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One of the most respected elders in the Cape Dorset community, Kananginak Pootoogook, passed away last week at age 75.  His work is in our current Nipirasait exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in DC.  I was very lucky to have met Kananginak on two occasions at his home in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.  It was a little intimidating since I obviously don’t speak Inuktitut.  But Jimmy Manning was there, the metaphorical shaman that passes between the Inuit and the southern “qaalunaat” like me.  Kananginak was known as the “Audubon of the north” with his carefully rendered and thoughtful depictions of nature and the environment.  I have some pictures at school that I’ll post tomorrow.

St. Lawrence owns several of Kananginak’s prints, including one of my favorites, “Amiraijaktuk, Shedding the Velvet.”

His print “Intrepid Caribou” was also represented on the card for an exhibition at the gallery in 2005 entitled “Far North.”

Kananginak had a major retrospective exhibition of fifty years of work last February-March 2010 at the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto.

This from the MacArthur Foundation outlines 11 new skills regarding media literacies.  Although the article is geared toward children, the skills seem quite useful for college-aged students and older adults (IMHO).

Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem solving;

Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery;

Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes;

Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content;

Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details;

Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities;

Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal;

Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources;

Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities;

Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information;

Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.

We seem to have a broken link to the Vietnam War-era photographs, but it will be taken care of later today.

Thanks to John Larrance (PCA), we were able to see the inauguration on the big screen in the Gulick Theatre!


Our new CONTENTdm digital image collection is now live with a link on the Gallery’s Web site.  We’re still working out some details, deciding whether to present individual images one at a time (which makes it difficult to put the images in any sort of chronological order as we would like), or to create a “compound object” (which looks awkward in CONTENTdm, because it’s difficult to find the tiny link to the collection itself).  Plus, using the former option, the items in each collection include alot of repetitive metadata which becomes very text-heavy, to the point where the text overwhelms the images.  Perhaps CONTENTdm version 5 will address this issue.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask oursleves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?”  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Our New Blog

Thanks to Amy Hauber, assistant professor in the Fine Arts department, for creating our new Richard F. Brush Art Gallery blog.  This is going to change everything!


Welcome to the new Richard F. Brush Art Gallery blog, where you can learn about rotating exhibitions, educational programs, and the University’s Permanent Collection.

Thank you for visiting!

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