Curator(s): Anaïs Janin, Collection and Archives Manager/Administrative Assistant Number of works: 889 Inuit and 47 Yup’ik
First work(s): An ivory bear created around 1900 and given by Mrs. Alice Peck, Founder of The Guild.
Recent acquisition(s): A selection of sculptures from Nunavik by
Mrs. Huguette Gay.
Significant exhibitions: In 1949 The Guild organized the first exhibition of Inuit art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Other notable shows at the gallery itself include the first exhibition of Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) tapestries in 1972; The Art of Storytelling – Inuit Ceramics (2010); and Culture Shift: Challenging Identity at the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, 3rd edition (2016).
Interesting/unique/surprising works in the collection: A sculpture of iconic 1980s character E.T., carved out of whale bone and stone by Kim Ashevak, from 1987, as well as other works that showcase contemporary Inuit life through objects, such as cigarettes and guitars. Our collection also includes historical works, such as early twentieth-century ivory miniatures.
This June at the Guild we will open a solo exhibition of works by Abraham Anghik Ruben, OC. This exhibition will showcase a selection of sculptures by the artist alongside original preparatory sketches. — AJ