SAM's quarterly, after-hours party celebrates Minimalism as much as is possible when you have a gigantic list of activities and events crammed into one night. $25.
Sanctum: For this installation you don't even need to go indoors. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe describe them, and you'll appear on the video screens in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. You'll get a story the system thinks represents you demographically, and the voice in the speakers above modulates accordingly, too (male/female, slow/fast for older/younger). Creepy or entertaining? Free.
Ghosts of a Girlhood: Mixed media from Sarah Jones. Free.
Saturday Morning: Cartoons and cereal: is there any finer combination? Aficionados know it to be the cognac and cigar of childhood. Reconnect with the sugar-addled product placement of your youth. Free.
Scissors for a Brush: Remember the paper snowflakes you made in kindergarten? Karen Bit Vejle’s large-scale pieces are what you dreamed you could make before you confronted the limitations of your attention span and hand-eye coordination, not to mention those dumb safety scissors. The exhibition also features some never-before-seen-in-the-US paper cuts by Hans Christian Andersen. $6.
Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces: A portfolio of a dozen photographs from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland will be paired with a large-scale oil painting by the artist—who's far better known for his paintings. This time, we'll get to see what he brings to photography. $10 suggested.
Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom venture into affordable resales from local collectors, with an ever-changing lineup of works. Free.
Setting Sail: Artists at Sea: A group show, in all kinds of métiers, all about the ocean. Free.
Shadows Cast: Joel Brock composes rough images from bullet casings, cigarette butts and other discarded pieces of Americana. Free.
Sheri Bakes: Windsong: peaceful paintings of natural things swaying gently. Free.
Small Change: A new project in the Test Site from MFA student Rebecca Chernow that experiments with "reciprocity, barter, debt, and the emergence of markets and related value systems through the creation and distribution of an invented currency." And cigarette butts too, it seems. $10 suggested.
Soda Pop: Super Sugar Big Buzz: An examination of Sub Pop’s formative years to help celebrate its Silver Jubilee. Pieces from Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, Carl Smool and more. Free.
Space In Between: Eva Isaksen is one of those rare, non-schlocky collage artists. Free.
In 2010, Storefronts Seattle started matching empty commercial spaces in Belltown, Chinatown, and Pioneer Square with local artists. The project has since expanded to Bellevue, Auburn, and Mount Vernon. Storefronts Seattle starts off 2013 with new installations by Meghan Trainor, RSVR visual research, and Ryan Everson. Free.
Story Chairs: Designed by local artist Tina Hoggatt and Stranger Genius Jeffry Mitchell, and built by furniture maker Ben Oblas, these speaking chairs invite you to sit and listen to the work of 32 writers, musicians, and readers. Free.
Students of the Artistides Atelier: Classical drawing and painting. Free.