Artist NameNancy Pukingrnak Aupaluktuq (Inuit, Qamani'tuaq [Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada], b. 1940)
TitleUntitled
Date of Artwork1973
MediumGraphite and colored pencil on paper
SizeGift from the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns, 2011.34.56, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Provenance

Gift from the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns, 2011.34.56, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Further Information

Drawings by Inuit women, like this hunting scene by Nancy Pukingrnak Aupaluktuq characterized by bold silhouettes and a flattened perspective, are often selected by students and faculty preparing interdisciplinary exhibitions in the Loeb's Focus Gallery. One example, entitled Decolonizing the Exhibition: Critical Approaches in Contemporary Indingenous Art, was organized by a professor of English with students in the American Studies course, Folklore. The aim of the show was to present Indigenous peoples and their histories not as part of a romanticized past, but rather to stress "tribal nations' political sovereignty and autonomy." Work from this Inuit arts community was also incorporated into a Focus Gallery exhibition entitled Menagerie in the Museum, the culmination of a Museum Studies course in which students gained first-hand experience of curating, label writing, and exhibition design.