In conjunction with this immense undertaking, MOA’s exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. Beyond scientific discoveries, Shake Up also puts into the foreground traditional knowledge of earthquakes and natural disasters that has been passed down through generations throughout many cultures.
Through multimedia installations, contemporary First Nations art and cultural objects, Shake Up explores the connection between cultural knowledge and natural seismic events. Bringing together the perspectives of cultures, arts and sciences, this exhibition reflects on what we value and how we preserve it.
The exhibition will be displayed in areas throughout the Museum, and visitors will have the opportunity to see the majestic poles of the Great Hall resting in temporary storage in the adjacent O’Brian Gallery.
Learn from the knowledge keepers, objects, and events showcased in Shake Up through this interactive webpage. Plus, you can watch interviews with Indigenous community members, seismologists, conservators and engineers who share their knowledge of earthquakes and how to protect material and cultural heritage in these videos.
You can also explore the Great Hall online in its original state in the 360° virtual tour below, or click here to view. (Best experienced in full-screen view. Click and drag to align the swirl-cursor with the target circles for a closer look and to read more about the massive carvings.)
Curators: Jennifer Kramer and Jill Baird.
Shake Up: Preserving What We Value is the first of two exhibitions at MOA to explore the theme of natural disasters and their implications. A Future for Memory: Art and life after the Great East Japan Earthquake, curated by MOA’s Curator of Asia, Fuyubi Nakamura—opens in February 2021. Its focus will be on changing physical and psychological landscapes in the aftermath of 2011 earthquake in Japan, and consider its local and global resonances.