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Anchorage Museum March/April Programs and Exhibits Schedule




Master Unangax artists begin residency

For a week in March, Unangax (Aleut) master artists Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory and MichaelLivingston will demonstrate the endangered art of bentwood hat making and share their knowledge with apprentices from their home communities. Museum visitors are invited to observe March 6-9 as the artists carve, bend and decorate bentwood hats in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. During their residency the master artists will discus the art form on film, documenting the traditional knowledge that surround this focal item of Unangax culture.

Summer camp registration starts April 2

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. Registration starts April 2. Find a complete schedule and register online at anchoragemuseum.org/camps.



Smithsonian Spotlight

Tlingit Colonial History

7 p.m. Thursday, March 1

Join Tlingit graduate student Kyle Wark for a presentation about alcohol importation and use among Tlingit people during the Russian and early American periods. A Q&A follows. Included with admission


First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. March 2

Enjoy the opening of the Anchorage School District student exhibit, an artist talk by Erin Osinkosky, guided star show, live folk music by Melissa Mitchell and more. Free


Artist Talk

Erin Osinkosky

7 p.m. Friday, March 2

Anchorage artist Erin Osinkosky works in a variety of media, but is best known for her distinctive series of puppets. Free


Opening Reception

40th Annual Anchorage School District Art Exhibition

6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2

An opening reception for the “40th Annual Anchorage School District Art Exhibition,” which features art by local K-12 students. Free


Master Artists At Work

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 through Friday, March 9

Visit with Unangax (Aleut) master artists as they teach apprentices the art of carving, bending and decorating the beautiful bentwood hats that are traditional to the Aleutian Islands. Included with admission


Book Signing

Andrew Gronholdt Biography

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10

Join editors Michael Livingston and Sharon Dye to learn about their new book about Andrew Gronholdt (her father), a well-known carver who revived the Aleutian Islands tradition of making bentwood hats. Included with admission


Sunday Fun Day: Machines

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11

Every generation invents new machines intended to make life easier. Take children on a walk down memory lane with an Alaska History Gallery activity guide comparing historical machines like typewriters and telegraph sounders with their modern equivalents. Take the inventor trivia challenge, experiment with simple and complex machines, andcheck out our electrostatic generator for a real hair-raising experience. Included with admission


Book Signing

G.C. Waldrep

7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27

Join Pennsylvania poet G.C. Waldrep (“Archicembalo”) as he reads from his new collection, “Your Father on the Train of Ghosts.” A book signing follows. Presented in collaboration with 49 Writers. Free


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





Smithsonian Spotlight

Joan Kane

7 p.m. Thursday, April 5

Inupiaq writer Joan Kane reads from “The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife,” a poetry collection about adaptation and resilience inspired by her Alaska Native heritage and the arctic landscape. Kane’s work references the Inupiaq oral tradition; however, she moves beyond narrative retelling, honoring the Inupiaq legacy of imagination. A book signing follows. Included with admission


Tales For Tots

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, April 5-26

At this new event for budding bookworms, energetic museum volunteers read children’s stories aloud. This weekly program will excite and engage children ages 3 to 5, boosting their language development. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Included with admission


First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. April 6

Enjoy the opening of two mountaineering exhibits, an artist talk by Rachel Mulvihill, guided star show, live music by Melissa Bledsoe Fischer and Fireweed Flutes, and more. Free


Movement in the Museum

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6

Art gives rise to more art in this site-specific dance performance by Alaska Dance Theatre. Inspired by “Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire and Shadows” and other museum exhibitions, the company will dance through the museum’s galleries all evening bringing still art to life. Free


Artist Talk

Rachel Mulvihill

7 p.m. Friday, April 6

Through painting intimate interiors and roadside vistas, Fairbanks artist Rachel Mulvihill explores Alaska as both home and frontier. Free


Opening Reception

The High One

6 p.m. Friday, April 6

Mountaineer/singer-songwriter Marty Raney performs at this opening reception for “The High One” exhibition. Free


Elevator Music

Fireweed Flutes

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6

We’re redefining elevator music: What was once bland, recorded background noise is now an upbeat, live concert experience. Board the museum’s oversize elevator during April First Friday and enjoy a delightful performance by The Fireweed Flutes quartet. Free


Literature in an Age of Moral Depravity

7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

How should writers engage in the moral struggles of our historical moment? Join Massachusetts author Steve Almond (“Candyfreak,” “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life”) in conversation with David Stevenson. Presented in collaboration with 49 Writers. Free


Sunday Fun Day: Wordplay

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8

Your family will have F-U-N on this day devoted to wordplay. Make-and-take projects include magnetic poetry sets and mini accordion books. Explore the museum with a word search, leave an inspirational note on the “My Message to You” board, and more. Included with admission


Easter Brunch

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8

Celebrate Easter with a savory brunch at Muse. Menu pricing. Call 929-9210 for reservations.



The Conquest of McKinley

7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 Free

One hundred years ago a group of adventurers including Belmore Browne and Hershal Parker tried to become the first to summit Mount McKinley. They got heartbreakingly close: Just 300 feet from the summit, they were thwarted by a violent storm. Join Denali guide Brian Okonek as he tells this epic story of camaraderie, sportsmanship and perseverance.


2012 True North Gala

5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14

Enjoy an Alaska chic evening at the museum’s annual gala April 14 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The fundraiser includes an elegant dinner, dancing to a DJ, and live and silent art auctions. More than 80 Alaska artists are creating new work specifically for the museum gala auctions. Featured artists include Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Kesler Woodward. The evening’s theme is True North, in honor of the museum’s summer exhibition of the same name. Dress is black tie with an Alaska twist: It’s the perfect excuse to leave the high heels in the closet and wear bunny boots with your evening gown. Tickets are $150 and can be reserved at www.anchoragemuseum.org


Kids Day

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Free museum general admission for children ages 12 and younger to celebrate citywide Kids Day.



