Archive | October, 2012

Playing Favourites: Liceo Marinelli School Group, October 15, 2012

15 Oct

A school group with their favourite piece in the museum

Liceo Marinelli School Group, MIA visitors, with “Dancing Bear” (1998) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, ivory, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Udine, Italy.

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

We’re part of the UTS Exchange program at the University of Toronto. We were visiting this area and wanted to stop into the museum.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The whole group really liked the Dancing Bears by Pauta Saila. They are original, express spirituality and movement. Also, we liked the serpentine with the white veins – looks eye catching and interesting!

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

 

Playing Favourites: Colston, October 10, 2012

11 Oct

Colston in the museum with his favourite piece.

Colston, a MIA visitor, with “Hunter Butchering a Walrus” (c.1980) by Johnny Kakutvk (1948), Akulivik, stone, antler, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

England.

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

I am on holiday. This is my first visit.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The power of the carving is quite exceptional and shows a traditional form of butchery!

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

Playing Favourites: Irene V., October 9, 2012

11 Oct

Irene V., a MIA visitor, with “Birds on Branches” (c.1970s) by an unidentified artist, Nunavik, caribou antlers, stone, Sprott/MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

The Netherlands.

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

To look at all the carvings!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I especially like it because my husband carves birds. It might give him some inspiration!

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

Playing Favourites: Margaret L. and David L., October 1st, 2012

3 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.

Playing Favourites

Margaret L. and David L.,  two MIA visitors, with “Walruses and seal” (c. 1950) by an unidentified artist, Baffin Island, stone, whalebone, ivory, MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Scotland

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

We are deeply interested in Inuit Art and David is an artist himself.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Seals are an important part of the folklore of Shetland, where I was brought up. Selkies are seals possessing souls of lost sailors.

Posted by: Lindsay Bontoft, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator