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Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit Solo Artist Exhibition Opening at the Alaska State Museum

by LAM Webmaster on 2022-11-15T15:42:00-09:00 in Alaska State Museum, Events | Comments

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2022

formline design with patterned wallpaper and gold leafAlison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit, Lil Baby with the Brass Knuckles Wallpaper, 22kt gold leaf on wood board, 2022 Juneau – In her solo exhibition Midnight at the Fireworks Stand, artist Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit considers the ways in which western contact continues to shape Indigenous communities, from potlaches to the poverty-to-prison pipeline.

Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit is a multidisciplinary artist from Yakutat. She is believed to be the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. Bremner studied under master artists David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley in Kingston, Washington. Her mediums include painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Bremner is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.

Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution, Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world.

– Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit

Bremner incorporates a wide range of mediums and materials in her solo exhibition, from formline paintings to deer hide and plastic toys to vintage 1951 Sears, Roebuck & Co. wallpaper collages.

In her work Fur Robe, Collector’s Edition, Bremner lined a robe with Beanie Babies. “In my mind, the voracious collecting of Beanie Babies is not unlike the collecting of historical Tlingit objects.” – excerpt from Bremner’s exhibition statement.

The exhibit opens Friday, November 4, 4:30–7:00 pm and runs through January 7, 2023.

Alison Bremner Naxshageit is one of six artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series, along with artists Ben Huff, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Gail Priday, Jannah Sexton-Atkins, and Mitch Watley.

The Alaska State Museum hosts a spectacular permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. For museum hours, rates, and more information, visit museums.alaska.gov. The museum phone number is (907) 465-2901.

A person experiencing a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at (907) 465-2912. Please contact us a week in advance so we can make any necessary arrangements.

Media Contact:

Clint Farr
Division Operations Manager
907.465.2911
clint.farr@alaska.gov
lam.alaska.gov


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