jan / feb News
Polar Nights: Friday After Hours
The Anchorage Museum is open until 9 p.m. Fridays, October through April. General admission rates apply except for First Fridays when admission is free 6-9 p.m. Roam galleries, socialize or enjoy spaces in solitude. Special programming may include films, live or recorded music, games, topical curated conversations and more. Visit our calendar for details.
$5 Third Thursdays
Visit the museum for $5 on the third Thursday of the month October through April.
Visit Paula Pivi, Lies, Lies, Lies
Paola Pivi’s Lies, Lies, Lies is a multimedia installation composed of dozens of television screens and a sound system, reflecting on the ways we take in information and media. Visitors experience the artwork by entering a structure where they are surrounded by screens on all sides, above and below, and a barrage of images on every screen. The “lies” range from the silly to the obvious, including historical lies of political relevance.
North x North and The Arctic Encounter collaborate for spring 2022 convention
The Anchorage Museum hosts North x North April 6-9, 2022, in collaboration with Arctic Encounter, which convenes April 7-8 in Downtown Anchorage. Both connect people worldwide for creative and expert conversations on the Arctic, climate, and Northern topics.
North x North and Arctic Encounter elevate voices and spotlight important topics in the Far North. Arctic Encounter happens at the Dena’ina Center. North x North happens at the Anchorage Museum and throughout downtown. Additional announcements forthcoming.
Chatter Marks podcast explores how mapping affects perspective
Artists Stuart Hyatt, Dan Mills and Christina Seely join host Cody Liska for the Anchorage Museum podcast Chatter Marks to discuss how maps affect our perspective and understanding of our place in the world. Sound artist Hyatt uses sound to understand our relationship with the natural world. Mills uses maps in paintings and collages as a way to explore historical and current events. Seely uses photography to reveal the complexities of both built and natural global systems. All three artists are featured in the exhibition Counter Cartographies: Living the Land, which challenges conventional understanding of maps.
It Will Not Be The Same, But It Might Be Beautiful now on view on the museum façade
A video projection titled It Will Not Be The Same, But It Might Be Beautiful by artist and researcher Nina Elder investigates change by focusing on objects that have been exhausted through use and transformed over time. The video component of this project, produced by Michael Conti, is a 3-channel installation centering around puzzle stones, rocks that have been shattered by rapid temperature shifts and retreating glaciers.
Human hands collect and try to fit together broken stones as if they are puzzle pieces from the landscape in this video that meditates on environmental change, wonder and resilience. On view sunset to midnight through Sunday, Jan. 31. This work was made possible through the support of the Speranza Foundation and the National Performance Network.
Museum Activity Boxes - Community Suppported Education
Bring home the activity box that offers hours of hands-on and virtual learning activities for toddlers and youth. This portable kit is full of community-sourced materials, ideas and resources for hands-on fun, learning and imaginative play. Explore themes related to Alaska and the North through hands-on making, experiments, community profiles, and readings.
Build an interactive museum experience at home every month while learning remotely and using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills. Anchorage Museum activity boxes deliver portable Northern-themed projects, activities and inspiration.
Home is the theme of January’s activity box, in collaboration with Anchorage Park Foundation. Consider what home means to you through activities that help highlight what's distinct about our place, and examine what's needed to make a place a home. $25 with kit pick-up; $37 with shipped kit. Register by Monday, Jan. 24.
Registration for spring 2022 Teen Climate Communicators now open
This spring, students grade 9-12 are invited to participate in activities and conversations around past, present, and future relationships between people and the land. Join the Anchorage Museum’s Teen Climate Communicators and learn how climate change affects Alaska’s diverse landscapes by engaging with museum and community experts around the history, science, and cultures of our lands. Free to join. Applications due Friday, Jan. 26 at 11:59 p.m.
Free Admission Day, sponsored by the Alaska Black Chamber of Commerce
Admission is free Saturday, Feb. 5, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Alaska Black Chamber of Commerce. Visit with and learn about black-owned businesses in Alaska, check out the exhibition Black Lives in Alaska: Journey, Justice, Joy, and celebrate Black History Month.