All-Alaska Biennial features contemporary work by Alaska artists. This juried exhibition is a continuation of the museum’s All-Alaska Juried and Earth, Fire & Fibre exhibitions, which began more than 30 years ago to encourage creation of new works in all media by Alaska artists. Guest juror Candice Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon, Canada, and is an independent curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kristy Summers, Descend (detail)
The Unsettled exhibition includes 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area stretching from Alaska to Patagonia and from Australia to the American West. Works included span 2,000 years, ranging from Pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art.
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.
This multimedia installation and two-month performance by Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Allison Warden takes the form of an Iñupiat ceremonial qargi. Warden’s version is a futuristic recreation of a ceremonial house, where she allows her audience to gently explore these spaces in a contemporary context.
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.
Baseball has been an important part of community life in Alaska for more than a century. Northern communities played the national pastime in spring, summer, fall and winter (ever see a baseball diamond on ice?). This exhibition of historic photographs, objects and memorabilia showcases the rich history of baseball in Anchorage and throughout Alaska.
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.
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. 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.