EXHIBITION: First Nations Art of British Columbia


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When: Sep 22 2019 (All day) until Jan 12 2020 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery at John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road

First Nations art of British Columbia is among the most vivid and distinctive artwork in North America. It flourishes as an integral part of Indigenous cultures who live today, as they have for thousands of years, surrounded by old growth forests, mountains, oceans, islands, and an abundance of animal and sea life. These cultures create exquisitely carved objects, intricately woven materials, and beautifully painted surfaces. Totem poles, masks, rattles, bentwood boxes, bowls, and canoes are carved from cedar and other trees; baskets, blankets, and clothing are woven from bark, roots, and animal hair; drums are created from elk and deer hide; and paintings, drawings, prints, and intricate designs are crafted using pigments and dyes. Rich in tradition, and continually innovating in response to cultural circumstances, these dynamic art forms are recognized worldwide for their distinctive character and artistic excellence. This exhibition brings the artwork of some of the finest and most accomplished Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, Canada to the East-West Center. Included are traditional and contemporary works in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, woodcarving, textiles, basket-weaving, drawing, and etching.

Artists featured in the exhibition

Primrose Adams and Alfred Adams, Haida Nation, Master Weaver, Elder
Matilda Andrews, Thompson/Nlak’pamux Nation, Master Weaver, Elder
Sonny Assu, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist
Dempsey Bob, Tahltan/Tlingit Nation, Master Carver, Elder
David A. Boxley, Tsimshian Nation, Master Carver, Elder, Dancer
David R. Boxley, Tsimshian Nation, Carver, Contemporary Artist, Dancer
Corey Bulpitt, Haida Nation, Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist, Dancer
Delores Churchill, Haida Nation, Master Weaver, Elder
Brenda Crabtree, Sto:lo/Nlak’pamux Nation, Multidisciplinary Artist, Exhibition Consultant
Ben Davidson, Haida Nation, Multidisciplinary Artist, Dancer
Reg Davidson, Haida Nation, Multidisciplinary Master Artist, Elder, Dancer
Robert Davidson, Haida Nation, Multidisciplinary Master Artist, Elder, Dancer
Aggie Davis, Haida Nation, Weaver
Richard Hunt, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, Carver
Shawn Hunt, Heiltsuk/Scottish Nation, Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist
Lena Jumbo, Nootka/Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Weaver
William Kuhnley, Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Carver
Isabel Rorick, Haida Nation, Master Weaver, Elder
Larry Rosso, Carrier Nation, Master Carver
Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida Nation, Master Weaver
Jesse Webster, Nootka/Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Weaver
Xwalacktun, Coast Salish Kwakiutl/Squamish Nation, Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Coastal Salish/Okanagan Nation, Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist, Social Activist

Guest Curators: Ray Hartley and Sheila Hall
Consultant: Brenda Crabtree
Presented in collaboration with: Aboriginal Gathering Collective of Vancouver; Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center; Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Including works from: Kovalik Family Collection; Ken and Lorraine Stephens Collection

Guided exhibition tours are offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Special Events:
In the EWC Gallery with free admission, open seating, first-come, first-served

Sunday, September 22, 2:00–3:30 p.m. 
Exhibition Gala Opening including reception, gallery walkthrough with the curators, and demonstrations by guest artists

Sunday, October 6, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “No ka Mahalo i Ko‘u Mau Mākua (grateful for my parents)” by Kaili Chun, artist

Sunday, November 3, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “Hawaiian Pioneers in the Pacific Northwest” by Derek Ferrar, East-West Center communications specialist, and Kate Roland, Kanaka pioneer descendant

Sunday, November 10
1:00–2:30 p.m. 
Family Sunday including hands-on activities: cedar weaving with First Nations artist Brenda Crabtree and lauhala weaving workshop with Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika‘i
3:00–4:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” by Brenda Crabtree, guest artist

Sunday, December 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “Fiber Memories” Marques Hanalei Marzan, Cultural Advisor, Bishop Museum

Sunday, January 12, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
“Mo‘olelo as Mo‘omeheu, Ho‘i i ka Piko: Story as Cultural Foundation — Sharing and Honoring Identity and Voice Through Community/Mural Work” artist panel with Meleanna Meyer, Estria Miyashiro, and Solomon Enos

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall
1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)
Gallery admission is free

Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Oct. 13, 14, Nov. 11, 28, Dec. 1, 24, 25, 29, 31, Jan. 1

Visitor parking is available on the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa campus for a fee during the week, and is normally free and ample on Sundays. Parking info: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/parking.html

Free school and group tours available. Contact: arts@eastwestcenter.org

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Primary Contact Info:
Phone: 944-7177