Tag Archives: pauta saila

Playing Favourites: Davia P., July 13, 2013

13 Jul

MIA visitor with her favourite piece in the museum.

Davia P., a MIA visitor, with “Dancing Bear” (c. 1970s) by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, ivory, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

Columbia, Maryland, USA

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

I was walking by and the art caught my attention.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like polar bears and I like dancing!

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Digital Assets Coordinator

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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: 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: Esmg T., August 8, 2012

8 Aug

Esmg T., a MIA visitor with “Dancing Bear” (1997) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, Private Collection.

Where are you from?

UK.

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

Holiday!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It’s really active!

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

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: Niall S., November 29, 2011

29 Nov

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 Niall S. with "Dancing Bear" (1978) by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, Private Collection

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Ireland originally. I now live in Toronto.

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

Yes, my first time. I came to volunteer my time and get involved.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like the combination of the two figures together- ambiguous. You can’t tell if they are angry (about to attack or fight) or if they are happy and about to dance together. Also, I like the eyes on the right figure. My sister loves bears, so it reminds me of her.

Posted by: Kate Mossman, MIA’s Development Officer

Playing Favourites: Mark W., Alice W. and Wushun S., October 2, 2011

4 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.

MIA visitors Mark W., Alice W., and Wushun W. with "Walking Bear" (1994) by Pauta Saila (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), stone, bone, MIA collection

Where are you from?

Tianjin, China and Toronto

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

Yes, Culture Days.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The bear is unique in Inuit art. It shows the relationship between human beings and nature.

Posted by: Kate Mossman, MIA’s Development Officer