Music and ceremony kick off the Anchorage Museum's summer exhibition
April 29, 2002
WHO: Alaska Native artist John Hoover
WHAT: Public opening reception for John Hoover: Art and Life -
retrospective exhibition with music provided by Pamyua
WHERE: Anchorage Museum of History and Art
WHEN: Opening Reception, May 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Press Briefing: Thursday, May 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Hoover will be available for interviews at the press briefing.
The remarkable life and art of John Hoover is presented in a major retrospective at the Anchorage Museum this summer from May 10 trough Sept. 29. His work incorporates the stories, myths and legends of the Native people of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, richly combining traditional methods and inspirations with an innovative style and imagery that is uniquely his own.
The exhibition features some of the artist's most noted public art works, including Volcano Woman from the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, and Seaweed People, which exhibited at the White House in 1996.
Hoover, born in 1919 in Cordova to an Aleut-Russian mother and a Dutch father, worked as a fisherman, clam digger, taxi driver, and drummer throughout his youth, while he studied art and experimented with painting and drawing. In 1958, while helping a neighbor build a seiner from old growth fir, Hoover discovered a talent for working in wood. Soon he was applying this talent to his art, leading to a career as a sculptor working in cedar.
Hoover, now in his 80s, continues to sculpt. He will be honored by artist Alvin Amason on behalf of the Unangan (Aleut) people at the opening reception.For more information, call 343-6151.