JUNEAU – On December 1 First Friday Gallery Walk, the Alaska State Museum will be open extended hours from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. with free admission.
Opening this First Friday is the exhibition As We See It, which brings together the work of eight contemporary Native American photographers and filmmakers to develop a dialogue around representation, portraiture, and landscape. By its nature, photography does not just capture images of the world, it also recreates the world by presenting a coercive vision. This exhibition offers personal perspectives on indigenous cultures, on the history of photography, and on the importance of a Native view to the world at large. It is co-curated by Suzanne Fricke and former Juneauite India R. Young. The exhibit and the opening reception are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.
Also on First Friday, curator and art historian India Young will be presenting on As We See It in the APK lecture hall at 7 p.m. Young researches indigenous art, print media, and emerging modes of reproduction. Her curatorship and writing negotiate feminist, de-colonial, and critical race frameworks to trace the cultural geography of the contemporary North American art world. Graduating in 2017 with a doctorate from the University of New Mexico, Young will shortly take up an Andrew W. Mellon funded research position at Princeton University Art Museum. This event will be filmed by KTOO-TV for later broadcast on 360 North as part of our collaborative television series, At the APK. For past episodes see http://www.360north.org/at-the-apk/.
In addition, two temporary exhibits are on display at the museum: Annette Bellamy’s Moving Mountains which pays tribute to the things that sustain us, and Daniel Papke’s Lost Language, consisting of paintings that focus on an internal search for the deeper meaning of the images, mythology, and visual narratives that captivate his imagination. Bellamy and Papke are two of eight artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2017-2019 Solo Artist Exhibition Series.
Regular winter hours at the Museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounted winter admission is $7, with those age 18 and under admitted free. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $35. Assistance is available for visitors who have special needs. Please contact Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.
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