This summer at the Anchorage Museum

For those who make frequent trips to Anchorage, here’s a look at what the museum has planned for the next couple months.

Daily through Aug. 15: Summer Art Potpourri

At this annual juried art and craft event, Alaska artists offer jewelry, woodwork, apparel and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 5: Smithsonian Spotlight: Out West Series

Anchorage artist Ryan Romer will discuss a photo documentary series made while traveling in western Alaska along the Kuskokwim River, the region where he was raised. Romer is a featured artist in the “True North” exhibition. Noon

July 6: First Friday

Free general admission to the museum’s galleries, as well as a documentary film and live jazz by Tom Lambert in Muse. 6 to 9 p.m.

July 6 Art 21: Change

This film from PBS’ Art21 documentary series features activist Ai Weiwei, who infuses his work with political conviction despite the Chinese government’s warnings. 7 p.m.

July 20: Curator’s Tour

Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s nine indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Noon.

July 28: Ted Stevens Day

Family activities and author Barbara Mee will sign copies of “Senator Ted and Mee,” which is based on her life as Stevens’ secretary for 35 years. 2 to 4 p.m.

Aug. 2: Smithsonian Spotlight: Patterns of Influence

Anchorage artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs will discuss how her recent work has been influenced by patterns – from harvests to parka trims. Kelliher-Combs is a featured artist in “True North.” Noon.

Aug. 3 First Friday

Free general admission to the museum’s galleries, as well as an artist talk and live music by Rebel Blues in Muse. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aug. 3: Artist Talk with Amy Johnson

Anchorage artist Amy Johnson discusses her Matanuska Project series, which is featured in “True North.” 7 p.m.

Aug. 10: Book Signing with Dan Beachy-Quick

Colorado poet and essayist Dan Beachy-Quick reads selections from his five books, including “Mulberry,” a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award for poetry. 7 p.m.

Aug. 13: Book signing with Dick Griffith

Alaska outdoorsman Dick Griffith will describe his journeys across the Alaska and Canada wilderness. and sign copies of his biography, “Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith,” written by Kaylene Johnson. 7 p.m.

Aug. 17: Curator’s Tour

Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s nine indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Noon

Aug. 18: Urban Gardening Celebration

Connect with nature through activities such as plant pressing and sidewalk chalk still life drawing. Learn about harvest techniques to prepare your container garden for fall from Patrick Ryan, Alaska Botanical Garden, and Saskia Esslinger, Red Edge Design. Outdoor event. 2 to 4 p.m.

Through Sept. 2: “Bradford Washburn: Glories Of The Greatland”

Washburn (1910-2007) was an expert on Alaska’s mountains and glaciers, a brilliant photographer and America’s leading field cartographer. The exhibition features images taken in Alaska between 1930 and 1979 by the aerial photography pioneer.

Through Sept. 9: “True North”

“True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North,” features nearly 80 photographs, films and multi-media installations by more than 40 artists from Scandinavia, Canada, Russia and the United States, including many Alaskans.

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

Using historical images from the National Park Service, this exhibit looks at the mountain through the lens of scientific expeditions, from the first successful summit in 1913 to the present.

Through Oct. 12: “Romantic North”

Reflect on the power of nature in Alaska, and mankind’s place within it, through this selection of landscape paintings and photographs from the Anchorage Museum’s permanent collection. Featuring work by such artist-explorers as Sydney Laurence and Frederick Dellenbaugh.

Through Oct. 21: “The High One: Reaching The Top”

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.

July 13 through Sept. 4: Inspiring Generations: The Olympic Legacy of the Last Frontier

This new exhibition highlights Alaska’s Olympic legacy. This history exhibition tells the behind-the-scenes stories of Alaska’s Olympic medalists through photographs, video and objects such as the 1984 Olympic torch.

Sept. 7 through Nov. 11: Da-ka-xeen Mehner solo exhibition

Fairbanks artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner’s work focuses on the constructs of Native American identity. He is part Alaska Native (Tlingit-Nishga) and part Caucasian (German-Irish), and uses a variety of media including steel, concrete and photography. He is an assistant professor of Native Arts at UAF and the director of UAF’s Native Arts Center.

Sept. 28 through Jan. 6: “Body Worlds Vital”

“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. Displays present the most current information about common diseases, the effects of tobacco use, and the mechanics of artificial body parts. This is the first “Body Worlds” exhibition in Alaska.

Oct. 5 through Feb. 3: “All Alaska Juried XXXIV”

This biennial exhibition 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.

Oct. 5 through Nov. 25: “Rarefied Light”

“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.

Nov. 2 through Jan. 6: “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist”

Ruth Gruber was the first U.S. journalist to photograph the Siberian Gulag. During WWII, her photography shifted focus to the lives of refugees and to international issues of rescue, sanctuary, and liberation.

Nov. 19 through Feb. 10: “Recent Acquisitions”

The latest additions to the Anchorage Museum’s permanent collection will be featured in a new exhibition showcasing more than 150 acquisitions including paintings, ethnographic objects, photographs, sculptures and historical objects.

Nov. 23 through Jan. 13: “Wonderland of Toys”

Visitors will find carousel horses, World War I toy soldiers and an evergreen tree decorated with more than 100 dolls dressed in costumes from around the world.

Summer hours at the Anchorage Museum are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For mre information, visit


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