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Eskimo & Inuit Carvings:
Collecting Art from the Arctic
The Field Museum
July 2006 -- June 2007
In this temporary exhibition, I selected 30 contemporary and historic sculptures created by the Indigenous peoples of Alaska and northern Canada. Many of the contemporary works were generously donated to the Field Museum by the Theodore Van Zelst family.
I worked with curator Jonathan Haas to present the development of stone carving among the Inuit and Eskimo communities of Canada and Alaska in the mid-20th century. Over the course of several decades, art production became a viable source of revenue for Arctic communities, supplementing -- and in some cases, replacing -- traditional livelihoods.