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Paulassie Pootoogook, Owl, 1971, soapstone. Collection of the Government of Nunavut.

News Release   Contact: Sharon Reed, Public Relations Coordinator

March 1, 2007   (603) 646-2426 Sharon.reed@dartmouth.edu 

Contemporary Art from the Arctic

HANOVER, N.H. -- From March 27 through May 20, 2007, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College hosts Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic, the first major museum exhibition of contemporary art from Canada's newest territory, Nunavut. On loan from the Peabody Essex Museum and the Government of Nunavut, this exhibition features about sixty works from the important Nunavut Territorial collection of contemporary Inuit art, which celebrates the growth of Inuit creative expression over the past five decades. The works reveal how long-held Inuit artistic traditions inspire contemporary sculpture, prints, fiber arts, photography, and digital media that reflect Inuit societal values of family, community, and worldview as expressed through Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit ("Inuit traditional knowledge"). Materials such as stone, antlers, and animal skins are transformed into bold expressions of the inner and outer worlds of the Inuit, encompassing spirituality, seasonality, cosmology, identity, and place. The exhibition is presented by the Hood in recognition of International Polar Year and in conjunction with the exhibition Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment.

Opening events will be held on April 11 with remarks by the Honorable Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut, and Neil LeBlanc, Canadian Consul General in Boston, followed by a lecture by John Grimes, Director of the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and co-curator of the exhibition. A reception featuring wine and food from Canada, sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, will follow in Kim Gallery.

Peter Irniq, artist and former commissioner of Nunavut, will create an Inuksuk, or "likeness of a person," at Dartmouth College in the days leading up to the April 11 Our Land exhibition opening events. An Inuksuk is a stone figure that acts as a beacon for travelers in Canada’s north, symbolizing the strength, leadership, and motivation of the Inuit. Irniq will build the Inuksuk on the lawn in front of McNutt Hall, which houses Dartmouth’s Admissions Office. Every spring and summer, thousands of high school students visit campus via McNutt as they contemplate finding their own way. The Inuksuk will remain on view throughout the spring.

This exhibition was organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, and the Government of Nunavut, Canada. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, was generously funded by the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund and the William Chase Grant 1919 Memorial Fund. A trilingual (English, French, Inuktitut) full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.  Our Land is the result of aunique collaboration between the Peabody Essex Museum, the Governments of Canada and Nunavut, and the Department of Culture, Language, Elders, and Youth in Nunavut.

About the Hood

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and is cited by AAM as a national model. The Hood is located in the heart of downtown Hanover, N.H., in an award-winning building designed by Charles Moore. The museum’s outstanding and diverse collections include American portraits, paintings, watercolors, drawings, silver, and decorative arts, European Old Master prints and drawings, paintings, and sculpture, and ancient, Asian, African, Oceanic, and Native American collections from almost every period in history to the present. The Hood regularly displays its collections and organizes major traveling exhibitions while featuring major exhibitions from around the country. The museum provides a rich diversity of year-round public programs.

Admission is free of charge. Operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Hood Museum of Art Gift Shop offers items inspired by the collections and exhibitions. The Hood is wheelchair accessible and offers assistive listening devices. For further accessibility requests, please contact the museum. For more information about the collections, exhibitions, and programs, visit www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu.

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Last Updated: 3/21/07