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Conversations with Rabbi Harry Sky at Arctic Museum Apr. 22

Story posted April 14, 2012

Rabbi Sky studies the Torah. Photo by Herb Swanson/Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine 2000.

Rabbi Harry Sky, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth El in Portland and a collector of Canadian Inuit art, will visit the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on the Bowdoin campus on Sunday, April 22, 2012, for a public reception in his honor and to discuss the Inuit art collection he donated to the museum.

The art viewing and reception will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the galleries of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

In a State of Becoming: Inuit Art from the Collection of Rabbi Harry Sky includes works in which Inuit artists combine human and animal traits, reflecting the Inuit belief that in the distant past humans and animals easily assumed one another's forms.

Transformation, Turataga Ragee, n.d., Cape Dorset, soapstone. Photo by Dean Abramson.

In the soapstone piece "Transformation," for example, a bird stands tall, its long neck arched. But it is no ordinary bird. A human face occupies its body, and the bird's wings are the human's hair.

When Rabbi Harry Sky examined this and other works by Inuit artists, he found the artistic expression of his lifelong belief that people are always changing and transforming. The experiences of today shape the person you will be tomorrow.

Always growing, we are, as Rabbi Sky is fond of saying, "in a state of becoming," irrespective of our age or life experiences.

The Sunday morning event is free and open to the public. Handicap access to Hubbard Hall is through the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

For more information, call 207-725-3416.

Rabbi Sky's visit is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center and Bowdoin Hillel.

The museum's regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays and College and national holidays. For more information call 207-725-3416 or go to bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum.

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