October 26, 2015
On view Nov. 6 through Feb. 7, 2016
This exhibition of art from museum collections around Alaska hints at the breadth and depth of the contemporary art being collected in Alaska museums.
In 2003, Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation launched its Art Acquisitions Fund to provide grants to museums that collect current work by Alaska artists. In its first decade, the fund helped 33 museums purchase nearly 1,100 works by 436 artists. This exhibition presents a retrospective of these works, which include 25 works from 12 Alaska museums, along with 48 additional works from the Anchorage Museum’s contemporary art collection. Thematically, the exhibition focuses on the natural environment, Alaska Native experience, and life in 21st century Alaska.
Living Alaska is curated by Sven Haakanson Jr. Following its debut at the Anchorage Museum, the 25 pieces of the retrospective will travel to five museums around Alaska and be supplemented with their own Art Acquisition Fund-sponsored works.