October First Friday Events at the Anchorage Museum
Local and visiting artists in-house, dance performance, live music and more
September 29, 2017
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Sept. 29, 2017 – Launch your weekend at the Anchorage Museum on Friday, Oct. 6, with an exhibition opening, live music, a dance performance, artist visits and more. See the new Art of the North galleries, experience the re-envisioned Alaska exhibition, explore Alaska’s dinosaurs in the Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline exhibition, discover something new in the Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage exhibition, and check out other art installations and exhibitions. Admission is free from 6 to 9 p.m., thanks to ConocoPhillips. Planetarium programs are extra.
Exhibition Opening And Artist Talks
Year With A Tree Exhibition opens with David Pettibone in-house
Change is both the subject and the medium in the series of watercolor and oil paintings that make up the Year With A Tree exhibition. A single tree becomes a constant against which change is measured. Alaska artist David Pettibone’s documented a single Eagle River Nature Center cottonwood tree between May 2016 and May 2017, in all four seasons, in all kinds of weather. He captured how the changing environment affected the tree, as well as the paintings, how they were painted and the artist himself. Says Pettibone, “The aim of the project is to address our changing climate in a thoughtful way by recording, in paint, a single year of Southcentral Alaska's current climate trajectory. When it comes to climate change, Alaska is the United States canary in the coal mine.” Pettibone will be in the exhibition to answer questions and talk about his work from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.
Neighbors exhibition photographer John Raymond Mireles talks about his project
Last May, John Raymond Mireles spent several weeks visiting Anchorage neighborhoods – from Birchwood to south Anchorage – and photographing individuals for his Neighbors exhibition. He took 4,360 photographs of 529 individual to create a portrait of our national identity, reminding us of what it means to be a good neighbor – to help one another feel welcome, safe and recognized. Mireles connects with his subjects up close and enlarges the images to a larger-than-life scale. Viewers are encouraged to intimately relate to and identify with their fellow neighbors. Alaska is the 36th state Mireles has visited since starting the Neighbors project. Images from his Alaska visit can be found along a fence in Mountain View, hanging outside the entrance to the Anchorage Museum and in the museum’s second floor Northern Narratives East Gallery, where Mireles will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6 to talk with visitors about the project.
Alaska photographer David Jensen shares his experiences with Alaska dogs
Local photographer David Jensen, recognized by Alaska Dispatch News readers as “2016 Best of Alaska Photographer,” will provide a visual stroll along Alaska trails with hundreds of dogs in the museum auditorium at 7 p.m. He will share engaging anecdotes from the trail and beyond, and talk about his newly released photo books. Joining him at for the event will be Jensen’s canine hiking companion, Layla. Free.
Dance Performance With Katie O’Loughlin: Untold Stories Are Still Alive
Performance artist Katie O’Loughlin shares perspectives from a recent research trip to Havana, Cuba, in two dance performances, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. A recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage Theatre and Dance Department, O’Laughlin visited Cuba to study the country’s dance community and how politics, culture, economics and environment has impacted its dance culture. Free.
Live Music And More
Two options Oct. 6 for live music at the Anchorage Museum: Kenny Williams will be playing acoustical originals in the west elevator from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Melissa “Jazzmom” Fischer plays piano and croons audience favorites for those dining in Muse from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to the music, Muse also features lager beers in this month’s Battle of the Breweries: Silver Gulch Fairbanks Lager, Anchorage Brewing California Lager, and Kenai Peninsula Brewers Reserve. A choice of a beer flight and an appetizer is $20. For ages 21 and older.
Planetarium Program: Space Odyssey – October
At 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, the Thomas Planetarium reports the latest in astronomy news in Space Odyssey, a live presentation designed to highlight current astronomical events and discoveries. The three-part program includes: updates on the most recent space missions, what’s visible in the night sky during the month and short astronomy film screenings.
ABOUT THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
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 www.anchoragemuseum.org.
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