The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​

March 16 - October 6, 2019
AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE POWER FAMILY'S EXCEPTIONAL GIFT OF 20TH CENTURY INUIT ART TO THE MUSEUM
 
Two fascinating stories converge in one very special exhibition: One tracks the development and subsequent worldwide acclaim of contemporary Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic. The other traces the Power family’s seminal role in supporting Inuit art and introducing it to a U.S. audience. Seventy years ago, neither the Inuit artists nor the Power family could have foreseen the tremendous popularity that this work would come to enjoy. Taking its title from the Inuktitut word for “unexpected,” this stirring exhibition showcases 58 works from the collection of Philip and Kathy Power, most from the very early contemporary period of the 1950s and 60s. Included are exquisite sculptures of ivory, bone, and stone, as well as stonecut and stencil prints, some from the first annual Inuit print collection in 1959. Among the renowned Inuit artists featured in this historic survey are Kenojuak Ashevak, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Niviaksiak, Osuitok Ipeelee and Johnny Inukpuk.

The exhibition also serves as a promising launch pad for future groundbreaking research, exhibitions, and programming related to Inuit art and culture at the University of Michigan, thanks to the generosity of the Power family.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This exhibition inaugurates the Power Family Program for Inuit Art, established in 2018 through the generosity of Philip and Kathy Power.

 

CELEBRATE INUIT ART DAY AT UMMA: SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the Power Family Program for Inuit Art and learn about the connections between the Power family and the Inuit people of Baffin Island, as well as the stories brought to life in the prints and sculptures which make up the exhibition. 
 
4–5:30 p.m. | Helmut Stern Auditorium
Collector Philip Power will join Inuit art experts Marion (Mame) Jackson and Patricia Feheley in a conversation moderated by Vera Grant, UMMA Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, about the story of the Inuit collections gifted to UMMA by Philip and Kathy Power.
 
FAMILY ART STUDIO: INUIT INSPIRATIONS
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. | Multipurpose Room | Registration Required
Families with children ages six and up are invited to create a project inspired by the sculptures and prints on display. 
 
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. | Meet at UMMA Store
Storytime is for children three to six, along with families and siblings. Nessa’s Fish is a story about a little girl and the animals she encounters in the Arctic environment.
 
2–3 p.m. | Helmut Stern Auditorium
The film “The Living Stone” is a 1958 Academy Award winning documentary film showcasing stone carving: visitors can watch the creation of a work depicting Sedna, the sea goddess, on view in the UMMA exhibition.
 
EXHIBITION TOURS
1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m. | Meet at UMMA Store
Join UMMA docents in exploring and discovering this new exhibition.

Images

Niviaksiak, Polar Bear and Cub in Ice, Cape Dorset, 1959, stencil. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Innuki Oqutaq, Incised Antler, Cape Dorset, ca. 1954, antler and stone. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Lucy Qinnuayuak, Large Bear, Cape Dorset, 1961, stonecut and stencil. © Dorset Fine Arts. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Artist Unknown, Walking Bear, Inukjuak, ca. 1950, stone and ivory. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatMar 16
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Mar 16
2019
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Mar 16
2019
Storytime at the Museum: Inuit Art
11:15am12:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Family / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
1:00pm2:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
2019
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Mar 16
2019
​Film Screening: The Living Stone
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Sat
Mar 16
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
2019
2019 Doris Sloan Memorial Program: The Power of Inuit Art
4:00pm5:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Mar 17
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 14
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunOct 6
Exhibition Closes