Polar Nights: First Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: See a film in the atrium; join an art discussion in the Art of the North Galleries; enjoy Cajun elevator music by Bayou Glacée; hear from Alvin Amason about his artwork, some of which is featured in the Art of the North Galleries; and meet Alanna DeRocchi at the opening of her solo exhibition. Free museum admission from 6 to 9 p.m., thanks to ConocoPhillips.
VIP Members: First Friday in Patrons Lounge
6 to 6:30 p.m., Patron’s Lounge
VIP-level members are invited to drop into the new Patrons Lounge. Not a VIP-level member? Call membership at 929-9228 to upgrade or learn more.
6 to 6:30 p.m., Art of the North Galleries
Explore the cultural histories and contemporary expressions of masking through works in the new Art of the North Galleries. Close-up sessions get up-close and personal with artworks and collection objects with facilitated discussion. Space is limited; Registration recommended.
Artist on the Floor: Alanna DeRocchi
7 to 8 p.m., Chugach Gallery
Alanna DeRocchi expands traditional forms of ceramics to include life-size works of animals as both a visual response and artistic exploration. Her solo exhibition, “Collection: Sex, Death and expectation,” is on view through May 6. Meet the artist and hear about her work and process.
Artist Talk and Film: Alvin Amason – Everything I Love Is Here
7:30 p.m., Art of the North Galleries
Recently recognized as Outstanding Individual Artist at the Governor’s Awards, Alvin Amason will discuss his work and his connections to memories, place and environment. His newest artwork, more than 18 feet tall, was recently installed in the museum’s new Rasmuson Wing. Titled “Everything I Love is Here,” it reflects on the lifeways of Amason’s famly and Sugpiaq culture in Kodiak. Included will be a short film about Amason and his work, produced by the Anchorage Museum with Michael Conti. Free.
Battle of the Breweries
6 to 9 p.m., Muse
Muse features Saison/Pale Ales: Cynosure Saison, Bearpaw Hatcher Pass Pale Ale and Kenai Peninsula Brewers Reserve. Enjoy a beer flight for $7. Ages 21 and older.