The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​

March 16 - October 6, 2019

To inaugurate UMMA’s new Power Family Program for Inuit Art, the Museum presents a special exhibition connecting two fascinating stories. One story traces the development of contemporary Inuit art in the Canadian Arctic from the 1950s to the present. The other relates the Power family’s seminal role in supporting and promoting Inuit art and introducing it to U.S. audiences. Seventy years ago, neither the Inuit nor the Power family could have anticipated the tremendous outpouring of art that ensued, or the international acclaim contemporary Canadian Inuit art enjoys today. The exhibition, Tillirnanngittuq (Inuktitut word meaning “unexpected”), celebrates the creativity of the Inuit, as producers of these cultural treasures. Additionally, Tillirnanngittuq signals the beginning of a third story, a promising new narrative to unfold through groundbreaking research, educational programs, and exhibitions on Inuit art and culture at the University of Michigan in coming years.

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

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 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