Polar Nights: NxN Festival
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: North x North Festival activities and event, music and film. Beer and wine in the atrium. Galleries and spaces are open late tonight with discounted admission.
Book Club: The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny
Join the discussion around the campfire on the lawn - the Anchorage Museum's Unbound Book Club explores art, science, history, design and culture through fiction and non-fiction. The informal exchange examines ideas through books three more Friday evenings this spring. Books are available for purchase in the Anchorage Museum Store. Book club discussion is included with museum admission (free for members) and is part of the museum's Unbound experimental literary series. Join us outside with heaters, s'mores and great discussion.
Artist Talk: Maktak & Gasoline: The People of Point Hope
6:30 p.m., Northern Narratives East Gallery
Meet Ellis Doeven, the Dutch photographer behind the exhibition Maktak and Gasoline: The People of Point Hope, which opens April 27. Doeven has been photographing Point Hope since 2008. Maktak and Gasoline presents a portrait of the area and its people amid a push-pull among cultures and eras.
Arctic Film Festival: WE UP - Hip Hop and the Arctic
7 p.m., auditorium
Open to NxN registrants, AFF pass holders, and public with museum admission
Runtime: 25 min. Pre-production screening followed by curated conversation. Directed by David Holthouse, U.S., 2018. Languages: English, Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi, Iñupiaq. Pre-production screening of Anchorage Museum film project.
Forty years after hip-hop culture was born in the South Bronx district of New York City, its foundational creative forms, or “four elements,” are taking on new life with indigenous artists of the Circumpolar North. These rappers, breakdancers, graffiti artists and turntablists (DJs) hail from places throughout Arctic nations, from reindeer herding villages in northern Finland and Norway, to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, to communities large and small in Northern Canada and Alaska. Though separated by long distances, they are unified by common elements and recurring themes: connections to ancestral land, defense of hunting and fishing rights, loss of language, climate change and the continuing aftermath of colonization. By grafting indigenous languages, rhythms, movements and storytelling traditions onto styles designed for reinvention, these indigenous artists are putting their own spin on the radical self-expression, celebration of home and keen social commentary that hip-hop represents.