Reflections: An Ordinary Day

November 16, 2019 - May 10, 2020

UMMA’s second exhibition of Inuit art derived from the Power Family’s generous promised gift to the Museum in 2018 explores the relationship between the artist and the representation of everyday experiences. Through a selection of mid-century to contemporary Inuit prints, drawings, and sculptures that portray seemingly ordinary reflections of daily life along with daydreaming meditations, the exhibition bridges the mundane and the fantastic. Together, these artworks present a distinct imagery and a visual poetry culled from the day-to-day reality of life in the far polar north. The perspectives range from soaring gazes at the horizon to glimpses of commonplace social interactions. These contemplations reveal intimate connections among the artists, their communities, and their locale—a specific place and time composed of icy regions and vast seas and tundras. Reflections: An Ordinary Day takes visitors on a lyrical journey of the myriad spaces and routines within an Arctic landscape.

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

Images

Annie Pootoogook, A Friend Visits, Cape Dorset, 2008, aquatint. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Saggiak, Spirit, Cape Dorset, 1959, bone. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Artist unknown, Sea Spirit, Cape Dorset, ca. 1955, stone. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Sheokjuk Oqutaq, Hunting Scene, Cape Dorset, ca. 1954, stone and ivory. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Pitseolak Ashoona, Man Repairing Sledge, Cape Dorset, 1964, stencil. Promised gift of Philip and Kathy Power. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Ningeokuluk Teevee, Shaman Revealed, Cape Dorset, 2007, lithograph. Courtesy of Ray Roberge and George Barvinchak. © Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatNov 16
Exhibition Opens
Sun
Dec 1
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art Reflections: An Ordinary Day
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jan 19
2020
UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sat
Feb 8
2020
Family Art Studio: Printing the World Around Us
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Feb 8
2020
Family Art Studio: Printing the World Around Us
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Feb 9
2020
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art Reflections: An Ordinary Day
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Feb 16
2020
UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Mar 8
2020
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art Reflections: An Ordinary Day
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 12
2020
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art Reflections: An Ordinary Day
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunMay 10
Exhibition Closes