Canadian Museum of Inuit Art, 2007 – 2016

Canadian Museum of Inuit Art
Canadian Museum of Inuit Art

I was hoping to visit the Canadian Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) this summer in T.O. If nothing else, I wanted to upgrade my earlier, low-quality photos from 2007  (shot on the Sony R1) of some of the museum’s traditional and modern pieces of sculpture. Then I read this story on the CBC website (“Small but mighty Canadian Museum of Inuit Art closing its doors”) and learn that the museum will close permanently on May 30, 2016 — tomorrow! — just a few weeks prior to my arrival. Guess I’m going to have to live with the pictures I’ve already got, soft focus and all, at least until the collection finds a new home…

Good luck to David Harris and everyone at the Canadian Museum of Inuit Art! I enjoyed both the museum and its earlier incarnation as the Harris Gallery, and appreciated the many educational conversations, displays, help with my own small collection of pieces – and especially the opportunity to photograph so many more pieces in the museum! The Harris Gallery and MIA taught me that there’s a lot more to Inuit art than just dancing polar bears…

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