Heather Igloliorte, PhD
Assistant Professor , Art History
Heather Igloliorte (Inuit, Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador) is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal art history at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Heather's teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resilience. Some of her recent publications related to this work include chapters and catalogue essays in Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism (2012); Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 (2012); Curating Difficult Knowledge (2011); Native American Art At Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art (2011); Inuit Modern (2010); Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey (2009); and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (forthcoming, 2014). She is also an active independent curator. One of her current projects is the reinstallation of the permanent collection of Inuit art at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Other recent curatorial projects include aboDIGITAL: The Art of Jordan Bennett (2012), Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011 - 2015), and "we were so far away": The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools (Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2009 - ongoing). Igloliorte served as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (2005 - 2011) and as the President of Gallery 101 (Ottawa, 2009 - 2011); she currently serves on the Board of Directors for North America's largest Indigenous art historical association, the Native North American Art Studies Association, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. She also serves on the Indigenous Advisory Council of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (opening 2014) and regularly contributes to other Aboriginal arts and cultural organizations.
Igloliorte completed her phd in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University's Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC); her dissertation contributes the first art history of the Nunatsiavummiut, focusing on over 400 years of post-contact production, Nunatsiavummi Sananguagusigisimajangit / Nunatsiavut Art History: Continuity, Resilience, and Transformation in Inuit Art (2013). She is currently working with the Nunatsiavut Territory to bring the arts and culture of the Nunatsiavummiut (Labrador Inuit) to light through several ongoing and multiplatform collaborative community-based projects. One of these is projects, the creation of a large scale touring exhibition of Nunatsiavut contemporary art, is being coordinated through the SSHRC Partnership Grant Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media / multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance (2013 - 2017).
Research & Teaching Interests
- Inuit Arts and Cultural History
- Contemporary Inuit, First Nations, and Métis art in Canada
- Native North American and Circumpolar Arts
- Indigenous Exhibition and Collecting Histories
- Curatorial Theory and Practice
- Decolonizing Methodologies
- Issues of Representation and Self-Representation
- Colonization, Sovereignty, Resilience and Self-Determination in Art
- Indigenous Film, Performance and New Media Practices
- Co-Investigator (with Dr. Erica Lehrer), Curriculum Innovation Fund, Project Title: "Public Culture in the City: Digital Humanities for Democratic Dialogue"
- Principal Investigator, Exceptional Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Project Title: Indigenous Theories and Methodologies for Art History Workshop (co-edited volume with Dr. Carla Taunton)
- Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement
- Co-Investigator, Social Studies and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant (PI: Anna Hudson, York University, Toronto, Ontario) Project Title: Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media / multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance
- Collaborator, The Leverhulme Trust, United Kingdom (PI: Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge) Project Title: Multiple Modernities: Twentieth Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective
- Co-applicant, Social Studies and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant (PI: Julie Nagam, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario) Project Title: The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project
ARTH 376 Topics in Amerindian and Inuit Art: Surveying Inuit Art Practices
ARTH 450 Advanced Seminar in History of Art and Architecture: Exhibiting Aboriginal Art in Theory and Practice
ARTH 379 Postcolonial Theory in Art History
ARTH 390 Art and the Museum: Museums and First Peoples
ARTH 615 Issues in Postcolonial Theory in Art and Art History: Postcolonial and Indigenous Theories and Methodologies for Art History in North America
ARTH 613K Special Topics in Amerindian and Inuit Art and Art History: Truth Before Reconciliation: The Art of Survivance
ARTH 613 Special Topics in Amerindian and Inuit Art and Art History: Inuit Art and the Intercultural Encounter
Erika Ashley Couto (in progress)
Blurring the Line: The Threshold in the Graphic Arts of Annie and Itee Pootoogook
James Jelinski (in progress)
The Inuit Tattoo: Body Art in Canada's Arctic
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Caquard, Sébastien, Stephanie Pyne, Heather Igloliorte, Krystina Mierins, Amos Hayes, and D.R. Fraser Taylor. "A 'Living' Atlas for Geospatial Storytelling: The Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge of the Great Lakes Region," Cartographica, Vol. 44, No. 2 (2009): 83-100.
Chapters in Books
- Arctic Culture / Global Indigeneity." In Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada. Eds. Lynda Jessup, Erin Morton and Kirsty Robertson. Kingston: McGill - Queen's University Press, 2014. 150-170.
- "'We Were so Far Away': Exhibiting Inuit Oral Histories of Residential Schools." In Curating Difficult Knowledge. Eds. Cynthia Milton and Erica Lehrer. Basintoke, U: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 23-40.
- "The Inuit of Our Imagination." In Inuit Modern. Ed. Gerald McMaster. Toronto: Douglas and McIntrye Press, 2010. 41-49.
