Huge col­lec­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE -

The WAG’s Inuit art col­lec­tion con­tains more than 11,000 works, in­clud­ing about 7,100 sculp­tures. It is the world’s largest pub­lic col­lec­tion.

Since 1964, the WAG has or­ga­nized 166 ex­hi­bi­tions fea­tur­ing works by Inuit artists and hosted 22 shows or­ga­nized by other mu­se­ums and gal­leries.

In 1977, a ma­jor tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, The Inuit Print, or­ga­nized by the De­part­ment of In­dian and North­ern Devel­op­ment and the Na­tional Mu­seum of Man marked the first high-pro­file use of the term “Inuit” in­stead of “Eskimo.” The lat­ter is now con­sid­ered of­fen­sive.

On Oct. 17, 2012, Dar­lene Coward Wight, cu­ra­tor of Inuit art at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery since 1986, re­ceived an honorary doc­tor­ate of let­ters from the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba in recog­ni­tion of her “tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to pre­serve, pro­mote and cel­e­brate art by Canada’s Inuit.” Her cof­fee-ta­ble book, Cre­ation and Trans­for­ma­tion: Defin­ing Mo­ments in Inuit Art, which in­cludes es­says by art his­to­ri­ans, is avail­able at the WAG shop. Plans are in the works to build an Inuit Art and Learn­ing Cen­tre to be con­nected to the WAG and built on the site of its stu­dio build­ing. Ground is ex­pected to break on the 40,000-square-foot, $45-mil­lion cen­tre in 2014.

Mem­bers of the Man­i­toba Ur­ban Inuit As­so­ci­a­tion are build­ing two igloos, or “iglus,” on the WAG rooftop, next to an inuk­shuk by Nu­navut-born artist Manasie Ak­pali­apik, to co­in­cide with the ex­hi­bi­tion Cre­ation & Trans­for­ma­tion: Defin­ing Mo­ments in Inuit Art. The icy struc­tures are ap­prox­i­mately three me­tres wide and two me­tres tall. Inuit Film Night Tun­niit: Re­trac­ing the Lines of Inuit Tat­toos

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.