Anchorage Museum's Quonset hut exhibition receives award
December 04, 2006
The Western Museums Association (WMA) recently awarded the Anchorage Museum with the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence for the exhibition Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age.
Organized by the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Design Forum, the exhibition debuted at the museum in October 2005 offering a comprehensive exploration of the impact of Quonset huts on the building environment and culture of post World War II Alaska and beyond. The exhibition was curated by architect Chris Chiei and art historian Julie Decker of Anchorage.
The Western Museums Association's Charles Redd Award is an annual award recognizing outstanding achievement of a temporary museum exhibition for furthering the study and understanding of the American West. Award criteria include exhibitions that surpass standards of practice in scholarship, interpretation, and/or design by offering a new perspective on a topic, synthesize and present existing knowledge and/or collection materials in a provocative way and evoke emotional responses from viewers.
"We congratulate the Anchorage Museum and all involved. Their exhibit Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age showed the integrated history of industry and politics in our every day lives--particularly that Quonset huts are still very much a presence in Alaska and the west," said Wanda Chin, Past-President, Western Museums Association Chair of Awards. "The exhibit's strong curation gives fresh consideration for the ageless lesson about remaking a product anew."
The award is underwritten by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. The Western Museums Association is the largest regional affiliate of the American Association of Museums and is devoted to the promotion and development of museums of all types in Arizona, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.