PAINTING AT THE END OF THE ICE AGE
The Science of Climate Change from Pole to Pole in Forty Years of Painting by David Rosenthal
November 3, 2023 - March 30, 2024
David Rosenthal has painted glaciers for the last 48 years. From the Arctic to Antarctica, his work chronicles the retreat of glaciers and sea ice. Painting at the End of the Ice Age documents the effects of climate change within one lifetime. For the exhibition, Rosenthal worked with a group of scientists from around the world to create interpretive panels that accompany his paintings.
Rosenthal lives in Cordova, Alaska. Before becoming an artist, he studied physics. He has traveled with the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program, the Antarctic Artist and Writer Program, and the Alaska Artists in the Schools Program. He worked in Greenland at Summit Camp as a contract science tech employed by the National Science Foundation and worked as a science support contractor in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. These experiences inform his art.
I noticed my world. My home of Maine, was getting warmer. Summers were hotter and longer, winters were milder and shorter. My evidence for a warming trend was anecdotal, based on my experiences and stories I heard from people who had lived before I was born. In the late seventies, I moved to Alaska and soon after began traveling In the Arctic and in Antarctica. I experienced the same warming trends there. My hope is that these paintings will inspire us to think about what changes we can make to slow the warming of our planet.
- David Rosenthal
Image: Columbia Glacier and Mountains in Mist by David Rosenthal
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.
Free Concert Fridays!
Enjoy free concerts on the historic Kimball Theatre Organ on Fridays at Noon at the State Office Building, 8th floor lobby. 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.
Virtual Alaska Story Hour for Adults
Hundreds of rare historical photographs and dozens of entertaining nonfiction short stories bring to life Alaska's history up to 1900. The authors pay homage to the Alaska Natives, trappers, mushers, merchants and prospectors who forged a life in the Last Frontier. Whether one has lived in Alaska all his life, or always wanted to visit, readers will be enthralled by this collection of stories from Alaska's colorful past.
Written together with her aunt, Alaskan historian Phyllis Downing Carlson, this first volume in the series shows the author's connection to her aunt and her passion for Alaska and history
Registration is free but required. Register online or by phone at 907-465-2920 to obtain access info.
Youth Activity: Chenille Stem Sled Dogs
Saturday, March 9
10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm
Alaska State Museum
Join Lisa Golisek-Nankervis, retired museum visitor services and facility manager, and create your own chenille stem sled dog team and celebrate the Iditarod. Learn about the history of dog mushing while you visit the museum gallery under the guidance of Lisa and museum staff. This activity is recommended for students grade K-5.
There will be two sessions, one starting at 10 am and another at 1 pm.
Registration is encouraged, sign up at lam.alaska.gov/youthart.
This program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues and sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.
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