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ASM Exhibitions & Events

Family Fun Fair

Fish prints at the NOAA boothFriday, June 21, 10:30 am-1:30 pm
APK plaza, weather permitting

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of activities at the APK! No registration required and families may drop in any time.

Protection: Adaptation & Resistance centers Indigenous ways of knowing

Kaxhatjaa X’óow/Herring Protectors

Alaska’s Indigenous artists invigorate traditional stories and propose resilient new futures through design, tattoo, regalia, and graphic arts.

Working within intergenerational learning groups and as collaborators in vibrant community networks, Alaska’s Indigenous artists are invigorating traditional stories in customary arts and proposing resilient futures through design, tattoo, regalia, and graphic arts. Artist projects elevate collaboration, allyship, and community as tools of resistance, adaptation, and cultural affirmation. The exhibition explores three themes: Land and Culture Protectors, Activists for Justice and Sovereignty, and Resilient Futures.

“Our lifeways, material culture, and protocols serve as armor to resist efforts to exterminate us. They are rooted in the power to unite and create space for all people. When we break down the efforts of those who work to silo, segregate, and discriminate, there is space for all people and all living things.” – Joel Isaak (Dena’ina, Kenai)

Protection is organized by the Bunnell Street Arts Center and made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, CIRI Foundation, Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Atwood Foundation.

The Alaska Community Foundation  Alaska Humanities Forum  The Ciri FoundationNational Endowment for the Arts; arts.govRasmuson Foundation

Learn more at Bunnell Arts.

Image: Kaxhatjaa X’óow/Herring Protectors. Photo by Caitlin Blaisdell.

Skin-on-Frame Qayaq

Lou Logan  Iqyax-inside

Lou Logan is making a qayaq (kayak) in the tradition of his Iñupiaq ancestors from Wales, Alaska. He is studying a qayaq frame in the museum’s collection and constructing his open-sea qayaq in the gallery. 

Images: Lou Logan. Photo by Molly Briggs. Logan’s iqyax^ (Unangan kayak), 2020. Photo courtesy of Lou Logan.

XX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art

Twenty Years of Alaskan Art Supported by the Rasmuson Foundation Alaska Art FundXX: Twenty Years of Alaskan Art is a new exhibition at the Alaska State Museum featuring the work of contemporary Alaskan artists. The exhibit opens Friday, March 1.

The museum acquired these pieces over the last twenty years though the generosity of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Alaska Art Fund.

Initiated in 2003, the Alaska Art Fund provides grants for Alaska museums to purchase current work by practicing Alaskan artists.

Thanks to the Fund, the Alaska State Museum has brought over 200 works of art valued at nearly half a million dollars into its permanent collection—the most significant donation over time, in terms of dollar value, in the museum’s 124-year history.

The Alaska Art Fund is managed by Museums Alaska and has donated over $6.7 million dollars to museums statewide for the purchase of art.

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