Date: September 1 to October 12, 2017
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

Popular Art is the name given to the artistic creations made by peasants, indigenous people or craftsmen with no formal artistic training. A traditional popular art item is handmade and has a functional purpose opposing an art object that is made for aesthetic purposes only, however, in the XXI Century technique has evolved to a more aesthetic representation.

Presented by MexicoFest, we invite all art enthusiasts to attend this free exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Mexican Popular Art objects.

Mexiquense Popular ArtFrom September 1-30, the Mexiquense Popular Art exhibit will be on display at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on level 2.

The Mexiquenses Artisans are renowned as popular artists of profound sensibility and creativity that, despite the passing of time and external influences, have kept in their products the distinctive characteristics and cosmology of the five ethnic groups of the state: Matlazincas, Mazahuas, Otomíes, Nahuas y Tlahuicas.


It is a cultural heritage that includes a significant number of pieces which strive to preserve and spread mexiquenses culture.  The artisans are distributed over 80 percent of the state territory, using materials offered by the nature of the region to produce unique pieces that cover the essential craft derivations.

This exhibit at IKBLC is in partnership with, Mexico Fest a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and has become the most important festival dedicated to Mexico in British Columbia.

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This year’s programming includes events by the Mexican Tourism Board in Vancouver, the Mexican Community in Vancouver Services Society, the Network of Mexican Talent in BC, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, and numerous sponsors, making it a truly community-based and government effort to showcase Mexican music, traditions, spectacular tourism destinations to BC.

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May 3–31 It’s About Time: A Retrospective of Asian Presence at UBC
Located on the Main Floor (level 2) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

To commemorate UBC’s Centennial, the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program invites you to celebrate 100 years of Asian communities at UBC. The exhibition is a relational project that showcases various stories from the Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project, a trailer and photos from the upcoming film All Our Father’s Relations, creative work done by students for the ACAM Student Journal, and narratives from the ACAM Centennial Alumni Project: Retelling UBC’s History from an Asian Canadian Lens. By engaging with these existing projects, ACAM hopes to foster dialogue that includes alternative histories around the UBC community. We ask how these different yet intertwined Asian diasporic histories influence the ways in which the current student body interacts with the unceded territory upon which we live and work.

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“[…] I was essentially just a little simple players’ clubber who used their experience in the players club…

To go on and ‘play around’ for the rest of my life in theatre.”

Norman Young
1948-1952 Players Club Alumni
Centennial Documentary Transcript


On November 2nd 1915, a group of students formed the Players Club, an avenue for theatre on the new University campus. Under the guidance of Prof. F. G. Wood, the club rose to prominence as a leading theatre company on campus and in the city.

This exhibit is a celebration of the various aspects of the club. It provides a look at the various events we have hosted over our 100 years. Most importantly, it provides a glimpse into the community that is the Players Club.

English Cree logoThe Canadian Language Museum, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre presents an exhibit about Cree, the most widely spoken Canadian Aboriginal language. Colourful panels present maps, photos and information on topics including the syllabic writing system, word formation, animacy, and the future of Cree.

The Canadian Language Museum was established in 2011 to promote an appreciation of all of the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation. Few countries can match Canada’s rich and varied language heritage, which includes Aboriginal languages from coast to coast, the official languages of French and English and their regional dialects, and the many languages brought to this country by more recent immigrants.The Canadian Language Museum encourages dialogue on language issues that are central to the future of Canadian society, such as bilingualism, multilingualism, and language endangerment, preservation and revitalization.  The Canadian Language Museum has created travelling exhibits about Canadian English, the Inuit language, French in Canada, and Cree.

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UBC Library is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a new exhibition featuring items from Rare Books and Special Collections’ Alice 100 collection.

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