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The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century
September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT
The Arctic casts a new lens upon these artworks, juxtaposing the romanticized paintings and prints from this era of Arctic exploration with insights from Inuit cultural consultants, Sophia Lebessis and James Kuptana, who provide a contemporary perspective on the content and themes addressed in the exhibition.
The exhibition also includes Indigenous and European artifacts that illustrate contrasting cultural and technological approaches to survival. Taken as a whole, The Arctic reveals the limits of the British Empire in the face of a daunting Arctic landscape and illustrates the failure of a colonial worldview when profound adaptation was necessary for success and survival.