The Anchorage Museum’s Aperture project brings multiple exhibitions and artists together with public programming in a year-long series that testifies to the power of images. In photography, aperture is the opening in the lens that allows the photographer to create single or multidimensional views. This namesake project demonstrates how photography and video may offer new views of Northern place and people. Many of the exhibitions presented through Aperture are documentary, using photography as a way to record our changing physical and social landscape, while others employ still or moving images to explore process, place and power. Topics include truth, media, climate change and the speed at which we process ideas.

Circumpolar Cinema
On view through Jan. 10, 2021
A gallery space is transformed into a black box-style theatre screening film and video about the North and by Northerners.

Kerry Tasker: Bore Tide Surfing
On view April 3 – Sept. 13, 2020
Alaska photographer Kerry Tasker has documented this unlikely phenomenon, capturing the setting and the people who are willing to surf it.

Aperture: Cameras from the Anchorage Museum Collection
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
On view are archival photographs of Alaska and camera equipment spanning the 20th century.

Isuma: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk and Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
Presented are two films by the artist collective Isuma of Canada. One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk follows an Inuk hunter when he is asked to give up his traditional lifestyle. Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us offers a perspective on the history of Kivitoo, an Inuit community on Baffin Island whose residents were evacuated in the 1950s, never able to return.

Ben Huff: Atomic Island
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
Ben Huff explores the natural, geopolitical and cultural forces that have shaped Adak Island, the midpoint of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Charles Mason: Denali through Collodion
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
Using his Westfalia van as a traveling darkroom, Charles Mason prepares and develops images in the field on glass plates, also known as wet plate photography.

Ash Adams: To Become a Person
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
Photojournalist Ash Adams and Iñupiaq writer Laureli Ivanoff examine Indigenous coming of age in rural Alaska.

Rowan Renee: Dead Reckoning
On view May 1 – Oct. 4, 2020
This series of analog photographs reveals conflicting and complicated ideas around femininity, life and death, wildness and domesticity, exploration and survival.

Paola Pivi: Lies
On view Oct. 2, 2020 – March 2021
Artist Paola Pivi prompts viewers to think about the level to which our lives are mediated by television, the internet and social media.

Jeroen Toirkens and Jelle Brandt Corstius: Borealis
On view early 2021
Photographer Jeroen Toirkens and journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius present stories and images of people and landscape of the boreal forests of the Circumpolar North.


Circumpolar Cinema is presented with support from

JL Foundation