(Re)Emergence: Contemporary Native Art and Design from the Anchorage Museum Collection features nearly 50 art works created during the past five decades by Alaska Native artists.
Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living, curated by the Anchorage Museum, will be the first comprehensive exhibition about Dena’ina Athabascan people. This exhibition, opening in fall 2013, will feature about 200 Dena’ina objects from museums across the globe, including caribou skin clothing adorned with fine quill work, puffin beak rattles and birch bark cradles. Dena’ina history and culture will come to life through art, music, storytelling, re-created settings and hands-on activities.
Sep 15, 2013 – Jan 12, 2014
Nearly half a million caribou migrate yearly across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, their tracks crisscrossing dunes rising up to 100 feet high. But few people make the trek. No roads lead to Kobuk Valley National Park: It’s consistently one of the 10 least-visited national parks. Arctic Desert, featuring images taken by the National Park Service, is a photographic exploration of this rarely seen phenomenon.
An Expedition and Exhibition with Marine Debris as Material and Message
Much of the oceans' trash is swirling in one of five gyres, which are large systems of rotating ocean currents. Similar accumulations of human debris exist in every ocean. A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from Japan's tsunami is soon Alaska's beach litter. The world shrinks as we all become connected through our litter, yet somehow we are still severed from the problem we've created. Garbage is killing the very life that depends on the ocean as a source of food and habitat. Now, in one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, a unique scientific expedition and art exhibition brings the problem into perspective.
On view at San José State University February 2 through March 25, 2016
Previously on view at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, Georgia through June 19, 2015
Previously on view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California September 2 through November 21, 2015
To outsiders, the North can seem unchanging and marginally inhabitable –– vast, cold, white, empty. Seen from the inside, however, the North is magnetic and multidimensional. This exhibition of photographs, films and multi-media installations portrays a North that is complex and in transition. True North features 39 artists from Iceland, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States, including many Alaskans. These artists de-romanticize northern life, stripping off the varnish to reveal honest depictions of our region’s unique environmental, psychological, and societal challenges. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab.
Cabin Fever, curated by the Anchorage Museum, examined this claustrophobic state of mind, which manifests after long hours of isolation in cramped and dark quarters. The exhibition featured contemporary photographs and short films by artists from regions that ring the North Pole, including Alaska, Iceland and Finland. The exhibition also included historical images hearkening back to the early 20th century when the term “cabin fever” was coined, a time of trans-Atlantic boat travel, the Klondike gold rush and polar exploration.
Captain Cook came to Alaska to explore the continental coast in search of a long-sought Northwest Passage. Cook’s experience in the Arctic continues to resonate with the opening of a potential passage through the Arctic today, which, due to the effects of climate change and rapidly melting sea ice, is expected to become a navigable, commercially viable route by the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage in 2028. This exhibition will feature original objects—models, navigational instruments, charts, maps, manuscripts and artifacts—from the places he visited during his voyages, borrowed from museums, private collections, libraries and archives from around the world. Explore the rich history and varied perspectives of the Northwest Passage, and its potential impact on Alaska and Anchorage, from sea and from shore. Learn more.
On view at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington October 16, 2015 through January 10, 2016
Living Alaska shares the far-reaching impacts of the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund and a sample of the artwork it has preserved for the public. Curated by Sven Haakanson, Jr. and designed by the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the exhibition contains 25 pieces loaned from 12 different museums.
Interest in the Arctic has preoccupied explorers for hundreds of years, and that fascination with the North continues today. View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World is an international contemporary art exhibition that highlights contemporary investigations into the Arctic – through the perspective of artists. The exhibition conveys a complexity of place and people through film, photographs, installations, and sculptures that highlight Arctic cultures, landscape, scientific research, and visions of the future. Participating artists include: Nicholas Galanin (Alaska), Anna Hoover (Alaska/Washington), Jeroen Toirkens (Holland), Derek Cote (Michigan), Marek Ranis (North Carolina), Christoph Kapeller (California), Paul Walde (Canada), John Grade (Washington), Magali Daniaux and Cedric Pigot (France), Mary Mattingly (New York), Annesofie Norn (Denmark), Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir and Mark Wilson (Iceland/England). The exhibition will have components throughout the museum, from formal galleries to an atrium "living room" and installations in common spaces and outdoors. It is accompanied by public programs, including performances and temporary installations in the museum and out in the community. A corresponding publication supports examination of the North beyond black-and-white perspectives.
Camouflage: In Plain Sight expands beyond the familiar associations of camouflage to explore how we work to be seen and unseen. Through the lenses of natural history, military history, art, design, technology, fashion and popular culture, Camouflage highlights the contrast between the functional and cultural. Included in the exhibition are historical objects, natural history specimens, items from popular culture, and major works of modern and contemporary art by artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Cindy Sherman.
Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and scholars address common misperceptions about the North, fostering critical commentary about these issues through the exhibition “Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations.” The exhibition inspires dialogue across disciplines and platforms through a series of public programs and art installations. Artists involved include Edgar Heap of Birds, James Luna, Shan Goshorn, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Jessie Kleemann, Nicholas Galanin, Charlene Teters, Barry Pottle, Larry McNeil, and Emily Johnson.