11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Nov. 11-Feb. 20, 2015*
Get a behind-the-scenes look at an Anchorage Museum conservator in action. Ask questions while the conservator repairs and preserves cultural and historical objects at a mobile conservation station, and learn how a conservator applies knowledge of materials and scientific methods to care for the museum’s collection.
*Not available holidays, Dec. 2-5, Dec. 26, Jan. 23 and Jan. 27.
Smithsonian Spotlight: It’s All Material
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6
Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar and Anchorage Museum Conservator Sarah Owens discuss spruce root basketry through collaborative projects where they investigated and reverse-engineered the use of this locally-harvested, raw material. Rofkar is a master weaver and has researched Tlingit basketry in museums around the world. Free
MATERIAL TRADITIONS: GUT SEWING
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 3-5
Observe and ask questions as Alaska Native artists Mary Tunuchuk, Elaine Kingeekuk and Sonya Kelliher-Combs work with seal gut, perpetuating a tradition seen in masterworks of design in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. The Material Traditions series is made possible by the Surdna Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, First National Bank Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Smithsonian Council for Arctic Studies and the Anchorage Museum. Included with admission
SMITHSONIAN SPOTLIGHT: SONYA KELLIHER-COMBS
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Through her mixed media painting and sculpture, artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs offers a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in context of Alaska. Her use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials moves beyond oppositions between Western/Native culture, self/other and man/nature to examine their relationships while also questioning accepted notions of beauty. She discusses recent artwork and how material, synthetic skin and marine mammal membrane inform her pieces. Free
FISH SKIN WORKSHOP
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21
Historically, fish skin techniques can be found from Argentina to Finland. Today, fish leather items are becoming a hot trend. Join Alaska Native artist Joel Isaak as he guides students through the complexities of working with this natural material creating an original fish skin artwork. All materials included. $230 member/$250 non-member. Register here.