13. Catherine HercusFriday, November 22nd, 2019 — 4:15pm PST

    Would love to win and take my daughter

  14. LindaSaturday, November 23rd, 2019 — 2:33am PST

    I would love to see this exhibition at MOA.

  15. Jax BaileySunday, November 24th, 2019 — 3:48pm PST

    This would be really great to see. Thanks for this chance!

  16. StotesSunday, November 24th, 2019 — 6:23pm PST

    This would be great!

  17. Sunshine HSunday, November 24th, 2019 — 10:07pm PST

    This sounds really neat!

  18. MichalMonday, November 25th, 2019 — 6:40pm PST

    I’ve lived in Vancouver 2/3 of my life and have never been to MOA. Would be great to finally make it there…

  19. GrantMonday, November 25th, 2019 — 6:52pm PST

    Hope to win ?

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