- "Inuit Artistic Expression as Cultural Resilience." In Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey. Eds. Gregory Younging, Jonathan Dewar and Mike DeGagne. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2009. 123-136.
- With Steven Loft and Brenda Croft. Decolonize Me / Decolonisez-moi. Ed. Heather Igloliorte. Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2012.
- 'We Were So Far Away': The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools. Ed. Heather Igloliorte. Ottawa: The Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2010.
Exhibition Catalogue Essays
- "Assu's Masks: Art/Artifact/Artifice/Agent." In Longing, Vancouver: West Vancouver Museum, 2013. 7 - 11.
- "Transformations: A New Era in Contemporary Inuit Art." In Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Eds. Ellen Taubman and David Revere McFadden. New York: Museum of Arts and Design, 2012. 85 - 88.
- "'No History of Colonialism': Decolonizing Practices in Indigenous Arts." In Decolonize Me. Ed. Heather Igloliorte. Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2012. 18-27.
- "Marcus Amerman"; "Susie Qimmiqsaq Bevins-Ericsen"; "Sonya Kelliher-Coombs"; "Mario Martinez"; "Susie Silook." In Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism. Ed. Nancy M. Mithlo. Santa Fe: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Insitute of American Indian Arts, 2011. 78-79; 84-85; 118-119; 140-141; 160-161.
- "The Arctic and Subarctic Collections: Innovation and Ingenuity." In Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. Dartmouth: Hood Museum of Art & University Press of New England, 2011. 81-87.
- "Whalebone Sculpture in the Permanent Collection." In Sanattiaqsmiajut: These Things That Are Finely Made. Ed. Sandra Dyck. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 2009. 89 - 92.
Books and Exhibition Reviews
Book Review. "Mediating Indigenaity: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High definition Inuit Storytelling" Fuse, Vol. 31, No. 3 (July 2008): 31- 33.
- "Greater Detail: The Sculptural Work of Billy Gauthier." Fuse Vol. 35, No. 2 "North" (Spring 2012): 26 - 31.
- "Inuit Art: Markers of Cultural Resilience." Inuit Art Quarterly Vol. 25, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 4 - 11.
- "Sanajaksaq: Reactions, Productions and the Transformation of Promotional Practice," Inuit Art Quarterly Vol. 22, No. 4 (Winter 2007): 14- 25.
- "By the Book? Early Influences on Inuit Art." Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2, (Summer 2006): 33- 34.
Peer-Reviewed Works in Progress
Proposal accepted, essay in progress). "Anti-modernism on the Labrador Coast: The Women of the Grenfell Industrial." Multiple Modernisms. Eds. Ruth Phillips and Elizabeth Harney. Durham: Duke University Press (10,000 words). (Proposal accepted, essay in progress). With Anna Hudson. "Writing Inuit Art History." Networking National Art. Ed. Martha Langford. McGill-Queens University Press (10,000 words).
- Curator, Permanent Installation of the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City, Québec (forthcoming)
- Curator, Radical Indigenous Feminisms (working title), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Quebec (forthcoming)
- Co-Curator with Dr. Carla Taunton, "Transforming Tomorrow: Indigenous Performance and Media Art Program," Art in the Open: Contemporary Art Festival, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (forthcoming, August 22 - 24)
- Curator, Interrelations: the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, temporary exhibition of the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City, Québec
- Curatorial text author, ARTiculations in Print: Kenojuak Ashevak, Main Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Curator. aboDIGITAL: Jordan Bennett, Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, British Columbia.
- Curatorial Consultant, Inuit Art Centre Task Force, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Curatorial Advisory Committee, Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection, Musée McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec.
- Curator. Decolonize Me, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario. With contributions to travelling exhibition, 2011- 2015.
- Curatorial Consultant. Inuit Cultural Dispossession, Canadian Human Rights Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Curator. "We Were So Far Away": The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario. With contributions to travelling exhibition, 2009 - ongoing.
- Co-curator. Inuit Art Alive, online exhibition, Inuit Art Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Curator. Inuit Cultural Memory: From the Tyler Brooks Collection, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Curator. By the Book? Early Influences on Inuit Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Curator. Drawn Together: Cape Dorset Graphic Artists, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Curatorial Assistant (practicum). Urban Natives, supervised by Morgan Baillargeon, Curator of Plains Ethnology, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec.
- Co-curator. This Place, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- "SakKijâjuk / To be Visible: Community Knowledge and Nunatsiavummiut Visual Culture," Questioning Authority: Bringing Community Knowledge to the Museum, Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 18
- "Decolonize Me: Experiments in Indigenous Curatorial Practice," Experiments in Decolonizing Institutional Space, Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices: Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, The Institute For Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, September 19
- "Cigar Store Indians, Collectible Figurines, Sports Mascots and Sexy Avatars: Representations of Native North Americans in Canada and the USA," Little Black Sambos, Cigar Store Indians... and Lucky Jews with Coins? Minorities, Kitsch, and Stereotypes on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Jewish Cultural Festival, Krakow, Poland, July 2
- Presenter and Panel Co-Chair (with Dr. Anna Hudson, York University), "Self-Determination and Sovereignty: A Recent History of Arctic Art," Towards a new definition of Arctic Sovereignty: indigenous players in a global cultural economy, 18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012: Learning from the Top of the World, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, October 25
- "The Emergence of Labradorimiut Art," Inuit Art: Contemporary Issues, 18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012: Learning from the Top of the World, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, October 25
- "From Defense to Interview: How to Plan for Your First Job," UAAC Professional Development Round-table, Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal QC, November 3
- "Resilient Practices: Asserting Arctic Sovereignty Through Inuit Art," College Art Association 99th Annual Conference, New York, New York
- "Sharing the Difficult Histories of Inuit Residential Schools," Telling Stories/ Storytelling, Canadian Historical Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
- "Contesting Categorizations: Highs and Lows in Contemporary Inuit Art," NAISA 2010 Conference, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
- "We Were So Far Away": The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools," Curating Difficult Knowledge International Conference, Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, April 18
"From Craft and Curio to Stone Sculpture: James Houston, Modernist Primitivism, and Inuit Art," Art and Survival in a Changing World, Native American Art Studies Association, Fairbanks, Alaska, September 29
- "Inside the Museum and Other Colonial Spaces: Imagining Decolonization through Indigenous Art and Curatorial Practice," Art and the Exhibition Space, Professional Panel (with Dr. Jennifer Carter and Dr. Barbara Clausen), Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History 4th Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, February 6
- "Writing Inuit Art History," in conversation with Dr. Anna Hudson, Afternoons at the Institute, The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, March 28
- "Exhibition as Activism: Decolonize Me Curatorial Discussion," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, January 31
- "Aboriginal Residential Schools in Canada," Guest lecture in CANS 310: Canadian Cultures: Issues and Context undergraduate course led by Dr. Shelley Butler, Dept. of Anthropology, McGill University, April 12
- "Urban Indigenous People and Art," Guest lecture in ARTH 610: Contemporary Art and Urban Culture, graduate seminar led by Dr. Johanne Sloan, Dept. of Art History, Concordia University, March 11
- "Inuit Culture and Curatorial Practice," Guest lecture in ARTE 398: Issues in Indigenous Art and Art Education, undergraduate course led by Dr. Christine Stocek, Dept. of Art Education, Concordia University, March 11
- "Decolonize Me: Indigenous Art, Identity and Activism," Public lecture, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishops University, February 25
- "The Presentation of Indigenous Arts and Cultures / Recent Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in Canada," Guest lecture in HIST 327: Museums & Heritage in a Globalized World, undergraduate course led by Dr. Erica Lehrer, Department of History, Concordia University, November 21
- "Inuit Art: Modern Meets Contemporary," McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec, August 1
- "Inuit Art, Modern and Continuous," Representing Canada: Issues and Priorities, Department of Art, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, October 10
- "Inuit Drawings: Autobiography and Narrative in the Graphic Arts," Innovations and Interventions: Aboriginal Art and Art History Lectures, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, February 12
Workshops, Panels, Moderating
- Workshop participant, Aboriginal Art History Workshop, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art History, Montreal, Quebec, November 14 -16
- Workshop participant, Settler Art History Workshop, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University, October 4 - 5
- Panel Moderator, Revisioning the Indians of Canada Pavilion: Ahzhekewada [Let us look back], Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtones (ACC/CCA) and the Aboriginal Visual Culture Program of OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
- Panelist, "Representing Canada: Issues and Priorities," Department of Art, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- Workshop participant, Nations in the History of Art: Comparative and Revisionist Analyses, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- Panel Co-Chair, "Indigenous Art: Decolonizing Practices," University Art Association of Canada, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
- Session Facilitator, Visual Arts Summit, Canadian Museums Association, Ottawa, Ontario
- Panel Moderator, The Past in the Present: Historical Aboriginal Art in the Contemporary Museum, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Conferences - Planning and Coordinating
- Co-Organizer, The Aboriginal Art Living Archive, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtones (ACC/CCA) 6th Bi-Annual Colloquium, Concordia Unviersity, Montréal, Québec, October 17-18
- Organizer, Transmissions: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge and Histories in the Digital Era, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, February 28 - March 2
- Organizer, the ACC Curators Camp Kabeshinàn, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtones (ACC/CCA), The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, October 22 - 24
Awards and Distinctions
2014 - 2019
- Critical Eye Award, Visual Arts Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL)