Learning from the Top of the World

18th Inuit Studies Conference Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben

October 05, 2012–January 02, 2013
Washington, DC

The art of Inuvialuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben (b. 1951) portrays journeys of exploration, migration, and displacement through voyages across time and place, and into the spiritual realm. In these recent sculptures, Ruben contrasts the ancient lives of two northern peoples—Norse adventurers and Inuit (Inuvialuit) whale hunters—guiding us to a new perspective on the complex history of the North American Arctic, a history shaped by movement, contact, and change.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 18th Inuit Studies Conference Oct. 24-28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.