September 26 - October 31 2016
Frick Fine Arts Building, Lobby, University of Pittsburgh
Since it's donation to the University Art Gallery in 2002, the Donald L. Nevins Collection has been displayed every four years, as per the terms and conditions set forth by Mr. Nevins when he donated it. With the last exhibition, Art of the Arctic
, taking place in 2012, it was high time for these pieces to be displayed to the student body of the University of Pittsburgh once more.
While Art of the Arctic
focused on the broader carving styles of the regions of Nunavut and Nunavik, this selection of object's emphasis lies in the interconnected interactions between human and animal in Inuit carving: a theme that persists in Inuit culture to this day. The creatures depicted are all native to Northern Canada, and the people occupy various roles - hunter, fisher, mother, child. It is through examining these pieces that one can learn just how much importance animals bear in Inuit culture, and how interaction with them - primarily those associated with hunting - are integral parts of Inuit life. Borne of the tradition of making use of whatever the cold Arctic land had to offer, these figures are also carved of a variety of materials: bone, ivory, stone, and the like.