All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, on view through Sept. 7
“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.
Arctic Desert: Kobuk Valley National Park, on view through Sept. 7
Nearly half a million caribou migrate yearly across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, their tracks crisscrossing dunes rising up to 100 feet high. But few people make the trek. No roads lead to the park: It’s consistently one of the 10 least-visited national parks. “Arctic Desert,” featuring images taken by the National Park Service, is a photographic exploration of this rarely seen phenomenon, located above the Arctic Circle in northwestern Alaska. Part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.
Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Alaska Earthquake, on view through Sept. 14
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. On March 27, 1964, the Alaskan spirit was tested by the earthquake that remains the second largest seismic event recorded in world history. The earthquake measured at a magnitude of 9.2 and lasted nearly 5 minutes. The exhibition features historical images, video and audio of the earthquake and its aftermath, including many compelling 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.
Re/Marks, on view through Oct. 26
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. These artists reinterpret images, reinvent methods and remark upon the intersections of history and identity, both personal and cultural. Their work transcends ethnographic and anthropological interpretations, and challenges preconceived notions of indigenous art, demonstrating that Native art is vital and varied. This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.
All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change: Please call (907) 929-9231 to confirm dates.
Groundwork, a solo exhibition by Keren Lowell, on view Sept. 26 through Nov. 9
In her solo exhibition, “Groundwork,” Keren Lowell treats fabric as a sculptural medium. The Anchorage artist reclaims discarded fabric and paper from domestic environments, including towels, lace, to-do lists and clothing. Although the bas-reliefs are made almost entirely of repurposed fabric and paper, they are all rigid. She layered the materials and used materials like resin so the surfaces read less like textiles and more like leather, stone, wood and hide. Lowell says beneath the distressed surfaces lie conceptual underpinnings of economy, ecology and gender politics. Historically and culturally, fiber and textiles are considered women’s work, often dismissed as decorative, domestic and anonymous. Her contemporary textiles subvert these notions and question prejudices.
Brick By Brick, on view Oct. 3 through Jan. 11
This Anchorage Museum-curated exhibition explores the creative potential of LEGO® toys and bricks. The 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. Hands-on stations emphasize Lego bricks as learning tools with artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications. Lego bricks are symbols of innovation and a contemporary material used by architects, artists and engineers for their color, uniformity, ties to popular culture and endless potential for imagination. Tickets are $12-$20. Anchorage Museum members enjoy unlimited free admission.
All Alaska Juried XXXV, on view Nov. 7 through Feb. 1
For more than 30 years, the “All Alaska Juried Exhibition” has recognized the unique contributions Alaska artists are making to the world of contemporary art. The 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.
Rarefied Light, on view Nov. 7 through Feb. 22
“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.
It’s All Material, on view Nov. 7 through Feb. 22
Before there is art, there is just raw material and potential. Get an insider’s look at how an artist transforms raw “stuff” into the inspiring objects you see at the museum. From fish skin and baleen to metal and glass, “It’s All Material” examines a wide range of materials, their sources and the techniques involved in making objects and art. Drawn from the Anchorage Museum’s collection, this exhibition illustrates the resources, inventiveness, time and skill that go into making Alaska’s cultural treasures. The exhibition includes a conservator’s corner where visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at conservation work in progress and ask questions.
Wonderland of Toys, on view Dec. 2 through Jan. 11
In this holiday tradition, the museum’s atrium is transformed into a tableau of toys, some which date back as far as the 1800s. Against a backdrop of twinkling lights and holiday decor, 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.
Cabin Fever, on view Nov. 21 through Feb. 15
“Cabin Fever” examines the emotions and behaviors that manifest after hours of darkness and isolation, a state of mind particularly common in the North. The exhibition features archival and contemporary photography, film and interpretive text explaining the hysteria associated with the term “cabin fever.” This exhibition is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Northern Initiative.
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