Floating: Annette Bellamy Solo Exhibition
On view Sept. 6 through Nov. 10
Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy debuts new site-specific sculpture and large-scale clay installations suspended from the ceiling. These works are inspired by her 38 years as a commercial salmon and halibut fisher. They suggest nautical forms, but speak to the fine balance of life — the things that make us float and sink and how we navigate the journey. In 2006, Bellamy won the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. This is her first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. The highly competitive Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series is one of many ways the Anchorage Museum supports Alaska artists and encourages the creation of new art.
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.
Leather ice skates, c. 1940, made in Anchorage by cobbler Gus George.
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.
Dongfeng Li, Coalminer, watercolor
Alaska 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.
Lael Gordon, Greek Key Sideboard
Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX
On view Oct. 6 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.
Qanga: First Steps
On view Nov. 17 through Jan. 12, 2014
The pre-history of the Inuit people comes to life in this graphic novel-style exhibition. Music, comic art, storytelling and archaeology combine to explain the first human migrations from Canada to Greenland. Learn about the Inuit people’s technology and culture, as well as their social incentives for migration. A collaboration between artist Nuka K. Godtfredsen, composers Kristian Bjerre Harting and Lill Rastad Bjørst, and archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark.
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.
On view starting in February 2014
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.