Ancient and modern Inuit art on display at the Anchorage Museum
April 20, 2007
Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum
On view May 17 through September 16
Opening reception Friday May 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum, on view at the Anchorage Museum May 17 through Sept. 16, displays the Canadian Inuit culture's rich artistic history. The Inuits, or Eskimos live mainly in Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic. Though many consider these various groups to be homogenous, Arctic Spirit showcases the artistic styles that are distinctly of the Canadian Inuit.
The Arctic Spirit exhibition items are drawn from one of the most comprehensive collections of Northern Inuit art in the United States. Approximately 125 sculptures, textiles, prints, and drawings from 30 different villages in Canada's north will be on display. The objects span 2,250 years of artistic creativity, beginning as early as 250 B.C. up until to the 21st century.
Popular subjects of Inuit art are showcased in Arctic Spirit: family and camp scenes; animals and nature; legends and spirituality; and the Inuit relationship with the Arctic environment. These subjects are presented in many varied mediums. Visitors to Arctic Spirit will be introduced to the Canadian Inuits' wall hangings, prints, drawings, sculptures, carved ivories masks, and decorated clothing. Maps, text panels and photographs of the land and artists also provide background information for visitors to the exhibition.
Arctic Spirit is curated by Ingo Hessel who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and has researched Inuit art extensively for more than 20 years. The art was donated to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, by E. Daniel and Martha L. Albrecht, whose entire collection amounts to over 2,500 Native art works and 1,500 books on Native art.
Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum is organized by the Heard Museum and toured by ExhibitUSA. The purpose of ExhibitsUSA is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. ExhibitsUSA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1972.
Sponsors of Arctic Spirit include ConocoPhillips, TOTE, Wells Fargo, Anchorage Daily News, KTUU Channel 2, KNBA 90.3 FM and Spenard Builders Supply.