Media Gallery Collections
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Think you know the West? Think again! The Unsettled exhibition features 200 artworks by artists who have lived or worked in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area stretching from Alaska to Patagonia and Australia to the American West.
Unsettled is on view April 20 through Sept. 9, 2018
Through her photography, Ellis Doeven presents a portrait of Point Hope, a small Iñupiaq village in northwest Alaska, and its people. The title refers to the village scents where the air is mixed with the smells of maktak (Iñupiat for whale) and gasoline. It is a metaphor for the old and the new, which remain solidly connected in Point Hope.
The works in this exhibition consist of several arrangements of large-scale, freestanding painted ceramic sculptures of animals, bones and objects that DeRocchi associates with sex, death or expectations through memories of personal experiences during her time in Alaska.
Amy Meissner's textile art combines traditional handwork and contemporary imagery to explore memory, fragility and the literal, physical and emotional work of women. Her materials are vintage, discarded or found and manipulate unknown histories to shape a narrative or myth for each artwork.
Taking art beyond the walls is another way the museum is hoping to cultivate community engagement. An example is an exhibition by photographer John Raymond Mireles. Through a project he calls “Neighbors,” Mireles photographs people up-close, full of character and larger-than-life, traveling from state to state documenting the faces of America.
Alaska artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, logged more than 10,000 miles and 250 days traveling the North American coast in search of fossils and the stories they tell. They visited museums, dove into research collections, hung out with fellow scientists and artists, and visited active dig sites via automobile, small airplane and boat.
The "Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline" exhibition is now on view at the Anchorage Museum.
The Anchorage Museum’s new wing helps tell the story of Alaska and the North. The materials used in the architecture reflect a sense of place – in this case, Anchorage, Alaska, a Northern city within a sub-arctic landscape. Presented in the wing’s Art of the North Galleries are more than 200 works from the museum’s collection as well as some new additions. The Rasmuson Wing opens to the public Friday, Sept. 15.
A little Northern spirit goes a long way. Arts and culture make Northern communities great places to live, work and play. That’s why the Anchorage Museum launched the Polar Lab, an artistic exploration of the current and future state of the North through issues spanning culture, community and the environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org/northerninitiative.