Archive | July, 2012

Playing Favourites: Robin M., July 25, 2012

25 Jul

Robin M., a MIA visitor, with “Boy Drumming with Wolf” (2009) by Abraham Anghik Ruben
Paulatuk, NWT, stone, Sprott/ MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Barrie, ON.

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

I’m interested in Inuit culture. It’s my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

This piece shows so many things that are close to my heart and I like both the flow of the sculpture and the type of stone used.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Arlene A., July 25 2012

25 Jul

Arelene A., a MIA visitor, with “Memories: An Ancient Past” (2010) by Abraham Anghik Ruben, Paulatuk, NWT, stone, whalebone, wood, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

Barrie, ON.

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

I’m here to do some sightseeing in Toronto.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It has so much detail, telling the story of Inuit.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Lesley S., July 23, 2012

23 Jul

Lesley S., a MIA visitor, with “Mother and Child” (c. 1950) by an unidentified artist, Canadian Arctic, stone, ivory, Sprott/MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Nottingham, England.

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

I came across MIA by chance. It is my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

As a mother myself, I was drawn to this piece as I felt it symbolized the love of a mother for her child as she encircles the baby with her arms. The eyes connect with the child and it’s intimate.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Veronica L., July 18, 2012

19 Jul

Veronica L., a MIA visitor, with “This Light Tonight” (2012) by Christian Morrisseau, Keewaywin First Nation, acrylic on canvas, Aboriginal Voices Gallery, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

Toronto, ON

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

First timer! I came because I recently became interested in Inuit art because of my lady friend.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The colours and the meanings.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Emily, Laura, Rebecca, Antonia July 18th 2012

19 Jul

 

Emily, Laura, Rebecca, Antonia, MIA visitors, with “Inuit Archer” (c.1980s) by Judas Ullulaq, Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) stone, antler, sinew, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Austria

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

Our parents brought us. it is our first time.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Because it’s funny!

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Richard S., July 18th 2012

19 Jul

Richard S., a MIA visitor with “Flying Raven” (2009) by Morris Alorut, Sanirajak (Hall Beach), stone, caribou antler, bone, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Seattle, WA

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

I’m interested in Native art from the American Southwest, Northwest and now Inuit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like it because it looks like a bird.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Jeremy D., July 17th 2012

17 Jul

Jeremy D., a MIA visitor with “Decorative Sealskin” (c.1940s) by an unknown artist, Canadian Arctic, sealskin, hide, fabric, fur, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Thunderbay, ON

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

My wife is attending the Assembly of First Nations. Yes, my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I really like how the shapes and forms are made of with different coloured fur, and how you can see the natural spotted pattern of the fur.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Assistant Educational Coordinator

 

Playing Favourites: Andrea, Adriana, and Mike M., July 16th 2012

17 Jul

Andrea, Adriana, and Mike M., MIA visitors, with “Migration” (1976) by Joe Talirunili (1893-1976), Puvirnituq (Povungnituk), stone, wood, hide, thread, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Venezuela, Coracas

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

We are visiting family who wanted to come to the Harbourfront. It’s our first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We were on the lake just now (Toronto Island) and we’re fascinated – maybe these were boats from the past.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Assistant Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Khattak Family, July 16th 2012

17 Jul

Khattak family, MIA visitors, with “Winter Scene with Dogs and Igloos” by Emily Pangnerk Illuitok, Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay), stove, ivory, leather, hide, sinew, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Etobicoke, ON

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

Yes, first visit. At the library, found on the internet.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We liked the Central Arctic pieces in general, size and ivory. We liked the way the dogs were realistic and funny. We can understand Arctic life better.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Assistant Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Phyllis, July 2nd 2012

2 Jul

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.

Phyllis, a MIA visitor, with “Amouti” (2009) by Irene Avaalaaqiaq, Qamanittuaq (Baker Lake), fabric, thread, glass beads

Where are you from?

Saskatoon, SK.

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

A friend recommended it. First visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It’s beautiful, colourful, inventive design.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Assistant Educational Coordinator