Power of Place
August 26, 2016
The North is a place that represents the gradual adaptation of behavior and technology to new, extreme and changing environments. Cultural evolution has allowed humans to adapt to environments from the Arctic to the Amazon in a timeframe that would have been impossible with mere physical adaptations alone. Cultivating cooperative behaviors can help people adapt, connect and feel optimistic about the future. In the Arctic, people have been adapting to change for centuries. Through exhibitions and programs, we celebrate adaptations of people to landscape and explore the futures of the North and the Arctic. We work with many cultural communities, artists, scientists and others to talk about the place we live in and the ways we can best prepare for and adapt to the future.
Our exhibition View From Up Here features the work of artists from inside and outside Alaska who have spent time in the Arctic exploring its landscape and its adaptations. Each work in this exhibition offers a different perspective about what makes this place distinct.
In August, as a part of our Curated Conversations series, a panel of international artists joined local food experts to discuss the harvest from Arctic Food Forest, an installation on the museum lawn designed by Mary Mattingly. These important dialogues offered provocative conversations relevant to issues faced by northern people and places, exploring the relationship between landscape and culture. The exhibition Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, which opens Sept. 30, prompts conversations about the North’s global impact from multiple perspectives and features Indigenous artists from around the world.