Arctic Desert: Kobuk Valley National Park
On view May 2 through Sept. 7
Nearly half a million caribou migrate yearly across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, their tracks crisscrossing dunes rising up to 100 feet high. But few people make the trek. No roads lead to Kobuk Valley National Park: It’s consistently one of the 10 least-visited national parks.
Arctic Desert, featuring images taken by the National Park Service, is a photographic exploration of this rarely seen phenomenon.
Gyre: The Plastic Ocean
On view Feb. 7 through Sept. 7
An Expedition and Exhibition with Marine Debris as Material and Message
Much of the oceans' trash is swirling in one of five gyres, which are large systems of rotating ocean currents. Similar accumulations of human debris exist in every ocean. A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from Japan's tsunami is soon Alaska's beach litter. The world shrinks as we all become connected through our litter, yet somehow we are still severed from the problem we've created. Garbage is killing the very life that depends on the ocean as a source of food and habitat. Now, in one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, a unique scientific expedition and art exhibition brings the problem into perspective.
Nutjuitok (Polar Star)
Sadly artist Terry Adkins died Feb. 7 from heart failure.
Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and friends. His exhibition, Nutjuitok (Polar Star), was still in development at the time of his death and cannot be shown as scheduled.
On view through Oct. 26
This selection from the Anchorage Museum’s collection spans the 1970s until the present, offering a glimpse at the development of contemporary Alaska Native art, from early prints, masks and paintings to newer photography and sculpture. Featured artists include James Schoppert, John Hoover, Ron Senungetuk, Susie Silook, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Perry Eaton.
Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Earthquake
On view April 11 through Sept. 14
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, this exhibition looks at this devastating event, the reconstruction efforts that followed, and our earthquake preparedness today. Highlights include videos chronicling earthquake survivors’ personal accounts of the disaster. The exhibition also includes hands-on activities and historical photographs and artifacts from the Anchorage Museum collection.