A Celebration of Two Important Inuit Art Exhibitions

One Ocean Expeditions has partnered with the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection, celebrating two Inuit art exhibitions and an Arctic expedition planned for summer 2019.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario, supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the ‘Group of Seven’ and their contemporaries.

In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails.

The ‘Group of Seven’ were a group of Canadian landscape painters in the 1920s, originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley.

The new exhibitions:

Tukillk: The Inukshuk and Inuit Art
This exhibition explores the many meanings and artistic interpretations of Inuit art, such as the inukshuit (plural of Inukshuk) on Baffin Island. In this display there are over 60 photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures from The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, including those from the Norman E. Hallendy Archives.

Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992), Our Mystic Landscape, 1990, coloured pencil and felt‑tip pen on paper, 51 x 64.6 cm, The Norman E. Hallendy Archives, Gift of Norman E. Hallendy and Diana Cousens, 2015, McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives, Reproduced with permission of Dorset Fine Arts, ARC‑NH2015.15

Ivory, Bone, Antler and Horn: Masterworks of Inuit Sculpture exhibition:
For centuries, Inuit have been carving utilitarian objects and decorating their tools with ivory, bone, antler and horn. Small carvings from walrus ivory represent seals, caribou, polar bears, and birds, as well as small ivory genre scenes of hunting from kayaks, driving dog teams, or skinning seals. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, Inuit began creating sculptures as a source of income.

Alain Iyerak (born 1920), Caribou, c. 1975, antler with black coloured incising and stone, 55.5 x 113.5 x 30.5 cm, Purchase 1985, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1985.10.A-.E

Both exhibitions will be on display from February 10th – May 13th 2018.

One Ocean Expeditions and The McMichael Canadian Art Collection are also collaborating on an  Arctic expedition voyage – South Baffin Explorer; Art, Culture & Wildlife – July 30 to August 09, 2019. Guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Cape Dorset, known as the ‘Capital of Inuit Art’, and learn about Inuit art from Dr. Nancy Campbell, guest curator of the gallery’s Inuit exhibitions and others knowledgeable One Ocean Expeditions’ staff and guest speakers on board the voyage.

Dr. Nancy Campbell has been an independent curator and writer on contemporary and Inuit art since 1993. She has worked as a curator and director for many prestigious institutions. Nancy has produced numerous exhibitions including a three-part series at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery that connected Inuit art with the Canadian contemporary mainstream, as well as the landmark Annie Pootoogook at The Power Plant in Toronto. Most recently, Nancy produced Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice at the McMichael this year.

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