From the Ed­i­tor

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - Britt Gallpen Ed­i­tor

Mu­se­ums, par­tic­u­larly those with sweep­ing ethno­graphic hold­ings, in­vari­ably oc­cupy com­plex re­la­tion­ships with those they pur­port to rep­re­sent through ob­ject-based dis­play. Such long and largely fraught en­tan­gle­ments are of­ten pred­i­cated on who holds the power to frame dis­course around cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant ob­jects. This process is in­her­ently linked to global col­o­niz­ing ef­forts, dat­ing to the ear­li­est Wun­derkam­mern (cab­i­nets of cu­riosi­ties) of six­teen­th­cen­tury Europe. The con­tem­po­rary com­plex­ity of ex­hibit­ing th­ese works re­mains deeply en­twined in the spe­cific cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing ac­qui­si­tion, as we are re­minded in Tanya Lukin Linklater’s thought­ful, sear­ing Com­ment in this is­sue of the Quar­terly. What per­sists, and of­ten also winds its way into the rooms of the art gallery, is the larger ques­tion of who speaks, for whom and how.

This is­sue con­sid­ers the role of mu­se­ums to­day and specif­i­cally how they are adapt­ing, re­spond­ing and reimag­ing them­selves to make space for new voices, method­olo­gies and ideas. Dr. Julie Nagam re­flects on the Indigenizing ini­tia­tives cur­rently un­der­way at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery, in­clud­ing the planned Inuit

Art Cen­tre in “Mu­seum En­coun­ters of An­other Kind”. Like­wise, build­ing on the re­view sec­tion of our pho­tog­ra­phy is­sue (29.4/win­ter 2016) that fea­tured only exhibitions or­ga­nized by Inuit cu­ra­tors, our sec­ond fea­ture ar­ti­cle “Inuit Cu­ra­tors in Con­ver­sa­tion” brings to­gether Heather Camp­bell, Heather Iglo­liorte and Jo­ce­lyn Pi­irainen on how Inuit-led cu­ra­to­rial ini­tia­tives might rad­i­cally re­shape the ex­hi­bi­tion and writ­ing of Inuit art his­tory. Our Port­fo­lio sur­veys unique col­lec­tions of Inuit art across Canada, the United States and Europe to bring you in­sights from their cus­to­di­ans about the hid­den gems and up­com­ing plans to ac­ti­vate the works. I hope you’ll en­joy this be­hind the scenes glimpse and that you’ll visit our on­line space through­out the sum­mer as we share each cu­ra­tor’s favourite works at: iaq.inu­itart­foun­da­tion.org

Fi­nally, I am pleased to share with you that the IAQ was short­listed for Best Lit­er­a­ture and Art Mag­a­zine at the in­au­gu­ral 2017 Cana­dian Mag­a­zine Awards. Over the past year, we have worked hard to de­fine a strong ed­i­to­rial vi­sion grounded in thought­ful, ex­ploratory writ­ing, rooted in a fun­da­men­tal de­sire to make space for new voices. I am in­debted to my team for their ded­i­ca­tion as we have zeal­ously reimag­ined what the IAQ might be and I am thank­ful for the gen­eros­ity and guid­ance of both our Ed­i­to­rial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil mem­bers and our Board of Di­rec­tors. As we start our 30th an­niver­sary year and re­flect on the ed­i­to­rial legacy of the IAQ and the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions of past ed­i­tors Mary­belle Mitchell, Chris­tine Lalonde, Nancy Camp­bell and Heather Iglo­liorte, we are ex­cited to con­tinue build­ing on this solid foun­da­tion for years to come.

Photo Karen Asher

Turn to page 36 to read about the changes ahead for the Win­nipeg Art Gallery.

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