Lectures and Events
WALKING TOUR: SKYSCRAPERS The Seattle Architectural Foundation explores the history and symbolism of Seattle's skyline, including two buildings by Seattle-born architect Minoru>"/>
Lectures and Events
WALKING TOUR: SKYSCRAPERS The Seattle Architectural Foundation explores the history and symbolism of Seattle's skyline, including two buildings by Seattle-born architect Minoru Yamasaki that served as antecedents to New York's World Trade Center: the IBM Building and Rainier Tower. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sat. Aug 30, Seattle Architectural Foundation Gallery, 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square Atrium Level 3, $10 advance, $12 at door. 206-667-9184.
ACE STUDIOS In Rebecca Woodhouse's "Silence is Coming" the paintings are anything but silent: throughout, there's a constant chattersnippets of phrases, lyrics, and writing so thickly applied that it begins to vanish into abstract compositions. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
ARTEMIS Deborah Bells' latest series of paintings, "Noodlings" and "Inklings" incorporate found images (art images, aircraft navigation charts) into her otherwise doodly and playful abstract exercises. 3107 S. Day St. (Mount Baker), 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
ARTSWEST "Mixing Media:" felt, photo collage, and pastels by local artists Zia Gipson, Patricia Rogers, Pam Ferrell, and Karen Schroeder. 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206-938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
ATELIER 31 Doug Smithenry's grouped series of fractured paintings are peopled with baton-wielding cops, marathon dancers, and jock-strap-clad cowboyscombining striking color, clunky animation, and fun-house mirror distortion. The source of all this jumbling: downloaded pictures from the web, crumpled and folded before finding new life under oil paints. It's goofy, but accomplished. Plus, abstract paintings and sculptures by Mark Bennion and gridded psychological portraits by Deborah Putnoi. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
BENHAM A showcase of three Latino/Latin American photographers: Argentina's Javier Lopez Rotella, whose shaved-headed nude figures seem to glow like silent movie stills; Mexican-born New York photographer (and Ph.D. molecular biologist) Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, creator of ghostly meditations on science and identity; and Guatemala's Luis Gonzalez Palma, whose sepia-esque portraits have the urgency and serious intensity of Victorian-era photographs. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
BLACK LAB Photographs by BlackLab founder and darkroom instructor Saundra Valencia. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
BURKE MUSEUM Photographs from the 1970 book Out of the Silence, by Haida artist Bill Reid and photographer Adelaide de Menil, which documented the then-dying art of totem poles, shown alongside images from a Native arts scene that has since been greatly revitalized. A good chance to see with fresh eyes this tradition of monumental sculpture. UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Mon. Sept. 1.
CDA GALLERY "QUILTING IS FOR PUSSIES" exclaims a street sign in one of Paul Margolis' quilted sculpturesalthough the work's title makes it clear what's going on, for those who don't get the joke: "You Take Their Insult and Make it Your Anthem." Margolis enters the world of Sunbonnet Sue and comes away with some nifty stuff, most notably a lifesize quilted City of Seattle meter maid cart. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Ends Fri. Aug. 29.
CITY SPACE Abstract works from city's sizeable Portable Works collection by Paul Heald, Mary Henry, Paul Hoiruchi, Alan Lau, Lucinda Parker, Elizabeth Sandvig and many others.. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Fri. Sept 20. Ends Fri. Aug. 29.
DAVIDSON Ann Duffy's pop-artsy views of Seattle and SoCal are studies in neon, early morning light, and formal composition. Also, huge plein air paintings of the American West and the Netherlands by Dutch-born painter Henk Pander. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
FOSTER/WHITE "Chihuly Drawing," sketches that inspired all that glass by Tacoma's favorite son. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE Catharine Newell's "frit painting" people portraits achieve luminescence through layer upon layer of kiln-baked glass powders. 1331 Fifth Ave, 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
FOUNTAINHEAD More than Basket Weaving 101: woven stuff by Pollay Adams Sutton, Margaret Mathewson, as well as a faculty exhibition from the Northwest Basketry Conference, including designs from Delores Churchill, Noriko Takamiya and others. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
FRANCINE SEDERS Michael Howard's small scale paintings of houses have a certain Edward Hopper-esque concern for light and form, yet aren't terribly compelling; other paintings such as "Anstatt Site" turn construction sites into academic, " work in progress" abstract images. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
GALLERY 110 Ronald Hall's sometimes harrowing, sometimes gripping paintings thrust an intensely personal vision of contemporary black existence onto the canvas. "Niggas Born Into Sin," dredges up lingering subconscious racist images to devastating effect, while other paintings grapple with self-image and race. Also on display: "Roadside Attractions," Steve Miller's photographs of crumbling human landscapes. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
GALLERY 124 Twisted cowboys and other paintings by Joe Vollan, alongside Tammy Nussbaum's dragons, flower arrangements and such. 124 S. Washington St. (inside the Last Supper Club), 206-748-9975. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
G. GIBSON A twelfth-anniversary show includes photographs of a liquid nature by William Christenberry, Richard Misrach, Mona Kuhn, Keith Carter, Susan Seubert, and others. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
GREG KUCERA In "Kentucky Windage," bad-boy Jack Daws proves he's one of city's most daring conceptual artists (even though he deserves to rot in hell for cutting off bike locks and replacing them with his own). Subtlety isn't in Daws' vocabularymost of the work is meant to shock. There's an American flag bleached of color; "Mama Tried," a playpen fitted with barbed wire and electric fence; "Origins of the World," photos of various-and-sundry coochie snatchers; and the deadpan "Still Life With Watermelon," a veritable catalog of stereotypes. I'm extremely fond of "Two Towers," a bitterly funny swipe at 9-11 memorial hype: a photograph of twin towers built exclusively from McDonald's french fries and Heinz ketchup. Also, don't miss South African artist William Kentridge's existential paintings and sketches based on the writings of Italo Svevo. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
LINDA HODGES Karen Yurkovich's compositions of flowers, branches, and fruits offer a vaguely spiritual field-guide to natural forms. She earns bonus points for using non-toxic, all-natural paints. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
LISA HARRIS Painter John Cole has been part of the Northwest arts scene for thirty years, and just I can't help enjoying his collection of recent plein air oil paintings of local landscapes, even though there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about them. In the tradition of Emily Carr and other figurative Pacific Northwest painters, Cole's work evokes airy, light-filled riverscapes and forest clearings. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Aug. 30.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY When in the course of human events, you need to review which rights you've lost under the USA Patriot Act, have a look at the original Declaration of Independence (actually, one of 25 remaining copies printed on July 4, 1776) on view at MOHAI. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E. , 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Ends Mon. Sept. 1.
PITCAIRN SCOTT Hollywood set designer and Northwest native Trae King's new show of surrealist paintings features a notably clever painting of swans from a fish's perspective; others are less skilled but have the necessary dose of strangeness to qualify as surreal. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sun. Aug. 31.
POST ALLEY PHOTO SPACE/SCULPTURE GARDEN "Flowing Waters, Flowing Metals," stainless steel and bronze fountain designs by Ulrich Pakker. At the photo space: nocturnal fantasies by Jenn Reidel, spooky stop-motion video stills by Liz Randall, and mugshots by Chris Williams. Let's hope a particular someone ends up in a mug: several photographs from Post Alley's previous show were vandalized or stolen. 1413 and 1417 Post Alley (just south of the Alibi Room), 206-382-1001. Ends Tues. Sept. 2.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM RENTAL/SALES GALLERY Ashley Thorner's "Hooked on Lemon Drops" a space age plastic inflatable tetrapod macramé thingy. Something to do with "limp chandelierism." 1334 First, Suite 140, 206-654-3240. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Ends Mon. Sept. 1.
ART/NOT TERMINAL Debi Olson's oil paintings seek to recall the sensations of her travels through Mexico. 2045 Westlake, 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
CAROLYN STALEY This two-part exhibition (one in August, the other in September) of animals portrayed in 19th and 20th-century Japanese prints includes a sumi scroll of a boy and bull by Shibata Zeshin, Utagawa Yoshitoyo's picture of a trapped leopard, and Ohara Koson's kacho (bird and flower studies). 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
CLASSICAL GRANDS & GALLERIES The endearing circusy-fantasy world of Kamala Dolphin-Kingsleywhose lush paintings draw inspiration from tattoo art and art nouveauis a place populated with frogs, miniature dogs, and big-eyed princesses. 1900 4th Avenue, 206-297-6717. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Mon.
COCA "People Doing Strange Things with Electricity" is a CoCA's sizeable show of local artists trying their hand at "dorkbot" art: electronic stuff that's cool but useless. Artists include Carlos da Silva, Davis Freeman, Mandy Greer, Chris McMullen, and Mark Zirpel. 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
GARDE RAIL A sampler of new Northwest folksy-outsider art, including Ree Brown's splashy pictures of critters and neighborhood folks on paper bags and cardboard; Ann Grgich's complex, inward-looking paintings, and Tom Fowler's wood carvings of home-repair and sports-crazed demonoids. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Award winners from the 2003 Printmaking Biennial, juried by Gallery 110's George Brandt, including work by local artists Susan Gans and Nina Zingale. 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; by appt. Sat.