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





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


Guided Star Show

6:10 p.m. First Fridays

3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

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


Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

8 p.m. First Fridays

4 p.m. 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

7 p.m. First Fridays

Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece comes to life in a full-dome music and light show 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.


Earth, Moon and Sun

12:30 p.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.


New Horizons

1:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

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
2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
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.



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


Twirling Toddlers

10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 3-24

Music, movement and bonding between one adult and one toddler in the museum’s Art of the North galleries. This early learner workshop is inspired by music and dance from many different cultures. Each child must be accompanied by an adult for a 1:1 adult/child ratio. Taught by Blanca Noriega-Alvarez. $40 member/$48 non-member



Introduction to Painting Materials

1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, March 10-31

Experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques used in traditional and contemporarypainting. Discover the range of possibilities with oil, acrylic and egg tempera through in-class demonstrations and individual instruction. Learn the properties and structures of painting supports such as canvas, grounds and pigments. Taught by artist Tully Satre. $170 member/$190 non-member


Beginning Figure Drawing

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 8-April 12

Learn various drawing techniques by sketching live models. Study gestures, artistic anatomy, composition, proportions and rendering. Explore portraiture in charcoal inspired by the Tim Remick photography exhibit. Taught by artist Shanley McCauley. $170 member/$190 non-member


Fiber Art

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 25-May 30

Learn about specific textile techniques such as felting, braiding and weaving. Gain inspiration from the museum’s collection, and then use both as a springboard for studio activity. Taught by artist Keren Lowell. $170 member/$190 non-member




Cook Inlet Historical Society

WPA and World War Art in Alaska

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15

Lynn Van Horn and Walter Van Horn, the Anchorage Museum’s former project curator, discuss Alaska art in the Anchorage Museum collection that was fostered by the 1930s WorksProgress Administration, as well as locally made art from the World War II era. Free


Russian Art Collaborations in Kodiak

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19

Sven Haakanson, executive director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, describes an innovativeAlutiiq Museum project resulting in a fruitful exchange of traditional knowledge between Alaska weavers and the Russian Ethnographic Museum. Free


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


“Art Makes Anchorage: 40th Annual Anchorage School District Art Exhibition”
On view March 2 through April 1
The 40th 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 sculpture.


“The High One: Reaching The Top”

On view April 6 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 throughartifacts, photographs, films and hands-on activities.


“Ascent 20,320: Science on the Slopes of McKinley”

On view April 6 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”

April 6 through April 30, 2013

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 May 6 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.


“True North”

On view May 18 through Sept. 9

This exhibition departs from the poetic or utopian vision of the North. Artists from Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia de-romanticize northern life, stripping off the varnish to reveal what’s true. Through multimedia installations, sculpture, and photography, these artists explore our region’s unique environmental,psychological, and societal challenges.




All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.


“The Fifty Stone Lithographs of Fred Machetanz”

On view through Feb. 26

Fred Machetanz (1908-2002) was one of Alaska’s most popular artists, known for his paintings and prints depicting daily life in Alaska. He made 50 stone lithographs from 1946 to 1980, printing 100 of each design. This rare, complete set of lithographs includes beautiful renderings of Alaska Native people, whalers,trappers, prospectors and wildlife.


“(Re)Emergence: Contemporary Native Art and Design from the Anchorage Museum”

On view through March 4

This exhibition celebrates what it means to be Native in Alaska today. It features nearly 50 art works created during the past five decades by prominent Alaska Native artists such as James Robert Schoppert, Alvin Amason and Preston Singletary.


“AFTER: Portraits From Denali”

Tim Remick Solo Exhibition

On view through April 15

For his solo exhibition, Tim Remick photographed emotionally and physically ravaged mountain climbers. He captured them mere moments after they stumbled into Mt. McKinley’s base camp, still raw from the grueling experience. The large-format portraits are nearly 5 feet tall, heightening the drama of every hard-won blister andwrinkle, every haunted eye and guarded grimace. “I really wanted to have a single frame at the end of the experience that caught the exhaustion, the adrenaline, the emotion,” said the Anchorage artist. “The goal was to summarize the whole climb with a single image.” Remick is an adjunct photography professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.

“Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire and Shadows”

On view through April 22

For more than 20 years, Preston Singletary has melded the legends of his Tlingit heritage with the beauty of glass to create a distinctive, powerful body of work. This exhibition is a mid-career survey chronicling Singletary’s evolution from night watchman at a glass studio to internationally recognized glass artist. Singletary, who lives in Seattle, was raised with stories about his Tlingit heritage from his great-grandmother, Susie Johnson Bartlett, and other relatives from Southeast Alaska. Inspired by this legacy, he dedicated his work to both honoring Tlingit tradition and infusing it with new vitality.


“George Browne: Art Of Altitude”

On view through April 22

Mt. McKinley has been painted innumerable times, but nobody tackled the scenery quite like George Browne (1918-1958). Undaunted by blindness in one eye, the outdoors enthusiast not only conquered the tallest mountain in North America, he created 23 oil paintings during the climb. In 1947 Browne reached the 20,320-foot summit as part of a Bradford Washburn-led scientific expedition. It was thefulfillment of a family goal that stretched back to his father Belmore’s unsuccessful attempts some 35 years earlier.



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



Through April 30

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday



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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