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Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawing from 1964

November 16, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Opening Reception: November 15, 7:00 PM

Picturing Arctic Modernity

Image: Cornelius (Kooneeloosee) Nutarak, 1924, Clyde River, Nunavut – 2007, Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Celebration and Drum Dancing (detail), 1964, Graphite on paper, ©Canadian Museum of History, IV-C-6955.
Inscription on back: "Just like they did in very old times, he is dancing. They are also singing...The women are singing 'Ayaya, Ovanga, Oya, Ayaya.' The person dancing is saying 'Eya'."

About the Exhibition

Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawings from 1964 presents 50 original drawings created in 1964 by Inuit men, women and youth of North Baffin Island. Exploring a transformative era for the people of Canada’s eastern Arctic, the drawings offer rare first-person perspectives on daily life, history and memory‎ during a time when Inuit communities were transitioning from traditional nomadic hunting camps to permanent settlements. The drawings, part of the Terrence Peter Ryan Baffin Island Drawing Collection, were acquired by the Canadian Museum of History in 2014. Ryan was resident art advisor at the famous Cape Dorset print studio for almost 40 years.

Picturing Arctic Modernity is a travelling exhibition developed by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University and the Canadian Museum of History, with the assistance of the Pond Inlet Archives, Ilisaqsivik, Ittaq and Piqqusilirivvik, and funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program of the Government of Canada.

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Public Programs

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join us for the opening of Picturing Arctic Modernity - North Baffin Drawings from 1964 at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception.

Lecture: Diversity, Inclusion and Source Communities in the Gallery

Friday, November 23, 1:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join contemporary Inuit art curator Dr. Norman Vorano for a special discussion on bringing voices from diverse communities to the forefront in non-conventional learning environments. To register, please call 604-297-4422.

Curator’s Tour

Sunday, November 25, 2:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Special guest, contemporary Inuit art curator, Dr. Norman Vorano, walks visitors through the exhibit, Picturing Arctic Modernity - North Baffin Drawings from 1964.

In the BAG Family Sundays

Sunday, November 18 & December 16, 1:00-4:00 PM
Free drop-in, all ages welcome

Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. On November 18, Decorate Your Day and on December 16 learn all about Visual Journaling. This program is sponsored by ABC Recycling.

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