10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 27
University of Alaska Anchorage professor of anthropology Alan Boraas PhD and University of Oregon associate professor of history Ryan Jones will delve into Russian America history and its effect on the Dena’ina and Alaska for two one-hour lectures. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each 2-hour class is $20, $100 for all six. Registration required. Register for all six by Sept. 26 or individually up to one day before the class at anchoragemuseum.org.
5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
Part of the Anchorage Museum Polar Lab’s Curated Conversations series, “Exhibiting Culture” will be a searching discussion about cultural ownership and representation of indigenous art, and particularly contemporary art, in museums and other public spaces. The panel conversation will address a flurry of recent controversies surrounding this topic, and explore ways to build to powerful narratives around sensitive and/or contentious histories and objects.
The discussion will be moderated by Kathleen Ash-Milby, associate curator of contemporary Indigenous art, National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Participants include:
•Melissa Shaginoff, Athabascan and Paiute, artist and Bunnel Street Arts Center board member in Homer, Alaska
•Christina Lalonde, associate curator of Indigenous art, National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa
•Dawn Biddison, museum specialist, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska office
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
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. He will share engaging anecdotes from the trail and beyond, and talk about his newly released photo books. Joining him at this event is Jensen’s canine hiking companion, Layla. Free.
9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11
Join entrepreneurs and artists for a morning cup of joe at the Anchorage Museum and hear guest presenter Duke Russell discuss his new foray into art-inspired product development. 1 Million Cups at the Anchorage Museum is a monthly session about arts and entrepreneurship based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions as they network over coffee. Supported in part by the Kauffman Foundation, this free national program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. Free; use the 7th avenue entrance.
10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 11
The second in this continuing education series features a session about the art of Iñupiaq artist James Kivetoruk Moses and a tour of the exhibition A Year with a Tree with David Pettibone. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. $20. Register by Oct. 10 at anchoragemuseum.org.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
Alaska illustrator Ted Kim is known for his intricate, textured drawings. Observe his art-making and learn more about his process during this pop-up artist studio in the museum atrium. Included in museum admission, which is half-price on Fridays during Polar Nights.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18
On the 150th anniversary of Alaska’s transfer to the US from Russia, Anchorage author David Ramseur discusses a prolific period in Alaska-Russia relations, the post-Cold War melting of the Ice Curtain and future U.S.-Russia relations. A visiting scholar in public policy at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ramseur has just completed a new book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier. Free; use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance.
6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
More than 100 languages are spoken in Anchorage. Gather for readings and discussion to explore the challenges and possibilities of translation and the role of language revitalization. Writers will share their work in conversation with local experts, scholars and educators. The museum’s Unbound series loosens words from the page through experimental literary events. Included with admission, which is half-price on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. for Polar Nights.
• Film by Ron Spatz of Shaawatke’é’s Birth, a poem by Emily Wall and Lance X’unei Lance Twitchell (performed in English and Tlingit)
• Junior Gisa, storyteller (reading in Samoan)
• Itzel Yager, author (reading in Spanish, English and Nahuatl)
• Edna MacLean, scholar of Inupiaq language, (reading in Inupiaq)
• Gabriel M. Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health, UAA Department of Health Sciences (reading in Filipino)
• Annie Zeng, Associate Professor of Chinese, Director of UAA Confucius Institute, Department of Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage (reading in Chinese)
• Moderator of post reading conversation: Kathryn Ohle, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage
• Mai Xiong, reading in Hmong
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 25
The third in this continuing education series features a tour of the Alaska exhibition with Aaron Leggett, curator of Alaska history and culture, and a presentation with Ann Fienup Riordan, PhD, about lessons learned while working on a highway project along the Bering Sea. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. $20. Register by Oct. 24 at anchoragemuseum.org.
5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
Delve into the fungi kingdom and explore basic mushroom identification and ways to preserve and use these dynamic organisms with Far North Fungi and local mycologist Christin Anderson. $20, members receive 10 percent discount.
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 8
Paintings are never neutral, and whether intended by the artist or not, landscape paintings make powerful and affecting statements about the relationship between people and the land in which they live. Alaska’s most beloved historical artists painted many of the same scenes, and many of the same sorts of Alaskans, but their paintings say very different things about what Alaska means, and what it’s like to live here. Together, we will look at some of their masterworks and ask ourselves what their paintings have to say about Alaska as a place and our relationship to it.
Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Class: The Intersection between NAGPRA and Museums—Dr. Maria Williams
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday Nov. 22
Dr. Williams will address NAGPRA, the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act of 1990, and its impact in the field of museum studies. She will also talk about related legislation establishing the National Museum of the American Indian. Alaska’s Dinosaurs—Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller [Webex lecture] University of Alaska Fairbanks paleontologist Patrick Druckenmiller will present an overview of Alaskan dinosaurs including the important who, what, when and where’s. The talk will also cover the major questions being addressed in Alaskan dinosaur research and recent discoveries relevant to the new Anchorage Museum exhibit.
Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Class: Art, Identity and Story in Alaska Native Art—Nadia Jackinsky
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6
The arts are a powerful means to sustain and express community and individual identities, to tell stories and remember history. When we look at contemporary Alaska Native art, we have an opportunity to explore ideas, cultural practices and materials that in many cases have been maintained in our communities for centuries. This presentation will look at contemporary Alaska Native artists represented in the Art of the North galleries whose work highlights the power of cultural heritage and identity. Decolonizing the Abbe Museum—Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko [Webex lecture] Director Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko will share information about the Abbe Museum’s journey to change the way the Bar Harbor Maine organization operates with local tribal nations.