April 24, 2015
May is an important month for many Alaskans. Summer seems possible, the school year ends, and people prepare to greet visitors or to head outdoors themselves. May is a key month for the museum as well. New exhibitions are on view, and our lawn opens for outdoor programming. The launch of a new tourist season means we welcome visitors from around the world.
In May we will host members of the Northern Art Network, a group co-founded by the Anchorage Museum that includes representatives from museums, universities and art spaces throughout Scandinavia, Canada and Russia, who will make the trek to Alaska to experience and learn about our cultures, climate and people.
Visitors this summer will discover exhibitions that showcase Anchorage and the Arctic, from our Centennial exhibitions City Limits and Home Field Advantage, to exhibitions that explore the history, future and landscape of the North such as Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage, On Sea Ice and Florian Schulz: To the Arctic.
Architect Mike Mense will construct a temporary pavilion on the lawn that inspires ideas about how we build and occupy residences in northern places. Local artists will create installations and performances in museum spaces and throughout the city that respond to Captain Cook’s legacy, the northern landscape, and the Anchorage Centennial.
We are also excited to experiment with new programs that keep the museum open every Friday evening this year. We’re extending the First Friday tradition with our new program Half-open, Half-off, which presents Friday evening programming ranging from curated conversations to food, music, special tours, films, performances and more, all at half-price admission for the general public. Museum members, of course, get in free.
We hope our extended hours and varied programming inspire you when you venture indoors.