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Lectures and Events
Architect Lecture: Santiago Calatrava Spanish architect Calatrava, whose elegant forms are filled with a geometric precision and organic swoops and curves, is one of the superstars of contemporary architecture, having designed a new transit terminal for the World Trade Center site and the Athens Olympic complex. In conjunction with the Henry's exhibit of his working models, notes, and sketches, Calatrava talks about his projects worldwide. 7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 7. Kane Hall Room 130, University of Washington, free, 206-543-2280.
Artist Lecture: David Kuraoka Ceramic artist Kuraoka (whose show opens at Francine Seders this month) is known for his pit-fired, naturalist ceramics and cast bronze. In a public lecture he discusses the materials and techniques he uses. 7-9 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd., free, 206-722-6342.
Artist Lecture: Elizabeth Tapper The noted Skagit Valley printmaker talks about her collaborations with artists including Fay Jones and Susan Bennerstrom. 7:30 p.m., Sat. Nov. 6. Museum of Northwest Art, 121 South First St. (La Conner), $5, 360-466-4446.
Bainbridge Island Artwalk Bainbridge Island's assorted galleries display horse- and bird-themed art in this month's "Horse Feathers" art walk. Noon-5 p.m. Sun. Nov. 7. Gallery information at Winslow Way & Erickson (Bainbridge Island), free, 206-842-7901.
Edmonds Center for the Arts Fund- raising Kickoff A celebration with live music, food, and wine to raise money for the Edmonds Center for the Arts. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 4. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. (Edmonds), RSVP required 425-775-7724.
Microsoft Artist Lecture: Charles Goldman Brooklyn-based installation artist Goldman talks about his work. 6-8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5. Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center, (Redmond) free, 425-703-1800.
Night Blow An evening of cocktails, food, and glassblowing by Danny Perkins—all accompanied by the soul sounds of DoctorfunK. 7-10 p.m. Sat. Nov. 6. Museum of Glass, 1801 East Dock St. (Tacoma), $40 (21 and over), 253-396-1768.
Auto Gallery of Seattle Well, here's something different: "firearm sculpture" and jewelry by Robert Johnson. Perfect for the den next to that taxidermic buffalo head. Appropriately enough, proceeds will benefit the Seattle Police Foundation. Reception: 5-10 p.m. 3025 First Ave., 206-448-1247. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Benham A group show of new work by photographers David Fokos, who takes minimalist landscapes; Rosanne Olson, who specializes in 4x5 and pinhole cameras; and Peggy Washburn, a local photographer and director of the Insight Youth photography program for at-risk teens. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Capitol Hill Arts Center Three-dimensional wall assemblages using wire, wood, army toys, and other found materials by Tove Langridge, Monika Proffitt, and Paul Thomas. Reception: 8-10 p.m. 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0600. 6-10 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
City Space It's kind of hard to tell exactly what's going to be showing at City Space this month: some sort of installation that allows a group of local artists, including Perri Lynch, Teri Hein, and John Roloff, to "work with the device of an artificial 'park' within the gallery." Includes real grass, plants, and homeless guys (just kidding). Reception: 5-7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 4. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cornish College Gallery A group show by Cornish faculty in illustration, design, and interior design, including work by artists Ellen Forney and Brian Murphy plus music-industry designer Emilie Burnham. Reception: 5 p.m. 1000 Lenora, First Floor, 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Delight Hamilton "Sacred Arts: Haitian Vodou" displays papier-mâché dolls, serpent figures, masks, and other items from the Voudoun religious tradition by Oregon-based artist Miss Kitty. Opens Thurs. Nov. 4. 157 S. Jackson St., 206-223-9446. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Foster/White New modernist sculpture in bronze and glass by Gerard Tsutakawa. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4Culture Chad States' staged tableaux photographs have the all the posed phoniness and beautiful people of a Land's End catalog—but they enact weird, ambiguous dramas of conflict and mystery. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gallery 110 Scott Mansfield's mixed-media sculptures incorporate books, ceramics, and found objects in playful, geometrically vibrant compositions; also on display, local painter Patti Bezzo's hyper-real renderings of Seattle locales. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Garde Rail Self-trained, D.C.–based artist Bill Miller creates delicate landscapes and portraits of his family members using vintage linoleum and vinyl flooring pieces, employing a method somewhere between collage and stained glass. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.
Grover/Thurston Earnest and boring sculptures and paintings of heartwarming human figures, birds, dogs, etc. by Terry Turrell. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House From Alex Schweder, the artist who brought you "Peeples"—little cutout people who changed color when peed on in a urinal—now we have "Lovesick Buildings," an investigation of consumption, architecture, and bodily functions. Look forward to an installation making use of sugar, scratch-and-sniff wallpaper, and projected video, among other materials. Also on display: abstract works on paper and in collage by Robert Yoder, a very skilled modernist whose new work ventures into unusual materials, including vinyl, tape, and nail polish. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 4. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Overly cheery, Matisse-like monotype prints of birds, flowers, masquerade masks, and Tuscan sunshine by Kim Osgood. Nice if you like this sort of thing. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Scientific Instruments and Navigation Kathryn James, an instructor at Everett Community College, discusses how maps and celestial navigation evolved between the 16th and 19th centuries, in an event in conjunction with SAM's current "Spain in the Age of Exploration" exhibit. 7 p.m. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
SOIL Photographs of "performative" outdoor sculpture (a bunch of office chairs facing the ocean, for example) by Chris Engman, plus decorative, postmodern William Morris–esque curlicues and feathers in paint on wood by Nicholas Nyland. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Stonington Gallery "Totem: Icon of the Pacific Northwest" presents modern-day variations on the Native American and First Peoples tradition by Duane Pasco, Preston Singletary, and many others. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
VERA Project Hip-hop painting, video, and multimedia chaos by locals Kinoko and Parskid, plus Victoria-based artist Luke Ramsey. Throbbing beats and electronic noise provided by DJN, Zapan, and FOSCIL. 7-10 p.m. 1916 Fourth Ave., 206-427-2850.
Vetri Some of glass artist Chuck Lopez's recent works look temptingly like half-sucked Life Savers. Mmmm . . . pineapple. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 1404 First Ave., 206-667-9608. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
William Traver "Fresh Paint" is a group show of new work by Tom DeGroot, Geoff Garza, and others. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 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.
Artemis Vibrantly colored landscapes and flora paintings by Kansas City-based painter and former Seattle resident Eric Bashor. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Nov. 6. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 New York artist James Croak is best known for figurative sculptures made from dirt—he burst on the scene in the 1980s, but hasn't gained much notoriety since then. "This Is Not a Dress Rehearsal" showcases his work over the last couple decades—including dirt sculptures of babies and business-suited everymen plus other earthy sculptures in latex and tar. Also showing: Seattle artist Layne Kleinart's rough portraits of sock monkeys and other plush critters. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Wed. Nov. 3. 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.
Ballard/Fetherston Michael Schultheis' scrappy abstract canvases, plus something I think could be cool: Frank Huster's abstract photographs of crumbling walls and flaking paint. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5. 818 E. Pike St., 206- 322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bluebottle Hip-hop cartoonist, animator, and masterful DJ Kid Koala shows selections from his first graphic novel, Nufonia Must Fall, about a down-and-out robot looking for love. 7-10 p.m. Sat. Nov. 6 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Francine Seders Pit-fired clay ceramics and bronze vessels by California-Kauai artist David Kuraoka. Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 7. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Frye Art Museum Born in the Netherlands and now living and working in Portland, Henk Pander takes modern-day tragedies—the New Carissa oil spill, terminal illness, and ground zero in Manhattan—and uses Old Masters–style realism to dramatize them. He's a skilled painter, but ultimately his work reeks of sentimentality. Members-only reception: 6 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5. Artist lecture: 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 6. 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.
Kittredge Gallery Theory-laden abstract painting and sculpture by Matthew Gehring, plus Rebecca Murtaugh's "Color Coded," a site-specific installation using an art medium most of us deskbound folks can appreciate: 10,000 Post-It notes. Artist talk and opening: 4 p.m. Wed. Nov. 3. University of Puget Sound campus, 1500 N. Lawrence (Tacoma), 253-879-2806. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 1-4 p.m Sat.
Museum of Glass "In Flux House," an installation of vintage 1950s television entertainment centers and video by pioneering video artist Nam June Paik. Opens Wed. Nov 3. 1801 East Dock St. (Tacoma), 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wingnut Galleries Portraits by local painters Nana Bagdavadze and Gini Lawson. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5. 1205 E. Pike, 206-328-2978.
1506 Projects "Accumulation" is a grab bag of work by locals: Jefre Cantu's small, op art–inspired paintings incorporating electrical tape, an installation by Brock Shomo, and Peter Burger's art made from coffee filters and tracings of pennies. 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Azuma A collection of bold prints from stencils by 20th-century Japanese printmaker Yoshitoshi Mori. 530 First Ave. S., 206-622-5599. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bryan Ohno Portland artist Jay Backstrand juxtaposes several subjects in each of his hyper-realist paintings. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA CoCA's "Northwest Annual," juried by Ken Lum, gives gallery time to scores of artists from around the world. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Consolidated Works "Quiet Revolution" is a group show that promises "interpersonal politics, atmospheric conditions, civil disobedience, fantasy vs. the real, and sensorial information." Artists include Mandy Greer, who creates lovely installations that weave fables in fabric, beads, and glitter; Paul Margolis, who does amazing things with quilts; Jack Ryan, whose installation contains hundreds of acrylic ears; and Kat Tomka's sculptures made from Scotch tape. 500 Boren Ave. N., 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 206-860-5245.
Crawl Space University of Washington MFA graduate Gregory Schaffer's "Come Clean" offers deadpan photos of Wal-Marts, parking lots, and other banal locales—and finds odd moments of beauty in things like melted ice cream on hot pavement. 504 E. Denny Way #1 (near Olive), 206-240-6015. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Davidson Now in his 70s, Robert Marx is a figurative painter and sculptor sui generis. Nearly every painting in this new series is a portrait of a woman—some in vaguely Victorian or Mennonite dresses, others young girls, and all scratched onto the canvas with exquisitely fine brushwork. The decline of the body is a theme Marx returns to again and again: hands and heads are severed, figures are lit up under X-rays, wigs hover over chemotherapy baldness, and fingers are splayed out in a tense calm. If this all sounds a bit grim, it's not—there's a magnificent dignity to each of Marx's intensely human figures. Marx's bronzes are equally expressionist—the faces have a smooth but rugged sheen that recalls mummified icemen thawed out after thousands of years. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
G. Gibson A show of mixed-media paintings, sculpture, and dresses by outsider artist Larry Calkins—who creates sentimental paintings stocked with animals, calligraphylike scribbles, and other symbolic motifs. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Greg Kucera I have mixed feelings about Darren Waterston's "13 Paintings." These watery, astral abstractions have a fine sense of composition and color, with a fine balance of vaguely biological, fluid forms. Often the paintings have the feel of Chinese landscapes set on Jupiter. But there's something a little too easy to like about it all—the work is too pretty and celestial in a New Age-y sort of way for my taste. 212 Third Ave., 206- 624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jacob Lawrence Gallery A group show of UW faculty work in ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, painting, and photography. UW campus, School of Art, 206-685-1805. Noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
James Harris Jeffry Mitchell's sometimes overly sweet work is influenced by the Japanese traditions of sumi and ceramics, and this small show samples some of his cut-paper paintings of chrysanthemums and gaudy ceramics, including a wildly baroque grapes-and-cherubs-thing in gaudy metallic glaze. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Kirkland Arts Center "Ruffle: Decadent Vexation" features fluff with a purpose by Elizabeth Jameson, Mandy Greer, Kris Lyons, and Anna Maltz. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
National Parks Conservation Association "Away Out Over Everything" collects Mary Peck's stunning photos of the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha Valley. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Photographic Center Northwest In "Fotografías," local photographer Eduardo Calderón wanders the alleyways of Rome, Peru, New York, Mexico, and Seattle, finding little poems of life and freezing them on film. Never one to crop or manipulate his images, Calderón has an honesty in his roving eye, but also a mystical edge that goes beyond mere documentation. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Platform In his second gallery show in town (the other is at Suyama Space), Brian Murphy uses odd angles and mirrors to paint honest, unflattering self-portraits. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Solomon Fine Art Chris St. Pierre's charcoal portraits all fixate on his friend, musician Bruce Fairweather. Plus, kitschy, staged photographs of blackly comic dioramas by Tom Gormally. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space Brian Murphy returns with more of his watercolor self-portraits of the sort that wowed the crowds at the old Esther-Claypool space a couple years back. Once again facial features float off at odd angles, like unmoored islands of utter corruption, but this time the paintings are freakin' HUGE. They're, like, as tall as you standing on your own shoulders. 2324 Second Ave. 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Winston Wächter This gallery on Dexter moves a couple blocks, into more spacious digs (and that much closer to the heart of the art scene). They're celebrating with a show of gallery favorites, including Victoria Adams, Bo Bartlett, Eric Fischl, Caio Fonseca, and Hiro Yokose. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Wright Exhibition Space Decorative eye candy for corporate lobbies or sincere experiments in color and texture? The color-field painters were the aesthetic descendents of Pollock and Rothko, in a period when Warhol, Pop Art, and conceptual art were replacing high-minded abstraction. This show, curated by Virginia Wright, hopes to revive interest in color-field painters Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, and Kenneth Noland. Some of the pieces are magnificent in their lush disregard for anything but their own colors: Noland's vast Vista surrounds the viewer with a bath of mauve, while Louis' Mem is a subtle veil of browns. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-622-1896. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays.
Frye Art Museum In "Figuring the Forces," contemporary realist painter Scott Goodwillie brings a baroque sensibility to contemporary anxieties and conflicts. Plus, etchings by one of Seattle's first homegrown artists, Paul Morgan Gustin. 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 "The Work of the Work" opens (see SWTW, p. 39). "Santiago Calatrava: The Architect's Studio" showcases the work of the ultramodern Spanish architect with a fondness for organic swoops. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Motorized kinetic sculptures by Museum of Glass favorite Gregory Barsamian, and "Murano," a showcase of more than 200 pieces of 20th-century Venetian glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. Plus, Chihuly's gargantuan versions of Japanese glass fishing-net floats invade the museum's mezzanine reflecting pool. 1801 E. Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Museum of Northwest Art "Collections from the Elizabeth Tapper Print Workshop" showcases the work of a renowned Skagit Valley printmaker in collaboration with artists Susan Bennerstrom, Fay Jones, Russell Chatham, Elizabeth Sandvig, Michael Spafford, and others. 2-5 p.m. Sat. Oct. 23. 121 S. First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Nordic Heritage Museum "Contemporary Marine Totems," highly personal totems created by William McKee from salvaged wooden molds used to cast metal parts for the Northwest maritime industry. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492–1819" offers a sampling of the dark visions of Velazquez, Zurbaran, Goya, and other masters. This huge show of art and artifacts explores the cultural vibrancy of Spain's golden age through paintings, altarpieces, documents, navigational instruments, suits of armor, and other stuff of empire. Also on display: "The View From Here" offers selections of Pacific Northwest art from 1870 to 1940, while "Modern in America" explores the interaction among photography and paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and other 20th-century greats. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum It might be a stretch to say that the Hudson River painters—Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Alfred Bierstadt among them—invented the American wilderness. But even so, these early-19th-century painters, influenced by Thoreau and Emerson, shifted the popular view of nature from something to be feared and fought to something sublime and worthy of reverence. This collection of 50 important landscapes from Connecticut's Wadsworth Antheneum features work by Cole, Church, Bierstadt, and several others. Plus, the late UW professor and ceramics maven Howard Kottler is celebrated in the exhibit "Look Alikes," a selection of kitschy commemorative plates from the 1960s to the 1980s. 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.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum The juried exhibit "Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race" attempts to break open the lockbox of dialogue on race. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.