New Exhibits Take Shape at Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Story posted November 17, 2011

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum exhibition Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Collection of Robert and Judith Toll will be closing Sunday, December 4, 2011, after a successful run.

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Walruses, soapstone, by Bobby Takak of Salluit, Nunavut, Canada. Photo by Dennis Griggs.

Imagination Takes Shape has been one of the museum's most successful exhibits. "It's been exciting," says museum outreach coordinator Amy Hawkes. "Word has certainly spread that Imagination Takes Shape is not to be missed."

The museum will be open between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the exhibition's final day.

Fans of Inuit art will not have to wait long to see more examples from the museum's growing collection. This spring two new exhibits will open at the museum.

Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Natural World will focus on Arctic animals. It will feature contemporary sculptures and prints from the Toll collection, along with ethnographic objects and natural history specimens, including close-up views of a polar bear and a caribou.

In a State of Becoming: Inuit Art from the Collection of Rabbi Harry Sky will highlight Inuit transformation carvings recently donated to the museum by Rabbi Sky. This exhibit will focus on the parallels he sees between his own teachings that people are constantly changing and transforming themselves as they live their lives and Inuit carvings of human/animal transformations.

Longtime visitors will also be happy to learn that old favorites, such as the model of Robert E. Peary's ship SS Roosevelt, will again be on view, along with other artifacts from the North Pole expedition.

According to curator Genevieve LeMoine, the staff is sorry to see Imagination Takes Shape close, but excited about the new exhibits as well. "Among other things, changing exhibits give us a chance to put new pieces from the Toll donation on display for the first time," she notes, "as well highlight other works that visitors have never seen."

The museum will remain open as the exhibits change, but some galleries will be closed while work is going on.

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