Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art

January 25, 2013 to April 14, 2013

The collection of Inuit art held by the Winnipeg Art Gallery is extraordinary by any standard: its geographic range, diverse media, and its size have brought international renown to the collection of 13,000 artworks. As the WAG celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012–2013, this major exhibition of 115 artworks will reveal the scope of the collection and will feature many of the Gallery’s treasures as it marks this important milestone. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will demonstrate the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art from 1949 to the present day: from carvers in the 1950s, such as Johnny Inukpuk, to later story-tellers in stone, such as Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, and in whale bone such as Karoo Ashevak; from pioneer graphic artist, Jessie Oonark, to graphic artists working today in new and personal idioms, such as Shuvinai Ashoona. The exhibition will be curated by WAG Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene Coward Wight and will be a celebration of creativity that has had many transformations over six decades.

To honour the scale and importance of this exhibition, and in partnership with the WAG, Douglas & McIntyre has published a large, high quality book that will speak not only to the history and genesis of contemporary Inuit art, but to the wealth and breadth of the WAG's Inuit art collection.  This new historical narrative will be revealed in essays by international authorities Susan Gustavison, Ingo Hessel, Christine Lalonde, and Norman Vorano, led by the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene Coward Wight, one of the world’s leading scholars in the field. The 256-page hard cover book features 140 colour and archival images and is available in the Gallery Shop for $65. It will be officially launched at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 7pm on Thursday, November 15.

Click here for an exhibition review in Galleries West magazine.

Click here for an exhibition review by Alison Gillmor for the CBC.

Click here for an exhibiton article by Carolin Veseley, Winnipeg Free Press

Click here for an exhibition review by Alison Gillmor for Canadian Art

The Manitoba Urban Inuit Association has built two igloos on the WAG rooftop. Click here to learn more.

 

 

Interactive Zone
Following-up on the amazing feedback that was received regarding the Rockwell Interactive Zone, the WAG is prepared to offer new exploratory activities for visitors to explore within this exhibition. Look for opportunities for children and adults to engage in the exhibition by creating their own artwork, leaving a message, and exploring timelines all based on discovering the fantastic world of contemporary Inuit art. 

Sheokjuk Oqutaq, Mother and Child, 1952

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Trajectories of Transformation: A Symposium on Inuit Art

    A one-day symposium exploring the defining moments in Inuit art.

    Friday, January 25, 2013 from 9am to 5pm

  • Free Public Opening

    The largest exhibiton of Inuit art ever mounted by the WAG traces the development of this artform over the past six decades.

    Friday, January 25, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm

  • Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos

    An intriguing documentary about the lost tradition of Inuit facial tattoos.

    Saturday January 26, 2013 at 7pm

  • Interactive Family Tours

    A great way to spend family time together!

    Sunday February 3, 2013 at 1pm
    Sunday March 3, 2013 at 1pm
    Sunday April 7, 2013 at 1pm

  • Creation and Transformation Drop-In Exhibition Tours

    Sunday drop-in tours of the largest exhibition of Inuit art ever mounted by the WAG.

    Sunday February 3, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday February 10, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday February 17, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday February 24, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday March 3, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday March 10, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday March 17, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday March 24, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday March 31, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday April 7, 2013 at 2pm
    Sunday April 14, 2013 at 2pm

  • Members' Tour

    A members-only tour of this major exhibition of Inuit art.

    Wednesday February 6, 2013 at 12pm

  • Curator's Tour of Creation and Transformation

    Join Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, for a tour of the largest exhibition of Inuit art ever mounted by the WAG.

    Wednesday February 6, 2013 at 12pm

  • Art Eats

    Dinner at Storm Bistro followed by a tour of Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art.

    Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm
    Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

  • Linocut and Stencil Printmaking Workshop

    Register now for this 2-day workshop.

    Saturday February 9, 2013 at 12pm
    Saturday February 16, 2013 at 12pm

  • Video: Inuit Odyssey

    A video journey across the North and a millenium back in time.

    Wednesday February 13, 2013 at 12pm

  • Video: Treasure from the Far Fur Country

    A special screening of rarely seen films from the archives of the Hudson Bay Company.

    Wednesday February 20, 2013 at 12pm

  • Art Eats - Special Edition

    A special Art Eats offers dinner at Storm Bistro followed by an in-depth tour of the exhibition led by Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art.

    Friday, February 22, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm
    Friday, March 22, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

  • Arctic Adventure

    Inspired by the exhibition Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, this exciting afternoon will feature fun activities and performances by Inuit artists. Explore the history of Inuit art by engaging in an interactive family exhibition tour. Watch and learn the art of throat singing, build your own Inuksuk and Inuit work of art, and much more!

    Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 1:30pm to 4pm

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