Archive | December, 2012

Playing Favourites: Judy C., December 28, 2012

31 Dec

Judy C., a MIA visitor, with "Raven and Sedna" (2009) by Abraham Ruben (1951-), Paulatak, NWT, stone, Sprott/MIA Collection

Judy C., a MIA visitor, with “Raven and Sedna” (2009) by Abraham Ruben (1951-), Paulatak, NWT, stone, Sprott/MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Boston, Massachusetts.

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

I’m interested in Aboriginal art.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like Abraham Ruben’s “Sedna and Raven” because of it’s fluidity. I just want to embrace it! I also loved the spiritual/human sides of the piece and the mother putting her trust into the Shaman.

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

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Playing Favourites: Phyllis, December 20, 2012

20 Dec

MIA visitor Phyllis with "Birds".

Phyllis, a MIA visitor, with “Birds” (c. 1970s) by George Tataniq (1910-1991), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), stone, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Beijing, China.

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

I’m a recent immigrant and want to understand the culture here, including the history of Aboriginal culture.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I really like all of the birds here, it is difficult to say only one is my favourite.

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

Playing Favourites: Marveh F., and Timan K., December 10, 2012

10 Dec

MIA visitors with their favourite piece at the museum.

Marveh F., and Timan K., MIA visitors, with “Inuksuk” (2011) by Adam Noah Alorut, Saniarjak (Hall Beach), stone, MIA Collection.

Where are you from?

Iran.

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

Yes it is our first visit. We came out of curiosity. We were going through suggestions made on Lonely Planet and our friends who are living in Toronto as well as a general map by the info centre Downtown.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We like how differing and distinct cultures are similar concept of the Inuksuit. Water, different utilitarian items that are hidden, fuel and directional information are communicated via stone, configurations in the desert parts of Iran. This was very interesting for me and great to see in Inuit art.

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

Playing Favourites:Emuvie V., December 3, 2012

3 Dec

A museum visitor  with her favourite piece  in the museum.

Emuvie V., a MIA visitor with “Mask” (2008) by Dolfus Cadieux (1956- ), Yellow Knife, N.W.T., stone, Private Collection.

 

Where are you from?

The Philippines.

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

I’m an artist – part of the Philippine media. This is a visit for coverage and it is my first time.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I liked the material (alabaster), the lines in the material and the hair and the face itself. The whole piece is very rich and captivating.

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