On the 150th celebration of the Canadian Federation, the MFA opens the exhibition Follow the North Star: Inuit Art from the Collection of Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh and offers an afternoon of special art-making activities on the front lawn. Families can drop by to build an inukshuk—a stone structure found in the Arctic that often resembles a person and serves as a wayfinding device—and add their creative mark to an animal-inspired collaborative project. Children are invited to share their dreams for the future of the Earth by writing them down and dropping them into the belly of a seven-foot-tall owl sculpture, based on a print by Kenojuak Ashevak on view in the exhibition.
Follow the North Star presents a selection of Inuit prints from the collection of renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and his wife Estrellita, both longtime supporters of the MFA. The prints come largely from the printmaking cooperative at Cape Dorset, north of Hudson Bay, where printmaking was introduced around 1959. Most are stonecuts, hand-printed from blocks of soapstone in which the images are carved in relief. The works are organized thematically, with sections focusing on family and daily life; hunting; shamans and myths; and tradition and the incursion of the modern world. In addition to the prints, the exhibition features a number of small-scale sculptures.
Follow the North Star: Inuit Art from the Collection of Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh is supported by TD Bank. Additional support from theConsulate General of Canada in Boston.