Watch: ACI Massey Art Lecture on Pitseolak Ashoona

Christine Lalonde and Anna Hudson discuss the life and legacy of Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona

Pitseolak Ashoona, Untitled, c. 1966–67, coloured felt-tip pen on paper, 61.1 x 45.8 cm, Collection of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd., on loan to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

Marking the final release of Season Two of the ACI’s Canadian Online Art Book Project, Christine Lalonde, Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, visits Massey College to speak in conversation with York University professor Dr. Anna Hudson about the life and work of innovative Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona.

Forming a new visual vocabulary crucial to the development of modern Inuit art, Pitseolak laid the groundwork for generations of artists to follow. From embroidery to printmaking, Pitseolak’s openness to experimentation and dedication to succeed would drive her to create powerful works and bring international acclaim. Watch the lecture and become inspired by one of Canada’s most influential and prolific artists.




The 2015–16 season of The Canadian Online Art Book Project launches this fall, featuring books on Prudence Heward, Tom Thomson, General Idea, and more.