Chamber Music is Scott Lawrimore’s first exhibit as the Frye’s curator is a series of translations with an archive in the middle. It’s 36 Seattle artists, each responding to one of the poems in James Joyce’s first published work, Chamber Music, which was put out in 1907—the year Charles and Emma Frye began collecting art. (Lawrimore wins the Most Attenuated Connections award.) In the center of the exhibition is a piece of furniture with benches and cubbyholes, where each artist can house a changing display of whatever’s most important to them. Free.
Nicolai Fechin: The last time the Frye did a major exhibition of this eccentric Russian painter’s portraits was in 1976. Nordstrom had gone public five years earlier, Microsoft was a year-old start-up, and Jeff Bezos was an 11-year-old human. The paintings are bright and sometimes very, very weird. Free.
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video: This artist and her work are extraordinary. If Portland is out of the question, one of her pieces is hanging at the Henry Art Gallery until September. You can also watch her opening lecture online here, which threads together, among other things, Garry Winogrand and the other big boys of photography, her deep roots (read: 300 relatives) in Portland, Duchamp and de Kooning, what it means to say art is "about race," and combating gang violence and inciting social change. $15.
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.
Plastics Unwrapped expands upon the prescient sentiment of Mr. McGuire in The Graduate: plastics. Unwrapped acknowledges that this prevalent and troublingly useful substance is thoroughly integrated into every aspect of our lives, and asks us—through works presented in a variety of mediums—to make thoughtful choices. $10.
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.
Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats—From Talisman to Pop Icon: So. Many. Little. Waving. Kitty. Paws. One hundred and fifty five of them, to be precise, in mediums ranging from stone to papier-mâché. This exhibition traces the Maneki Neko’s evolution from source of luck and protection to something more readily recognized as the door greeter to Japanese restaurants. $10.
Ellen Dicola's trippy Arborealis video of found Northern Lights images overlaid with footage of steam, alternating with Dakota Gearhart's Odes to Me, which involves a small singing fish with a large eyeball. 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.
Seattle's oldest non-profit gallery is always recruiting. Artists who pay the monthly hanging fee may display their work in this non-juried, all-volunteer space.
Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom venture into affordable resales from local collectors, with an ever-changing lineup of works. Free.
The newest museum in the Northwest is a nine-acre campus with a four-story facility housing gleaming displays of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from a red-and-cream 1906 Cadillac Model M buggy to the leafy, no-door custom sedan used in the 1994 movie The Flintstones. $14.
A promenade of rooms, an outdoor garden, and a café chronicling Dale Chihuly’s series and packages over the years. It’s not the definitive Chihuly experience, despite the sales pitch, but there are highlights, like the café, where the artist reveals himself as a master hoarder, and the Macchia Forest. $19.