We have two exciting programs coming up in the first week of December! One is in Anchorage, Alaska at the Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum, and another event is for teens in Washington, D.C., here at the National Museum of Natural History's Q?rius Center. Keep reading for more information on how to participate! We'd be gutted not to see you there...
Material Traditions: Sewing Gut artists' residency
When: December 3rd to 5th, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Gallery at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska.
Map: 625 C St. Anchorage, AK 99501
More Information: Please visit the Anchorage Museum's website.
Observe and ask questions as Alaska Native artists Mary Tunuchuk, Elaine Kingeekuk and Sonya Kelliher-Combs demonstrate processing and sewing gut skin, which is made from sea mammal and bear intestine. Traditionally, gut skin is sewn into parkas, hats and bags and is also used today for contemporary innovations.
The Material Traditions series is made possible by the Surdna Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, First National Bank Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Smithsonian Council for Arctic Studies and the Anchorage Museum.
Do You Have the Guts? Make Your Own Intestine Creations
A Workshop for Teens- For ages 13-19
When: December 2, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Map: Q?rius at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
You must register in advance: Click here to register
This workshop is a special, one-time opportunity for teens to get hands-on with guts at the Museum. People living in the Arctic have been making objects — from parkas to windows — out of intestines of marine mammals like seals, whales, and walruses for generations. Get behind-the-scenes access to the Museum’s collection and meet contemporary artists who use guts in their work.
You’ll also make your own beautiful creation (using pig intestine) to take home with you. We promise it won’t be gross. The intestine is clean, clear, and a super fun material to work with. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and your creation will amaze your friends.
Let us know if you have questions!
Program descriptions courtesy of the Arctic Studies Center office in the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, and Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History.