Some Alaska Native art speaks of cultural heritage in a whisper; some calls out in a loud, clear voice. But on some level, all the art in the (Re)Emergence exhibition celebrates what it means to be Native today.
(Re)Emergence: Contemporary Native Art and Design from the Anchorage Museum Collection is on view through Dec. 31. The exhibition features nearly 50 art works created during the past five decades by Alaska Native artists such as James Robert Schoppert, Alvin Amason and Preston Singletary.
The exhibition is flush with examples of Native artists transcending traditional media while embracing the past and initiating cultural renewal. For instance, Lawrence Beck’s metallic mask is sculpted from a hubcap, bicycle handle bars and dentist mirrors. Or there is Sonya Kelliher-Combs’ Idiot Strings IV, a thoroughly modern, ceiling-mounted installation fashioned from natural materials such as walrus stomach and rawhide.
Situated adjacent to the artifacts in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, this contemporary art exhibition provides profound perspective on change and continuity in Alaska Native art.

Anchorage Museum 22.05.2010 - 31.12.2010

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