Curator Examines WAG Inuit Art

By Armstrong, Bob | Winnipeg Free Press, October 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Curator Examines WAG Inuit Art


Armstrong, Bob, Winnipeg Free Press


Darlene Coward Wight, the Winnipeg Art Gallery's longtime curator of Inuit art, examines the Winnipeg collection -- the largest public gallery collection of Inuit art in the world -- in a book being published in November by the WAG and Vancouver-based Douglas & McIntyre.

The book, entitled Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, also contains texts by Susan Gustavison, Ingo Hessel, Christine Lalonde and Norman Vorano. The book is linked to a major exhibit of the same name that will open in January.

The WAG, of course, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season.

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Most writers are ashamed to admit how long it takes them to complete a project. But a Winnipeg writer and spoken word performer who goes by the name "hannah-g" is making her glacial progress on one story into a public event.

According to an item in the Manitoba Writers' Guild newsletter, she is adding one letter or punctuation mark per day to a story that she is writing at La maison des artistes visuel francophone in the old St. Boniface city hall building on Provencher Boulevard.

She expects to take 10-15 years to complete the story, entitled On Salt Islets. One of the challenges of writing so slowly, hannah writes, is that it's hard to remember the ideas for the narrative. She describes the project as "a steady drip describing a heart's dislocation and its break.... It is a document of despair and of hope. …

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