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January 17, 2013

Defining Moments in Inuit Art l Tunniit: Inuit Tattoos l Symposium l Tours, Lunch & Family Fun!!

Trajectories of Transformation: A Symposium on Inuit Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
January 25, from 9 am to 5 pm
This symposium is open to the public.

Leading artists, art historians, and curators will gather at the WAG for a one-day 
symposium to discuss Inuit art and the transformation and defining moments that 
have shaped this area of Canadian art history.  

Led by Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, it will feature presentations by contemporary Inuit artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Tim Pitseolak and Jamesie Pitsiulak, as well as talks by Ingo Hessel, Christine Lalonde (NGC),  Norman Vorano (CMC), and Bill Ritchie (Kinngait Studio, Cape Dorset Print Shop). 

General $75 l WAG member $55
Student $30 (must show valid student ID or fax a copy to 204.788.4998)
Lunch ticket (optional) $15
Special rates for artists are available.

Please contact the Education Assistant or by calling 204.786.6641 ext. 227.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery
Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art
January 25 - April 14
Opening Reception January 25, 7 pm

Creation & Transformation describes the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art from its inception to the present day: from carvers in the 1950s, such as Johnny Inukpuk, to later storytellers in stone, such as Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, and in whalebone, such as Karoo Ashevak;from pioneer graphic artist Jessie Oonark to artists working today in new and personal idioms, such as Shuvinai Ashoona.

“The exhibition offers insight into some of the defining moments of Inuit art,” says Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art.

The book accompanying the publication, by Coward Wight, includes essays by art historians Susan Gustavision, Ingo Hessel, Christine Lalonde, and Norman Vorano. Illustrated by 150 colour and archival images, it is a new historical narrative of contemporary Inuit art.  It is available in the Gallery Shop.

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Inuit Film Night • Jan. 26, 7 pm
Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos 
A documentary produced by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril about her journey to explore the lost tradition of Inuit facial tattoos.
Admission is free for delegates. For others it is included with Gallery admission.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Arnaquq-Baril.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, an Inuk producer and director from Iqaluit, Nunavut, owns Unikkaat Studios, Inc.


Sunday Drop-in Tours • 2 pm
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 / Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Art Eats
Fri, Feb 8 and Fri, Mar 1, 6 - 9 pm
Dinner at Storm Bistro followed by an exhibition tour.
Fri, Feb 22 and Fri, Mar 22, 6 - 9 pm
Join Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, for an in-depth look at this exhibition.

Art for Lunch 
Feb 13 • 12:10 pm • Inuit Odyssey (44 min video)
Anthropologist Niobe Thompson takes a visually stunning journey across the North tracing the origins of the modern Inuit in an Arctic odyssey from Siberia to Greenland.
Feb 20 • 12:10 pm • Treasure from the Far Fur Country (video)
Hudson’s Bay Company Archivist James Gorton presents a special screening of rarely seen films documenting the HBC’s activities and First Nations communities in the Canadian north in the early 20th century.

Arctic Adventure Family Sunday 
Mar 17, 1:20 - 4 pm
Have fun and learn about Inuit art and culture.

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