Steve Davis: Back to the Garden: Following his portrait series on incarcerated youth and institutionalized mentally ill people, Davis turns his camera on self-identified "modern 'hippies.'" Draw whatever conclusions from this progression you like. Free.
AXIS INDEX: Damien Gilley grafts blueprints of three-dimensional extensions onto two-dimensional surfaces, resulting in a cross section gone crazy, with doorways leading to nowhere, overhangs floating in midair, staircases detached. The drawings extend beyond the walls onto tiered rows of foam-core boards, arranged so that if you stand precisely at the center of the room the shapes all line up (almost) perfectly to create an imaginary continuation of Second Avenue beyond the gallery walls. Free.
Leaves From a Different Tree: Paintings and mixed media from Lucia Enriquez, Kanetaka Ikeda, and the ever-interesting Martk Takamichi Miller. Free.
Make Out Tree: Eirik Johnson often photographs temporary structures built by humans and animals. Stacy Rozich often makes indescribable monster scenes on paper. What will be the result of the collaboration between this Neddy-Award-winning pair? Free.
Horizon: A huge projection of a video by acclaimed media vivisectionist Paul Pfeiffer is juxtaposed with a row of 14 cherished paintings from the Founding Collection pushed close together and aligned by their horizon lines. Neat! Free.
Premonitions of the Bauharoque: Paul Laffoley makes layered, mandala-like paintings but also throws out big ideas. He attended Brown and Harvard and worked with Andy Warhol and on the World Trade Center. His best-known piece, THE KALI-YUGA: THE END OF THE UNIVERSE AT 424826 A.D. (The Cosmos Falls in the Chaos as the Shakti Orohoros Leads to the Elimination of all Value Systems by Spectrum Analysis), looks like the love child of the board game Sorry and a Pokémon card. This exhibition samples his output from 1965 to today. $10 suggested.
Buster Simpson // Surveyor: We can already thank Buster Simpson, elder of public art, for making bearable the Seatac rental car garage with his new and luminous Carbon Veil, and now he’s working on the seawall renovation that will not only look good but will keep the city from falling into the Salish Sea. This exhibition is a retrospective for Simpson, detailing his immense contribution to public art and good citizenship. Free.
Northwest Artists Collect: The culmination of a year-long collaboration between UW-Tacoma students and the Museum, this exhibition showcases the original work of 7 Pacific Northwest glass artists-including Martin Blank, Joseph Gregory Rossano, and Richard Royal-alongside pieces from their personal collections. $12.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection is the stuff of (art) legend. Dorothy was a librarian and Herbert a mail clerk in New York City in the early 1960s. Together, they amassed a collection of thousands of objects—some by famous headlining artists and others the charming and idiosyncratic creations of ordinary mortals—that took over their tiny apartment. This exhibition is part of their "50 Works for 50 States" initiative to pollinate our country's art institutions with pieces from their collection. $15 suggested.
Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century: Race, that unstable category, must always be considered critically and with great care. In Under My Skin 26 artists confront their experiences with race and interactive elements allow visitors to confront their own. $12.95.
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.
This monthly screening series seeks submissions of feminist and queer video from the Northwest. Contact Stranger Genius Wynne Greenwood for info. 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.
Opening ceremony for Elizabeth Connor's rain garden/water feature with plants, Painting and Sculpting the Land, and her rows of colored concrete contour lines that indicate the depth of the original reservoir, Drawing the Land. Free.
MIRROR: International fancypants artist Doug Aitken has installed a giant permanent video projection on the facade of SAM. It plays, and continually remixes, hundreds of hours of footage shot across the Pacific Northwest. Free.