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Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum

Posted: February 27, 2014 - 1:05am

CURRENT EXHIBITS

Through March 16: Re/Marks

Alaska Native artists present traditional stories and aesthetics in innovative, contemporary ways in this new exhibition curated from the Anchorage Museum collection. The 31 artworks in “Re/Marks” span the 1970s until the present, following the development of contemporary Alaska Native art from early prints and paintings to recent photography and sculpture. Featured artists include John Hoover, Ron Senungetuk, Susie Silook, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Perry Eaton. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.

Through April 20: Proximity: Margo Klass Solo Exhibition

Fairbanks artist Margo Klass is known for her sculptural boxes composed of found, natural and fabricated objects. Her solo exhibition, “Proximity,” features about 40 artworks, many of which are architectural books that simultaneously resemble altarpieces, Japanese temples and reliquaries. Klass’ work is in the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, among others. She garnered the Juror’s Choice Award in the museum’s 2009 “Earth, Fire and Fibre” exhibition.

Feb. 28-March 23: Anchorage School District Art Show

The 42nd annual Anchorage School District exhibition showcases artwork from some of the district’s student artists. Works are chosen by teachers and include drawings, paintings, multimedia, jewelry and sculpture. This year’s theme is Creative Tide, a nod to the “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” exhibition. The student artwork is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, an acknowledgement of visual arts programs in American schools.

Through Sept. 6: “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean”

“Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” tells a global marine debris story through the work of 26 artists hailing from Australia to Finland, as well as a National Geographic film, documentary photography, and hands-on activities for families. The exhibition also features findings of a 2013 scientific expedition to study marine debris in Alaska. The boat carried scientists from the Alaska SeaLife Center, Blue Ocean Institute, Smithsonian Institution, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as artists, educators and documentary filmmakers. Some of the artwork in the exhibition incorporates trash gathered during that journey.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

April 4-Sept. 14: “Nutjuitok” (Polar Star)

In the late Brooklyn artist Terry Adkins’ new solo exhibition, “Nutjuitok (Polar Star),” multimedia installations examine Northern exploration and exploitation through the story of Matthew Henson. Henson was an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary on various expeditions, the most famous being the 1909 race to the North Pole. Peary was suffering from frostbite, and sent Henson ahead as a scout. Although Peary received many honors, Henson spent the next 30 years in obscurity. In discussing the North Pole journey and the dispute around who arrived first, Adkins’ multimedia installations broach a larger conversation about the legacy of exploration and its impact on indigenous people. Adkins’ work is in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

April 11 -Sept. 14: “Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Alaska Earthquake”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, this exhibition looks at this devastating event scientifically and historically, including the reconstruction efforts that followed and Alaskans’ earthquake preparedness today. The exhibition features historical images, video and audio of the earthquake and its aftermath, including many firsthand accounts from survivors. Interactive multimedia displays include real-time streaming data from earthquakes occurring around the world and practical information about earthquake preparedness. An official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration.

May 2-Sept. 7: “Arctic Desert and Deserts by Design”

For 9,000 years, people have hunted caribou along the Kobuk River. This exhibition is a photographic exploration of the Kobuk Valley National Park, located 25 miles above the Arctic Circle in northwestern Alaska. No roads lead to the park. It is accessible by foot, dogsled, snowmobile and chartered air taxis from Nome and Kotzebue. Exhibition-related programs include a desert symposium, bringing together artists and designers from arid desert communities for a discussion of how environmental distinctions can define place.

Oct. 3-Jan. 11: Brick By Brick: Toying with Design: An exhibition of LEGOTM toys and bricks

This Anchorage Museum-curated exhibition features work by New York artist Nathan Sawaya, who creates large-scale sculptures from Lego bricks, and English artist Mike Stimpson, who is known for re-creating historic events and popular culture scenes using Lego figurines. Interactive stations in this exhibition include a Lego brick workshop area and iPads loaded with the Lego app Creationary. These hands-on stations emphasize Lego bricks as learning tools with artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications.

Nov. 7-Feb. 1, 2015: All Alaska Juried

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 in a variety of media including painting, fiber and sculpture. Organized by the Anchorage Museum.

Dec. 5,-Jan. 18, 2015: Cabin Fever

Using photographs from the Anchorage Museum archives, this exhibition examines how winter in the Arctic affects housing, clothing and human behavior.

For more information call (907) 929-9200 or visit www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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