First Friday After Hours: Día del Sol Celebration
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art, talks, food and more. Tonight: Dia del Sol weekend festival celebrating the people and culture of Mexico and Alaska-Mexico connections commences. Enjoy family-friendly activities, face-painting, live music and artist talks. Don Francisco, “El Charro de Ocotlan,” will sing Mexican ballads in the elevator. Free museum admission from 6 to 9 p.m. thanks to ConocoPhillips.
Artist Talk: Ana Teresa Fernandez
6 p.m., Auditorium
Mexican-born painter and performance artist Ana Teresa Fernandez is known for her social action art, including “erasing” the U.S.-Mexico border in both California and Arizona. Her work is included in the Unsettled exhibition.
Close-up: Drinking Tube
6 p.m., Art of the North Gallery
Get up-close and personal with artworks and collection objects. Join curator Melissa Shaginoff to learn about an Athabascan drinking tube on view in the Alaska exhibition. Discover the history and context of this 19th-20th century object, and make contemporary connections. Join for lively discussion facilitated by museum educators and staff. No art making experience is necessary. Space is limited; registration recommended.
Film: Purgatorio, Viaje al Corazón de la Frontera
7 p.m. In Spanish, with English and Spanish subtitles
Director Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film reimagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a mosaic of compelling characters who live near the broken landscape of the U.S./Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects upon the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. Run time: 80 minutes.
Artist Talk: Amy Meissner
7 p.m., Gottstein Learning Center, Arctic Studies Center
Join artist Amy Meissner for a presentation followed by a gallery walk through her solo exhibition Inheritance: makers. memory. myth. that opens today. Meissner will share her richly layered process of creating textile art that combines the traditional and the contemporary.
Battle of the Breweries
6 to 9 p.m., Muse Restaurant
Choose a beer flight and appetizer for $20. Ages 21 and older.