This monthly screening series seeks submissions of feminist and queer video from the Northwest. Contact Stranger Genius Wynne Greenwood for info. Free.
Love Me Tender: Punny! James Charles, Maximo Gonzales, Barton Lidicé Benes and Mark Wagner, and others use money as both a medium and a symbol to ask questions about value, commodity, and identity. $10.
(Un/Re) Attached: John Osgood and Miguel Edwards reveal their months-long collaborative investigation of the forces that separate and connect. By exchanging pieces back and forth between each other, they employ a variety of media and a cyclical concept and process. Free.
Expo 13: This edition of the annual student show is maybe the biggest yet, featuring nigh on 100 grads and spanning two galleries. Also, food trucks at the reception. Free.
Flip: new work by Mary Iverson, whose past work featured ships and shipping containers suspended by intersecting gridlines that are anchored somewhere outside the frame, over arid, rocky landscapes and forested, mountainous landscapes. Free.
Robert Hardgrave: Drawings and other paper-based, wild-pattern-happy work for this Seattle artist’s first solo exhibition at Cullom. Free.
After the Wawona: Following the immense, weather-sensitive radness that is Capacitor (a past work) and his arresting installation at MOHAI (a 64-foot wood sculpture made of rescued beams from the old Wawona schooner), John Grade brings transformation of the microscopic to the human-scaled with this new series of sculptures. Free.
Larry Calkins: the man whose super-skinny, super-flat outfits (his and hers) haunt the walls of this region on the regular. Free.
Weird Sisters: Kate Lebo, Kat Larson, and Kate Ryan are looking to disrupt systems of meaning involving the feminine, stabbing things with hat pins and poisoning the soup (figuratively). Cooking shows, alchemy, milk, and blood are employed in the melee. Free.
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.
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.
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.
Broken Mirror/Evening Sky: New York-based Bing Wright (yes, of the Seattle Wrights) takes pretty pictures of sunsets, then busts them up. His lovingly fractured large-scale color photographs are not digitally manipulated. Instead, each sunset is shot, projected on a broken mirror, and that's shot and blown up to make the final print. Their broken surfaces are strangely pristine and glossy, restored to smooth. 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.
The City and the City: a collaboration between LxWxH owner Sharon Arnold and Portland artist Daniel Glendening. 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.
Artist and Prographica founder Norman Lundin has this idea that all paintings lie somewhere on a spectrum ranging from descriptive to evocative. The Landscape Described—featuring Darlene Campbell, Kimberly Clark, Josh Dorman, Kathy Gore-Fuss, Laura Hamje, Michelle Muldrow, and Andrew Yates—explores the descriptive end of that spectrum. The next show will explore the evocative end. Free.
Within Without Me: The first exhibition at Roq La Rue's new Pioneer Square location—the gallery had been in Belltown for 15 years!—is Stacey Rozich cheerful, sinister, and menacing paintings. Even as her beast/human figures frolic by jumping rope or having a cookout, they seem to be moments away from bodily harm. Free.
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.