The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​

March 16 - October 27, 2019

An exhibition celebrating the exceptional gift of 20th-century Inuit art to the Museum by the Power family

Two fascinating stories converge in one very special exhibition: One tracks the development and subsequent worldwide acclaim of contemporary Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic. The other traces the Power family’s seminal role in supporting Inuit art and introducing it to a U.S. audience. Seventy years ago, neither the Inuit artists nor the Power family could have foreseen the tremendous popularity that this work would come to enjoy. Taking its title from the Inuktitut word for “unexpected,” this stirring exhibition showcases 58 works from the collection of Philip and Kathy Power, most from the very early contemporary period of the 1950s and 60s. Included are exquisite sculptures of ivory, bone, and stone, as well as stonecut and stencil prints, some from the first annual Inuit print collection in 1959. Among the renowned Inuit artists featured in this historic survey are Kenojuak Ashevak, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Niviaksiak, Osuitok Ipeelee, Kananginak Pootoogook, and Johnny Inukpuk.

The exhibition also serves as a promising launch pad for future groundbreaking research, exhibitions, and programming related to Inuit art and culture at the University of Michigan, thanks to the generosity of the Power family.

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
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Mar 16
Storytime at the Museum: Inuit Art
11:15am12:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Family / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
1:00pm2:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Mar 16
​Film Screening: The Living Stone
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Sat
Mar 16
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Mar 16
2019 Doris Sloan Memorial Program: The Power of Inuit Art
4:00pm5:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Mar 17
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 14
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 19
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 16
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Jul 13
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jul 13
Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Jul 21
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jul 28
2019
Cross Pollination: An Art and the Environment Tour
2:00pm3:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Aug 11
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Aug 25
2019
In Conversation:  Contemporary Inuit Art:  An Artistic and Cultural Phenomenon
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Sep 22
2019
Film Screening: Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World
12:40pm1:45pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Sun
Sep 22
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Sep 22
2019
Film Screening: Maliglutit (Searchers)
3:15pm4:50pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Fri
Oct 25
2019
Heather Igloliorte: Inuit Art Futures
7:00pm8:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Oct 27
2019
Film Screening: Circus without Borders
12:40pm1:50pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Sun
Oct 27
2019
The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Oct 27
2019
Film Screening: Angry Inuk
3:15pm4:40pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
SunOct 27
Exhibition Closes