Archive | June, 2011

Playing Favourites: Melanie M., June 30, 2011

30 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Melanie M. with “Sedna Is Found” (2008) by David Ruben Piqtoukun (1950 – ), Paulatuk, NWT, Stone, caribou antler, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

It’s my first visit. I’m here visiting a friend studying at U of T [the University of Toronto]. We came because we’re both interested in indigenous culture.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

This piece called my attenton because it reminds me of the work of one of my favorite Catalan artists, Joan Miro. It’s expressive and have wonderful movement. Can I have it? Thanks.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

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Playing Favourites: Brandon E., June 30, 2011

30 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Brandon E. with “Sedna” (c. 1994) by Natar Ungalaq (1959 – ), Iglulik, Stone, inlay, hair, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

We had a free museum pass.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It looks well designed.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Leanna E., June 30, 2011

30 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Leanna E. with “Kamiks” (c. 1950s) by an unknown artist, Sealskin, seal fur, fabric, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

We had a free museum pass. Yes, it’s my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I love vintage fashion.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Lydia H., June 30, 2011

30 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Lydia H. with “Memories: An Ancient Past” by Abraham Anghik Rubem (1951 – ), Paulatuk, NWT, Whalebone, stone, wood, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

I hope to study Anthropology at university this October and so have a great interest in culture and people.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I think this piece really tells a story and the carvings vividly express a sense of emotion within the people, but also their relationship with animals and nature. There is a continuous flow to this piece which spiritually connects the Inuit to their environment.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Rachel M., June 30, 2011

30 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Rachel M. with “Pregnant Sedna” (c. 1975) by Adamie Alariaq (1930 – 1990), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Kansas, USA

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

I got a free ticket at the public library. This is my first visit, and I will be back.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I really like the legend of Sedna, the Sea Goddess, and I love the gorgeous sculpture.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Marc K. and Irene S., June 28, 2011

28 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitors Marc K. and Irene S. with “Musk Ox” (c. 1980) by Mark Tungilik (1913 – 1986), Naujat (Repulse Bay), Stone, antler, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Germany

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

This is our first visit. Irene had a MAP pass from the library.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We just like it! It’s hard to say… we like the simplicity of the shape, the stone and the face.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Jean F., June 27, 2011

27 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Jean next to “Musk Ox” (c. 1990s) by Nelson Takkiruq (1930 – 1999), Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Stone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Highland Park, Illinois

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

We collect Inuit art.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I love the face – it’s very whimsical

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator