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Schedule of Programs and Exhibitions January/February 2013


Information provided below is subject to change. To confirm details and dates, call the Marketing and
Public Relations Department at (907) 929-9231.

January Events
February Events
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Upcoming Exhibitions
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Last chance for Body Worlds Vital
Don’t miss your last chance to see “Body Worlds Vital” at the Anchorage Museum. You only have
until Jan. 6 to explore this incredible exhibition of real human bodies. Take advantage of this unique
opportunity to understand our own anatomy and gain a new appreciation for what it means to be human.

Collections committee seeks two members
Two seats on the Anchorage Museum Collections Committee open in February. Ideal candidates are
knowledgeable about Alaska art, history or ethnology. Committee duties include reviewing possible
acquisitions and evaluating museum collection policies. For more information about the committee or how
to apply, visit anchoragemuseum.org.


Holiday closure
Tuesday, Jan. 1

The museum is closed New Year’s Day.

First Friday
6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4
Enjoy a documentary film and live music by Silvertrain in Muse. Free

Art 21: Boundaries
6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4
Who and what limits artists’ freedom of expression? This film from PBS’ Art21 documentary series
features Tabaimo, who uses art to explore taboo themes in Japanese culture such as contagion and
instability. Also hear from artist David Altmejd, who experiments with massive Plexiglass and plaster
sculptures; and Lynda Benglis, who creates solid forms with liquid materials. Film repeats on the hour.
Learn more at art21.org. Free

Wells Fargo Free Day
Hobby Day
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Find a new hobby during National Hobby Month. Discover comic books and card games with Bosco’s,
watch a magic show, and get pet care tips from the museum’s animal care technician. Try your hand at
Legos, puppet theater and jewelry making. Museum general admission is free all day thanks to Wells

Toddler Time
10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19
Treat your toddler to dancing, singing, creating and learning through guided activities. January’s Toddler
Time focuses on hobbies, including puppets and pets. Included with admission

PLEASE NOTE: Fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows during free events.


Open Craft
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
In anticipation of the “Arctic Flight” exhibition, have fun with aviation-themed projects such as paper
airplanes, pilot wing pins and a toy paratrooper drop. Free

First Friday
6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1
Meet artist Stron Softi and enjoy live jazz by Melissa Bledsoe Fischer in Muse. Free

Artist on the Floor
Stron Softi
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
Ever see an exhibition and wish you could talk to the artist about it? Here’s your chance. Ketchikan artist
Stron Softi answers your questions about his solo exhibition. Free

Teen Studio
Meet the Artist
6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 1

Teens can meet artist Stron Softi, see his new solo exhibition and learn how to constructively critique art.

Smithsonian Spotlight
Dena’ina Tinitun (Trail)
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
Join cultural anthropologist Karen Evanoff of Nondalton to learn about Dena’ina culture and recent news
at Lake Clark National Park, including the book “Dena’ina Elnena: A Celebration.” Free copies will be
available. Free

Arctic Flight
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Arctic Flight’s co-curator, Jeremy Kinney from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum,
introduces the “Arctic Flight: A Century in Alaska Aviation” exhibition and discusses how powered flight
has shaped life in Alaska. Included with admission

Wells Fargo Free Day
African American History Family Day
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
Commemorate African American History Month with rich cultural activities and performances. Learn about
influential African Americans by making your own activity book, develop an invention inspired by George
Washington Carver, and create paper art with West African kente designs. Museum general admission is
free all day thanks to Wells Fargo.

Valentine’s Dinner
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
Savor a delectable, romantic dinner at Muse with a six-course, prix fixe menu. Reservations are required
at 929-9210. $75 per person/$105 with wine pairings

Toddler Time
10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16
Treat your toddler to dancing, singing, creating and learning through guided activities. February’s event
centers on flight and includes a stop in the “Arctic Flight” exhibition to see an airplane. Included with

Meet the World
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Celebrate Anchorage’s cultural diversity as Bridge Builders hosts its annual cultural festival. Learn about
different groups’ traditions through dance and music performances. Explore 30 cultures from around the
world with a collectible passport and create globally minded art. Free

PLEASE NOTE: Fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows during free events.


The following schedule is valid through April 30. Prices vary from $4 to $10 and do not include museum
general admission. Buy tickets at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Earth, Moon and Sun
11:30 a.m. Saturday
3 p.m. Sunday
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this character in a
show that discusses American Indian star lore, lunar phases, eclipses and space exploration.

Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
This new animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: The
separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time,
they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about
the mysterious process that created present-day continents.

Experience the Aurora
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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

Our Living Climate
3 p.m. Saturday
Visualize the Earth’s climate history by witnessing a mass extinction event, the Ice Age and the advent
of the industrial revolution. Learn about the delicate atmospheric balance required to support life.
Understand how scientists study climate change, including human impact.

Strange Planets
4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
There are nearly 800 alien planets in our galaxy … and that number grows every week. These planets
outside our solar system, called exoplanets, orbit around distant stars. Travel to these strange planets
and learn how NASA’s Kepler mission led to these amazing discoveries. A museum educator guides this
journey and answers your questions.

Guided Star Show
6:30 p.m. First Friday
Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky. Shows vary based on night sky

Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show
5 p.m. Saturday
Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest
hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” This immersive rock ‘n’ roll
experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen and features a state-of-the-art sound
system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.

Pink Floyd Shows
Wish You Were Here 5 p.m. Sunday

The Wall 7:30 p.m. First Friday
Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpieces come to life in these full-dome music and light shows that interprets
these classic albums through mesmerizing HD graphics. These are not laser light shows, 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.

Alternative Printmaking
1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16
Learn DIY printmaking and image transfer techniques to achieve the look of professional lithography,
intaglio and collagraph printing. Taught by artist Craig Updegrove. $230

Night Photography
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan 14-Feb. 25
Go to extremes with outdoor, long-exposure night photography techniques and skills. Students learn how
to use the functions, buttons and menus on their digital cameras to capture stunning images at night.
Digital camera required. Taught by photographer Kerry Tasker. $190

Beginning Drawing
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27
Sharpen your drawing skills through exercises and techniques that train your hand, eye and imagination
to work together. Learn about composition, line, form, value and lighting to create still-life drawings.
Taught by artist Shanley McCauley. $190

Portrait Oil Painting
6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 4-March 18
Learn to create unique and luminous paint colors to produce compelling and vibrant portraits. Gain
instruction in color mixing to create depth, essence and likeness. No class March 11. Taught by artist
Linda Infante Lyons. $190


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

“Reflex: Stron Softi Solo Exhibition”
On view Feb. 1 through April 14
Ketchikan artist Stron Softi employs video, kinetic sculpture and traditional media to explore how people
minimize the violence associated with destroying a living being. Stron Softi is the pseudonym adopted
by Stephen Paul Jackson, who learned traditional carving techniques from his father, renowned Tlingit

carver Nathan Jackson. In 2008, Softi earned the Juror’s Choice Award at the Anchorage Museum’s “All
Alaska Juried Art Exhibition,” and in 2009, he had a solo exhibition at the Alaska State Museum, Juneau.

“Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation”
On view Feb. 9 through Aug. 11
On the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum opens “Arctic
Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation,” an exhibition that tells compelling stories of survival, adventure
and ingenuity. Historical artifacts, video footage and photographs reveal the state’s remarkable aviation
history from its pioneer bush pilot era to today. Artifacts including wreckage from the Will Rogers/
Wiley Post crash of 1935, a military-issued electric flight jacket from World War II, and the exhibition’s
centerpiece, a 1920s Stearman C2B biplane. Film footage includes a 1927 clip of the first airplane to
fly over the North Pole and newsreels of the World War II campaign in the Aleutian Islands. Children
can play pilot in a replica antique cockpit and conduct experiments that explain the physics of flight. The
exhibition is co-curated by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

“Anchorage School District Art Show”
On view March 1 through April 7
The annual Anchorage School District exhibition showcases artwork from the district’s most creative
student artists. The exhibition gives kindergarten through high school students the rare opportunity
to display their art in a museum. Works are chosen by teachers and include drawings, paintings and

“Portrait Alaska: 25 Years of Portraits by Clark Mishler”
On view April 20 through Sept. 28
This exhibition features 25 years of portraits by Anchorage photographer Clark James Mishler. Much
like “The Family of Man” — a Museum of Modern Art photography exhibition first shown in 1955 — this
project demonstrates the independence and character of Alaskans, while also emphasizing ties that
connect residents across a large geographic area.

