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Science & Secrets of Visceral Lecture on September 1

by LAM Webmaster on 2023-08-16T08:25:00-08:00 in Alaska State Museum, Events | 0 Comments

Left: detail of gut material; Right: Ellen CarleeFriday, September 1
Lecture at 6:30 pm, APK Lecture Hall
First Friday 4:30–7 pm

Juneau – For First Friday in September, join conservator and co-curator Ellen Carrlee for a peek into the process and research discoveries of the exhibition Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity-Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance. Internal organs from animals were once commonly used to make parkas, containers, windows, drums, and other items, but this is rarely seen today. Gut is the Gore-Tex and plastic of the past. It’s also a profoundly meaningful and beautiful material that is poorly understood.

This lecture is part of a program series accompanying Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity, a group of three interrelated exhibitions that explore contemporary and historical Alaska Native issues, spotlighting gut as a conduit for Indigenous voices.

About Dr. Carrlee
Dr. Carrlee has been the objects conservator at the Alaska State Museum since 2006. She earned a PhD in anthropology in 2020 through a decade of collaborative gut study with Alaska Native experts.

About the exhibit trilogy
Visceral: Verity, an exhibition of work by contemporary artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, includes mixed-media installations that combine natural and synthetic materials and evoke questions of authentic experience, truth, abuse, transparency, and credibility. Kelliher-Combs is one of only a few artists working with marine mammal gut.

Visceral: Legacy expands Kelliher-Combs’s solo exhibition themes through a selection of objects from the museum’s permanent collection.

Visceral: Identity features gut parkas from across Alaska to highlight technical and historical aspects of this remarkable material in cross-cultural perspective.

The Visceral trilogy of exhibitions will be on display throughout the summer 2023 season and will include other special workshops and lectures. Visit the museum’s Exhibitions & Events page for more information.

The Alaska State Museum hosts a spectacular permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. For museum hours, rates, and more information, visit 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.

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