Archive | December, 2011

Playing Favourites: Margaret N., December 13th, 2011

20 Dec

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 Margaret N. with "Seated Hunter" (1950's) from Unidentified Artist (Nunavik), stone, ivory, Sprott/MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Australia

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

Yes it’s my first visit. I am a geography and geology teacher for high school pupils for 38 years and I have a 3 year Anthropology degree.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The stone is very hard and yet there is a great degree of fluidity even with economy in carving detail. There is still enough detail in boots, teeth, clothing and a vitality in the men’s expression and a pride in stating his Inuit identity. This is still accomplished despite the difference in two mediums, ivory and stone.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

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Playing Favourites: Ming and Kim, December 12th, 2011

14 Dec

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 Ming and Kim with "Dancing Bear" (1978) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinngait, stone, ivory, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Vancouver and Toronto

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

Yes, first visit.  Here to see new things.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We like dancing bears!

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Amir B., December 2nd, 2011

6 Dec

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 Amir with "Winter Scene with Dogs and Igloos" by Emily Pangnerk Illuitok (1943-), Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay), stone, ivory, leather, hide, sinew, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Canada/Iran

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

Curiosity- learning about the art and culture.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It shows the lifestyle of the Inuit in a very detailed way. It’s so nicely done with small pieces. It’s easy to understand and look at.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Michael, December 2nd, 2011

6 Dec

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 Michael with "Inuit Archer" (c.1980's) by Judas Ullulaq (1937-1998), Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), stone, antler, sinew, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Perth, Western Australia

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

It is my first visit. I am very interested in art and aboriginal culture in particular.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Very interesting facial expression and nice detail. It resembles my father! (Sorry Dad!)

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Tom, December 2nd, 2011

6 Dec

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 Tom with "Narwhal" (2011) by Inuk Charlie (1956- ), Taloyoak (Spence Bay), stone, muskox horn, copper, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Perth,  Australia

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

My interest in indigenous art. Yes, first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Narwhals are a symbol to me of the Arctic and their relationship with Inuit people is one which captures the symbiosis of respectful and sustainable life.

 

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA’s Development Officer