Tag Archives: inuit art

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

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Playing Favourites: Emma W., September 20th, 2012

22 Sep

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.

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Emma W., a MIA former employee, with “Musk Ox” (c.1970s) by Barnabus Arnasungaaq (1924- ), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), stone, Private Collection on loan to MIA.

Where are you from?

Toronto

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

Former employee! Last day favourite pick!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I love Barnabus Arnasungaaq’s style and his rounded forms. I like the way his muskox is arching his back – so much personality!

Posted by: Lindsay Bontoft, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Shahaddah and Laurette J., August 6, 2012

7 Aug

Shahaddah and Laurette J., MIA visitors, with “Dancing Bears” (c. 1970s) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinnagait (Cape Dorset), stone, ivory, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Toronto.

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

We were curious in learning about Inuit culture.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Dancing Bears are cool and smart and they dance to pass on the spirit. It’s enlightening and educational to learn about these meanings.

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

Playing Favourites: Pamela C., August 1 2012

3 Aug

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.

Pamela C., an MIA visitor, with Looty Pijamini Ausuittuq  Sea Goddess Legend (c. 1980s) Muskox horn, whale bone, ivory, hide, antler, sinew Private Collection

Pamela C., a MIA visitor, with “Sea Goddess Legend” (c. 1980s) by Looty Pijamini, Ausuittuq, muskox horn, whale bone, ivory, hide, antler, sinew, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Newfoundland but I now live here in Toronto.

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

I love Inuit art, I consider it a unique and highly valuable part of Canadian heritage.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Because I love the whole Sedna story and in this piece there is so much drama.

Posted by: Emma Ward, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

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: Ben C., 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.

Ben C., a MIA visitor, with “Family on a Qamutik” (c. 1970s) by an unidentified artist, Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), ivory, sinew, thread, pigment

Where are you from?

Albany, CA

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

To see the art. Yes.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Because I love dogs.

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

Playing Favourites: Zaina W., June 9th, 2012

9 Jun

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 Zaina with “Sedna” (1994) by Natar Ungalaq (1959-), Igloolik, Alabaster, stone inlay, hair, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Switzerland

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

This is my 1st visit in Canada (& the MIA) so I had to visit at least one exhibition about 1st nations.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I studied literature & I’m interested in legends of different cultures.

Posted by: Emma Ward, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer