Fonds MSS 453 (A2015-075) - Jack Butler fonds

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Jack Butler fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 453 (A2015-075)

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  • 1957-2011 (Creation)
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    Butler, Jack

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Series includes 1.33m of textual records -- 8VHS -- 5 Betamax --21 CDs – 32 DVDs – 187 photographs -- 1244 35 mm negative -- 3 4x5 inch negative -- 2 floppy discs -- 178 slides.

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Jack Butler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1937. He received his undergraduate degree in BFA (painting and printmaking) from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), in Pittsburgh in 1960. Butler also received two Master degrees. The first Master degree was a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois in 1962. He received his second Masters degree in Philosophy (philosophy of science) from the University of Western Ontario in 1998.

Butler first came to Canada in August 1962 to teach at the University of Manitoba. In 1964, he became a professor at the Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland until June 1969 when Butler and his family returned to Canada.

As an artist, he uses a hybrid practice where the means and methods of visual art are used to produce research in three domains: medical science, cross-cultural collaborations with Inuit artists, and money. Jack is a licensed financial analyst and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Manitoba. He also acted as a mentor for the Health Centre Technology and Place programme at the University of Toronto.

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fonds received from Jack Butler.

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Jack Butler and Sheila Butler were heavily involved in creating the Sanavik Co-operative in Baker Lake, Nunavut in the winter of 1971. Sanavik Co-operative became an organization to allow local artists to make art, mostly prints and sell the art in Southern part of Canada. The first box from the A15-42 collection contains archival materials documenting the process and the presentation of Art and Cold Cash (A+CC). A+CC was created in Baker Lake, Nunavut by three senior Canadian artists Sheila Butler, Jack Butler, and Patrick Mahon, including Inuit writer Ruby Arngna’naaq, and artist William Noah. A+CC was designed as an event to display art that is concurrent with the capitalist market. By combining art from Southern and Northern part of Canada, the project combined contemporary art, Inuit art, and the discourses surrounding money. Documents show that Sheila has proposed to display the project to multiple art galleries nationwide. A+CC was showcased in art galleries across Canada, artic settlements, University of Edinburgh, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport in order to reach out to those who may not normally visit art galleries.

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This collection is arranged into twelve series:

1. Sanavik Co-operative Association Ltd. (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Correspondence, Articles, Baker Lake Inuit Art)

2. Writings (General-Glossary)

3. Publications (Articles and Books)

4. Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence

5. Art Gallery Pamphlets

6. Inuit Art and Eskimo Art

7. Grant Applications

8. Expenses (Personal and Art and Cold Cash)

9. Photographs

10. Audio (CD)

11. Electronic (Floppy Disc)

12.Moving Image (DVD and VHS/ Betamax)

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English

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Some materials are restricted. Box 3, Folders 4 and 7. Box 4, Folders 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Box 5, Folders 1, 2, 4, and 5. Box 6, Folders 1, 2, and 3.

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Some materials are restricted. Box 3, Folders 4 and 7. Box 4, Folders 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Box 5, Folders 1, 2, 4, and 5. Box 6, Folders 1, 2, and 3.

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Created by Sara Min on August 2016.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo on 15 March 2017.

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