Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation
On view Feb. 9 through Aug. 11, 2013
Airplanes changed everything in Alaska, where few communities are accessible by road or even boat. The state has a remarkable aviation history, including a strategic role in World War II. In Alaska’s early days of uncharted regions and unreliable maps, pilots were also inventors, mechanics, explorers and daredevils. Many Alaska communities still rely solely on aviation to maintain contact with the outside world for mail, groceries and emergency services. Arctic Flight tells compelling stories of survival, adventure and transportation, and presents an unforgettable look at Alaska’s colorful pioneer history.
Portrait Alaska: Clark James Mishler
On view April 20 through Sept. 28
This exhibition features 20 years of portraits by Anchorage photographer Clark James Mishler. Much like The Family of Man— a Museum of Modern Art photography exhibition first shown in 1955 — this project demonstrates the independence and character of Alaskans, while also emphasizing ties that connect residents across a large geographic area.
On view through April 13, 2014
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.
Wrangell Mountain Skyboys
May 3 through Aug. 25
A summer supplement to Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation, this exhibition focuses on the daring pilots who established aviation in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias mountain region, some of the highest and most rugged terrain in the country.