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  Fire bags, 1883, Ethnological Museum of Berlin
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.



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. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.


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.


Body Worlds Vital

Concluded Jan. 6, 2013
Body Worlds Vital is an awe-inspiring exhibition that educates visitors about anatomy, physiology and health through a series of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. Displays present the most current information about common diseases, the effects of tobacco use, and the mechanics of artificial body parts. By juxtaposing healthy and diseased organs, the exhibition also encourages healthy lifestyle choices. This is the first Body Worlds exhibition in Alaska.


Althea Thauberger, <i>Dani</i>, film still from <i>Northern</i>.
Althea Thauberger, Dani, film still from Northern.

True North

Concluded Sept. 9, 2012
To outsiders, the North can seem unchanging and marginally inhabitable –– vast, cold, white, empty. Seen from the inside, however, the North is magnetic and multidimensional. This exhibition of photographs, films and multi-media installations portrays a North that is complex and in transition. True North features 39 artists from Iceland, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States, including many Alaskans. These artists de-romanticize northern life, stripping off the varnish to reveal honest depictions of our region’s unique environmental, psychological, and societal challenges. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.


Columbian mammoth
Columbian mammoth

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Concluded Oct. 9, 2011
This traveling exhibition created by Chicago’s Field Museum re-creates the lives of mammoths and mastodons, their interactions with one another and with ancient humans. The exhibition also explores how they died and became extinct. Displays include skeletons, skulls and tusks, large-scale projections, life-sized dioramas and virtual experiences. Also on display are rare and evocative objects, including some of the oldest art in existence.



Andy Warhol, <em>Moonwalk,</em> 1987
Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Andy Warhol: Manufactured

Concluded Jan 30, 2011

Andy Warhol’s artistic premise is that the ordinary can be considered art, and the ordinary is usually a manufactured object. From soup cans to portraits of movie stars, all are constructs of a commercial world. Warhol even manufactured his own persona. This 5,000-square-foot exhibit employs many of Warhol’s better known photographs, silkscreens and films to comment on manufactured objects and lives.



Star Wars:
Where Science Meets Imagination

Concluded April 25, 2010
Using the familiar imagery of the six Star Wars films as a springboard for the imagination, this exhibition launches audiences into explorations of real-world technologies and exciting visions of what the future could be. This traveling exhibition features more than 100 pieces of film memorabilia and related objects, exclusive video footage, and more than a dozen interactive exhibits. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2009 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.



Temciyusqaq <br />“Skeptical One”
“Skeptical One”

Giinaquq (Like A Face):
Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago

Concluded Jan. 4, 2009

In the winter of 1872 a young French anthropologist named Alphonse Pinart traveled the Kodiak archipelago by kayak, assembling one of the most extensive collections of Alutiiq ceremonial masks in the world. In May, masks from Pinart’s collection returned to Alaska for the first time in 136 years to tell the Alutiiq story and inspire Alaskans to explore the rich culture of Kodiak’s Native people. Giinaquq features 34 wood masks and a bird-shaped feast bowl collected from villages around the Kodiak archipelago. The exhibition, six years in planning, will highlight the cultural meaning of these historic carvings as well as their beauty.


Photo by Leuman M. Waugh.<br>Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Photo by Leuman M. Waugh.
Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live)
Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival

Concluded Oct. 26, 2008
The Way We Genuinely Live is a joint project of the Anchorage Museum and the Calista Elders Council, developed with the guidance of Yup'ik elders and educators and with major support from the National Science Foundation.

This exhibition presents more than 200 remarkable 19th and early 20th century tools, containers, weapons, watercraft and clothing in an exploration of the scientific principles and processes that allowed these people to survive in the sub-arctic tundra of the Bering Sea coast.

Sponsors of this exhibition include the National Science Foundation, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Northern Air Cargo, Alaska Airlines, BP, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Calista Corporation and the Anchorage Museum Association.

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Woman In The Moon Pin/Pendant, 1987 fossil ivory, sterling silver <BR>
Woman In The Moon Pin/Pendant, 1987 fossil ivory, sterling silver

Arctic Transformations

The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace
Concluded June 12, 2005
Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace is a 25-year retrospective of the couple's work. It includes the artists' major works: 16 intricately detailed belts, many of which are now in private collections, as well as 150 individual pieces of jewelry.

Every piece of Denise Wallace's jewelry tells a story - or in some cases, a folk tale - about the rich cultures of the people of Alaska. The elaborate artworks Wallace creates with her husband Samuel call on the ancient images and stories of her own Chugach Aleut heritage and that of other indigenous people, as well as more contemporary figures and models from the natural world.

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Kanwal Krishna, Portrait of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama at age five.
Kanwal Krishna, Portrait of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama at age five.

Tibet, Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents

Concluded January 2, 2005
The Newark Museum's traveling exhibit, Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents, opens at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on Oct. 10. The exhibition includes items that once belonged to long-ago rulers - a silver prayer wheel from the 19th century inset with jade, rubies and shell, an iron container dated from the 13th-14th centuries inlaid with silver and gold - as well as items used by the area's nomads, farmers and herders. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to try on traditional Tibetan clothing and create Tibetan-style artwork. A number of special performances, lectures and films will take place at the Museum in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Where Men and Dogs Seem Small<BR>by Fred Machetanz
Where Men and Dogs Seem Small
by Fred Machetanz

Northern Adventure

The Art of Fred Machetanz (1908-2002)
Concluded September 19, 2004
When Fred Machetanz died in 2002 at the age of 94, it was the end of an era in Alaska art. His paintings and stone lithographs, exhibited around the world, evoke romantic visions of an idealized past and have made him one of Alaska's most beloved artists. This summer, the Anchorage Museum and History of Art chronicles Machetanz's remarkable work in a retrospective exhibition, A Northern Adventure: The Art of Fred Machetanz.

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Florence Napaaq Malewotkuk, Eskimo Singing, 1931, 17.5 cm X 25 cm
Florence Napaaq Malewotkuk, Eskimo Singing, 1931, 17.5 cm X 25 cm

Eskimo Drawings

Concluded September 14, 2003
The Anchorage Museum has organized the first major exhibition of drawings by the artists who have detailed Eskimo life-ceremonies, clothing, tools and technology-from their own point of view. Original works by Kivetoruk Moses, George Ahgupuk, Robert Mayokok, Milo Minock, and Florence Malewotkuk reveal a range and depth of work that will surprise those Alaskans who may have known these artists mainly through commercial items based on their work-souvenir plates, placemats, and holiday cards.

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Florence Napaaq Malewotkuk, Eskimo Singing, 1931, 17.5 cm X 25 cm
Florence Napaaq Malewotkuk, Eskimo Singing, 1931, 17.5 cm X 25 cm

Ray Troll: Sharkabet

Concluded September 15, 2002
The Anchorage of Museum becomes infested with sharks this spring and summer -- Ray Troll's sharks. Extraordinarily creative and downright quirky, Ketchikan-based artist Ray Troll brings his unique blend of art, science and wit to Anchorage in this exhibition. Sharkabet is comprised of 26 original drawings, fiberglass shark mounts, fossil shark specimens from museums around the country, and three-dimensional drawings requiring 3D glasses.

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<EM>John Hoover: Art and Life</EM>
John Hoover: Art and Life

John Hoover: Art and Life

Concluded September 29, 2002
The remarkable life and art of John Hoover is presented in a major retrospective at the Anchorage Museum this summer. His work incorporates the stories, myths and legends of the Native people of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, richly combining traditional methods and inspirations with an innovative style and imagery that is uniquely his own.

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