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October 2013

Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, Features Culture of the Inuit

Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, is presenting Inuit Art: Narratives from a Culture in Transition, on view in the Guilford College Art Gallery, located in the Hege Library, through Dec. 15, 2013.

More than 100 contemporary works of art made by Inuit, the indigenous peoples of Nunavut (the largest and northernmost territory in Canada) are on display. Drawn from the collection of anonymous collectors whose four children attended Guilford, the sculptures, textiles, prints, drawings, and paintings, reflect Inuit’s artists’ personal experiences of living on the land, and their relationships with animals and animal spirits. Photographs of the artists and region, taken by the collectors on trips to Nunavut over the past decade, are also included.

The exhibition and related programs offer opportunities to consider the tremendous changes Inuit have experienced in modern times due to colonization, expanding industry, and climate change.

On Oct. 24, from 7-8pm, at the gallery - “Circumpolar Shamanism,” a lecture by Eric D. Mortensen, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at Guilford College

On Nov. 1, beginning at 7:30pm, in Leak Room, Duke Memorial Hall - “Off the Wall: Baker Lake Inuit Textile Art,” a lecture by Marie Bouchard, independent scholar and curator who lived in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut for 11 years. Bouchard is a well-known authority on works on cloths from this hamlet and is the co-author of “Jessie Oonark: A Retrospective,” 1986, and guest curator of “Marion Tuu’luq – The Glorious Fabric of Art and Life,” 2002. A reception will follow in the Art Gallery, Hege Library

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 336/316-2438 or visit (www.guilford.edu/artgallery/).

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