#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.
This year's honoree is the remarkable installation artist Ann Hamilton, and the decór will reflect her aesthetic. Delicious cuisine is promised, as well as drink and partymaking and dancing, of course. $500.
34th Annual Box Show: So many different kinds of boxes. Did you know a box can look like a pumpkin? Jesus. A box is just basically just anything you can put something in. A box can even look like a boat. Free.
4th Annual Juried Exhibition: SAM's modern and contemporary curator Catharina Manchanda is juror. Free.
9 from L.A.: This winter, it's L.A. in Seattle at the Wright Space. Virginia Wright, in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute, has brought together works from her collections, Seattle Art Museum's, and loans that include works by postwar L.A. artists including Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, Peter Alexander, and De... more » Free.
Agnes Martin: The New York-Taos Connection: This traveling exhibition of work by the influential pure-abstractionist covers the period between 1947 and 1957, a decade she spent in Taos between periods in New York.
Amanda Manitach: New Works brings the Seattle artist and writer into the gallery for a full solo show, after she's been display in dribs and drabs seemingly everywhere in the last few years. She deserves the room, whether she'll fill it with drawings at the intersection of sex and death or videos at the intersection of performance and abstract scul... more » Free.
Andy Mattern: Absent Vessel: Photographic images of crushed polystyrene cups, created not with the use of a camera, but with a different imaging contrivance that yields infinitely more unusual results: pressing the subject directly against the photographic paper while in a dark room. Sort of like a ghostly cross between an X-ray and a Xerox copy. Free.
Ann Gardner: Silvery, gold, and bronze colored non-representational sculpture or patterned prints on paper. Free.
Annual Holiday Blockbuster: Affordable artwork, mostly paintings, from Xavier Lopez, Christopher J. Olson, Maxx, Ripley, and Alexandria Sandlin. Free.
Annual Holiday Group Show: With works from Ruth Borgenicht, Richard Wiegmann, Rebecca Shortle, and at least ten others! In various mediums, but generally small and affordable. Free.
Seattle's oldest non-profit gallery is always recruiting. Artists who pay the monthly hanging fee may display their work in this non-juried, all-volunteer space.
A one-night trunk show style jewelry exhibition. Includes necklaces, cuffs, and brooches, as well as ceramic, glass and copper-plated sculptures Free.
Art students show their work. Free.
Both Francine Seders Gallery and Sheri Hauser's gallery, Tasty, will be closing soon, so come check them out, as well as galleries that are sticking around, like Echo Echo, Warlock Labs, and Bherd! Free.
Artful Reproductions: The permanent collection is full of treasures to be discovered for a first time or rediscovered anew. The wall of diminutive snuffboxes—each one delicately painted with a scene that draws you into its tiny alternate reality—is in itself enough to warrant multiple visits. $7 suggested.
Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest: A historical exhibition that focuses on the challenges faced by some of the first Asian-Pacific people who settled in the PNW. $12.95.
Barrow Cabins: Eirik Johnson's (Sawdust Mountain) photographic essay on remote Alaskan hunting cabins built by the native Iñupiat. A portrait of the changing seasons, of the striking landscape, and of the distinct architecture of the buildings themselves. Also on display: new drawings by the evocative place-portraitist Mark Thompson, whose black-an... more » Free.
Becoming a Public Artist: A show that charts the process of creating public artwork. On display are blueprints, original proposals, miniature models, and other artifacts of development from 24 artists who have worked in public installation.
The Big Little Show: The show is big, the actual pieces in the show are small. An important time to state that physically small objects can still have infinite emotional resonance. Free.
Bill Finger: Icarus: A show that combines miniature diorama sculpture and photography to examine the subject of space exploration (!). Free.
Blah Blah Problems: Gender. Violence. Apathy.: An art show from Ang Wrobel that seeks to spur discussion about "violence against women of all contexts." Free.
The monthly art walk, this time featuring Possible Places at Blindfold, Cancer Mouth at Rare Medium, some cool Star Wars art at LTD, and The Laurelton: No Place Like Home at Vermillion. Free.
Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture: Lego versions of real, life-sized buildings like the Space Needle. $15-$20.
Board of Directors Show: Works of all types, sizes, and media from past and present members of the board. Free.