"Things That Matter: How Inuit Artists Create Meaning" - Arctic Museum Exhibit Opening Lecture

  • 4/10/2013 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

"Things That Matter: How Inuit Artists Create Meaning" - Arctic Museum Exhibit Opening Lecture

Norman Vorano, curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec, will deliver a lecture entitled Things that Matter: How Inuit Artists Create Meaning on April 10 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium on the Bowdoin College campus. The lecture marks the opening of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s newest exhibit, Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection. Following the talk the museum will host a reception at 8 pm in the foyer of Hubbard Hall.Guests will also be able to tour the exhibit at that time.

Vorano, who holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, has worked with Inuit art and Inuit artists for over a decade. He has studied the history of Inuit printmaking, the influence of Japanese printers and printmaking on Inuit printmakers, and the many ways in which Inuit art is part of the modern world. At the Museum of Civilization he curated the exhibit Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration; Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic, and the online exhibit Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Vorano here to deliver what promises to be a very interesting and lively talk,” reports curator Genevieve LeMoine, “His perspective on the place of art in Inuit society, and in the south, is refreshing and I’m sure he will have interesting stories about his work with the artists.” Verano’s talk will examine the ways that Inuit artists use their art to create meaning for themselves, for their communities, and for their southern audiences.

Following the talk guests will be welcomed to the new exhibit, which features over 30 caribou antler carvings from the Canadian Arctic, as well as a selection of Inuit prints highlighting the importance of caribou in Inuit culture. 

For more information visit our web page at www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum  or call 207-725-3416.