Sneak Peak of Our New Exhibition

25 Apr

In the past few weeks, I’ve been posting updates on some of our recent changes: the construction of our new multi-use visible storage area (more pictures coming soon), our updated dolls exhibition and putting up new panels throughout the museum. We’ve also been quietly installing a new exhibition that will officially open May 8: Bold Images In Stone: Stone Cut Printmaking in Ulukhaktok that I am excited to share with you now. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to display one of the rarely seen but integral parts of stone cut printmaking: the actual stone blocks themselves.

Stone cut printmaking is considered by some scholars to be the closest thing to an indigenous printmaking technique that has been used or developed in the Canadian Arctic. Printmaking was introduced to the Arctic in 1958 by James Houston, OC (1925-2001) in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). The art form quickly spread to other communities after the success of the initial Kinngait collection in 1960 – including Ulukhaktok (Holman) in the western Arctic. The program in Ulukhaktok had a bit of a rocky start, but eventually became a vibrant and important center of print production in the Arctic.

We will be displaying seven of these blocks, created in Ulukhaktok throughout the 1970s and early to mid 1980s – when the use of the stone cut technique was at its peak there. I’m also proud to announce that along with these blocks, we will be featuring some of the prints made from the blocks themselves and annual print catalogues. Most excitingly, we will be displaying the print workshop proofs from the Kalvak and Emerak Memorial Catalogue, showcasing the work of two of Ulukhaktok’s best early graphic artists and printmakers. We have been hard at work installing these objects and I want to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition has come together so far.

Our Head Technician begins placing print blocks into the exhibition space.

Moving a custom-made stand into place

Placing a very special, two-sided print block into its stand.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, the blog will feature in-depth looks at the artists who produced these amazing objects, the print program and the objects themselves so check back often and be sure to come see them in person. The exhibition officially opens May 8th.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

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  1. Early Printmaking in Ulukhaktok (Holman) « Peek Inside the Museum of Inuit Art - May 11, 2011

    […] and are very excited to finally show you the fruits of all our hard work: you may remember seeing an earlier post showing some of the installation of the objects. Part of our newest exhibition – Bold Images […]

  2. Early Printmaking in Ulukhaktok: Print Blocks « Peek Inside the Museum of Inuit Art - June 1, 2011

    […] block is unique in that it is carved on both sides. Practically, this made it a challenge to display in the museum but usefully shows an economic approach to materials: the stone had to be brought into the […]

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