Canadian Postscript, Eh

Portion of pastel by Inuit artist Itee Pootoogook

Portion of pastel by Inuit artist Itee Pootoogook

Two days after returning from the frozen north, I was in downtown Washington for a meeting, and remembered that the Canadian Embassy at 5th and Pennsylvania was exhibiting contemporary art from even further north, a show entitled “Inuit Illuimi : Inuit Today.  I’m fond of Inuit art (we have a wonderful sculpture of a polar bear on the fireplace mantle in our library), and this small show showcased some well know artists.  The interplay of modern and traditional was fascinating, as in the depiction of the snowmobile above.

The chancery is also noteworthy.  Designed by the great Canadian Arthur Erickson (whose works in British Columbia have been on these pages), and chosen (over the objections of a design committee) by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, it opened in 1989.  I’ve long appreciated its mix of modern and traditional:

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