This all-ages exhibition explores the things people like in our mass and global culture through collectables, contemporary art and design, fan art, and fandom sub-culture. Included are anime, manga and Japanese-inspired culture, comic books and graphic novels, literature and television fandom, furry fandom, music and real-person fandom. This is an international exhibition, with artists from Japan, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. Some of the participating artists include Sebastian Masuda, Red Hong Yi, Cliff Wright, Marco d’Alfonso and others.

Image: Chewlio by Marco d'Alfonso. Banner image Wonder Woman cover by Marco d'Alfonso.

Fandom Faves
real person fandom/fiction

Anime/Manga:

Based on: animated films, series, graphic novels – originated in Japanese entertainment
Examples: Pokémon, Hello Kitty
May be expressed through: comic books, conventions, tourism, retail merchandise

Literary Fandom:

Examples: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
May be expressed through: Creation of fan fiction, Bardology (worship of William Shakespeare), real-life Quidditch sporting events

Bandom:

Based on: a sub-culture of Real Person Fiction focused on early 2000 rock groups but may also refer to those drawn to the culture around music and certain musicians
Examples: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boys, Panic! at the Disco
May be expressed through: social networks, online communities and journaling platforms

Learn more about fandom on our blog

Member-Exclusive events in October:
Call me at 929-9228 to learn about upgrading your membership. Learn about your membership options here.
Oct 12, noon Curator’s Tour of The Art of Fandom: Free; upgrade to VIP level to join. Limited to adults.
Oct 17, 5:30 p.m. Planetarium Preview of Photon’s Journey: Free; upgrade to Family Plus, Family Museum Insider, or VIP to join.
Oct 26, 4-7 p.m. Artist workshop and talk with Amy Meissner: Free; upgrade to Family Museum Insider or VIP to join. Recommended for adults.

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Individual Museum Insider is for any size household of adults. Add your second household adult onto your membership during the membership transaction. With this level, you can bring a guest every visit.  A senior discount and active duty military discount are available at this level. Learn more here.

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"The Art of Fandom" exhibition opens

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13

This all-ages exhibition explores the things people like in our mass and global culture through collectables, contemporary art and design, fan art, and fandom sub-culture.

Read more on our blog

"The Art of Fandom" exhibition opens

Polar Nights at the Anchorage Museum

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13

Select galleries and spaces are open late with discounted admission Fridays through April.

Vision & Voice: Ric Burns
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
An American documentary filmmaker and writer, Ric Burns has written, directed and produced historical documentaries since the 1990s, beginning with his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War (1990), which he produced with his older brother Ken Burns. The Anchorage Museum’s Vision & Voice lecture series features thought leaders from history, film, literature, science and culture, who reflect upon the human experience. In conjunction with the opening of the Alaska exhibition, this series explores powerful storytelling, issues of race and gender, and the possibilities that come with thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking. Future speakers include Nikole Hannah Jones and Steven Johnson. $20, $18 members.

The Art of Fandom exhibition opens
Explore the collectibles, contemporary art and fandom sub-cultures in this exhibition celebrating the things people like in our mass and global culture.

Artist Talk with Red Hong Yi
6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
Meet international artist Red Hong Yi, who will create shadow artworks from a range of materials to make Star Wars character silhouettes in The Art of Fandom exhibition.

Artist Studio: Ted Kim
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
Alaska illustrator Ted Kim is known for his intricate, textured drawings. Observe his art-making and learn more about his process during this pop-up artist studio in the museum atrium. Included in museum admission, which is half-price on Fridays during Polar Nights.

Polar Nights at the Anchorage Museum

Member Preview of "The Art of Fandom"

5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12

Family Museum Insider
VIP

5 to 6 p.m. You are invited to a family-friendly experience in The Art of Fandom with museum educators. FREE. RSVP

All Member levels
6-7 pm You are invited to preview The Art of Fandom. Dress up as your favorite pop culture characters. A private tour of the Animal-Marine area will be awarded to the best costume. FREE. RSVP

RSVP for Member events up to one month in advance. Renew/join here.

Call membership at 929-9228 to upgrade to join the Member Preview’s Insider experience (5-6 pm).

Banner image by Marco D'Alfonso

Member Preview of "The Art of Fandom"

VIP Member Preview of the exhibition: The Art of Fandom

Noon Thursday, Oct. 12

VIP level

You are invited to a member preview of The Art of Fandom. Adam Baldwin, Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach and part of The Art of Fandom's curatorial team, will lead you through the exhibition. Recommended for adults. FREE. RSVP for Member events up to one month in advance. Contact Membership Coordinator at 929-9228 to upgrade membership or Join/Renew here.

RSVP for VIP level members

Banner image by Marco D'Alfonso

 

VIP Member Preview of the exhibition: The Art of Fandom

Midnight Imaginarium: A Steampunk Party of Polar Delights

8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 11

Travel to an alternate realm where steam and mechanics rule, and today’s technology is but a figment of one’s imagination. Steampunk, a design style that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features, is the inspiration for this inventive night out. Embrace the steampunk lifestyle during an evening of pop-up events and activities throughout the museum. Adorn steampunk accessories in an Art Lab maker space, interact with living statues and magicians, try your hand at an old-time tea duel, and sip magical elixirs while enjoying live music and dancing to electro-swing djs. Take home fun memories with photo booth printouts and photography stations. Costumes both welcome and encouraged. Midnight Imaginarium also revels in the opening of The Art of Fandom exhibition, which highlights the fanatical power of anime, manga and Japanese-inspired culture, comic books and graphic novels, literature and television fandom, furry fandom, music and real-person fandom. Become a fan of this cosplay event. Light appetizers and steampunk accessories provided at the onset of the event; late night food trucks on 7th Avenue will sustain appetites; and cash bars available inside the museum throughout the evening. $30 general admission, $25 museum members; purchase tickets online.

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Midnight Imaginarium: A Steampunk Party of Polar Delights