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Conversation: In the Galleries with Artist James Johnson

Fri, Dec 15 | 2:00–3:30



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  • Free with museum admission

Photo of a young medium-skinned man in a red shirt with long brown hair, the artist James Johnson, seated by a tree stump indoors and carving a head with an elongated snout out of light-colored wood with a small axe. Behind him, an artwork and a painted snowboard line the wall. The floor is covered lightly in wood shavings.

Image courtesy of James Johnson.

Stop by Gallery 261 for an opportunity to meet Tlingit artist James Johnson. In works like Lákt (Bentwood Box), on view in nearby Gallery 264, Johnson demonstrates his mastery of wood carving and painted imagery in a Northwest Coast style called “formline.” 

Johnson will bring a few materials and tools from his studio and discuss how they are used in the creation of his artworks. No registration is required. All are welcome to stop by for a friendly, conversational program.

about the artist

James Peter Johnson is an award-winning Tlingit artist and carver, born and raised in Juneau, AK. He belongs to the Tlingit Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi Clan (Eagle Killerwhale). James’s great-great-grandfather was Chief Gusht’eiheen (Spray off the Dorsal Fin) of the Dakl’aweidi of the Xutsnoowú Kwáan (now known as Angoon, Alaska). His great-grandfather was Chief Jimmy Johnson, and his grandfather was Chief Peter Johnson, whom he is named after. James’s strong ancestral history led him to purse the Tlingit art form. His late father Franklin Johnson first encouraged him to begin carving. James has now dedicated his life to perpetuating the Tlingit art form, honoring his ancestors through his work.


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