Archive | August, 2012

Playing Favourites: Zeina W., August 28, 2012

30 Aug

Zeina W., a MIA visitor, with “Spirit World of the Inuit” by Manasie Akpaliapik (1955-), Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), whalebone, stone, ivory, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

Vancouver, BC.

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

My friend Aviva, who volunteers at the MIA, brought me.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like how the artist integrated the natural contours of the bone into his art.

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

Playing Favourites: Rasheed C. and Jamie Q., August 28, 2012

30 Aug

Rasheed C., a MIA visitor, with “Dancing Bear” (c. 1970s) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, Private Collection.

Jamie Q., a MIA visitor, with “Muskox Horn Bird” (2007) by Morris Alorut (1963-), Ulukhatok (Holman), muskox horn, whalebone, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

We’re from Etobicoke and Markham, ON.

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

It’s our first time to the museum, we came because we really wanted to  see Inuit art.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Rasheed: I love the playfullness of the dancing bear.

Jamie: I love the balance of the bird.

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

Playing Favourites: Shankers Family., August 27, 2012

27 Aug

Shankers family with “Doll” (c. 2010) by Martina Anoee (1933-2010), Arviat, sealskin, foxfur, wool, thread, hair, MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Scarborough, ON.

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

Yes, it’s our first visit. We got a map pass and our daughter is studying Aboriginal culture at school in grade 3.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We like how they use animal skin and beading to make it decorative. The flowers look real and the skins had to be cut and sewn to make the clothing – that looks difficult to do.

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

Playing Favourites: Rivka and Ada I., August 27, 2012

27 Aug

Rivka and Ada I., MAI visitors with “Bird” (c. 1996) by Lukta Qiatsuk (1928-2004), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Isreal.

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

I’m visiting my other daughter in Toronto.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It caught my attention! The colour and shape, it’s beautiful and extraordinary – different from other pieces. The green colour and the freedom or fluidity of the shape stands out and I love love animals in the first place.

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

 

Playing Favourites: Grace H., August 22, 2012

22 Aug

Grace H., a MIA visitor with “Singing Shaman About Flying Spirit Helpers” (2009) by Mattiusi Iyaituk (1950-), Akulivik, Nunavik, stone, caribou antler, Sprott/ MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Toronto / Bristol, England.

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

This is my second visit, I wanted to look at some exhibits in detail.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It reminds me of some themes in Anglo-Saxon poetry (my academic background) and of themes in British druidry. I enjoy seeing how some themes occur across different cultures. Also, the faces have a sense of energy and fun (and look like characters from The Moomins books!)

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

Playing Favourites: Kelly S., August 16, 2012

19 Aug

Kelly S., a MIA visitor with “Doll” (c. 2006) by Margaret Egutak (1928-), Ulukhatok (Holman), cloth, embroidery thread, fur, hide, duffel, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Mississauga, ON.

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

I’m visiting the Harbourfront, this is my first visit to the MIA.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like it because of the detail. I think it’s cute 🙂

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

Playing Favourites: Rahel B., August 13, 2012

13 Aug

Rahel B., a MIA visitor, with “Musk Ox” (c. 1980) by Mark Tungilik (1913-1986), Naujat (Repulse Bay), stone, antler, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

Switzerland.

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

I’ve been a volunteer here in my gap year in Canada in 2008.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Firstly, it has two colours, is humerous, it’s face and it’s back is higher, it’s a useful animal (for work) not just a wild animal.

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