March 19, 2005
at the Tongass Historical Museum.
Photo courtesy Tongass Historical Museum
Recent Acquisitions is a wonderfully eclectic exhibition. According to Museum Director Michael Naab, "the items in the show were selected to give the public an idea of the incredible range of 'good stuff' the Museum has acquired over the past few years, mostly through the generosity of present and former Ketchikan residents." (In a normal year, the Museum makes about seventy additions to the permanent collections. Some of these additions-we call them "accessions"-are single items; but others are a groups or entire collections of things. For example, the recently acquired Paulu Saari photographic collection includes more than 4,000 items.) Museum visitors are especially impressed by the remarkable array of art in the show, from the main entry piece, a dramatic Thunderbird performance mask by cutting-edge Haida artist Donald Varnell, to a serene seascape by Sidney Laurence. Seven important works by local artists, purchased in 2003 and 2004 with grants from the Rasmuson Foundation's Art Acquisition Initiative, are on display, some of them for the first time. Included are paintings by Mary Henrikson, David Rubin, and Terry Pyles; mixed-media drawings by Ray Troll; and traditional Alaskan Native works by Jack Hudson, Norman Jackson, and Fred Trout.
Recent Acquisitions is a feast for the eye and an insight
into the breadth of the Museum's ever-expanding collections.
The exhibit runs through April 17, 2005.