“Re/Marks: Contemporary Alaska Native Art”
On view May 3 through Feb. 9, 2014
This exhibition highlights the Anchorage Museum’s extensive contemporary Alaska Native collection.

“Wrangell Mountain Skyboys: Making History Above Alaska’s Copper Belt”
On view May 3 through Aug. 25
A supplement to “Arctic Flight,” this exhibition focuses on the daring cowboy pilots who established
aviation in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias mountain region, some of the highest and most rugged terrain
in the country. Through historical photographs learn about the adventurous lives of legendary pilots
including Harold Gillam, Bob Reeve, “Kirk” Kirkpatrick and Merle “Mudhole” Smith.


All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

“Body Worlds Vital”
On view through Jan. 6, 2013
Learn what you’re really made of! “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. Tickets are $8-20 (including museum general admission) and available at

“Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist”
On view through Jan. 6, 2013
From the International Center of Photography in New York, this exhibition celebrates the heroic tenacity
of a great humanitarian and photojournalist. In 1935, a Jewish woman from Brooklyn named Ruth Gruber
became 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. Her work
includes images of the harrowing voyage of Jewish refugees on the Exodus 1947, as well as some of
the earliest color photographs from Alaska Territory. Presented by the Anchorage Museum and Alaska
Jewish Museum.

“Stephen McCutcheon Portraits”
On view through Jan. 13, 2013
A selection of portraits by Anchorage photographer Stephen McCutcheon (1911-1998), who donated
more than 140,000 images to the Anchorage Museum’s archives. Born in Cordova, McCutcheon moved
to Anchorage in 1915 and started taking pictures as a young man. Throughout his multifaceted career,
McCutcheon documented life on the rugged frontier, Alaska’s meeting of cultures, and Anchorage’s
evolution from a frontier town to a modern city.

“Wonderland of Toys”
On view through Jan. 13, 2013
‘Tis the season to cherish time with friends and family. For many Alaska families, journeying to the
museum to see “Wonderland of Toys” is a beloved holiday tradition. Against a backdrop of twinkling
lights, find carousel horses, World War I toy soldiers and a towering evergreen tree decorated with more
than 100 dolls dressed in costumes representing countries around the world. Other exhibition highlights
include a hand-painted wood Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus from the early 1900s.

“All Alaska Juried XXXIV”
On view through Feb. 3, 2013
For more than three decades, the Anchorage Museum has recognized the unique contributions Alaska
artists are making to the world of contemporary art with the biennial “All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition.”
This year the highly competitive exhibition drew 479 submissions by 140 Alaska artists. Massachusetts-
based juror Susan Cross selected 40 artworks by 27 different artists for the exhibition. Her selections
focus on artwork that reflects a powerful sense of place. Cross awarded the $1,000 Juror’s Choice Award
to Anchorage artist James Behlke for three charcoal on canvas works. After the exhibition closes in
Anchorage, it will travel to Bear Gallery, Fairbanks (May 4-31, 2013) and Alaska State Museum, Juneau
(March 18-April 23, 2013).

“Recent Acquisitions”
On view through Feb. 10, 2013
The Nunamiut people of Anaktuvuk Pass make unique skin masks using a technique they invented,
casting wet caribou skins on wooden molds and staining them with raw caribou liver. “A person would
be chosen to put on a mask and act out a story to make people laugh. The first person to laugh
takes the next turn,” said artist Lilly Killbear. Thanks to an Alaska family’s generous donation, these
masks are among the latest additions to the Anchorage Museum’s permanent collection. “Recent
Acquisitions” showcases more than 140 new museum holdings, including paintings, ethnographic objects,
photographs, sculptures and historical objects. Highlights include paintings by beloved Alaskan artists

Sydney Laurence, Eustace Ziegler and Colcord “Rusty” Heurlin; a contemporary button blanket by Shgen
George; and sculptures by Art Oomittuk and Earl Atchak.


Cook Inlet Historical Society

Air Age Cartography:
How Aviation and WWII put Alaska at the Center of the World
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
University of Alaska Fairbanks history professor Terrence Cole says the prevailing image of Alaska is
generally at the far edge of the earth, but once, briefly, it was the center of the world. This event is part of
the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s monthly lecture series. Free. For more information contact Jim Barnett
at jbarnett@alaska.com.


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

Oct. 1 through April 30
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

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

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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