Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930: This small exhibition includes a shelf of incredible, teeny, handcolored glass-lantern slides taken between 1880 and 1930 in Japan. They glow bright. $10 suggested.
Cooper: Artifacts, FBI files, a mock-up of a 727, and other stuff concerning the Northwest’s most enigmatic hijacker, D.B. Cooper, who overtook a plane in 1971, got the ransom money, then parachuted out and was never seen again. It's the only unsolved hijacking in American history. $9.50.
David Hartt: Stray Light: The photographer David Hartt got inside the iconic 1971 headquarters of Johnson Publishing in Chicago—the launching pad for Jet and Ebony magazines—right before the building was sold. The photographs, pictures, and sculptures he created are deadpan memorial documents of a specific time of pride and purpose. $10 suggested.
Jason Hirata: Optium LH-3m: In keeping with the Frye's blending of contemporary with historical works, Seattle artist Jason Hirata comes into the galleries to present "new sculptural manifestations of his camera support modification videos installed in an optimized white environment." Free.
Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon: The museum turns its focus southward to Peru this season, with a great big sparkling exhibition of rarely seen sculpture, painting, and textiles surveying 3,000 years of patrimony, from the Incas to the viceroys and the saints. $20.
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker: A five-decade career charted. $10 suggested.
Making and Breaking Patterns: Youth Art from the James and Janie Washington Foundation: Artwork from local high school students.
Marita Dingus: Fashion Free-for-All: Northwest artist Marita Dingus improvises garments, drawing inspiration from French high fashion as well as traditional African textiles. $6.
Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion: South Korean–born artist Haegue Yang grew up in an environment where you closed the blinds when company came over, just in case the government was watching. Now, she makes installations entirely out of artfully arranged, dangling Venetian blinds. They're swaying constellations of pretty surveillance. $10 suggested.
Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture: Portraits, portraits, portraits! All portraits, all the time. Portraits from the Northwest and around the world. $10.
Machu Picchu After Dark: A tower of large speakers, about 12 feet high, by Peruvian-born artist William Cordova, commissioned by the museum to coincide with the Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon exhibition. $10 suggested.
Telling Tales: Narrative Works by Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma: Steigenga uses bedsheets and pillow covers as a medium for conveying charmed scenes of myth and fantasy; Thompson’s blown-glass urns depict Hindu gods with vibrant energy; and Torma’s work is a collage of textiles, patchwork, and doodling embroidery. $10.
War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art is a traveling exhibition of 19 artists across the spans of their careers—some famous, some not—working in traditional media as well as video, installation, and "other approaches," considering everything from US wars in Asia to transracial adoption and, more generally, the racialization of humans. $12.95.
Jason Dodge's sculptures are stories. They are: what's left after 19 farm animals spend time in the galleries, pillows slept on only by ornithologists, pillows slept on only by acrobats, linens from a local hotel linen service changed weekly, and rolls of newsprint that will become actual pages of the Seattle Times during the run of the exhibition. $10 suggested.
Martin Schoeller: Close Up: Whether Schoeller is shooting celebrities or unknowns, he crops their faces tightly and gets so close it's almost uncomfortable. Often, their eyeballs shine. Here are 48 of his large portraits, previously seen in magazines and books. $15.
Franz von Stuck: This is dark, dirty, strange Symbolism with Art Nouveau flourishes—we're talking Satan and hellfire and naked ladies and beautiful, swirling patterns. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 120th anniversary of his American debut, Munich Secession cofounder Franz von Stuck—the painter of Sin—finally gets his... more » Free.
Rick Araluce: The Minutes, the Hours, the Days: Araluce constructs teeny, tiny, immaculately detailed spaces that look to have been abandoned five minutes ago or five years ago. In either case, there will be feelings of invasion and loneliness. $10.
Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse: SAM and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York co-organized this first major US exhibition of Haida artist Robert Davidson, who's been pivotal in Northwest Coast art since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. $15 suggested.
A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Life-sized paper outfits, costumes, and accessories from Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. $10.
David Douglas: Naturalist at Work: Botanical scientific illustrations of Northwest plant life created by Douglas during his travels around the Columbia River in the early 19th century. $7-$9.50.
Elwha: A River Reborn: This season's special exhibition at the Northwest's natural history museum is a look at the recent dam-removal project, and an overview of the people, history, and science of the now-freed Elwha River Valley. $10.
#iconic: Power and Pop Culture takes a look at the representations of Asian Pacific Americans—or lack thereof—through figures from Amy Tan to Margaret Cho to Blue Scholars. $9.50.
Shimmering Tree: A Projection by Jennifer Steinkamp: In 2007, as part of a series of projections of shimmering trees produced in honor of her favorite teachers, Steinkamp created one for her mentor Mike Kelley. In 2012, Kelley was found dead of an apparent suicide. Now, Steinkamp's projection Mike Kelley will appear in TAM's largest, cathedral-like... more » $10.
Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception: Op art takes advantage of the short circuits in the brain to make still images shiver and dance. A group show. $10.