Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty extends New York scholar Deborah Willis’s journey to the heart of photography. This new exhibition, created in residence at the Henry and especially for the Seattle museum, looks at artistic and ethnographic photography—comparing the images collected by the Henry Art Gallery and the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections. The result is a surprise bulldozing of the distinctions between high and low, ideal beauty and medical health, sex and sales. $10 suggested.
Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar guy is also a painter, glass sculptor, costume designer, street photographer, and poster artist. This is the second time TAM has had a big show of his work, inexplicably. He’s TAM’s idea of Picasso. $10.
Natural Science: Group show of paintings and prints inspired by plants and animals. Free.
Native American Artwork in Seattle Public Utilities’ Collection: A show of masks, combs, and prints by 14 artists. Free.
Tyna Ontoko, Absence in Between: "Thrilling" and "haunting" are good words for this 12-by-15-foot installation of lithographs. Free.
Abridged: Photographer Roman Camarda and cement sculptor Jared Bender display individual works and some collaborations that are "meant to shorten by omission without a sacrifice of sense."
Amanda James Parker: A series of photos depicting herself as a tent. A tent.
Guy Anderson, William Cumming, Joseph Goldberg : These titans of the Northwest come together to form a veritable supergroup of Northwest Masters. Free.
$200k to the artist (or artists) who can give the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and SDOT a sound-sensitive seawall installation.
Meadow Starts with ‘P’: I love you, but you’re too loud!: Meadow Starts With ‘P’ is a family and an art collaborative and a band of mad tinkerers that has constructed a machine that uses marbles to make a lot of semi-pleasing sounds. Free.
The Landscape Evoked: Six artists consider the trickier aspects of depicting space in non-objective landscapes. Free.
Undertow: New work from Julie Blackmon, who returns to Seattle with her immaculately composed photographs of domestic life undergirded by sexuality, violence, and chaotic potential. Insert gushing here. Free.
Louise Hoeschen-Goldberg: Paintings and work on paper that are cruddy and juvenile in a good way, as well as a range of works from the artist's collection. Free.
Over the Line: The Coen Brothers are deserving of endless adulation. In this exhibition, over 40 artists swear their fealty to the writer/director pair. Free.
Together Again: Nuxalk Faces of the Sky: Keen-eyed researchers and Nuxalk observers figured out one of SAM’s treasured masks was in the wrong corona (the thing that holds a mask)! Turns out, the right mask was up in Canada the whole time. Now they’re both where they belong: in the hands of the Nuxalk people. Joking! They’re at SAM. $15 suggested.
Life is OOD: Sean Alexander and "mysterious drifter" Henry Lee Walls debut collaborative work inspired by found (or stolen) objects from around the Hilltop neighborhood. Free.
Thesis Exhibition: Graduates of the Certificate in Fine Art Photography display their thesis work. Free.
Seattle-based visual, literary, and media artists (but no playwrights, got it?) are invited to apply for grants of up to $8,000 to support projects during 2014. Traditional, ethnic, and multidisciplinary projects may also apply. Free.
Otherworld: Group invitational featuring 18 artists and counting. Free.