LUSCIOUS The exhibit "+1" features a mishmash of collaborative art by up-and-coming artists, including work by Jooniper Molofsky and Gillian Rose; Rob Zvernia and Sarah Kavage; art from the recent "Uncle Danny's Art Camp" at Secluded Alley Works, and much more. 321 3rd Ave. S., 206-622-4252.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION Local nature photography maven Art Wolfe's exhibit finds patriotism in the protection of the nation's wilderness, displaying 27 images from national parks in the Northwest. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
ROQ LA RUE Since the early DEVO days, and through his work as a composer for such films as The Royal Tenenbaums, Mark Mothersbaugh has created tens of thousands of handmade postcards and mailed them to his friends. "Homefront Invasion" offers up inexpensive limited prints of this weirdly childlike, adolescent cards. In Mothersbaugh's photo collages, ink stamps, and sketches, you'll find bad smells, gunplay, Jesus panties, freakshow children and all sorts of weirdness that adults are afraid to see. What's truly admirable about this show are the low prices: with all those music royalties rolling in, Mothersbaugh can afford to bring his postcard sideshow to the masses. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SAND POINT ARTS & CULTURAL EXCHANGE Multi-disciplinary art installations transform Sand Point's Building 18 in the site-specific "VERGE." Christopher DeLaurenti takes aural snapshots of Magnuson Park, artist Charles McHale and the architect team Lauren Woodward and Janice Nyman create installations using locally found objects, flora and fauna, while local postmod architectural think tank Lead Pencil Studios creates a stairway to nowhere. 7400 N.E. Sand Point Way, Suite 226, 206-522-9529. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Daily.
STILL LIFE ON THE AVE CAFÉ Whacky animal portraits by J. Kelly Lykes, creator of the inspired "Leopard Bernstein" artcar seen around town. 1405 N.E. 50th, 206-624-2263. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
TOM LANDOWSKI With the seemingly critic-proof title "If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Then Come and Sit By Me," Jennifer Hellman's bed filled with 85 pillows with designs inspired by literature has the advantage of being comfy if it turns out to be boring. Also, Joe Burmeister's obsessive quest to build a working sampan: complete with boat, sculptures, and sketches. 403 Cedar St., 206-380-2172. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Tues.-Fri, 11. a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.
VICTROLA COFFEE & ART "Watch Out!" rock poster, album cover, and other print work by Andrio Abero, the in-demand young star of the local music scene. 411 15th E., 206-325-6520.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM Roy Lichtenstein's Times Square Mural. Well, not the mural itself, but a full-scale reproduction (albeit in black and white), plus some auxiliary materials used by the artist in its creation. "Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth" traces the evolution of the runway show into a "new breed of performance art." "Bounce/In Through the Out Door" features Canadian artists Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Brian Jungen (whose "Shapeshifter" miraculously fashions a whale skeleton from cheap lawn chairs), and David Armstrong-Six. Also, a retrospective of Doris Chase, an early pioneer of video and digitally interactive art, who back in the late 1960's worked with Boeing engineers to design her first film, "Circles I." 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. Thurs), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
BRUCE LEE COLLECTORS' EXHIBIT Aaaaiieee! Movie posters, training equipment, personal letters, and exhibits on the life of Seattle's most famous martial artist. Proceeds support low-income housing in the International District. 519 Sixth Ave. S (Former Uwajimaya building), 206-277-9437. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
BURKE MUSEUM Photographs from the 1970 book Out of the Silence, by Haida artist Bill Reid and photographer Adelaide de Menil, which documented the then-dying art of totem poles, shown alongside images from a Native arts scene that has since been greatly revitalized. A good chance to see with fresh eyes this tradition of monumental sculpture. UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.).
