The Curatorial Department supports initiatives, including research, exhibitions, and publishing, that help to build respectful relationships and mutual understanding with cultural communities represented through MOA’s collections.
MOA’s curators are actively involved in a wide range of individual and collaborative research projects. These have resulted in the development of protocols and Memoranda of Understanding with partner communities, innovative exhibitions, journal and book publications, community workshops and research opportunities, and conference presentations. We serve the university by teaching and giving guest lectures in Museum Anthropology and other courses, participating as members of graduate-student committees, training interns, and working closely with colleagues in other departments. We also serve the broader community by responding to information requests from the public, regularly giving curatorial tours of the galleries, facilitating community research visits, and representing MOA at diverse public events, exhibition openings, and ceremonies throughout the Lower Mainland.
We are also responsible for the documentation and development of MOA’s collections; areas of curatorial expertise and collections responsibility are included in the listing below. Related tasks include working closely with donors during the acquisitions process, researching potential acquisitions, and organizing evaluations for tax receipts.
We offer a range of internship and research opportunities subject to available staff and resources. Contact Dr. Carol E. Mayer, the head of the curatorial department for more information.
Northwest Coast; responsible for Heiltsuk, Wuikinuxv, Tahltan, Ktunaxa, Tsilhqot'in, and Tlingit collections
Contemporary aboriginal and international art; Northwest Coast; responsible for Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth collections, and MOA Satellite Gallery
Northwest Coast; responsible for Gitanyow, Gitxsan, Haisla, Kwakwaka'wakw, Nisga'a, Nuxalk, Tsimshian, Wet'suwet'n collections
Oceania; responsible for Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia; Sub-Saharan Africa; South-east Asia; European, Canadian and Asian ceramic
Asia, especially Japan, India and Tibet, and its diasporas; contemporary art.
Northwest Coast; responsible for Coast Salish, Inuit, Circumpolar, North America and Archaeology