CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps made by Art Spiegelman, the legendary comic artist whose graphic novel, Maus, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. 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.
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.
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.