Looking Up: Contemporary Connections with Inuit Art
December 21, 2013 to March 16, 2014
Looking Up explores the influence that the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art collection has had on Winnipeg’s art community over the past 40 years. With all of the international attention the Winnipeg art scene has been receiving, people have been asking “What’s in the water there?” Up until now, the default response has been, "a combination of isolation and a strong arts community", but there must be more. Other Canadian cities share these qualities and conditions, but arguably don’t produce the same quantity or quality of artists per capita. So what really makes Winnipeg different? As part of the WAG’s Centennial exhibition program, Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art, selected a spectrum of local artists who have exhibited this influence in their work. They were then invited to produce new work in response to the WAG’s Inuit collection – the largest collection of its kind in the world. Through a series of informal visits to the vault, they made their selections which will be displayed alongside their own work.
What results is an exhibition of connections between two art communities with an idiosyncratic history who mythologize, share stories, tell jokes and capture their landscapes through the common language of art. Looking Up not only geographically ‘looks up’ to the North, but in homage as well.
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Past Programs & Events
This exclusive member only event will give you a private tour with Curator of Contemporary Art, Paul Butler, as well as refreshments.
Friday, January 17 from 11am to 4pm
A free public opening for Looking Up and The End—Rocky Mountains.
Friday, January 17 from 7pm to 10pm
WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program may have a new name, but it still features a 3-course, exhibition-inspired, fixed menu at Storm Bistro (WAG’s rooftop restaurant) followed by an exclusive gallery tour.
Friday, January 24 from 6pm to 9pm
Tour: Looking Up: Contemporary Connections with Inuit Art with Curator of Contemporary Art, Paul Butler
Join the WAG’S Curator of Contemporary Art, Paul Butler to explore the intriguing work of eight contemporary local artists who acknowledge Inuit art as an influence on their practice and have produced new work in response to specific pieces from the WAG’S internationally acclaimed collection of Inuit carvings, prints and textiles.
Wednesday, January 29 from 12pm to 1pm
Join Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art, along with artists Simon Hughes, Sylvia Matas and Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline for a Q&A conversation about their work and the launch of the Looking Up exhibition catalogue.
Sunday, February 16 from 2pm to 3pm
Join Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art for a tour to learn more about this fascinating five projection video.
Wednesday, February 26 from 12pm to 1pm
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday
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