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Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice

Exhibition Dates: September 2, 2017 – February 11, 2018

‘Cutting ice’ is a term that implies something that matters or is of consequence. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection proudly presents Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice—the first major exhibition to deliver an intimate view of the life and work of this celebrated Inuk artist since her untimely death in 2016.

Pootoogook, who received the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2006, is widely known for the skill and colourful detail with which she captured candid and contemporary scenes of everyday life in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Taking both the exceptional and the mundane as her subjects, Pootoogook’s drawings intrigue in their openness, wit and sincerity, all the while challenging the mainstream perception of what Inuit art should and could be.

Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell, a distinguished Inuit art scholar, this exhibition features over 50 of Pootoogook’s drawings made between 2001 and 2010, as well as works by her Cape Dorset contemporaries: Shuvinai Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally, Itee Pootoogook, Jutai Toonoo and Inuk Elder Ohotaq Mikkigak.

With a focus on presenting contemporary Inuit life through the work of Annie Pootoogook and her contemporaries, this exhibition sheds light on issues of reconciliation and recovery in the North, and draws on the unique history of Inuit artmaking. This special retrospective honours an artist whose tragic passing on September 19, 2016, left behind a legacy that continues to inspire and spark discussion about Inuit art and how it is interpreted across Canada and the world.

Exhibition Sponsor: Waddington’s. 150th Anniversary Partners: Assante Wealth Management and the Assante Group of Seven Wealth Advisors, Miller Thomson and the McMichael Volunteer Committee. Media Partners: Globe and Mail and JAZZ.FM91. Media Sponsor: NOW.


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Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016), Myself in Scotland, 2005-2006, coloured pencil and felt-tip pen on paper, 76.5 x 56.6 cm, Gift from the Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron Collection, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Reproduced with the Permission of Dorset Fine Arts

For details on other exciting exhibitions and programs also on at the McMichael, visit mcmichael.com today!


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Media Contact Information:
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spanetta-kerr@mcmichael.com


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