VISCERAL: VERITY LEGACY IDENTITY
March 3 - October 9, 2023
A series of three interrelated V 9sceral exhibitions explore contemporary and historical Alaska Native issues, spotlighting gut as a material used to express Indigenous voices.
Visceral: Verity opens Friday, March 3, 2023 as the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs. Her mixed-media work employs both natural and synthetic materials and draws attention to questions of authentic experience, truth, abuse, transparency, and credibility. Sonya is one of the few artists who work in the endangered art of marine mammal gut.
Visceral: Legacy opens Friday, May 5 as a further interpretation of Sonya’s solo exhibition themes through objects that she and fellow gut enthusiast and Alaska State Museum conservator Ellen Carrlee chose from the museum’s permanent collection. As a guest curator, Sonya brings the richness of her childhood in Nome, her international career as an artist, her life in Anchorage, and her insights as a person of Iñupiaq, Athabascan, and European heritage.
Visceral: Identity, which also opens Friday May 5, features a selection of gut parkas from across Alaska to highlight the technical and historical aspects of this remarkable material in cross-cultural perspective. Ellen and Sonya explore the latest (analytical and social science) research examining this medium and why gut remains a significant material for key relationships in Alaska.
These three galleries will be open through the summer 2023 season, augmented by special workshops and lectures, and closing in mid-October 2023.
Image: Detail of cuffs and seam from an Alutiiq/Sugpiaq raincoat.
The Kimball Theatre Organ, on the eighth floor of the State Office Building, has been serviced and is once again performing with the help of organists J Allan MacKinnon and TJ Duffy on Fridays at 12:00pm, now through December. Bring your lunch and enjoy the diversity of music these organists select.
Though housed in the state office building, the organ is the property of the Alaska State Museum.
Saturday, September 30, 2023, 2 pm
Born and raised in Juneau, Felkl studied with Guo Xia and Linda Rosenthal. He received a bachelor’s degrees in violin and music education at UAF and a masters in violin performance at the Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
In addition to concertmaster, Franz also leads the Juneau Symphony Prelude Orchestra, and most recently, he became the general music teacher at Kax̲dig̲oowu Héen Elementary where he is proud to be a part of the Haa Tóo Yéi Yatee program. Con Brio is honored to present a recital by one of Juneau’s most talented musicians. For more information contact Con Brio Chamber Series.
Stop by for October First Friday!
The Alaska State Museum is open with FREE admission for First Friday from 4:30-7:00pm.
Melanie brown will welcome us in with music in the atrium at 5pm
* This is the last weekend for Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity - Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance.
* There will be a panel discussion at 6:30 in the lecture hall with Sonya Kelliher-Combs and others.
It’s a Gala!
On Saturday, October 14th from 4-6 pm join us for some fun fundraising! *Partake in music by Trio Ballaenae (Sally Schlichting, flute, Kelly Sixt oboe, William Todd Hunt, clarinet).*Hors d'oeuvres, and a no host bar will be provided by V's Cellar Door.
*View some of the art you have helped to buy, as FoSLAM members, and raise funds to continue to add to the collections.
* Behind the scenes tour by museum staff(requires a separate ticket)
* Story Time for adults in the Library with librarian Freya Anderson
Members receive a discount on tickets. When buying tickets, the member discount code is: foslamgala. Member tickets will be $40 for the Gala, and an additional $60 for a tour (nonmember tickets are $50 for the Gala and $75 for a tour).
If you're not a member, you can join here
Tickets for the Gala — and a limited number of tickets for the special “Behind the Scenes” tour are on sale at the JAHC.
See you there!
FoSLAM will be sponsoring public markets for artists and writers this winter.
The APK Artists market will be held November 24 and 25th. The Market at Gallery Walk will be December 1st.
Artists and writers can apply for space online beginning in September.
Alaska Positive is the statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum.
Now in its 53rd year, Alaska Positive continues to encourage photography as an art form in Alaska. Guest juror Camille Seaman believes “art is not only important; it is necessary for us to communicate what is happening with our planet.” Her photographs concentrate on the fragile environment of the polar regions, providing the message: “we are of this Earth, and we only get one.”
Alaska Positive opens at the Alaska State Museum on December 1, 2023 and runs through March 9, 2024. The exhibition will then travel to museums throughout Alaska.
Watch videos of past events on Ktoo
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