Alice Wheeler

Alice Wheeler is perhaps best known for her iconic shots of Kurt Cobain and other local musicians. But the Seattle photographer—whose music photos have appeared in Time, Rolling Stone, and Seattle Weekly—isn’t just another groupie clutching a Nikon at the edge of the stage. Her new show, "Women Are Beautiful," examines the way women create and control their public images. We see a pregnant women celebrating Evil Knievel Days and a young girl showing off her David Bowie T-shirt and hot pink mini skirt combo. A topless anti-fur protester with the words “Go Vegan” scrawled across her stomach in Sharpie marker dangles a cigarette from one hand and information pamphlets in the other. She stares saucily at the camera. She—like all those captured by Wheeler’s lens—knows you’re looking at them. ERIKA HOBART

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through Aug. 15, 2009

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