Upcoming exhibits and events at the Anchorage Museum



Dates are subject to change: call (907) 929-9231 to confirm dates.

• “True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North,” May 18 through Sept. 9

The exhibition features nearly 80 photographs, films and multi-media installations by more than 40 artists from Iceland, Scandinavia, Canada, Russia and the United States, including many Alaskans.

• Da-ka-xeen Mehner Solo Exhibition, Sept. 7 through Oct. 21

Fairbanks artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner, assistant professor of Native Arts at UAF and the director of UAF’s Native Arts Center, is part Alaska Native (Tlingit-Nishga) and part Caucasian (German-Irish). Through art, Mehner sews together the halves. He uses a variety of media including steel, concrete and photography.

• “Body Worlds Vital,” Sept. 28 through Jan. 6, 2013

“Body Worlds Vital” is a touring exhibition that educates visitors about anatomy, physiology and health through a series of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. This is the first “Body Worlds” exhibition in Alaska.

• “All Alaska Juried XXXIV,” Oct. 5 through Jan. 6, 2013

This biennial exhibition, organized by the Anchorage Museum, encourages Alaska artists to create new work and showcases the finest art being produced in the state. Typically about 50 works are chosen from more than 400 submissions in a variety of media including painting, fiber and sculpture.

• “Rarefied Light,” Oct. 5 through Nov. 25

“Rarefied Light” showcases the best of Alaska’s fine art photography. The largest juried photography exhibition in the state typically features about 50 images selected from about≠≠≠ 500 submissions. This annual juried exhibition is a collaboration with the Alaska Photographic Center.


• “The High One: Reaching The Top,” through Oct. 21

This exhibition looks at climbing Denali, “The High One,” through the gear (historical and the latest technology), the routes, the risks and the rescues. Explore how and why people climb through artifacts, photographs, films and hands-on activities.

• “Ascent 20,320: Science on the Slopes of McKinley,” through Sept. 30

Using historical images from the National Park Service, “Ascent 20,320: Science on the Slopes of Mount McKinley” looks at the mountain through the lens of scientific expeditions. Photographs document the first successful summit in 1913, attempts to establish a high altitude scientific camp at 18,180 feet, National Geographic Magazine expeditions and more.

• “Romantic North,” through Oct. 14

This exhibit showcases a selection of landscape paintings and photographs from the Anchorage Museum’s permanent collection, featuring work by such artist-explorers as Sydney Laurence, Albert Bierstadt and Frederick Dellenbaugh.

• “Bradford Washburn: Glories Of The Greatland,” through Sept. 2

An exhibition of Bradford Washburn’s black-and-white Alaska landscape photographs, back by popular demand, features more than 40 images taken in Alaska between 1930 and 1979 by the aerial photography pioneer. Washburn (1910-2007) was an expert on Alaska’s mountains and glaciers, a brilliant photographer and America’s leading field cartographer.


• May 3: Smithsonian Spotlight: Phyllis Fast

Join UAA Associate Professor Phyllis Fast, Koyukon Athabascan, for a presentation about her current research on indigenous identity in context with her work as a visual artist. A Q&A wlll follow. Begins at 7 p.m. Free

• May 4: First Friday

Enjoy a mountaineering talk, guided star show and live music by Rebel Blues in Muse. 6 to 9 p.m. Free.

• May 4: Lecture: Surviving Denali

Alaska Mountaineering School owner Colby Coombs will discuss what it takes to make a successful ascent of the most popular route on Denali. He discusses building an igloo, crevasse rescues and more. 7 p.m. Free.

• May 6: Wells Fargo Family Free Day and Asian Pacific Family Day

Celebrate Anchorage’s wide spectrum of Asian cultures through music, dance, games and hands-on activities. 2 to 4 p.m. Free

• May 10: Lecture: True North Artists’ Talk

Four international artists represented in the “True North” exhibition will introduce their work and discuss the exhibition: Catarina Ryöppy, Helsinki; Tania Kitchell, Toronto; Lillian Ball, New York City; and Anna Frants, St. Petersburg and New York City. 6 to 8 p.m. Free

• May 18: Curator’s Tour

Join anthropologist Aron Crowell for a tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, which houses 600 Alaska Native artifacts. These tours are offered the third Friday of every month. Noon. Included with admission

• May 19: Science Event: Urban Gardening For Beginners

Patrick Ryan from the Alaska Botanical Garden and Saskia Esslinger from Red Edge Design will introduce urban gardening basics. Wear gardening clothes: This event includes hands-on container planting and is held outdoors, weather permitting. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, All ages welcome. Included with admission

• June 1: First Friday

Enjoy artists’ talks, a guided star show, poetry by Brave New Alaskan Voices. and live music by Silver Jackson in Muse. 6 to 9 p.m., music 8-10 p.m. Free.

• June 1: Lecture: Antto Melasniemi On Solar Kitchens

Creator of the “True North” solar pop-up kitchen, Antto Melasniemi is a hospitality and culinary expert renowned for projects such as pop-up restaurant HEL YES! in London. He also operates the restaurants Ateljé Finne and Kuurna in Helsinki. 7 p.m. Free

• June 1: Performance Art: Weathered

In this performance art world premiere, Anchorage artist Amy Johnson uses the “True North” exhibition as her stage. “Weathered” exposes deeply rooted ideals of female identity born from myths and fairy tales. 5 to 8 p.m. Free

• June 1: Opening Reception: Doodle 4 Google

See the doodles of the Alaska finalists from the 2012 Doodle 4 Google student art contest. Free

• June 2 Dining: Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant

In this pop-up restaurant, food will be cooked purely by solar energy. Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi leads the endeavor, which is equal parts gourmet eatery, enviro-friendly experiment and gastronomic art project. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30. Space is limited: Make reservations by calling (907) 929-9210. Museum visitors can observe solar kitchen construction and ask questions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 1 on the museum lawn.

• June 7: Smithsonian Spotlight: Nicholas Galanin

Tlingit artist Nicholas Galanin discusses his work in the “True North” exhibition. The Sitka artist explores contemporary issues of Native identity and artwork. Noon. Included with admission.

• June 15-Aug. 15: Art Event: Summer Art Potpourri

At this annual juried art and craft show. the museum will host a revolving roster of Alaska artists who specialize in handmade jewelry, woodwork, apparel and more. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. A portion of the proceeds benefits the museum. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Included with admission

• June 15: Curator’s Tour

Join anthropologist Aron Crowell for a tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, which houses 600 Alaska Native artifacts. These tours are offered the third Friday of every month. Noon. Included with admission


Find complete class listings and registration information at www.anchoragemuseum.org/learn.


• Mondays, May 7-28: Beginning Digital Video

In this class, you’ll learn how to create high quality movies with still cameras. Learn the pros and cons of using a dedicated video camera vs. a still camera that shoots video. Topics include shutter speeds, frame rates, audio, codecs and camera stabilization. Taught by artist Carl Battreall. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $130 member/$150 non-member

• Tuesdays, May 8-29: Make Your Own Dinnerware

An introduction to making hand-built, functional ceramics, such as mugs, plates and bowls. Geared toward beginners, this pottery class teaches a variety of techniques for adorning and personalizing functional ceramics. Taught by artist Wendy Gingell. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $150 member/$170 non-member


• Saturdays, June 2-23: Teen Digital Video

Topics include shutter speeds, frame rates, audio, codecs and camera stabilization. Teens can also explore the possibilities of submitting work for film festivals and contests. Ages 13 to 17. Taught by artist Carl Battreall. 1 to 4 p.m. $130 member/$150 non-member

• Monday through Friday, June 4-8: Salmon And The Landscape: Fish Movement Through Place

Through field trips, experiments and art projects, teens learn about the life cycle of salmon and the impacts that landscaping and development can have on fish. Field time includes an outing to a Chester Creek fish passage restoration project. For teens in grades 10 to 12. 9 to 4 p.m. $270 member/$290 non-member

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