Symposium: Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit | Heard Museum

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Symposium: Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit


In conjunction with the exhibition Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, this symposium will examine the themes, history and new scholarship presented in the exhibition, while offering special opportunities to experience and learn about Yup’ik cultures. Admission is free and open to the public but online or on-site registration for admission is required.

Presenting curators, scholars and artists include:

Chuna McIntyre (Yup’ik)
Exhibition co-curator, artist

Sean Mooney
Exhibition co-curator, author

Patrice Deparpe
Director, Musée départemental Matisse le Cateau-Cambrésis

Diana Pardue
Chief Curator, Heard Museum

David M. Roche
Dickey Family Director & CEO, Heard Museum

Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers featuring Vernon Chimegalrea, John McIntyre, Agnes McIntyre, Tatiana Marie Andrews and Josephine Aloralrea

Symposium Schedule, Sunday Oct. 28

11:30 A.M.
Coffee and refreshments for purchase in our Coffee Cantina

12:00 P.M.
Opening Remarks
Welcome by David M. Roche (Dickey Family Director and CEO)

12:15  – 1:15 P.M.
Matisse and the Arctic
Moderator: Diana Pardue
Speakers: Patrice Deparpe, David M. Roche, Sean Mooney
This panel will explore the stories behind Matisse’s introduction to Inuit and Arctic imagery, offering a historical overview as well as a reflection on Matisse’s widely unknown body of work depicting Arctic life.

1:15  – 2:30 P.M.
Danced Tradition: Yup’ik Dance Masks
Speakers: Chuna McIntyre and Sean Mooney
Yua: co-curators, Chuna McIntyre and Sean Mooney will discuss their research of the Yup’ik dance masks included in the exhibition, including how the masks were collected and how their research revealed new details about the masks and their makers. Further discussion of the cultural significance of the reunion project will be lead by Chuna McIntyre.

2:40 – 3:45 P.M.
Performance and Discussion with Chuna McIntyre and the Nunamta Yup’ik Singers and Dancers
Moderator: Chuna McIntyre
Panelists: Vernon Chimegalrea, John McIntyre, Anges McIntyre, Josephine Aloralrea, Tatiana Andrew
In this concluding session, panelists will share the form and function of Arctic artistic expression through song and dance. The dance group will also share perspectives on Yup’ik artistic expression, education, culture and community today and what the future looks like.

Admission is free and open to the public but online or on-site registration for admission is required. Non-members will be required to pay the special exhibition fee of ($7) to receive an exhibition tour following the program. Attendance is limited to 250 people. 


This symposium made possible by:
Numamta Dance

Photo credit: RJ Muna

Event Details

Sunday, October 28
11:30 am – 3:45 pm

Cost: Free

Steele Auditorium

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