Prof. Anthony Shelton at the MuCEM, June 13

The International Circle of the Friends of MuCEM and the MAABN are pleased to announce an upcoming special event: a talk with Anthony Shelton, director of the world-renowned MOA (Museum of Anthropology) in Vancouver, Canada on Monday 13th June 2016 at the Fort St. Jean.
Prof. Shelton will be speaking to the International Circle about the MOA’s world art and culture collections and the experimental research methods of this towering museum built on the ancestral lands of the Musqueam people.

The talk will be followed by an aperitif.

This event is open only to International Circle members.

If you would like to take part and are not a member, you are invited to join the International Circle here:
Once you have joined, please register by sending an email to

Tour du Roi René – 2nd floor
Fort Saint jean
201 Quai du Port
13001 Marseille

5.30 PM

SheltonProf. Anthony Shelton has been the Director of the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia since August 1, 2004. An anthropologist, administrator, curator and teacher originally from Britain, Prof. Shelton is a leader in museology, cultural criticism, and the anthropology of art and aesthetics. Prof. Shelton has 24 years of teaching, curatorial, and management experience. He has held posts at the British Museum Royal Pavilion Art Gallery and Museum, the Horniman Museum, London and at the University of Sussex, University College London and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Of the 13 exhibitions Dr. Shelton has curated or co-curated, four of the more innovative include Luminescence: The Silver of Peru (MOA 2012) African Worlds (Horniman 1999), Fetishism (Brighton, Nottingham, Norwich 1995), and Exotics: North American Indian Portraits of Europeans (Brighton 1991), and Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between (MOA 2015) – all of which used strong visual imagery to question notions of material culture and encourage discussion about the interplay of image, language, and meaning.
Prof. Shelton has published extensively in the areas of visual culture, critical museology, history of collecting and various aspects of Mexican cultural history. His works include Art, Anthropology, and Aesthetics (with J. Coote eds., 1992); Museums and Changing Perspectives of Culture (1995); Fetishism: Visualizing Power and Desire (1995); Collectors: Individuals and Institutions (2001); Collectors: Expressions of Self and Others (2001); and Luminescence: The Silver of Peru (2012).

MoAThe Museum of Anthropology is a place of world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia, Canada. The Museum is built on traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Musqueam people and it is fitting that the first artworks and words you encounter outside the Museum are a welcome from our generous First Nations hosts. The Museum itself embodies the essence of Canada’s West Coast. In the Museum’s Great Hall, massive and magnificent First Nations sculptures stand against a soaring glass wall that opens onto a panorama of forested islands and snow-capped mountains bordering the Salish Sea. Outside, eagles glide and ravens caw under a sky whose subtle, constantly changing colours and tones form a backdrop for the stories and performances choreographed in the Museum’s exhibition galleries.
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