Here’s a look at what’s currently on view at the Anchorage Museum, and what’s in store for visitors this spring.
• “Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX,” through Jan. 5
This popular statewide exhibition showcases Alaska artists working with clay, glass, metal, wood, fibre, skin, bone or stone. This year’s juror is Andrew Glasgow of Asheville, N.C.
• “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living,” through Jan. 12
This is the first major exhibition ever presented about the Dena’ina Athabascan people. Meet the Dena’ina through film, life-size re-creations, archival images and more than 160 artifacts on loan from museums across Europe and North America. Rare objects include a caribou antler war club, waterproof bear gut parka, and dall sheep horn bowl collected by Captain Cook’s 1778 expedition. This exhibition is an official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration.
• “Qanga: Drawing the Past,” through Jan. 12
This is a graphic novel-style exhibition that combines music, art, storytelling and archaeology. Working from Inuit oral tradition and archaeological evidence, a graphic novelist reconstructed the story of the Inuit people who made the first migration from Canada to Greenland. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.
• “Wonderland of Toys,” through Jan. 12
The museum’s atrium is transformed into a dazzling tableau of toys, some which date back as far as the 1800s.
• “Footnotes: Shoes with Stories to Tell,” through Feb. 16
From XtraTufs to ice skates to sealskin boots, this exhibition showcases life in Alaska from the ground up. Each pair of footwear chosen from the museum’s collection serves as a launching point for a story unique to Alaska’s history.
• The Alaska Watercolor Society 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, through Feb. 16
This exhibition showcases the best work by Alaska’s watercolor painters. Exhibition juror Donna Zagotta has won several awards from the National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society.
• “Re/Marks,” through March 16
Alaska Native artists present traditional stories and aesthetics in innovative, contemporary ways in this new exhibition curated from the Anchorage Museum collection. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.
• “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” Feb. 7-Sept. 6
“Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” tells a global marine debris story through the work of more than 25 artists from around the world. These include Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of ocean trash on animals.
• “Proximity: Margo Klass Solo Exhibition,” Feb. 7-April 20
Fairbanks artist Margo Klass is known for her sculptural boxes composed of found, natural and fabricated objects. Her solo exhibition features about 40 artworks, many of which are architectural books that simultaneously resemble altarpieces, Japanese temples and reliquaries.
• Anchorage School District Art Show, Feb. 28-March 23
The annual Anchorage School District exhibition showcases artwork from the district’s most creative student artists. Works are chosen by teachers and include drawings, paintings, and sculpture.
• “Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Alaska Earthquake,” April 11-Sept. 14
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, this exhibition looks at this devastating event, the reconstruction efforts that followed, and our earthquake preparedness today. This exhibition is an official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration.
Winter hours at the Anchorage Museum are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information, call (907) 929-9200 or visit www.anchoragemuseum.org.