A discussion on the subject of Lust, Performance, and the Artist's Gaze, from Anna Delacroix, Joanne della Penta, and Kathy Weissbourd, who are all psychoanalysts. Juicy. Free.
Brian Lane: The Distance is Near: Color-fieldish-looking photos that make macro-perception of their subject their subject (a sampling was also exhibited recently at Rare Medium). Free.
A multimedia, multi-artist installation centered around the theme of weather and water cycles. One of the pieces in the show, "Space Weather Listening Booth," is a 50-minute-long immersive performance that involves live musicians improvising along with an audio installation. It occurs on Dec 6 at 8 pm (to which audience members are encouraged to br... more » Free, $5 suggested for performance.
Holly Andres: The Homecoming: Tableaux photography that portrays an eerie, heightened suburban reality. Trivia: Andres recently shot the feature on the health-nuttery of Mariel Hemingway and her Soloflex boyfriend for the New York Times Magazine. Free.
Interstitial Theatre's Juried Show: The three hardworking curators of this cavernous building temporarily devoted to new media have chosen a group of space-based pieces (read: not just videos on monitors) for a big group exhibition. Free.
Pars: A solo exhibition by prominent Seattle street artist Pars kicks off Flatcolor's new location. Free.
Hear ye, hear ye: This is 80-year-old Francine Seders's final show in her Phinney Ridge gallery, which has hosted great art and Sunday-afternoon openings for decades. Don't miss your last chance to meet the legendary Frenchwoman in person; she'll still be working remotely, but no longer will she just be available at her desk inside the old Seattle... more » Free.
Dawn Cerny: Boys, Jokes and Things: Small, largely nonrepresentational multimedia sculptures by the always-fascinating Seattle-based artist. Free.
Frequency: A performative collaboration between two artists. In the gallery space, one artist, Devon Hale, will broadcast 40 hours of her ideas over the radio, while for 7 days a second artist, Julia Heineccius, will binge-watch TED talks while "knotting continuous strands of pearls." Free.
Lamps Meninas: Always wry Seattle artist Jenny Zwick this time offers an interpretation of Velazquez's classic painting Las Meninas using entirely light fixtures for the characters. It's happening in the spot where Chutney's used to be, which is now part of the Storefronts Seattle program. Free.
Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930: This small exhibition includes a shelf of incredible, teeny, handcolored glass-lantern slides taken between 1880 and 1930 in Japan. They glow bright. $10 suggested.
Cooper: Artifacts, FBI files, a mock-up of a 727, and other stuff concerning the Northwest’s most enigmatic hijacker, D.B. Cooper, who overtook a plane in 1971, got the ransom money, then parachuted out and was never seen again. It's the only unsolved hijacking in American history. $9.50.
David Hartt: Stray Light: The photographer David Hartt got inside the iconic 1971 headquarters of Johnson Publishing in Chicago—the launching pad for Jet and Ebony magazines—right before the building was sold. The photographs, pictures, and sculptures he created are deadpan memorial documents of a specific time of pride and purpose. $10 suggested.
Jason Hirata: Optium LH-3m: In keeping with the Frye's blending of contemporary with historical works, Seattle artist Jason Hirata comes into the galleries to present "new sculptural manifestations of his camera support modification videos installed in an optimized white environment." Free.
Proceed With Caution: A show from Christa Assad which adopts the vocabulary of modern terror and warfare: "gas masks, drones, rocket-propelled grenades," to make a humanitarian appeal. Free.
Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza: Forty artists and jewelers have created pieces and things that are small. Small enough to buy and give as gifts. The event will happen in parallel at Ghost Gallery on Denny, and at All City Coffee in Georgetown. Free.
Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion: South Korean–born artist Haegue Yang grew up in an environment where you closed the blinds when company came over, just in case the government was watching. Now, she makes installations entirely out of artfully arranged, dangling Venetian blinds. They're swaying constellations of pretty surveillance. $10 suggested.
//SIGHTLINES: Five outstanding Seattle artists—Thuy-Van Vu, Iole Alessandrini, (Stranger Genius Award winner) Rodrigo Valenzuela, Whiting Tennis, and Allyce Wood—respond to the recent BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR exhibition at the Frye, focusing on the buildup of stuff. Rubble, garbage, pieces of things that no longer are what they were once made to... more » Free.
Machu Picchu After Dark: A tower of large speakers, about 12 feet high, by Peruvian-born artist William Cordova, commissioned by the museum to coincide with the Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon exhibition. $10 suggested.
Telling Tales: Narrative Works by Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma: Steigenga uses bedsheets and pillow covers as a medium for conveying charmed scenes of myth and fantasy; Thompson’s blown-glass urns depict Hindu gods with vibrant energy; and Torma’s work is a collage of textiles, patchwork, and doodling embroidery. $10.
War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art is a traveling exhibition of 19 artists across the spans of their careers—some famous, some not—working in traditional media as well as video, installation, and "other approaches," considering everything from US wars in Asia to transracial adoption and, more generally, the racialization of humans. $12.95.
Jason Dodge's sculptures are stories. They are: what's left after 19 farm animals spend time in the galleries, pillows slept on only by ornithologists, pillows slept on only by acrobats, linens from a local hotel linen service changed weekly, and rolls of newsprint that will become actual pages of the Seattle Times during the run of the exhibition. $10 suggested.
Martin Schoeller: Close Up: Whether Schoeller is shooting celebrities or unknowns, he crops their faces tightly and gets so close it's almost uncomfortable. Often, their eyeballs shine. Here are 48 of his large portraits, previously seen in magazines and books. $15.
Franz von Stuck: This is dark, dirty, strange Symbolism with Art Nouveau flourishes—we're talking Satan and hellfire and naked ladies and beautiful, swirling patterns. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 120th anniversary of his American debut, Munich Secession cofounder Franz von Stuck—the painter of Sin—finally gets his... more » Free.
Junko Yamamoto, Olivia Britt: Drawings and oils from these two deserving Northwest artists are displayed in Seattle Art Museum's cafe. Free.