Just as photography illuminated a new understanding of the physical world centuries ago, today’s 3D mapping technology reveals seemingly intangible aspects of the environment we inhabit. Ephemeral State is an art project that seeks to capture the elusive qualities of water in its three physical states - liquid, solid and gas - within the Alaska environment. Using data gathered from the scientific community and the Alaska environment using (LiDAR), photogrammetry and digital modeling techniques, Lead Pencil Studio creates an alternative representation of the 49th state reflecting the three-dimensional characteristics of snow, ice, waves, steam, clouds and rain.

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Grand Opening: New Wing

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

The grand opening for the new Rasmuson Wing and the Art of the North Galleries, the new Alaska exhibition, and the expanded Discovery Center is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-17. Polar Nights also kicks off this weekend with half-price admission to galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. Polar Nights runs Friday evenings through April. See the full schedule here.

Grand Opening: New Wing

Friday After-Hours returns with Polar Nights

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

The third season of Polar Nights kicks off Sept. 15 during the Anchorage Museum Expansion Grand Opening Weekend. Explore the Anchorage Museum’s new wing and the Art of the North Galleries, the redesigned Alaska exhibition, John Mireles Neighbors exhibition, Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson’s Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline exhibition, Lead Pencil Studio’s Ephemeral State exhibition, Welcome to Our North: Branding Anchorage installation. Check out the updated Discovery Center and the renovated A Street Patio. There will be piano music in Muse and Tanana Trio will be playing in the West elevator. Museum admission is half-price or free Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. through April.  

Preview: Murmur 
6 to 8 p.m.
Seattle-based artist John Grade will provide a preview of Murmur, an installation that combines kinetic sculpture with a mixed-reality holographic experience, placing visitors within an Arctic landscape. Grade will demonstrate the Hololens technology and exhibit small-scale works related to the final Murmur structure that will be on view next summer.  

Lecture: Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson
7 p.m.
Prepare to look at the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of a walrus-and ammonite-obsessed scientist and an artist with a fondness for cheeseburgers, ratfish and trilobites – in this talk by Alaska artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The two logged more than 10,000 miles and 250 days traveling the North American coast in search of fossils for the Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway exhibit. Join them for a discussion about their fossil collecting journeys and the art and science behind the exhibition. Included with admission.  

Print Signing: Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson
8 p.m.
Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson will sign exhibition prints in the Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline exhibition.

Friday After-Hours returns with Polar Nights