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MUYBRIDGE IN ALASKA Exhibit Opening, January 26, 2019

Date Posted: January 21, 2019       Categories: News

Circumpolar World Music Festival

The Alaska Native Heritage Center celebrates the opening of Muybridge in Alaska: 1868, an unprecedented traveling exhibition of iconic photographer Edward Muybridge’s historic Alaskan views. The exhibition opens on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Cultures.

Also on January 26, at 4:00 p.m., the Alaska Native Heritage Center will host a public forum to discuss the photographs, their context and meaning. Panelists will include Tlingit authority Tom Harris, celebrated Tlingit artist and musician Preston Singletary, University of Alaska anthropologist Dan Monteith and exhibition organizer and award-winning documentary filmmaker Marc Shaffer. UAA professor of Native Studies Maria Williams will serve as moderator.

Muybridge in Alaska: 1868 features original Muybridge photographs of Fort Tongass, Fort Wrangle (sic), and Sitka, taken in August 1868. These are the first photographs taken of Tlingit people, and the first of Alaska widely seen. Visitors will be provided with stereoscopes through which they can view the dual stereo views in 3D, as originally intended.

Muybridge in Alaska: 1868 is organized by Inside Out Media and curated by Marc Shaffer. The images are on loan from the private collections of Leonard Walle and Mary Everson. The exhibition is supported by the Atwood Foundation, in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, and by a Harper Arts Touring Fund grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Muybridge in Alaska: 1868 grows out of a major documentary on Muybridge being directed by Marc Shaffer entitled Exposing Muybridge. For more information, visit www.muybridgethemovie.com.

Muybridge in Alaska: 1868 will be on exhibit until March 27, 2019 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage. It will then travel to the Sheldon Museum in Haines for April and May, before finishing its tour in Sitka in June and July.

The Circumpolar World Music Festival will be held on the same day in the Gathering Place. Schedule includes:

10:45am Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers
11:15am Tlingit and Haida Dancers
11:45am Alaska Native Guitarist: Owen Parduhn
2:15pm The Whitney Youngman Trio
1:30pm Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers
3:00pm Khu.éex’ Band
3:45pm Meet the Artists
4:00pm Muybridge Discussion Panel

Alaska Native Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization that preserves and strengthens the traditions, languages, and art of Alaska’s Native People through statewide collaboration, celebration, and education. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit www.alaskanative.net