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Mon, Nov 30, 2015
On view through Feb 07, 2016
Today's artists, scientists, explorers and inhabitants are questioning the future of the landscape.
Inspired by the cabin culture of the Circumpolar North, the Anchorage Museum is working with designer Chad Taylor to bring Arctic and Nordic sensibilities inside to transform the atrium into a Northern habitat that celebrates winter.
Facial and hand tattooing was common throughout the Arctic until the turn of the 20th century, before contact with missionaries whose influence discouraged the practice. A small but growing number of indigenous people from Greenland to Alaska have begun to re-evaluate traditional tattooing as a method for healing identity and reclaiming history.
Out of the Box is a multi-artist performance series presenting indigenous perspectives on the legacies of Captain Cook’s voyages.
For more than three decades Ursula Paniyak has refined her method of doll making using natural materials. At age 10 she began learning to sew traditional Cup’ik dolls from her mother, Rosalie, a master dollmaker from Chevak, and her grandmother, Mary Kokrak, an accomplished skin sewer.
The Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab initiative recently received $150,000 from the Surdna Foundation through its Thriving Cultures grant program. The three-year grant will fund a wide range of programs and exhibitions that engage artists with the Arctic, helping give Indigenous artists a voice in contemporary Northern issues.
“Until recently, Indigenous art was defined and described by non-Indigenous people in museums, books, and galleries,” explains Alaska Native artist Drew Michael, curator of Our Story.
Because memberships support the essential work the museum does, gift memberships are really two gifts in one. Share the benefits of membership with a loved one while sharing the museum with our community.
Geared primarily towards middle school girls and their teachers, and featuring professional female STEM mentors, the Café gave students and educators access to STEM professionals, who shared how they got started in their respective fields, what interests them the most about their jobs, what exciting projects they are working on, and why STEM matters to our society.
The future is now, and it’s happening after-hours at the museum as we celebrate the possibilities of a future North full of art and community — by design.
Live music from COM TRUISE, Pamyua, Modern Savage, Super Saturated Sugar Strings, DJ Curtis Vodka, DJ Spencer Lee and more.