The Guild

Mon­treal, Que­bec

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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

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