A sneak peek at some cur­rent and up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and projects

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - – Nancy Camp­bell

An­nie Pootoo­gook: Cut­ting Ice McMichael Cana­dian Art Col­lec­tion KLEINBERG, ON

In the days fol­low­ing the pub­lic an­nounce­ment of the death of An­nie Pootoo­gook (1969–2016), Chief Cu­ra­tor Sarah Stan­ners’ in­box was flooded by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with pleas that the McMichael com­mem­o­rate the sig­nif­i­cant loss to the arts com­mu­nity. The re­sult is this ex­pan­sive ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by Nancy Camp­bell, who worked closely with the artist through­out her brief and ex­traor­di­nary ca­reer: I knew An­nie, and I spent a lot of time with her. For Cut­ting Ice, I am work­ing with Jimmy Man­ning, an artist and elder in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, be­cause it is im­por­tant to in­clude the voices of fam­ily and friends from her com­mu­nity. This is a com­mem­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, not a typ­i­cal ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive, so it was im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity in Kin­ngait that this be a cel­e­bra­tion of An­nie’s life and the com­mu­nity who loved her. An­nie drew what­ever she wanted. She was a nar­ra­tor of con­tem­po­rary daily life in the North. Her au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal scenes and her ex­per­i­ments in large for­mat draw­ings were tremen­dously in­flu­en­tial on other artists in the com­mu­nity. This im­pact will be re­flected by the in­clu­sion of works by other artists who were work­ing in the stu­dio when An­nie was ac­tive, namely Itee Pootoo­gook (1951–2014), Oho­taq Mikki­gak (1936–2014), Si­assie Ken­neally, Shuvinai Ashoona, RCA, and Ju­tai Toonoo (1959–2015). She opened the doors for other Inuit artists to par­tic­i­pate in the con­tem­po­rary art mi­lieu. She was a cat­a­lyst, and I hope this ex­hi­bi­tion re­flects that.

An­nie Pootoo­gook (1969–2016 Kin­ngait) — My­self in Scot­land 2005–6 Coloured pen­cil and felt-tip pen over graphite 76.5 × 56.6 cm RE­PRO­DUCED WITH PER­MIS­SION DORSET FINE ARTS

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