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Lectures and Events
Artist Lecture: Pat Graney & Mary Ann Peters In the first in a series of "Art Out Loud" lectures in Columbia City, Seattle choreographer Graney and visual artist Peters talk about "Keeping the Faith," a three-month residency program that provides art instruction to women in prisons. 2 p.m. Sat. Mar. 13 Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska, $6, 206-760-4285.
Artist Lecture: Susan Bennerstrom The Bellingham painter talks about her work with oil pastels. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 11. Pratt Fine Arts Center 1902 S. Main St., 206-328-2200.
Lecture: Virginia Nicholson The British author and historic preservationist gives a lecture, "Among the Bohemians," about those wacky, avant-garde artists and writers of the early twentieth century. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat. Mar. 13. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., $15, 206-622-9250.
Book Signing: Rem Koolhaas With his new Central Library slated to open in May, Dutch anti-architect Rem Koolhaas will sign advance copies of his latest manifesto, a 500-page tome entitled Content. Essays range from "Kill the Skyscraper" to the "The Evil Architects Do." It's as if the editors of Adbusters were given the reigns of a multinational architecture firm. Yet Koolhaas has a knack for cozying up to those in power, too: OMA's latest commission is for the Beijing headquarters of Chinese state television. Book signing: 8 p.m. Sat. Mar. 13. Peter Miller Books, 1930 First Ave., free, 206-441-4114.
Seven Days in March A one-week show of work by artists represented by local art consultant Catherine Person. Mostly abstract painting, with pieces by Deborah Bell, Laura Castellanos, and Drake Deknatel. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Mar. 12. James Crespinel Studio, 2312 Second Ave., 206-726-1836. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Ends Wed. Mar. 17.
UNCLAD 2004 Sixty-eight Puget Sound artists celebrate the human nude. Organized by Camano Island sculptor David Maritz and his wife Gayle. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. March 13-Sun. March 14 and Sat. March 20 and Sun. March 21. David Maritz Studio, 3 W. North Camano Dr. 360-387-5149. See uncladart.com for directions.
Crawl Space For a second year, ten University of Washington art students have teamed with Seattle artists, in a month-long collaboration resulting in "Coupling 2," which will hopefully be more successful than the TV series. 504 E. Denny Way (near Olive), 206-240-6015. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Gulassa & Co. "Images of Hope," is a benefit exhibition organized to help African children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Features photos by Gulassa & Co. employee Marin Kaetzel and art donated by Jennifer Beedon-Snow, Nikki McClure and Faryn Davis. Reception/silent auction: 6 p.m. Fri. Mar. 12. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA Randy Moss's interactive video and sound installation, "dislocator," promises to connect viewers "with the moment of their own conception." Yuck! Reception: 7 p.m. Fri. Mar. 12. 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Patricia Cameron Fine Art Intensely spiritual mixed-media drawings of women and birds by UW MFA alum Helene Wilder. 105 S. Main St. #204 (second floor), 206-343-9647. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
Roq la Rue SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 47. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 47. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Art Institute of Seattle Gallery "Wee Works" refers not to bodily fluids, but the miniscule scale of some 200 pieces by college art students from the U.S. and Scotland. 2323 Elliott Avenue, 206-448-0900. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
Art/Not Terminal Digital photographs by Thomas Brown and a memorial showing of photographs by Chari Brevik-Fairly, sponsored by the African American Photographers Association. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Thurs. Mar. 4.
Artemis This often-overlooked but dependable little gallery in the Mount Baker neighborhood is now under new ownership and relaunches with a show of work from three locals: Jamie Gray's abstract canvases, Todd Karam's mixed-media paintings of bikes and furniture, and James Drury's brilliantly acerbic line drawings. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 New work by Seattle artist Adde Russell, whose paintings of birds, insects, and other animals find these creatures tangled in confining ribbons of paint. Also on display, figure studies of humans and apes by dancer/painter Brian Chapman. 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.
Black Lab "Parades and Other Disturbances," features new work by local photographer Keith Johnson. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bluebottle Seattle artist and designer Blaine Fontana is much-sought-after in the contemporary design scene, and his debut show of paintings entitled "The Manifest Soup Transcripts, Chapter 1-9" offers a narrative of personal experiences from the late 1990s. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Capitol Hill Arts Center "Numerosity," is an installation focusing on the "practicality and accessibility of fine art" by Corrie Greenberg. 1621 12th Ave., 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (age 21 and over only).
CDA Gallery In a series of boldly patterned abstract paintings entitled "This Day," Catherine Cook uses recurrent abstract forms to create well-balanced but improvisational compositions. Each painting is named either for the date it was completed or a newspaper headline from that same day. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
CoCA Inaugurating CoCA's new space near South Lake Union, "Neoqueer" is a nationally-touring exhibit of 43 prominent and emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Consolidated Works "Suspension" is an extensive selection of audio-based and video-based art by Perri Lynch, Derrek Hoffend, Stephen Vitiello, and others. Meanwhile, "Guitar Drag," offers the sonic spectacle of an amplified guitar being dragged by a truck—a video work by Christian Marclay, the pop music-as-art wunderkind whose work is currently on display at SAM. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Cornish College Gallery Cornish's annual faculty show collects works by Mark Takamichi Miller, David Nechak, Rebecca Allan, and oodles of others. 1000 Lenora St., 206-622-1951, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
D'Adamo/Woltz In a new experiment designed to showcase emerging artists, D'Adamo/Woltz exhibits work by students from Cornish College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and the University of Washington. Sounds like there'll be a lot of glass and steel (something this gallery tends to specialize in) as well as a performance piece by UW art student Sarah Murat. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Davidson Atmospheric paintings of Eastern Washington landscapes by Leslie Williams Cain. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Forgotten Works "Portnow, Not Later" collects the art, poetry, and off-kilter nursery rhymes of comic illustrator and artist David Ulysses Portnow. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Foster/White Rainier Square "Light, Color, Motion" is a group show of new work by Alden Mason (who revisits his "Burpee Garden" series of the 1970s) as well as James Mattei and Manfred Lindenberger. 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Gallery 110 Artist Midge Williams, unlike most Seattleites, is captivated by the Alaskan Way viaduct. In a series of monochrome chalk and charcoal works on paper, Williams evokes the gritty, 800-pound gorilla of the waterfront. Meanwhile, Julie Lingdell's "A Show of Hands" is a bunch of crossed fingers rendered in ceramics. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
G. Gibson Portland artist Susan Seubert's tiny photographs—of dresses and other inanimate objects—display symbols of femininity as if they were dead specimens in formaldehyde. Also, Laurie Le Clair's "Benediction," mixed media paintings of impending doom in the heartland. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Goods Paintings of suburban wastelands by Portland artist and former skateboard designer Robert Mars. 1112 Pike St., 206-622-0459, 11 a.m.-7 p.m Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Grover/Thurston In a solo show of new paintings and mixed media works by Seattle's Fay Jones, domestic dramas, random symbolic scenes, and vignettes of childhood memory unfold in an intentionally naïve flat space. Sometimes these paintings resort to a bit too much on-canvas psychoanalysis, but in general this a strong show of work that has the flow and mystery of poetry. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
James Harris In "Land Escapes" Seattle artist Claire Cowie recycles old "rejected" prints and drawing and refashions them into a series of collages meant to evoke the collision of industry and nature alongside Seattle's Duwamish River (a low-rent district where Cowie and plenty of other artists have their studios). 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jeffrey Moose For a third year running, Moose displays Australian Aboriginal "dot" paintings (abstract dream maps of sacred places) from the Warlukurlangu Artist's Cooperative. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Joe Bar "Felt: Exhibiting Texture" offers explorations of the tactile sense by Robert Rini, audio artist D.W. Burnam, felt maker Jean Hicks, photographer Frank Huster, quilt maker Gale Whitney, collage artist Katelan Foisy and others. 810 E. Roy, 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Kirkland Arts Center "Gigantic Ceramic Figurines" from Brian Baker, Daniela Rumpf, Michaelene Walsh, and others. 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kurt Lidtke Paintings and collage by mid-twentieth century Northwest artist Paul Horiuchi. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Linda Hodges Tom Fawkes, who resides in Portland, is a formidably talented artist who specializes in photorealism. A solo show of new work explores the light and landscape of the Italian countryside, and these canvases are brilliantly executed. Still, there's something a little sterile about these virtuoso performances for my taste. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 3/27
Lisa Harris Eastside artist Christopher Harris creates amazing, near-abstract photographic prints using cameras affixed with pinhole lenses, and his latest series, "Port Susan" captures subtle shifts of light from one vantage point at a cove near Camano Island. The resulting prints resemble Rothko paintings in their muted, rich colors. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
LGBT Community Center Gallery Creepy nudes and other sexually provocative paintings by Billy Miller. 1115 E. Pike St. 206-323-5428. Noon- 9 p.m.
Martin-Zambito "Art of World War II" collects rare Northwest prints and paintings that run the gamut from propaganda to anti-war. Includes work by Seattle artist Seattle artist Jess Cauthorn and a "Ratmen" series on Nazi atrocities by New York/Seattle painter Abe Blashko. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
National Parks Conservation Association "Politics of Parks and Photography"—landscape photos of Yellowstone etc. by Seattle photographer Bruce Moore. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Nico "You Said Yes" features artist Niilartey DeOsu's various figures in charcoal inspired by the Tarot. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
Priceless Works A group show by two locals and a New York artist: Drew Demeter's monochrome explorations of mechanization, Sarah Kavage's paintings of the microscopic world, and an installation by Libby Pace that's supposed to rain foil down upon the gallery. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Solomon Fine Art "Obscured Elements" offers meditations on human physiology by two artists: Gerri Ondrizek's ink-on-fabric tapestries based on her family's chromosome patterns, and Ellen Garvens' odd photographs of artificial limbs and prosthetic devices. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Square Room This new Capitol Hill art gallery and home decor store showcases hats by milliner Dayna Pinkham and textiles by Britt Rynearson. 1316 E. Pike, 206-267-7120, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Suyama Space Lead Pencil Studio, the experimental architecture team of Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo examines this gallery's inherent structure with "Linear Plenum," a site-specific installation. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Washington State Convention & Trade Center "Seattle Perspective," a grab bag of art from the city's municipal art collection, includes work by Juan Alonso, Joe Max Emminger, John Feodorov, Claudia Fitch, Fay Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Sandvig, and Barbara Thomas. 800 Convention Pl., 206-694-5000. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
William Traver Digital artist Yauger Williams focuses on the building blocks of computer-based art in "One Pixel," a series of photographic prints and digital projections. 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Winston Wächter Paintings and works on paper by Georgia's Bo Bartlett, whose realist paintings (also now on display at the Frye) are a weird amalgam of Norman Rockwell Americana, Andrew Wyeth's rural spookiness, and renaissance formalism. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Wright Exhibition Space "The Figure in Contemporary Art" looks at how the human form has taken a postmodern turn in contemporary art by showcasing work by 23 big-time international artists, including Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, and Eric Fischl. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-622-1896. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs-Fri.
Zeitgeist New abstract works on Tyvek (a construction material used in the framing of houses) by Tom DeGroot. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Frye Art Museum What would Velazquez paint if he were a twenty-first century American born in Georgia? Bo Bartlett seems to think he has the answer. A student of Andrew Wyeth, Bartlett's images are realistic, tightly structured and loaded with theatrics. There's a palpable sense of mystery and foreboding in such paintings as "Homecoming" and just enough weirdness to make them compelling. 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 "A Door Meant as Adornment" offers a twenty-year retrospective of Seattle furniture designer, architect, and artist Roy McMakin. Whether he's using furniture as a way to recall memories of childhood, or to playfully overturn our perception of the banal details of life, McMakin transforms the ordinary dresser into a totemic sculpture. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Northwest Art Simon Schama once observed that landscapes are always culture before they're nature. "The Grand View," a new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner confirms this. Ranging from the soaring visions of Albert Bierstadt to quirky investigations by contemporary painter Michael Brophy, this exhibit explores the importance of place in the region's art. 121 South First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Museum of History and Industry For anyone who's ever dreamed of inventing something, MOHAI's touring Smithsonian Exhibit "Doodles, Drafts, and Designs" should offer inspiration if not comic relief. Seventy-four original sketches (sorry, none on cocktail napkins) capture the origins of all sorts of patented inventions. Some were successful (the Crayola crayon, for instance) while others were inspired failures (a man-sized hunting blind shaped like a large goose). 2700 24th Ave. E. (Montlake), 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Seattle Art Museum Swiss-born artist and musical wunderkind Christian Marclay's exhibit at SAM is fun, but not particularly deep. Impossible instruments (a twenty-foot drum kit, a tuba grafted onto a trumpet) are set alongside clever collages made from album covers The most compelling work in the whole music-as-art shtick is the 13-minute, four-screen film Video Quartet, a John Cage-like cacophony of musical samples from Hollywood movies. 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 "Larger than Life Heroes" presents Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints on the subject of sumo wrestling. Yup, big sweaty fat guys grappling with each other in loincloths. 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 In "Lewis and Clark Territory," contemporary artists Ann Appleby, Mark Brophy and others investigate themes of race and place in the West 200 years after the Corps of Discovery set out. Also on display, "A Transatlantic Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris, 1918 – 1939" documents the American artistic exodus to Paris in the twenties and thirties. More than a hundred artworks, including samplings from Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, and Man Ray run the gamut from abstraction to Dada. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum The exhibit "Through My Father's Eyes" contains some 50 images of daily Filipino immigrant life in the 1940s and '50s by photographer Ricardo Alvarado. This touring exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Program, documents the everyday life and culture of Filipino agricultural laborers, shopkeepers, and families. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.