Renate Martin, Purple Anemone and Blue Vase, watercolor, 2012
39th Annual Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition
On view Oct. 4 through Feb. 9, 2014
The annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition returns to the Anchorage Museum with a wide array of styles and subjects. The Alaska Watercolor Society was formed in 1974 as a nonprofit organization to promote professional watercolor painting in Alaska.
Fire bags, 1883, Ethnological Museum of Berlin
Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living
On view Sept. 15 through Jan. 12, 2014
Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living, curated by the Anchorage Museum, will be the first comprehensive exhibition about Dena’ina Athabascan people. This exhibition, opening in fall 2013, will feature about 200 Dena’ina objects from museums across the globe, including caribou skin clothing adorned with fine quill work, puffin beak rattles and birch bark cradles. Dena’ina history and culture will come to life through art, music, storytelling, re-created settings and hands-on activities.
Amy Meissner, Spontaneous Combustion, 2013 (detail)
Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX
On view Oct. 4 through Jan. 5, 2014
The Anchorage Museum’s biennial juried craft exhibition is one of the state’s longest running juried exhibitions. This popular statewide exhibition showcases Alaska artists working with clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, skin, bone or stone. Selected artworks often challenge the usual preconceptions, blurring the lines between art and craft.
Mrs. Alaska Xtratufs/Amanda Heath Photography
Footnotes: Shoes with Stories to Tell
On view Oct. 4 through Feb. 16, 2014
From XtraTufs to ice skates to sealskin boots, this exhibition showcases life in Alaska from the ground up. Each pair of footwear chosen from the museum’s collection serves as a launching point for a story unique to Alaska’s history.
Qanga: Drawing the Past
On view Nov. 17 through Jan. 12, 2014
An epic Inuit journey taken 4,500 years ago comes to life in Qanga: Drawing the Past, a graphic novel-style exhibition that combines music, art, storytelling and archaeology.
Working from Inuit oral tradition and archaeological evidence, a
graphic novelist reconstructed the story of the Inuit people who made
the first migration from
Canada to Greenland.
It’s a compelling tale of day-to-day survival in the Arctic.
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.
Wonderland of Toys
On view Dec. 3 through Jan. 12, 2014
For many Alaska families, journeying to the museum to see “Wonderland of Toys” is a beloved holiday tradition. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the museum’s atrium is transformed into a dazzling tableau of toys, some that date back as far as the 1800s. Against a backdrop of twinkling lights, find carousel horses, World War I toy soldiers, and an evergreen tree decorated with more than 100 dolls dressed in costumes from around the world. Other exhibit highlights include a hand-painted wood Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus from the early 1900s.