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Anchorage Museum May/June events, Exhibition schedule through October




Museum accepting artist entries for ‘All Alaska Juried’

The Anchorage Museum is accepting entries until July 1 for “All Alaska Juried XXXIV.” This popular, biennial juried art exhibition was established to encourage Alaska artists to create new works in all media. Please note the museum has moved its application process online. Interested artists can learn more and apply at www.callforentry.org. “All Alaska Juried” opens Oct. 5 and is on view through Jan. 6, 2013. The exhibition will then tour the state for one year. For more information, contact Julie Decker at jdecker@anchoragemuseum.org or (907) 929-9237.

Summer camp registration open

Keep your kids engaged and active this summer at the museum’s award-winning summer camps. Robotics. Mountaineering. Sculpture. Whatever your child’s latest interest, there’s a museum camp to match. The museum’s weeklong, full-day camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4 through July 27. Camps are for ages 6 to 15. Find a complete schedule and register online at anchoragemuseum.org/camps.


Guided Tours

Daily May 1-Sept. 30

10,000 Years of Alaska History 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Art of the North Noon

First Peoples of Alaska 2 p.m.

Join a museum docent for a guided tour and learn about Alaska’s gold rush, landscape painting, indigenous people and more. Docent-led tours are offered daily in the Alaska History Gallery, Art of the North galleries and Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Included with admission

Smithsonian Spotlight

Phyllis Fast

7 p.m. Thursday, May 3

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 follows. Free

First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. May 4

Enjoy a mountaineering talk, guided star show and live music by Rebel Blues in Muse. Free


Surviving Denali

7 p.m. Friday, May 4

Climb Denali – virtually. Alaska Mountaineering School owner Colby Coombs discusses what it takes to make a successful ascent of the most popular route on Denali. He discusses building an igloo, crevasse rescues and more. Coombs has dedicated his life to climbing Denali and the surrounding peaks. He co-authored the definitive guidebook to the West Buttress route with Bradford Washburn. Free

Wells Fargo Family Free Day

Asian Pacific Family Day

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Celebrate Anchorage’s wide spectrum of Asian cultures through music, dance, games and hands-on activities. Experience the thunderous drums of the East High Taiko Group and learn Filipino dance steps from the Karilagan Folkloric Group. Play Chinese tangrams (puzzles), decorate Japanese temari (colorful fabric folk art) or make Korean jaegi (hacky sack-like toys). Help little ones hunt for paper Chinese dragons hidden in the TOTE KidSpace. Free


True North Artists’ Talk

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10

Four international artists represented in the “True North” exhibition 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. In the “True North” exhibition, more than 40 artists from across the globe try to define the North — not the romanticized North of earlier generations but the next North, one that has unique environmental, psychological, and societal challenges. Free

Mother’s Day Brunch

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13

Treat your mom to brunch at Muse, which opens early for Mother’s Day. Call 929-9210 for reservations. Menu prices

Curator’s Tour

Noon Friday, May 18

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. Included with admission

Science Event

Urban Gardening For Beginners

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Get your hands dirty in this workshop for budding Anchorage gardeners. Patrick Ryan from the Alaska Botanical Garden and Saskia Esslinger from Red Edge Design introduce urban gardening basics. Wear gardening clothes: This event includes hands-on container planting and is held outdoors, weather permitting. All ages welcome. Included with admission

*PLEASE NOTE: During free events, fees still apply for planetarium shows.


First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. June 1

Enjoy artists’ talks, a guided star show, poetry and live music by Silver Jackson in Muse. Free


Antto Melasniemi On Solar Kitchens

7 p.m. Friday, June 1

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. Free

Performance Art


5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 1

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. Free


Silver Jackson

8 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1

Lo-fi indie rock by “True North” artist Nicholas Galanin and his band on the Muse patio. Free

Elevator Music

Brave New Alaskan Voices

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1

Board the museum’s oversize elevator and enjoy the dynamic poetry of Brave New Alaskan Voices. Free

Opening Reception

Doodle 4 Google

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1

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


Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2 $30

In this pop-up restaurant, food is 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. Depending on the day’s sunshine, the nature-driven kitchen will be able to serve a solar barbecue, meals prepared at lower temperatures, or salads. The restaurant will test diners’ flexibility: A cloud could change the course of lunch! 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.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Nicholas Galanin

Noon Thursday, June 7

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

Art Event

Summer Art Potpourri

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily June 15-Aug. 15

Help your summer visitors find beautiful, Alaska-made treasures or treat yourself at this annual juried art and craft show. The museum hosts 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. Included with admission

Curator’s Tour

Noon Friday, June 15

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. Included with admission

Father’s Day Brunch

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17

Skip the necktie: Dad would much rather have brunch at Muse. Call 929-9210 for reservations. Menu prices

*PLEASE NOTE: During free events, fees still apply for planetarium shows.


