Den­nos Mu­seum Cen­ter

Tra­verse City, Michi­gan

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Cu­ra­tor(s): Eu­gene A. Jen­ne­man, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor; Ja­son Dake, Cu­ra­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion; Kim Han­ni­nen, Reg­is­trar Num­ber of works: 1,523 Inuit

First work(s): The print Eskimo Le­gend: Owl, Fox, and Hare (1959) by Osuitok Ipeelee, RCA, a gift from Wil­bur C. Mun­necke.

Re­cent ac­qui­si­tion(s): The two most re­cent pur­chases are prints from the 2016 Cape Dorset An­nual Print Col­lec­tion: Neutralize­r (2016) and My New Boots (2016), both by Ningiukulu Teevee.

Sig­nif­i­cant exhibition­s: Ex­pres­sions of Arc­tic Tra­di­tion: Con­tem­po­rary Inuit Art (on­go­ing) is drawn from our ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion and has trav­elled widely in the USA and in­ter­na­tion­ally to the Ber­muda Na­tional Gallery in 2008.

In­ter­est­ing/unique/sur­pris­ing works in the col­lec­tion: A box la­belled “first works im­ported into the USA” with items dated from around 1940 to 1960, gifted by Wil­bur C. Mun­necke. We also have a col­lec­tion of early ex­per­i­men­tal prints from Kin­ngait

(Cape Dorset) and two print stone and print sets both done in 1961: Man Killing Seal by Ake­suk Tud­lik (1890–1966) and Man in a Kayak by Na­pachie Pootoo­gook (1938-2002).

Since open­ing, the mu­seum has had a des­ig­nated gallery to show­case the per­ma­nent

Inuit art col­lec­tion, the Power Fam­ily Inuit Art Gallery, which in­cludes the gift of Eu­gene and Sayde Power’s Inuit art col­lec­tion. Cur­rently, con­struc­tion is un­der­way to ex­pand the mu­seum by 15,000 sq. ft. in­clud­ing an ex­pan­sion of the Inuit Art Gallery and Inuit art col­lec­tion stor­age by 2,400 sq. ft., which will more than dou­ble the gallery and stor­age space. The ex­pan­sion of the gallery and col­lec­tion stor­age area is made pos­si­ble by a gift of $1 mil­lion from Bar­bara and Dud­ley Smith III. The Smiths hold a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of Inuit art that will be gifted to the mu­seum as well. — EJ

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