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Lectures and Events
Artist Lecture: Sandy Skoglund She'll discuss her installations, which incorporate popcorn, paper plates, and other castoffs of consumer culture. 3 p.m. Sun. Apr. 18. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, free with admission, 253-272-4258.
Artist Trust Reel Deal A showcase for Washington artists working in film and video. The 90-minute program will feature work by Mark O'Connell, Heather Dew Okasen, Jim Woodring and others. Beth Harrington's documentary-in-progress promises one of the last interviews with Johnny Cash. All proceeds benefit Artist Trust. Midnight, Fri. Apr. 16. Majestic Bay Theatres, 2044 NW Market St., $10-$50, 206-467-8734.
Lecture: Passages in Portraiture Frye curator Debra Byrne discusses the evolution of the form. 2 p.m. Sat. Apr. 17. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250.
Meet the Artists Pamela Mills and MiRan discuss their paintings. 1 p.m-3 p.m. Sat. Apr. 17. Gallery 110, 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336.
Meet the Artist A reception for Seattle painter and writer Barbara Earl Thomas, whose new work is on display. 1 p.m-3 p.m. Sat. Apr. 17. Shoreline Community College Gallery, Building 1000, 16101 Greenwood N., 206-546-4101 ext. 4433.
1506 Projects You can play the guessing game this week at "Pseudononymous," a show of work done under assumed names. While you're at it, join the NOMAD Art Walk that 1506 has helped launch on the Hill: Six venues are participating, including Joe Bar and Bluebottle. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Apr. 17. 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-Sun.
Burke Museum Photographs of southern Chile's temperate rainforests by Burke Museum photographer-in-residence Mariana Matthews. 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.).
Square Room Ceramics: David Traylor's spiny, metallic-painted sculptures and Saya Moriyasu's assorted renderings of service industry workers. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Apr. 17. 1316 E. Pike, 206-267-7120, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Tacoma Art Museum The theme of TAM's latest Northwest Biennial is "Buildingwise" (guess it has something to do with TAM's new building) and will include 100 works by artists. One of the jurors, Emilia Kabakov, will discuss the exhibit and her own installation work at 1 p.m. Sat. April 17. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
911 Media Arts 911's window display (on view from dusk until 2 a.m. daily) holds Marianna Haniger's video installation "Assisted Nature:" images of migrating salmon projected on an array of 400 glass discs. 117 Yale Ave. N., 206-682-6552. Ends Sat. Apr. 17.
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. Ends Tues. Apr. 20.
G. Gibson Portland artist Susan Seubert's miniscule "tintype" photographs (a 19th century process that prints an image on iron sheets) catalogue dresses and other inanimate objects as if they were dead specimens in formaldehyde. Also on offer is 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. Ends Sat. Apr. 17.
Henry Art Gallery "Ellen Gallagher: Preserve/Murmur" collects mixed-media collages, cut-paper paintings, and 16 mm films by the New York artist. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Sun. Apr. 18.
Artemis Jessalyn Haggenjos's "Misshapen Life" includes still life paintings of garbage. Also on display, abstract canvases by painter and floral designer Nisha Kelen. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 Dutch painter Rineke Engwerda's pop-photorealist paintings usually have a Magritte-like twist—the intrusion of a flat, cartoon scene or dark obscuring shadows. Margaret Quan Knight's photographs depict the human body in dislocating fragmentation. Whether Knight is using cast resin body parts to accompany nude dancers or creating bread dough that transforms into a human belly, she treats flesh as a malleable artist's material. 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.
Benham Just in time for spring, a group show of unusual flower photography by Omak's Ken Smith, San Juans resident Fred James Housel, and Seattle's Steven Meyers, who specializes in x-ray prints. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Bluebottle "13 Lucid Eggs" is an offbeat group show on birth and fertility featuring work by Francesca Berrini, Erin Norlin, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Sam Trout and others. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno Rae Mahaffey's candy-colored abstractions on wood panel and mystical, staged photographs by Anna Daedalus. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Foster/White A twenty-year retrospective of vibrant abstraction thick with color by longtime Northwest painter Lois Graham. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Francine Seders Juan Alonso's "Weathered" acrylics on canvas transform Havana's architectural details into stylized, symmetrical talismans reminiscent of William Morris wallpaper designs. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4 Culture Kristin Cross's installation "Collective Memory" consists of door fragments compulsively organized and displayed. Cross takes the found-object approach to an almost absurd extreme, turning contemporary salvage into an act of archeology. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Gallery 110 Pamela Mills's still life and flower paintings are rich in color and have a subdued optimism, even though they're intended as virtual altarpieces, while "Transcendence," is a collection of semi-figurative pastels by MiRan. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Garde Rail Folsky figurative sculptures in found scraps of wood and tin by Ohio artist Kevin Titzer. 4860 Rainier Ave., 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Gilda's Club In "Life/After" 20 painters and sculptors, including Ursula Curran and Robert Hardgrave, explore life after a cancer diagnosis. 1400 Broadway, 206-709-1400. 9 a.m-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.
Greg Kucera In "Last Call—New Photographs" director John Waters brings the slapstick gruesomeness of his films to this second show of photographs and sculpture at Kucera. Some of the stuff is good for a laugh, but not much else. Also, introspective mixed media works by Enrique Martinez Celaya. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston In a solo show of new paintings and mixed media works by Seattle artist 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.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Randy Moss's surprisingly moving interactive video and sound installation, "Dislocator," aims to connect viewers "with the moment of their own conception." 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
James Harris Seattle photographer Glenn Rudolph has a knack for finding weirdness on the margins: mysterious narratives set in trailer parks, flea markets, and other rural backwaters throughout the Northwest. Rudolph's is a world where gothic teens camp in neglected parks, farmers struggle as suburbs sprawl in their midst, and off-grid idealists watch their dreams curdle. 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 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 "Turnabout" features historical paintings with a satirical twist by Seattle's Alice Tippet and Vancouver artist Bonni Reid. 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 KAC's biennial Faculty Exhibit displays works by more than 40 Arts Center instructors, including ceramics by Carol Gouthro and paintings by Michael Otterson. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Linda Hodges Central Washington painter Cynthia Krieble's landscapes of the arid Columbia Plateau and mountains of eastern China are composed with a Zen-like flurry of tiny, seemingly random series of brushstrokes. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Royal Nebeker's "Tvert Imot, Reflections in the Mirror of Ibsen," paintings of contemporary life inspired by the Norwegian playwright. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
M. Rosetta Hunter "Random 2004" investigates chance and chaos in the works of 7 artists, including Alan Lau and Jill Beppu. 1701 Broadway Ave. (in Seattle Central Community College, 206-344-4379. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Wed.
Martin-Zambito Experimental and conventional images 20th century Northwest photographer Virna Haffer. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Nico "Areas" features expressionist cityscapes of Seattle, Amsterdam, and other locales by Jay Mason. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
Photographic Center Northwest Twenty-six prints by one of Mexico's most talented photographers, Graciela Iturbide. Her images, whether of transvestites in rural Mexico, or of religious pilgrims in India, have an otherworldly spirituality that's firmly planted in the dust and grime of the real. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Retail Therapy Gallery "Art Beyond Borders" features work by artists living in Iraq and the Israeli-occupied territories—some of it overtly political, some more subtly so. 905 E. Pike, 206-324-4092. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sun.
Roq La Rue Sure, Mona Superhero's choice of materials is gimmicky: The Portland-based artist uses colored duct tape to create wildly-colored hipster paintings. But we'll forgive her because the work is so damn accomplished. Inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the '60s and '70s, these pieces are sexy, brash, and surreal. It isn't just about short shorts, hightop roller skates, mirrored sunglasses and other 70s Show nostalgia (although there's plenty of that). Some of the images explode into mandalas of pure color candy while others are surprisingly tender. Also on display, Donovan Crosby's creepy-cute paintings. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Shoreline Community College Art Gallery New, swirling firestorms of painting on paper by Seattle's Barbara Earl Thomas. Building 1000, 16101 Greenwood N., 206-546-4101 ext. 4433. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
SOIL Two recent UW MFA grads meditate on the mattress. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Solomon Fine Art What appear at first to be minimalist abstract canvases in Paul Shakespear's "Dwell" are actually the result of meticulous applications of paints and glosses. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
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 made from hundreds of fine monofilaments. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Velocity Art and Design "Spring Fling" is a group show of mod hipster paintings by Bill Brown, Alfred Harris, Maija Fiebig, Trish Grantham, and Amy Ruppel. 2206 Queen Anne Ave. N., Suite 201, 206-781-9494. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Viveza Etsuko Ichikawa's "Funiki: Floating Feelings" is a collection of endearingly weird, wispy mixed-media constructions of paper, cotton, and doilies—all shielded from the cruelties of the art world by glass bells. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
William Traver Ceramic sculpture (including some very big heads) by Jun Kaneko plus Alan Fulle's shimmering, liquid "Light Dot" paintings. 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 The idealized landscapes of Vashon Island painter Victoria Adams seem to emerge directly from 17th century Holland—but more than simple pastiche, the paintings evoke a kind of imaginary space where the world and nature are benign. Winston/Wachter Gallery, 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Zeitgeist Labyrinthine abstract paintings by NKO. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Experience Music Project "Springsteen—Troubadour of the Highway" offers over 60 photos of the Boss from Annie Leibovitz and others, along with videos, records and other memorabilia. "Beatlemania! America Meets the Beatles" shows rare memorabilia, plus film footage of the fab four's appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-EMP-LIVE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Frye Art Museum "Another Look: Frye Viewpoints" serves up a sampler of contemporary representational art: a mixed bag, but Tim Lowly's Temma on Earth is a fascinating study of the artist's daughter in uneasy repose amid a gray landscape, while Odd Nerdrum's Man Bitten By Snake is truly bizarre. More down to earth is a collection of trenchant cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Horsey. 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 "Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961-2001" chronicles Trisha Brown's collaborations with visual artists, displaying pieces of sets, costumes, and artworks that emerged from or inspired her work. "A Door Meant as Adornment" offers a twenty-year retrospective of Seattle furniture designer, architect, and artist Roy McMakin. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Judith Schaechter's stained glass kicks ass. Taking the medieval narrative panel as her launching pad, Schaechter creates sappy, violent, and just plain weird vignettes of early 21st century life. Italo Scanga, a buddy of Chihuly's, began experimenting with glass as part of his mixed-media sculptures in the late 1970s and was a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. He didn't limit himself to glass—his extremely uneven career ranged from gaudy cubist knock-offs to occasionally clever sculptural works. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Only Skin Deep," an exhibit from New York's International Center of Photography, is a rich and fascinating exhibit of photos and other found historical images that explore attitudes towards race. Also on display, Swiss-born artist and musical wunderkind Christian Marclay's exhibit at SAM is fun, but not particularly deep. 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. Also on display, two contemporary scrolls by Chinese ink painter Li Jin, including one 59-foot behemoth that pokes fun at the excesses of Chinese cuisine. 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 The third installment of "Building Tradition" includes work by contemporary Northwest artists Jaq Chartier, Patrick Holderfield, and Rachel Brumer. In "Lewis and Clark Territory," contemporary artists Ann Appleby, Michael Brophy and others investigate themes of race and place in the West 200 years after the Corps of Discovery. 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.