First Friday Reception at the City Museum: New Exhibits and Seeing Faces with Abel Ryan


Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:30pm

Join us at the City Museum for a reception for our continuing, solo-artist exhibit, Seeing Faces, by Abel Ryan during First Friday on February 2, 2018, from 4:30-7:00pm. This event is free.

Come meet Juneau resident and Tsimshian carver, Abel Ryan and experience the art of Seeing Faces. Born in Ketchikan, Ryan is a member of the wolf clan and a member of the Metlakatla Indian community. Ryan studied carving with master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sheldon Jackson College and a Native Arts Studio and Printmaking degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For 30 years he has been a practicing Northwest Coast artist and he has taught wood and silver carving for over 25 years.

“This exhibit, Seeing Faces, is of pieces both new and older. The main focus is on faces, mainly masks. Masks are used to transform us into other beings and to tell stories of other people and great beings. Image of the self is also important and so not everything here are masks. Some things here are about reflection, projection, and self-exploration. This is about seeing faces, but also about what faces see,” states Ryan. Seeing Faces will run through February 24th. Ryan’s work is for sale.

During your visit, be sure to walk through our galleries to see our new permanent exhibits, Life on the Water and Wood and Waterways, A look at Tlingit Canoes:

Life on the Water is a new maritime based exhibit in our General History Gallery. With no land roads connecting Juneau to other communities, this exhibit celebrates Juneau’s unique maritime lifestyle. Flip-up portholes provide information about Tlingit Canoes, Early Exploration, Steamships, the three USS Juneau naval ships, Freight, Ferries, and Modern Cruise Ships. A “Shipwrecks of Northern Southeast Alaska” map is accompanied by information of seven steamship wrecks which occurred within the boundaries of the City and Borough of Juneau. Artifacts in this exhibit are all from the City Museum’s permanent collection.

Wood and Waterways, A look at Tlingit Canoes has been updated and reinstalled in the City Museum’s General History Gallery. The exhibit’s center piece is our c. 1900 16-foot spruce dugout canoe which was used in relatively shallow waters for short hunting and harvesting journeys close to home. The exhibit also displays a Tlingit elbow adze, three paddles, and a stone maul from the City Museum’s collection. This exhibit invites visitors to learn about the construction, use, and maintenance of Tlingit canoes and paddles from pre-history to today. This interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn the steps involved in making a canoe and about types of paddles. A video from a 2014 canoe journey allows visitors to see a contemporary canoe being made and used for travel between Haines and Juneau.



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Juneau-Douglas City Museum
114 W 4th St
99801 Juneau, AK
United States
Phone: 907-586-3572