de Young Mu­seum*

San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

Cu­ra­tor(s): Christina Hellmich, Cu­ra­tor in Charge, Arts of Africa, Ocea­nia, and the Amer­i­cas and the Jo­lika Col­lec­tion; Hil­lary Ol­cott, As­sis­tant Cu­ra­tor, Arts of Africa, Ocea­nia, and the Amer­i­cas

Num­ber of works: 500+ In­dige­nous artists from the Arc­tic

First work(s): Two har­poons that were part of the char­ter col­lec­tion of the M.H. de Young Memo­rial Mu­seum.

Re­cent ac­qui­si­tion(s): A 2007 do­na­tion from the es­tate of Thomas G. Fowler that in­cluded 390 works made by artists from the Arc­tic Cir­cle.

Sig­nif­i­cant exhibition­s: Yua, Spirit of the Arc­tic: Eskimo and Inuit Art from the Col­lec­tion of Thomas G. Fowler (2009 - present).

In­ter­est­ing/unique/sur­pris­ing works in the col­lec­tion: One of the largest works is a five-and-a-half-foot mam­moth tusk de­pict­ing scenes of steam­boat stops along the Yukon River. The tusk was likely carved in the late 1890s and strongly re­sem­bles the work of Iñu­piaq artist Guy Kaka­rook.

Yua, Spirit of the Arc­tic: Eskimo and Inuit Art from the Col­lec­tion of Thomas G. Fowler is cur­rently on view at the mu­seum. The in­stal­la­tion, de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with con­sult­ing cu­ra­tors Roslyn Tu­nis and Chuna McIn­tyre, fea­tures nearly 100 works that rep­re­sent both the aes­thetic and util­i­tar­ian sen­si­bil­i­ties of Arc­tic life. — CH

* The de Young Mu­seum is one of the in­sti­tu­tions op­er­ated by the Fine Arts Mu­se­ums of San Fran­cisco.

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