First Friday: North x North Festival Opening Night
4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3
Open galleries. Open minds. Opening of the North x North Festival. Explore new exhibitions that highlight Northern places and people, including Alaskans and Salmon, Arctic Portals and The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly. Take part in activities and conversations around sound, performance, gender, innovation, migration and food. Free general admission from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Launch Alaska Demo Day
4:30 p.m. Auditorium
Join us to celebrate the end of Launch Alaska’s latest accelerator program and hear from the newest portfolio companies. Includes a short presentation on the importance of entrepreneurship and energy innovation in Alaska, in addition to company pitches. Free.
Loud Tables with Launch Alaska
6 to 8 p.m. Atrium
Meet with friends and connect with community. Join any table in the atrium to participate in a cool conversation focusing on entrepreneurship, future ideas and innovation. Each table will have a host and facilitator curated by Launch Alaska. The atrium coffee kiosk will be open for food and beverages. Celebrate with Launch Alaska’s accelerator program participants, network and meet startup companies.
Launch Alaska Elevator Pitches
6:15 to 7 p.m. west wing elevator
Come listen to Launch Alaska accelerator program participants and other innovators as they deliver impromptu elevator pitches in museum’s large cargo elevator. Or, better yet, spontaneously deliver your own pitch on any topic of your choosing.
Film: Norwegian Short Program
6:30 p.m. Auditorium
Transport to Norway and view life though the lenses of Norwegian filmmakers in this short film program curated by OsLove Film Festival founders. Film titles include Backbone, Giitu (Thank You), Føkkings mai (Damn Graduation) Leve Løten! (Viva Løten!). Free.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Selected hosts lead casual conversations around ideas related to the North, including Arctic research, gender, performance Indigenous identity, new American economies and immigration, food, salmon and more. Join artists, architects, researchers and the general public throughout the museum for these chats to share ideas about our place and our future. Hosts and conversations include:
Arctic Design Group: Join Matthew Jull and Leena Cho of the Arctic Design Group and the University of Virginia to think about new forms of Arctic research, design and citizen science. Jull and Cho will walk through experiences in the Arctic Portals exhibition, which they designed today, on the museum’s second floor in the Arctic Gallery.
The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly: Join museum curators Melissa Shaginoff and Aaron Leggett for a discussion about the representation of Indigenous people in media, the new PBS KIDS program “Molly of Denali,” land acknowledgement and decolonization. Location: Fourth Floor Chugach Gallery.
Gender in the Arctic: Join a conversation hosted by the museum's Curator-at-Large Marek Ranis with a group of researchers focused on gender in the Arctic, including: Lisa E. Bloom, American cultural critic, author, educator and feminist art historian specializing in polar studies, contemporary art, environmental art, history of photography, visual culture and film studies; Marit Anne Hauan, a Norwegian author and folklorist and the former director of the Tromso Museum; Veronika Simonova, a faculty member in Social Anthropology at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia; and Zoya Tarasova, a researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge (Division of Social Anthropology). Location: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Gottlieb Learning Center
New American Economy: Hear about the community work New American Economy (NAE) has done to document the economic contributions of immigrants and refugees in Anchorage and Alaska. NAE is partnering with the Anchorage Museum on a project to bridge cultural and economic divides through art, dinner and discourse entitled “Looking for America.” Anchorage joins five other communities across the country in this project that explores immigration and American values. Location: What Why How We Eat exhibition, east wing, level 1.
Alaskans and Salmon: Join us for the opening of the Alaskans and Salmon exhibition, which considers the intersection between salmon and Alaskans throughout Alaska. Meet and engage with members of The Salmon Project, Salmon Connect, the Alaska Salmon Fellows and other Alaskans who share a passion for salmon. Location: Northern Narrative Gallery
Emily Johnson Performance: The Grandmothers of Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars
7 p.m. Art of the North galleries
Award-winning artist and choreographer Emily Johnson’s large-scale Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars is an experiment in public visioning and futurity, weaving together stories and performance with the exchange of ideas and the endurance of spending a night together outside under the stars and sky. Tonight’s program is a short excerpt of this work and includes making quilts, performance, storytelling, dance, song and community discussion.