Mosaic Arts International 2013: Nearly 50 artists working with materials ranging from glass and ceramic to dinosaur bones display their work in this juried exhibition. $12.
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.
Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces: A portfolio of a dozen photographs from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland will be paired with a large-scale oil painting by the artist—who's far better known for his paintings. This time, we'll get to see what he brings to photography. $10 suggested.
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.
Scissors for a Brush: Remember the paper snowflakes you made in kindergarten? Karen Bit Vejle’s large-scale pieces are what you dreamed you could make before you confronted the limitations of your attention span and hand-eye coordination, not to mention those dumb safety scissors. The exhibition also features some never-before-seen-in-the-US paper cuts by Hans Christian Andersen. $6.
Zoom: Since the mid-1950s, Aldo and Marirosa Ballo have produced thousands of images and videos of Italian design icons—those slick, shiny, fast things, like Marchio Botta’s armchairs or Ettore Sottsass’s fruit bowl. $10.
Small Change: A new project in the Test Site from MFA student Rebecca Chernow that experiments with "reciprocity, barter, debt, and the emergence of markets and related value systems through the creation and distribution of an invented currency." And cigarette butts too, it seems. $10 suggested.
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.
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.
Uprooted and Invisible looks at the phenomenon of “hidden homelessness” from an Asian American perspective. $12.95.
Mood Paintings of the North: Norway’s most “distinguished” landscape painter, Ørnulf Opdahl, shows new work influenced by Norway’s western coastline. Actually pretty dope for distinguished landscapes. $6.
Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies: MOHAI cracks open its archive to show us our old theaters, including photographs of the chaps in caps and oversize coats who used to watch movies in them. $14.
Horizon: Acclaimed media vivisectionist Paul Pfeiffer is placed side-by-side with cherished paintings from the Founding Collection in order to explore the “philosophical, political, and psychological notions of the horizon.” Free.
The Hudson Flows West: Multiple generations of the Hudson River School are represented in this exploration of the Hudson River as a natural symbol of manifest destiny. Paintings from the museum and loans from private Seattle collections. Free.
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.