Archive | November, 2011

Playing Favourites: Niall S., November 29, 2011

29 Nov

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 Niall S. with "Dancing Bear" (1978) by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, Private Collection

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Ireland originally. I now live in Toronto.

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

Yes, my first time. I came to volunteer my time and get involved.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like the combination of the two figures together- ambiguous. You can’t tell if they are angry (about to attack or fight) or if they are happy and about to dance together. Also, I like the eyes on the right figure. My sister loves bears, so it reminds me of her.

Posted by: Kate Mossman, MIA’s Development Officer

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Playing Favourites: Kim C., November 29, 2011

29 Nov

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 Kim C. with "Shaman's Wish to Fly" (2010) by Mattiusi Iyaituk (1950-), Akulivik, Nunavik, Stone, whalebone, Sprott/MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Toronto

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

I’m a volunteer at MIA in Toronto.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I appreciate how the artist conveys a highly abstract concept such as transformation in a concrete material like stone and whale vertebrae, which interestingly houses the spinal cord involving the central nervous system, which is sort of a doorway to abstract thought perception involved in overcoming the physical world represented by the stone base.

Posted by: Kate Mossman, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Cathy, November 20th, 2011

21 Nov

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 Cathy with "Bird Creature" (2009) by Toonoo Sharky, RCA (1970-) from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, Private Collection

 

Where are you from?

Oshawa.

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

Serendipity. Yes, it is my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I love the primitive power of this piece. I know owls have magical powers in folklore.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Kathy, November 20th, 2011

21 Nov

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 Kathy with "Creation Story" (2007) by Manasie Akpaliapik (1955-) from Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), whalebone, stone, ivory, Private Collection

 

Where are you from?

Toronto

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

I was just passing by and I saw this incredible museum. It should be considered a national treasure.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Everywhere you look on this whalebone carving presents a different vision-people, fish, bear claws, eagles. It has depth. It has spirit. It takes you inside of yourself and gives you a vision of this incredible culture.

 

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Sukhwinder, Munish, Ananya and Nitya, November 20th, 2011

21 Nov

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 Sukhwinder, Munish, Ananya and Nitya with "Creation Story" (2007) by Manasie Akpaliapik (1955-) from Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), whalebone, stone, ivory, Private Collection

Where are you from?

India

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

This is our first visit to Harbourfront so that’s why we came here.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It is a very good artistic piece. It’s made of whalebone and we like it very much!

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Sherry and Nigel, November 20th, 2011

21 Nov

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 Sherry and Nigel with "Mask" (2008) by Dolfus Cadieux (1956-) from Yellowknife, NWT, stone, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Severn Bridge.

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

We were attending another cultural event and passed by.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It’s very contemporary and an atypical colour for Inuit Art. It’s a lovely carving.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Christy B., November 20, 2011

21 Nov

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 Christy B. with "Pink Fishes" (2009) by Floyd Kuptana (1964-) from Paulatuk, NWT, stone, metal, Private Collection

 

Where are you from?

Toronto

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

I walked by and was drawn in by all the beautiful pieces and I did not realize it was so big and beautiful!!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The lightness, the colour and the shape is very different from all the other pieces. I really like different and this piece made me smile.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer