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.
Expressions in Haida Mythology: Argillite Works of Lionel Samuels: Carvings in the traditional Haida black slate by a contemporary native Canadian artist. Free.
Out of the Silence: Ending Bullying for LGBTQ Youth features more than 60 pieces by 39 calligraphers from across the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from the show go to Pizza Klatch—the funnily named organization that does seriously important work, providing anti-bullying training and free pizza to high schoolers during their lunch period. Free.
The City and the City: a collaboration between LxWxH owner Sharon Arnold and Portland artist Daniel Glendening. 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.
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.
Ginny Ruffner: Continuing her "Aesthetic Engineering" series, Ruffner uses glass and other media to engage with the changing practices of genetic engineering.
Larry Calkins: the man whose super-skinny, super-flat outfits (his and hers) haunt the walls of this region on the regular. Free.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Hardgrave: Drawings and other paper-based, wild-pattern-happy work for this Seattle artist’s first solo exhibition at Cullom. Free.
Alden Mason is a retrospective of the recently departed local legend's work, curated by his former student Greg Kucera of Greg Kucera Gallery and Phen Huang of Foster/White. 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.