Curator Conversation on “Yua Spirit of the Arctic: Highlights from the Thomas G. Fowler Collection”
Image: Levi Tetpon (American, Inupiaq, b. 1952), Untitled, 1995. Walrus tusk, whale baleen, wood, paint, 2 x 6 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler, 2007.21.273
Curator Conversation on Yua Spirit of the Arctic: Highlights from the Thomas G. Fowler Collection with Christina Hellmich, Curator in Charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, Hillary Olcott, Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, and Chuna McIntyre, Yup’ik artist, author, and cultural consultant
About the Curators
Christina Hellmich joined the Museums in 2005 and has served as Curator in Charge of the department of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas since 2011. Recent exhibitions include: Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey (2018); Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand (2017); Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i (2015), and Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture (2015). Publications include Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i, winner of the Textile Society of America’s 2015 R. L. Shep Award and the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for Illustration/Photography and New Guinea Highlands: Art in the Jolika Collection (2017) winner of honorable mention in the American Association of Museums Publication Design Competition.
Hillary Olcott is Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and was the editor of Yua Spirit of the Arctic: Highlights from the Thomas G. Fowler Collection. She is the de Young's coordinating curator for the current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving and was the co-curator of the ongoing exhibitions at the de Young museum, Of Courts and Cosmos: Art of the Ancient Maya, and Native Artists of Western North America: In Dialogue with the Natural World, and she served as Fine Arts Museum’s institutional curator for the major special exhibition, Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire (2017–2018).
About Chuna McIntyre
Chuna McIntyre is a Central Yup’ik artist, performer, and cultural consultant. He is a curatorial consultant for the Thomas G. Fowler Collection and was contributing author to Yua Spirit of the Arctic. McIntyre is the founder and director of Nunamta (“of Our Land”) Yup’ik Eskimo Dancers and has worked as an advisor and consultant for numerous projects in museums in the United States and France.
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