Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Walpole Island First Nation. We want to state our respect for the historical and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence
June 10, 2022 - September 11, 2022
Itee Pootoogook, Rear of Canoe, coloured pencil and graphite on black paper, 66.0 cm x 50.2 cm, Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron rnMcMichael Canadian Art Collectionrn2018.7.25rn
As one of the key members of the third generation Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Pootoogook contributed to the transformation and reshaping of the creative traditions that were successfully pioneered in the second half of the 20th century by members of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, at Kinngait Studios. The son of artists Ishuhungitok and Paulassie Pootoogook, he began his practice in drawing, elementary animation and carving in the 1970s, becoming actively involved with the WBEC in the late 1990s.
Known as a meticulous draughtsman and inventive landscapist, Pootoogook looked primarily to contemporary northern life for his subject matter. Although some compositions are produced from a combination of memory and imagination, Pootoogook based many of his drawings on photographs, an aspect of his artistic process that further highlights his contemporaneity. The understated images celebrate the mundane moments that make up the everyday.
Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell
This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts
Exhibition publication produced by McMichael and Goose Lane Editions, titled Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence, is available for purchase at Visitor Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bilingual in Inuktitut and English, with essay contributions by Dr. Nancy Campbell, Pauloosie Kowmageak, Gerald McMaster, Tarralik Duffy, and Sky Glabush.