Artistic and insider look at the North reveals complex and changing place
April 18, 2016
‘View From Up Here’ on view May 6 through Oct. 2 at the Anchorage Museum
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Home to four million people, the Arctic has also long drawn explorers, artists and other investigators, and that fascination with the North continues today.
“View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World” is an international contemporary art exhibition at the Anchorage Museum that highlights contemporary investigations into the Arctic through the perspective of artists. The exhibition conveys a complexity of place and people through film, photographs, installations and sculptures that highlight Arctic landscape and culture. “View From Up Here” also offers glimpses into the future of the Arctic within the context of great environmental and cultural change.
The artworks in the exhibition offer insights into the North, presenting the North from a broader perspective. Participating artists range from Indigenous artists from Alaska offering an insider view of the North to international contemporary artists who have visited and studied the Arctic.
The exhibition will have components throughout the museum, from formal galleries to an informal "living room" that offers gathering space for investigation and conversation, as well as installations in common spaces and outdoors. It is accompanied by public programs, including performances, in the museum and out in the community. A corresponding publication supports examination of the North beyond black-and-white perspectives. A coordinating series of Curated Conversations will include cross-disciplinary conversations about issues that impact the North but have global implications.
After the exhibition closes at the Anchorage Museum this fall, installations from “View From Up Here” will travel to Canada and additional venues, with public programs occurring in New York, Iceland and Norway.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.
View From Up Here Press Kit includes exhibition highlights, related programs and more.