Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Dry Ice

August 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011

“Dry Ice” is a term that denotes frozen carbon dioxide, which, when taken out of a frigid environment, rapidly dissolves from a solid form into a gaseous state. In the context of this exhibition, it is meant to evoke the shifting significance of the Alaskan polar landscape in contemporary Alaska Native art. The exhibition Dry Ice presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the multiple meanings of and associations with the Alaskan landscape. For centuries, Alaska’s distinctive landscape and its natural resources have provided indigenous people with abundant materials for art making. In recent decades, as Native communities mature and younger generations move away from their geographies of birth, some artists are also questioning the primal role afforded to the land in traditional conceptions of Native identity.