FRYE ART MUSEUM Something has been bugging me about Del Gish, whose collection of skilled but awful still lifes and other oil paintings is on offer at the unrepentant Frye. From Del's self-portrait, I can't help being reminded of Bob Rossthat PBS painting instructor guy who died a few years ago. Okay, it's unfair: Del doesn't sport an afro, and he's a much better painter than Bob. But the resemblance, oh man it's uncanny. Sign this guy up for a contract, KCTS! Also, "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum," consists of 45 accomplished, but somewhat ho-hum royal family portraits, history paintings, and self-portraits culled from the walls of the Hermitage. Some of these painters were active members of Catherine the Great's court, including Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Marie-Anne Collot, and Christina Robertson. Other works were acquired during Catherine's reign, including a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola, a Renaissance-era painter whose work was often attributed to Titian in order to make it more saleable. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
HENRY ART GALLERY So much is going on at the Henry right now, it's kind of sick. First of all, there's James Turrell's "Knowing Light," otherworldly chambers of light that throw wide the doors of perception, and Turrell's Skyspace, the new permanent pavilion that magically re-frames the sky as a field of flat color (catch it near dusk if you have the chance). Then there's the traveling show "Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection," an electric jolt of candy-colored fabulousness. Nothing wispy or subtle herejust oversized, high impact pieces like Gregory Crewdson's inexplicably hilarious chromogenic print of a mountain of junk in a suburban back yard and Don Brown's shiny all-pink cast resin sculpture of himself. Also on view is "On Wanting to Grow Horns: The Little Theatre of Tom Knechtel," surreal, decadent, vaguely allegorical paintings that draw on zoology and Freud; Aubrey Beardsley meets James Audubon, and while I loathe it, I can't look away. Finally, kind-of-cute-kind-of-creepy is the tired trick local artist Claire Cowie is peddling in the North Galleriescrummy watercolors, plaster cats, bunnies, and ballerinas, more whimsy than you can shake your dick at. If there's a single idea anywhere in her entire show I'll eat my hat. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. DAVID STOESZ
MUSEUM OF GLASS "Glass of the Avant Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. "My Reality," a touring exhibit exploring the influence of anime (Hello Kitty, Pokemon, "Spirited Away," and the like) upon contemporary Japanese art should unsettle the staid MG crowd. The Museum's brochure alerts its members: "For the literal-minded person, My Reality may be a rather unreal, but interesting, experience." 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY We're not sure why, but lately our feelings about the American Presidency have been a little, oh, conflicted. Maybe it's the weather. But for those of you who still hold the nation's highest office in the highest regard, there's this: a traveling version of a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian, featuring audio-visual presentations and 350 artifacts that tell the story of our 42 presidents. See, for example, the top hat and overcoat worn by Grover Cleveland at his first inauguration in 1885; a CBS microphone used by FDR during his "fireside chats"; and the gavel used during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Ah, impeachment. Such a sweet fantasy. 2700 24th Ave. E. 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART "Five Part Harmony:" abstract monoprints by longtime Seattle artist Elizabeth Sandvig, as well as glass by Pilchuck alum Deborah Horrell and modernist sculpture by M.J. Anderson, Anne Hirondelle, and Julie Speidel. 121 South First St., La Conner, 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM opens the second installment of its "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" by digging into its collection and coming up with fine examples of the post-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. Pollock, Frank Stella, and Arhile Gorky are well represented, but the surprises will come in work by lesser know artists, including one-time Western Washington University student and mystical minimalist Agnes Martin. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marcel Duchamp. In "Painted Visions from India and Pakistan," two exhibits examine the art of India and Pakistan over six centuries: "Intimate Worlds" offers 140 miniature court paintings from the Philadelphia Art Museum's Bellak Collectiontiny worlds populated with Hindu gods, entangled lovers, and plump noblemen. In "Conversations with Traditions" Indian artist Nijima Sheikh and Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander bridge the religious and political divides on the South Asian subcontinent. "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1800-1930" offers up a predicable potpourri of paintings, photographs, and Native American art from the region's first boomtime: an Albert Bierstadt painting, an Imogen Cunningham photograph, etc. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM "Discovering Buddhist Art: Seeking the Sublime, " recycles Buddhist pieces from the museum's permanent collection to highlight the diversity of Buddhist sacred art, from simple, quiet Bodhisattva sculptures to colorful Tibetan thanka paintings. Also on display, luminous Japanese prints from the 19th century onward, including atmospheric, nocturnal scenes by Kawase Hasui. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (a thousand flowers to you and me) brings desperately needed glass art to...oh, hell, make your own snide jokes. Big installation. Lots of flower shaped glass. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM "It's Like That: APAs and the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene," explores the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the music, graffiti art, dance, and other modes of expression in the city's burgeoning hip-hop community. Exhibits feature DJ Nasty Nes (aka Nestor Rodriguez) the Seattle-based clothing line Mecca, and MC Karim Panni. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.