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The Arctic Circle records

Creator:
The Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Source:
Witt, Ellen, 1917-2007  Search this
Witt, Bert  Search this
Names:
Arluk, George, 1949-  Search this
Ashevak, Karoo, 1940-  Search this
Pitseolak, Peter, 1902-1973  Search this
Pudlo, 1916-1992  Search this
Former owner:
Witt, Bert  Search this
Witt, Ellen, 1917-2007  Search this
Extent:
634 Slides (photographs)
152 Photographs
1.6 Linear feet
Culture:
Inuit (Canadian Eskimo)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Articles
Slides
Brochures
Clippings
Place:
Arctic Region -- photographs
Cape Dorset (Nunavut)
Baker Lake (Nunavut)
Date:
1967-1987
bulk 1971-1986
Summary:
The Arctic Circle records include materials gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt for their private gallery of Inuit art The Arctic Circle. These materials include native artists information which is organized by community, reference material organized topically, slides from the gallery's annual print collections as well as photographs of scupltures and textiles displayed in the gallery. Much of the reference material used by the gallery pertains to native communities in the Nunavet Territory of Canada such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake as well as other small communities throughout the Northwest Territiories. Additionally photographs taken by Bert and Ellen Witt's son Tony during a trip to Canada in 1973 are included in this collection.
Scope and Contents:
The Arctic Circle records include materials gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt for their private gallery of Inuit art The Arctic Circle. These materials include native artists information which is organized by community, reference material organized topically, slides from the gallery's annual print collections as well as photographs of scupltures and textiles displayed in the gallery. Much of the reference material used by the gallery pertains to native communities in the Nunavet Territory of Canada such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake as well as other small communities throughout the Northwest Territiories. Additionally photographs taken by Bert and Ellen Witt's son Tony during a trip to Canada in 1973 are included in this collection.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Papers, 1971-1980, Series 2: Reference Materials, 1967-1987, Subseries 2.1: Artists Listed by Community, 1971-1984, undated, Subseries 2.2: Reference Library, 1967-1987, undated, Series 3: Photographs, 1971-1987, Subseries 3.1: Gallery Objects, 1979-1987, Subseries 3.2: Witt Family Arctic Trip, 1973, Subseries 3.3: Other Photos, 1971, 1975

Series 1: Papers, 1971-1980

Series 2: Reference Materials, 1967-1987

Subseries 2A: Artists Listed by Community, 1971-1984, undated

Subseries 2B: Reference Library, 1967-1987, undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1971-1987

Subseries 3A: Gallery Objects, 1979-1987

Subseries 3B: Witt Family Arctic Trip, 1973

Subseries 3C: Other Photos, 1971, 1975
Biographical / Historical:
The Arctic Circle was founded in Los Angeles in 1970 as a private art gallery devoted entirely to the exhibition and sale of scupltures and graphics by Inuit artists of the Canadian arctic. Between 1970 and the late 1980's approximately six to eight exhibitions were mounted on themes illustrative of native life in the Canadian arctic. The gallery was created and founded by Bert and Ellen Witt and run out of their home on North La Jolla Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Bert Witt, sometimes accompanied by his wife Ellen and son Tony, traveled extensively in the Canadian arctic visiting many Inuit communities and forming personal aquaintances with native artists. Through the Artic Circle, Witt supported the Arctic co-operative movement by purchasing art through co-ops in each settlement he visited or through the co-op distribution points for the Northwest Territories and Arctic Quebec.
Provenance:
The archival material in this collection accompanied a donation to NMAI by Bert and Ellen Witt in 2001 that included sculptures, drawings, prints and textiles. An additional three photographs were donated by Bert Witt in 2004.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadbast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Inuit art -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Articles
Slides
Brochures
Clippings
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.004
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The Arctic Circle records
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-004

Celebrate Mother's Day With These Artworks From the Smithsonian Collections

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 08 May 2020 15:49:17 +0000
Topic:
Custom RSS  Search this
See more posts:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_ef1ddca2afa6841bd3f9f51f6de9dde5

Visions of power : contemporary art by First Nations, Inuit and Japanese Canadians / essays by Ingo Hessel, Bryce Kanbara, Alfred Young Man

Author:
Hessel, Ingo  Search this
Kanbara, Bryce 1947-  Search this
Young Man, Alfred 1948-  Search this
Earth Spirit Festival (1991 : Toronto, Ont.)  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Canada
Date:
1991
[1991]
20th century
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Inuit art  Search this
Art, Canadian  Search this
Call number:
N6545 .V57 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552451

Our land : contemporary art from the Arctic = Nunavut : hadjalgamik titirauyaghiyayut ukiuktaqtumin = Notre terre : l'art comtemporain de l'Arctique

Title:
Nunavut : hadjalgamik titirauyaghiyayut ukiuktaqtumin
Notre terre : l'art comtemporain de l'Arctique
Author:
Peabody Essex Museum  Search this
Physical description:
141 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
E99.E7 O97 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748358

On aboriginal representation in the gallery / edited by Lydia Jessup with Shannon Bagg

Author:
Jessup, Lynda 1956-  Search this
Bagg, Shannon  Search this
Canadian Ethnology Service  Search this
Canadian Museum of Civilization  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 310 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Canadian  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Call number:
E98.A73 O5 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_689213

Transitions : contemporary Canadian Indian and Inuit art / with essays by curator, Barry Ace, July Paptsie = Transitions : L'art contemporain des Indiens et des Inuits du Canada / avec textes rédigés par les conservateurs, Barry Ace, July Paptsie

Author:
Canada Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.a  Search this
Ace, Barry  Search this
Papatsie, July  Search this
Centre culturel canadien (Paris, France)  Search this
Waikato Museum of Art and History  Search this
Subject:
Canada Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
1997
20th century
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Inuit art  Search this
Art, Canadian  Search this
Call number:
N6549.5.A54 C36 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_595779

Asingit = [Inuktitut letters] = The others = Les autres = Die Anderen : die Stimme des Anderen, Kunst aus Nunavut / Ursula Mathis-Moser, Sybille-Karin Moser

Author:
Mathis-Moser, Ursula  Search this
Moser, Sybille-Karin 1955-  Search this
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre  Search this
Universität Innsbruck Institut für Kunstgeschichte  Search this
Museum für Völkerkunde (Austria)  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Nunavut
Ontario
Guelph
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Inuit drawing  Search this
Inuit art  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
E99.E7 A85 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_944436

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