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Adopt an Object: Walking Bear

23 Feb
Pauta Saila 4 edited

This piece “Walking Bear” by Pauta Saila is part of the MIA’s new Adopt an Object fundraising initiative.

As part of  the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of  the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.

Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – Paula Saila’s  “Walking Bear”
This same piece was selected by our current Visitor Services officer Brittany Holliss back when she first started as a museum intern last summer.

Artist: Pauta Saila, RCA (1916 – 2009)
Location: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Date: 1994
Medium: Stone, bone
Dimensions (H x W x D): 9” x 18” x 9.5”
Collection: MIA Collection

Significance: Pauta Saila is widely acknowledged as one of the top master artists from the Arctic, a fact that is made all the clearer by his having been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA). He is one of the first Inuit artists to benefit from creating a unique, individual style, choosing to focus primarily on the subject of polar bears. With its subtle muscularity, monumental features and ivory teeth, Walking Bear is an excellent example of the Paula Saila pieces that collectors have come to love.

Adoption Rate: $1,000

To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at aprocida [at] miamuseum [dot] ca.

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- Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Playing Favourites: Helena and Nastassia G., July 24, 2011

25 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitors Helena and Nastassia with "Dancing Bear" (c. 1970s) by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

No, it’s one of our favourites.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

The movement makes it look happy and fun.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Robert S., July 10, 2011

14 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Robert S. next to "Dancing Bear" by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009) from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), c. 1970s , Stone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Toronto, ON

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

I am a member.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

There is much to like in the collection but I love this piece because of the way the artist has combined the massive with a wonderful lightness.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Alison C., July 10, 2011

14 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Alison C. next to "Dancing Bear" by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009) from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), c. 1970s , Stone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Melbourne, Australia

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

This is my first visit.  After seeing the Inuit art display at the AGO, I wanted to visit the MIA and see more.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I like the simplicity and fluidity of this piece; so simply and clearly a bear.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Michael and Eleanor J., June 19, 2011

22 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitors Michael and Eleanor J. next to "Walking Bear" (1997) by Pauta Saila, RCA (1919-2006), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, bone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Niagara Falls, ON

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

This is our first visit, we came in by chance.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

We already have some inuksuit from Iqaluit – our next piece (when we win the lottery) will be a bear.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Quinn C, June 3, 2011

3 Jun

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

Quinn C, MIA Volunteer, next to "Dancing Bear" by Pauta Saila, RCA (1916-2009) from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), c. 1970s , Stone, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

I started volunteering here because I didn’t know much about Inuit art but was interested in finding out about it.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It’s very whimsical and seems like it would appeal to people of all kinds. It made me smile when I saw it and it opened my mind to Inuit art.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

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