The following schedule is valid May 1 through Sept. 30. Prices vary from $4 to $10 ($2 member discount). Buy tickets at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Earth, Moon and Sun

11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this animated character in a show that discusses American Indian star lore, lunar phases, eclipses and space exploration.

Guided Star Show

12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

6:30 p.m. First Fridays

Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky in the planetarium. Guided Star Shows vary based on night sky occurrences.

Experience The Aurora

2 p.m. daily

Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through time-lapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaska’s winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankind’s quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon.

New Horizons

3 p.m. daily

Embark on a journey to the planets and moons of our solar system. Travel to the surface of all the planets and experience what life would be like on those brave new worlds.

Wonders of the Universe
4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this immersive excursion through the sky, witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered.

Contemporary Cosmos

4 p.m. Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

From alien oceans to cosmic strings, new discoveries in space are transforming our understanding of the cosmos. Let a museum educator be your guide to recent breakthroughs in astronomy, such as galaxy collisions and the sounds of our solar system.

Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Be transported by mood-provoking abstract art, theme-based imagery and transportive effects choreographed to some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.

Dark Side of the Moon

5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece “Dark Side of the Moon.” This new full-dome music and light show interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.

Wish You Were Here

7:30 p.m. First Fridays

Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece “Wish You Were Here.” This new full-dome music and light show interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.


The Anchorage Museum offers a variety of art classes. Find complete class listings and registration information at www.anchoragemuseum.org/learn.


Beginning Digital Video

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, May 7-28

Take videos that will get people talking. 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. $130 member/$150 non-member

Make Your Own Dinnerware

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 8-29

Try it all in this introduction to making hand-built, functional ceramics. (Think 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. $150 member/$170 non-member


Teen Digital Video

1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-23

Teens can take their tech savvy to the next level by learning to improve the quality of videos taken with still cameras. 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. $130 member/$150 non-member

Salmon And The Landscape: Fish Movement Through Place

9 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-8

Let your teenager loose outdoors at this ecology-minded day camp. 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. $270 member/$290 non-member


Cook Inlet Historical Society

Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17

Anchorage Museum Chief Curator Julie Decker looks at how artists have viewed the North, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Free

18th Annual John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery Tour

7 p.m. Thursday, June 21

Delve into Anchorage’s past with hosts Audrey and Bruce Kelly. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cordova Street and Seventh Avenue. Free


All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change: Please call (907) 929-9231 to confirm dates.

“True North”

On view May 18 through Sept. 9

The North has long worn the romanticized mantle of a sparsely populated frontier. To outsiders, it can seem unchanging and marginally inhabitable — vast, cold, white, empty. Seen from the inside, however, the North is magnetic and multidimensional. The Anchorage Museum’s new exhibition, “True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North,” portrays a North that is complex and in transition. 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 (title TBA)

Sept. 7 through Oct. 21

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). Through art, Mehner sews together the halves. He 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. The highly competitive Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series is one of many ways the Anchorage Museum supports Alaska artists and encourages the creation of new art.

“Body Worlds Vital”

On view Sept. 28 through Jan. 6, 2013

“Body Worlds Vital” is an awe-inspiring 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. By juxtaposing healthy and diseased organs, the exhibition also encourages healthy lifestyle choices. This is the first “Body Worlds” exhibition in Alaska. 

“All Alaska Juried XXXIV”

On view Oct. 5 through Jan. 6, 2013

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 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.


All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

“The High One: Reaching The Top”

On view through Oct. 21

Climbers from across the globe come to test their mountaineering and wilderness survival skills through the high altitude challenges of Mount McKinley, the continent’s highest peak.  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”

On view through Sept. 30

Until the mid-20th century, climbing McKinley was a rare feat undertaken in the name of science. 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, from the first successful summit in 1913 to the present. 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”

On view through Oct. 14

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, Albert Bierstadt and Frederick Dellenbaugh.

“Bradford Washburn: Glories Of The Greatland”

On view through Sept. 2

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


The Anchorage Museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science.


May 1 through Sept. 30

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily


Free for museum members, $12 adults (18-64), $9 military/senior citizens/students, $7 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. Visitors can find general museum information at (907) 929-9200 or www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Visitors with disabilities who need special assistance, please call (907) 929-9254.

Parking is available for $1 per hour in the museum’s underground garage on evenings and weekends.

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