Archive | October, 2011

Playing Favourites: Charis S., October 13, 2011

13 Oct

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 Charis S. with "Shaman" (1990's) by Uriash Puqiqnak, Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), stone, antler, ivory, hide, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

New Zealand

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

I am attracted to all kinds of art.  I also really like art by Native Americans.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It’s my favourite because it is really different and original. I love its smile with crooked teeth and its funny, mischevious grin.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

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Playing Favourites: Cori S., October 13, 2011

13 Oct

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 Cori S. with "Caribou Shaman" by Peter Assivaaryuk (1914-d), Qamanittuaq (Baker Lake), caribou antler, Private collection

 

Where are you from?

New Zealand

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

I love the art and culture of the aboriginal peoples.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I really liked the “Caribou Shaman” because he looks both welcoming, whimsical and spirit-imploring.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Valerie H.N., October 11, 2011

12 Oct

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 Valerie H.N. with "Bridge in Pangnirtung" (2010) by Elisapee Ishulataq, Pangnirtung, stencil print

Where are you from?

Winnipeg, MB

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

Yes it is my first visit. I have an interest in Inuit and their art after living in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River).

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It brings back wonderful memories of living in Clyde River and visiting Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung). It is a very charming print, showing a beautiful community.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Linda T., October 11, 2011

12 Oct

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 Linda T. with "Creation Story" (2007) by Manasie Akpaliapik (1955-), Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay). whalebone, stone, ivory, Private collection

Where are you from?

Etobicoke, ON

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

No. I was brought here by the complimentary admission. It is also our monthly anniversary and my boyfriend has an interest in native culture.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like the large size and the detailed carving of the animals.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Angela H., October 11, 2011

12 Oct

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 with "Untitled" (1981) by Annie Taipanik (1950-), Qamani'Tuaq (Baker Lake), duffel, embroidery thread, felt, MIA collection

Where are you from?

Devon

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

It’s a return visit because it’s wonderful here!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The bright colours.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Ange L., October 11, 2011

12 Oct

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 Ange L. with "A Young Hunter's First Catch" (1979) by Matiusie Iyaituk (1950-), Ivujivik, stone, antler, ivory, sinew, Collection of La Fédération des Coopératives de Nouveau-Québec-

Where are you from?

UK but living in Toronto

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

Yes it is. I came to Harbourfront for the day.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I love its open-endedness–in the simplicity there is space for it to be anything to you at any time. You can guess at the artist’s story or invent ever changing ones.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Derek D, October 11, 2011

12 Oct

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 Derek D. with "Memories: An Ancient Past" by Abraham Anghik Ruben (1951-), Paulatuk, NWT, whalebone, stone, Private collection

Where are you from?

Toronto

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

I have never been here so I came to learn about the Inuit, and their culture. Also, it’s our monthly anniversary and we always like to do something special for it!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It is incredibly detailed, complex and beautiful.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer