1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence

This exhibition of the art of Itee Pootoogook (1951–2014) gathers together more than 60 drawings from the late artist’s body of work and is the first full-scale retrospective of his art. As one of the key members of the third generation of Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Itee contributed to the transformation of the creative traditions inherited from his elders at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative’s Kinngait Studios. The son of artists Ishuhungitok and Paulassie Pootoogook, cousin of Annie Pootoogook and nephew of Kananginak Pootoogook, he began his artistic practice in the 1970s with an experiment in film animation, later adopting drawing as his medium of choice. By the late 1990s, he was actively involved in his newfound career as a graphic artist at Kinngait Studios.




Itee Pootoogook (1951 ‑ 2014)
Valley 2011
Coloured pencil and graphite on black paper
50.2 x 65 cm
Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron
McMichael Canadian Art Collection


ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᑯᑦᓴᐅᑎᑦᓯᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᐃᑏ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ (1951–2014)
ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐅᖓᑖᓃᑦᑐᑦ 60 ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᐃᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑎᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔫᑉ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᑦᓱᓂᓗ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓂᖅ ᐊᑕᖏᖅᓱᒋᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ. ᐃᓚᒋᔭᓪᓗᐊᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑭᖑᕚᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᑭᙵᕐᓂᒃ, ᐊᐃᑏ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᓯᒪᓪᓚᕆᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᑐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᑭᙵᐃᑦ ᑯᐊᐸᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᕕᓐᓂ. ᐃᓂᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᖃᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐸᐅᓛᓯ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᐊᓂᑦᓴᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᓂ ᐳᑐᒍᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᖏᐊᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑲᓈᖏᓐᓈ ᐳᑐᒍᕐᒧᑦ, ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ 1970−ᖏᓐᓂ ᐆᑦᑐᕋᕈᑎᖃᖅᓱᓂ ᑕᕐᕆᔭᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᐅᕙᑦᓯᐊᕈᕈᕆᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᖅᓱᓂ. 1990 ᓄᙳᖅᐸᓯᖏᓐᓂ, ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑎᓪᓚᕆᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑭᙵᐃᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᕕᖏᓐᓂ.

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This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Guest curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell