A sneak peek at some cur­rent and up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and projects.

Anchorage Mu­seum

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS -

Aiviq (wal­rus) and nanuq (po­lar bear) are per­haps the most ubiq­ui­tous crea­tures in the po­lar re­gion. Through the lens of these an­i­mals, this ex­hi­bi­tion at the Anchorage Mu­seum—fea­tur­ing works by Couzyn van Heu­ve­len, Ni­cholas Galanin and more, along­side pieces from the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion—of­fers in­sights into a chang­ing cli­mate and the com­plex fu­ture of the North. We asked three ar tists in­cluded in the show to share a sneak peek of their works: Mes­sage is a hand-wo­ven piece made of three short bars, three long bars and three short bars of po­lar bear guard hair in a Morse code pat­tern that form an SOS sig­nal. The work is not so much about me, but the po­lar bear speak­ing about the is­sue of cli­mate change and send­ing out a mes­sage. I re­ally wish the piece could travel world­wide but, due to the Marine Mam­mal Pro­tec­tion Act, our re­quest for a per­mit for the ex­hi­bi­tion was de­nied. There­fore, be­cause it is such a long piece, the work is be­ing pho­tographed and stitched to­gether dig­i­tally to be pre­sented as a sin­gle im­age. As an Indige­nous artist and as an Inuk woman, my work is try­ing to raise aware­ness for our en­vi­ron­ment in the Arc­tic and our life­style. There should not be any bor­ders or lim­its when we are try­ing to pro­tect rather than exploit our land. – Mau­reen Gruben

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