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Inuit Art: Narratives from a Culture in Transition

Inuit Art: Narratives from a Culture in Transition

September 4-December 15, 2013

Main Gallery and the Robert C. Ketner Vitrines

More than 100 works of contemporary art made by Inuit, the indigenous peoples of Nunavut (the largest and northernmost territory in Canada) will be on display at Guilford College Art Gallery through the fall semester.  Drawn from a private collection, the sculptures, textiles, prints, drawings and paintings, reflect Inuit artists’ personal experiences of living on the land, and their relationships with animals and animal spirits. Photographs of the artists and region, taken by the collectors on trips to Nunavut over the past decade, are also included.  The exhibition and related programs offer opportunities to consider the tremendous changes Inuit have experienced in modern times due to colonization, expanding industry, and climate change.

Related Events and Programming

Wednesday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.

Leak Room, Duke Memorial Hall
Join us for an introduction to Nunavut and Inuit Art and an opportunity to meet the collectors.
Opening Reception following in the Art Gallery, Hege Library.

Sedna (Photo by Pitseolak Niviaski

Wednesday, September 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Art Gallery, Hege Library
“Sedna: Inuit Goddess of the Sea”
Lecture by Eric D. Mortensen, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at Guilford College

Aaju Peter (Photo by Michelle Valberg)

Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Room, Hege Library
Presentation by Aaju Peter, Inuit culturalist, designer of traditional clothing, musical performer, translator/interpreter, and a mother of five, who recently graduated from Akitsiraq Law School and was called to the bar. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2012 for her contributions to the preservation and promotion of Inuit culture and language. Reception following in the Art Gallery, Hege Library.

Thursday, October 24, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
Art Gallery, Hege Library
“Circumpolar Shamanism”
Lecture by Eric D. Mortensen, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at Guilford College

 

 

Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Leak Room, Duke Memorial Hall            

“Off the Wall: Baker Lake Inuit Textile Art”     Lecture by Marie Bouchard, independent scholar and curator who lived in Qamanituaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut for 11 years. Bouchard is a well-known authority on works and clothes from this hamlet and is the co-author of Jessie Oonark: A Retrospective, 1968, and guest curator of Marion Tuu’luq – The Glorious Fabric of Art and Life, 2002.

 

 

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