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Iñupiaq artist Allison Warden turns an extended performance piece into a museum exhibition

Unipkaaġusiksuġuvik (The Place of the Future/Ancient) is on view Oct. 7 through Nov. 27 at the Anchorage Museum


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Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Allison Warden

Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum

This multimedia installation and two-month performance by Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Allison Warden takes the form of an Iñupiat ceremonial qargi (community house) within the museum’s fourth floor gallery. Warden's version is a futuristic recreation of a ceremonial house, where she allows her audience to gently explore these spaces in a contemporary context. She describes the ceremonial space as existing "in the space of where the hyper-future meets the super-ancient, a liminal space where myths are born and the Eagle Mother is honored with ceremony and dance." Warden will host a series of events throughout the exhibition, including a recurring “talk show” with special guests, a weekly moosehide nametag workshop in October, and an Iñupiat Church Service.

Related programs:

OPENING RECEPTION
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
Free

IÑUPIAT CHURCH SERVICE
Church: 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16
Singspiration: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16
Join “Aku” (the performance name of Allison Warden) as she performs a service in Iñupiaq followed by song. Free

MOOSE HIDE NAMETAG WORKSHOP WITH GRETCHEN SAGAN
3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8-29
Join interdisciplinary Iñupiaq artist Gretchen Sagan and Allison Warden to bead your name into moose hide. Bring two or three vials of #10-sized beads. Included with admission

TALK SHOW TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 11-Nov 22
Join “Aku” (the performance name of Allison Warden) for an hour of conversation and laughter with guests from around Alaska. Included with admission

 

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