The Art of the North galleries in the museum’s Rasmuson Wing present the museum’s art collection from the perspectives of American art and an international North.

Paintings, sculpture, photography, video and other media offer varied perceptions of the Northern landscape and wilderness through historical and contemporary depictions of both land and people.


These galleries deliver a compelling narrative for the North. Presented are documentary works from expedition artists, along with Romantic landscapes by 19th and 20th century painters, and works by contemporary artists for whom landscape is a place in transition, at risk and altered by man.

The Indigenous perspective is a critical part of the North. Museums have long segregated indigenous artwork from other traditional, modern and contemporary works. With this installation, the two combine for one narrative of the North.

The Rasmuson Wing expands the amount of space dedicated to the museum’s collection from 3,000 to 25,000-square-feet. Combined, these spaces put on view approximately 200 works from the permanent collection.

Interested in more Northern art and culture?

The Alaska exhibition - on view, east wing level 2

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska - on view, west wing level 2


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