December 18, 2015
This month, Curated Conversations travels to Tromsø, Norway, for a presentation during the Arctic Frontiers Conference, in collaboration with colleagues from the Art Museum of Northern Norway. The evening panel will discuss expressing culture through art in the Arctic. Alaskans joining the conversation are:
Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Athabascan/Iñupiaq), a contemporary artist whose work chronicles the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaska context;
Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N’ishga), a photographer and sculptor who uses the tools of family ancestry and personal history to build his art;
Aaron Leggett (Dena’ina Athabascan), an Anchorage Museum curator who co-curated “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living,” the first major exhibition on Dena’ina Athabascan culture
In October 2015, Curated Conversations traveled to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. Museum Director Julie Decker moderated a panel including museum curator Aaron Leggett and artists Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Joan Kane, Allison Warden, and Sonya Kelliher-Combs. Panelists discussed issues related to Indigenous culture and perspective in the North.
In addition to traveling to U.S. destinations throughout 2016, Curated Conversations will also travel to Canada in the fall, hosted by the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse.