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Lectures and Events
Only in the Contemplation of Beauty Is Human Life Worth Living Distinguished Princeton philosopher and confessed aesthete Alexander Nehamas discusses the importance of beauty in the first of this year's Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities. 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 17. UW Kane Hall (Room 110), 206-543-3920.
Symposium: American Radical Culture, 1930–1960 William Cumming's early involvement with radical-left thinking put him in touch with sensibilities that would later inform and strengthen his work, such as the plight of the nation's workers and minorities. Local art historian Matthew Kangas hosts this daylong discussion of the Communist connection between the venerable painter and his powerful art (in conjunction with the Frye's current Cumming exhibit). The octogenarian artist is among the notable scholars and critics speaking at the event, which is divided into two sessions. "The Great Depression: Radical Art, Theatre, and Politics, 1930–1945" (10 a.m.-noon) and "Communist Party USA: From Allies to Enemies, 1945-1960" (2-5 p.m.). Sat. Nov. 19. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250 ext. 200, www.fryemuseum.org.
James Harris Jeffry Miller's "Ceramic Sculpture" is folk art-inspired terra cotta earthenware. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 17. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Dec. 23.
Greg Kucera Oil and wax minimalist block paintings by Anne Appleby and seemingly simple drawings of structures by Philippe Weisbecker. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 17. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.
Viveza "Travelers" features 10 ghostly oil paintings by Seattle artist Carole d'Inverno. Reception: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Nov. 18. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, www.viveza.com. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Dec. 31.
Carolyn Staley Selections of intricate cut-paper Japanese stencils from the late Edo, Meiji (1868-1912), and Taisho (1912-1926) periods. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Cornish College Gallery "Focus," Elizabeth Conner's overly stark effort to redefine white space with simple lighting and empty pedestal blocks. Also, "New Logo," a sparse but promising display of three student attempts to rebrand the U.S.A., a product that has been somewhat tarnished since Sept. 11. 1000 Lenora St., 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 18.
Jacob Lawrence Margie Livingston's geometric color bars explore the ephemeral characteristics of nature; Leo Saul Berk combines computer technology with traditional photography; and Robert Yoder constructs pop-culture collages with architectural influences that imply construction and destruction. UW School of Art, 206-685-1805. Noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Platform Works by Jennifer McNeely depict the upkeep and repair that characterize women's lives. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Art and Soul Celebrity photographer Nikolas Muray was both lover and friend to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Muray's portraits of Kahlo have been reprinted by Art and Soul using a rare color carbon printing process. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.
Artcore Studios "Citizens in Hell" is a collection of sculpture, prints, and paintings by eight local artists. The works explore hell as a literal, personal, or allegorical place. 5501-A Airport Way S., 206-767-2673. Noon-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 9.
Artforte Vancouver artist Jennifer Jean Tazwell Mawby makes her U.S. solo debut with paintings that interpret the Northwest landscape through an American Tonalist perspective. 213 First Ave. S., 206-748-0187. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Art/Not Terminal Georgetta Marie Gancarz honors her late mother with "Artists for Breast Cancer," a fund-raiser for women with stage three or four breast cancer. Also: "In the Mix," the latest mixed-media painting by Harry Bonnette. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 1.
Artists Gallery of Seattle "My View" features new oil paintings by R.J. Stockwell. 902 First Ave. S., 206-340-0830. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
ArtsWest "Still Life & Other Things" presents colored-pencil paintings by Kay Dewar, atypical still lifes by Gisela Scheer, Patricia Seggebruch's mixed-media abstractions, and Takuya Tokizawa's playful art glass. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, www.artswest.org. Noon- 7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 3.
Baas Art Gallery Fulgencio Lazo's colorful oil paintings evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vivid depictions of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca. Also: Wendy McMillan's "Road Trip" features mixed-media prints. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon-Sat. Ends Nov. 30.
Ballard/Fetherston Intriguing new paintings by Michael Shultheis, whose past passions for math and economics slip into his acrylic paintings as random numbers and subconscious calculations. If synapses were paintable, they might look like this. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, www.ballardfetherstongallery.com, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 7.
BallardWorks Painter Matthew Calcavecchia monkeys around with evolution, Avraham Zorea's paintings colorfully explore the nexus of personal and universal experience, and Katherine Morgan delves into water abstractions with pencil and solvent on transparencies. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Nov. 12. 2856 N.W. Market St., 206-784-9987, www. ballardworks.org. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 3.
Bluebottle Ed Kranick paints combinations of abstraction and rational, architecturally inspired forms. Opens Tues. Nov. 1. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Nov. 30.
Consolidated Works continues a yearlong celebration of local kinetic artist Trimpin with Sheng High, a musical creation employing 25 flutes played by a series of mechanically controlled suspended buckets. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, www.conworks.org. 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 1- 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Corridor Kevin Furiya's "New Works" explore the working parts of everyday life. His paintings focus on gritty details, like those found in red industrial cranes or tarred rooftops. 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
D'Adamo/Woltz Simona Foggitt bisects her abstract acrylic paintings with empty spaces and stainless steel. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, dadamowoltz gallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 29.
Davidson Contemporary New York–based artist Brian Novatny combines oil, collage, and watercolor to create enigmatic assemblages of people in curious situations. His deft line drawings evoke 1950s clip art and a Pop Art fascination with cartoonlike images. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries. com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Davidson Galleries Contemporary mixed-media prints by local artists Barbara Robertson and Mark Meyer are full of intriguing detail. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Fenomena Using pen and paper, Yossi Veissid creates "Architectural Dreamscapes" without preliminary sketches or calculations, intending for them to suggest both destruction and optimism. 200 Roy St. (#104), 206- 213-0080. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; noon-1 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Dec. 18.
Foster White Eva Isaksen's enigmatic collages share space with Tony Angell's lithographs, sculptures, and stark clayboard-and-ink birds. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 26.
Fountainhead Gallery Seattle painter William Hewson explores still life and local scenery in "Oil and Water." 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainhead gallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Francine Seders Abstract line paintings by Julie Shapiro, and paintings and paper sculptures by the late artist and UW professor Wendell Brazeau. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
G. Gibson Gallery Ruth Bernhard's sleek, elegant photographs of the human form are displayed in rotation to celebrate her 100th birthday, while Michael Kenna displays new black-and-white photographs of Japan. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.ggibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Gallery 4 Culture Cat Clifford uses drawings, video, sculpture, and animation to create a narrative of the changes occurring in rural western landscapes in the evocative "Deer Observations & Other Stories of Place." 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 25.
Globe Gallery Kristen Imig's color photographs capture the world illuminated by "headlights." 105 S. Main St. (#100), 206-612-7655. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 29.
Grover/Thurston Colorful mixed-media collages by Fay Jones. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 21.
InfoHazard Jesse Lindsay's dark fantasy paintings and mixed-media industrial horror. Also: Cliff Hare's digital photographs of alien landscapes. 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 1.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Tania Kupczak's "sonic neighborhood" intends to pique curiosity about our impulse to preserve what we don't understand. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.
Joe Bar Cornish grad Benjamin Hanawalt's oil paintings reflect an interest in old Hollywood film stills, nature photography, and geometric patterns. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, www.joebar.org. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
John Page Gallery "Painters Under Pressure" presents diverse work by Seattle area printmakers Quincy Anderson, David Owen Hastings, Ruth Hesse, Iskra Johnson, Stephen MacFarlane, Tracy Simpson, and Jon Taylor. 1090 N. Northlake Way, 206-632-7710, www.johnpage gallery.com. Noon-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Kent Arts Commission Gallery Shelly Hedges makes vibrant, playful clothing and quilts out of candy wrappers, wine foils, cocktail umbrellas, and empty bags of sugar. Kent City Hall, 220 Fourth Ave. S., 253-856-5050. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 28.
Kinsey Gallery Pat Conlon paints the "Seven Deadly Sins" on billboard vinyl. Seattle University, 900 Broadway Ave., 206-296-5360. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Mon-Fri. Ends Dec. 2.
Linda Hodges Gallery Chinese artist Chen Lin combines Western and Chinese fine-line styles in her delicate depictions of nature, while local artist Fred Lisaius approaches nature through the bolder lens of Luminist-inspired acrylics. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Lisa Harris Gallery Kathryn Altus' moody oil paintings of the waterscapes of Puget Sound and beyond capture the uncertain latitudes where water and land, humans, and nature merge. Also, Michael Greenspan uses plaster and oil to good effect in his textured abstract paintings. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Ming's Asian Gallery Korean-born Kim Man Hee's art draws upon motifs from old Korean folk paintings in an effort to preserve and pass on to new generations his culture's artistic traditions. 10217 Main St. (Bellevue), 425-462-4008. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Parklane Gallery Patricia Seggebruch explores depth through encaustic painting; Stan Pollock's "The Night Ghost Series" features complex, ghostly visions. 130 Park Lane, Kirkland, 425-827-1462. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Ends Dec. 4.
Patricia Cameron "Symbols and Signs" features kinetic new paintings and drawings by Slovak-born artist and architect Milan Heger. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 3.
Photographic Center Northwest In "Sunbird & Crushed," color photographer Jason Fulford finds poetry (and quiet tragedy) in the banal and absurd juxtapositions of life, like a staircase to nowhere or old TV sets. His probing viewpoint will be familiar to readers of The New York Times Magazine, where his work has appeared frequently. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222, www.pcnw.org. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 29.
Richard Hugo House Gallery at Belltown In "The de Chirico Overlap," five poems by Hugo House co-founder Frances McCue are paired with five paintings by her friend Mohammed Daoudi behind windows in what could be the smallest gallery in town. 2721 First Ave. (actual space is on Clay St.), 206-322-7030. Viewable 24 hours daily. Ends Dec. 31.
Roq La Rue Pop-culture icons and Japanese manga comics inform the paintings of Yumiko Kayukawa's "Beasts from the East" and Moira Hahn's "Sunset Serenade." 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, www.roqlarue.com. 2- 6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 3.
Sam Day Gallery New bronze works by metal sculptor Heidi Wastweet. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon- 5 p.m. Sat. Ongoing.
Seattle Academy of Fine Art A selection of relatively forgotten Northwest painters of the early 20th century, including John Davidson Butler, Roi Partridge, Louise Crow, and Lance Wood Hart. 1501 10th Ave. E. (Steele Gallery, Third Floor), 206-526-2787. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 23.
Seattle Aquarium "Water's Edge" showcases an array of beautiful aquatic-themed quilts by 21 artists from the Contemporary Quilt Arts Association. All display an amazing use of color, texture, and deft handwork. Particularly striking are "Kelpbed II" by Janet Kurjan, "Turtle Totem" by Patty Hieb, and Donna DeShazo's "Flowers of Coral," while Audree DeAngeles incorporates white organza and long strands of twisting yarn to create 3-D jellyfish in "Jelly Float." 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4320, www.contemporaryquiltart.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with aquarium admission. Ends Jan. 31.
Sessions Gallery In "Real Art—A Question of Culture," an assembly of cartoon artists and illustrators turn their sardonic eyes on the art world itself. The show features Peter Bagge, Jeremy Eaton, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Bob Rini (who doubles as a security guard at the Henry Art Gallery), and Greg Stump. 2220 N.W. Market St., 206-234-5000. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Dec. 18.
SOIL "Crime Scene" is an exploration of our culture's fascination with crime and investigation. It features work by artists from Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., and Canada. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon- 5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Solomon Fine Art "Paper" is a collection of Kazuo Kadonoga's works from the 1980s exploring the nuances of paper and its relationship to water. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Dec. 9.
Stonington Gallery SEE BOX, P. 67. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 28.
Suyama Space Christine Waller builds 3-D abstract planes of light and form out of thousands of fine-gauge wires. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 9.
The Legacy Ltd. "From the House of the Thunderbird" celebrates Northwest Coast wood sculpture, including masks by Namgis artists Don Svanvik, Johnathan Henderson, and Sean Whonnock. 1003 First Ave., 206-624-6350. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.
Two Bells Tavern New paintings by longtime art-scene figure Rolon Bert Garner, a visual-arts curator in the early days of Bumbershoot. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 6.
Western Bridge "Crash. Pause. Rewind." powerfully explores disaster imagery generated by pop culture and the media. Includes works by Richard Barnes, E.V. Day, Tacita Dean, Christoph Draeger, John Haddock, Timothy Hutchings, Chris Larson, Euan Macdonald, and Robert Lazzarini. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends March 4.
William Traver Gallery Cast glass by New Zealander Layla Walter. Also: Ceramic artist Jun Kaneko's "Dango" sculptures; Eric Nelsen explores "Memory Myth Motif" with anagama fired ceramic objets; and Catherine Grisez's "Constructing Deconstruction" presents metal sculptures and music boxes. 110 Union St. (#200), 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Ends Nov. 27.
Winston Wächter Oneiric beeswax and oil paintings by Hiro Yokose and dramatic sepia-toned photos of Iceland, Patagonia, and Niagara Falls by Rena Bass Forman. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 6.
Woodside/Braseth Northwest master Dennis Evans' new mixed-media paintings and Emily Warn's poetry make up "Trace Elements: 22 Kits of Creation." 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 25.
Bellevue Arts Museum The Northwest Designer Craftsmen retrospective show "Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50" displays over 100 contemporary and historic works by NWDC artist members. Also: "Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billion Beads" is a survey of David Chatt's intricately beaded sculpture and assorted jewelry, by turns goofy and satirical. 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (Bellevue), 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.). 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 1.
Burke Museum Subhankar Banerjee's magnificent photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are the result of a two-year expedition among caribou and tundra. Savor these images, before ExxonMobil and BP bring their "low-impact" drilling apparatus to ANWR. UW campus, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Dec. 31.
FRYE ART Museum Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were pioneering gender-benders in the freewheeling art world of 1920s Paris. The work of these two female photographers explores complex notions of sexuality and identity. Also: "William Cumming: The Image of Consequence" offers an authoritative retrospective of the 88-year-old Northwest painter's long career, curated by local art critic Matthew Kangas. 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. William Cumming ends Jan. 1; Cahun & Moore ends Feb. 12.
Henry Art Gallery "150 Works of Art," an engrossing exhibit designed by architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, allows viewers to establish their own connections between a variety of photographs, paintings, and video pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Also: "Hershmanlandia: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson" presents the first comprehensive look at this innovative multimedia artist's provocative work, and "Sign Language" features the photography of John Gutmann, Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, and Weegee. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Sign Language" ends Jan. 29; "Hershmanlandia" and "150 Works" end Feb. 26.
Museum of Flight "Suitcase Sightings," curated by longtime Seattle artist Lynn DiNino, features an array of suitcases reimagined by local artists, most remarkably as a giraffe named Tallulah. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, www.museumofflight.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with museum admission. Ends Feb. 2.
Seattle Art Museum "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages" shows that the craftsman/entrepreneur, with his exquisitely detailed lamps and windows and luxurious sensibility, was actually an artist of his times (late 19th-early 20th century). This is a well-assembled and beautifully lit show, but a bit cautious for the museum's swan song before it closes in January for renovation. Also: "Africa in America" is a varied and complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African-American art of the late 20th century. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Africa ends Dec. 11; Tiffany ends Jan. 4.