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Ceramics and Other Outliers in Inuit Art: Lecture by Dr. Heather Igloliorte

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Doris McCarthy Gallery

University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

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In this lecture Dr. Heather Igloliorte examines the history of modern and contemporary Inuit art by investigating how artistic innovation and interventions have changed and expanded the field of production. Looking at works that break from convention from the mid-twentieth century to the present, Igloliorte will discuss the history of Inuit art as one of constant renewal, reexamination, and creativity. Co-presented with the Inuit Art Foundation.

Space is limited, registration is required. Free shuttle bus to the DMG departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St.) at 5:30 pm, returning at 8:30 pm.

Heather Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where she holds a Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement. Igloliorte has been an independent curator of Inuit and other Indigenous arts for twelve years; her curatorial, teaching, and research interests centre on circumpolar and Native North American art studies, performance, and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance, and resilience. Some of her recent curatorial projects include the nationally touring exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut (2016); the permanent exhibition Ilippunga: The Brousseau Inuit Art Collection at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (2016); and Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011-2015).

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This lecture is presented in conjunction with the DMG exhibition Earthlings (November 1, 2017 - January 27, 2018), featuring visionary ceramic sculpture and works on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists: Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok, and Leo Napayok. Otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative, and underpinned by complex narratives, the works in this exhibition are the products of a range of deeply personal practices that are informed by idiosyncratic realities and myths, real and imagined spaces, sensuality, and spirituality. Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson, organized and circulated by Esker Foundation. Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and U of T's Affinity Partner MBNA.

IMAGE CREDIT: Jessie Kenalogak & John Kurok, Ceramic Bust with Drawings, date unknown.

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