Reaching Beyond: Yes, it's all the way up in Bellingham, but this exhibition will feature more than 140 works by the 90 artist-members of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, many of whom are based here in Seattle. You should check out the range of what "crafts" means to these devotees.
Summer Field Studies: Located in the Henry lobby, this series includes special installations and pieces from Clyde Petersen, Tessa Hulls, Joanne Lepore, and others. See the museum website for details.
Eva Isaksen: Mixed-media printmaking and collage from the Norwegian-born artist. Free.
Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London: Hendrix would have been 70 this year, and this exhibit, like the museum in which it is housed, pays homage to the man. Specifically, his performance at London’s Saville Theatre on June 4, 1967, during which he did some guitar-smashing. $23.
Jenny Andersen: More than 50 sculptures and vessels by the Bainbridge ceramics artist. Free.
Max Grover: New paintings inspired by the Port Townsend artist's "collections of souvenirs, toys, statuettes, and ephemera," also included in the show. Free.
Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated: A retrospective of the Seattle artist who cocreated the Omowale mural at Medgar Evers Pool—sorrowfully, since removed—as well as politically charged illustrations and expressionist paintings throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Free.
Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: A survey of these married Canadian collaborators, who've worked in video, audio, and new-media installation. Their immersive pieces have been seen in Canada and around the world since the early '90s. Free.
Nicholas and Jerrod Galanin: Modicum: The figure of a cop in riot gear is assailed by a hail of cardboard coffee cups, each inscribed with the name of a man of color shot extrajudicially by a police officer. Blood—actually red paint mixed with vegetable oil—rains down through the cups in the form of red paint. At first the cop seems overtaken. But the title, Modicum, seems to refer to the fact that the crouching officer is dramatically defending himself from nothing more than a bunch of empty ca... more »
At Your Service: Works by 10 artists responding to the everyday object known as the plate. $10.
Frye Salon: The permanent collection as it was seen in the home of Charles and Emma Frye. Free.
Benjamin Cobb: Natural Reflection: Glass sculpture inspired by abstract and biological forms. Free.
Bradd Skubinna: Ten Ideas Worth Having: Art inspired by consumer products, like a mandala made of plastic bottle caps. Free.
Susan Skilling: New gouache paintings by the Seattle artist. Free.
Home Sweet Home: An installation of work and related drawings by French artist Laurence Landois inspried by the story of Edith Macefield, who famously turned down one million dollars to sell her home in Ballard to make way for commercial development. The installation is guest-curated by Laurie LeClair. $4-$8.
Matika Wilbur's Project 562: The first full museum exhibition of the artist's ambitious project to photograph every Native American tribe, for the betterment of the lives of coming generations. With hand-colored photos and audio recordings. "I had no idea there were so many cool Indians," Wilbur's niece told her when she saw the portraits, including her own. This is the antidote to poverty-porn pictures. $10.
Wild Times: A series of happenings centered on the digital work being created by artist Susan Robb while she's hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail this summer. Check the museum website for details. Free.
The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946: "Gaman" is a Japanese term originating from Zen Buddhism that means "to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity." For some of the Japanese American prisoners enduring the long injustice of internment, self-expression and artisanship were the key to gaman. This collection of their work—ranging from paintings to furniture to figurines, often fashioned from scrap materials and found objects—is... more » $10.
Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest : In a creative, theatrical display of photographs, objects, and written texts, the museum reframes the pioneers of the Northwest to include much more than the Denny Party. $12.95.
Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture: Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park is an honest-to-goodness art deco palace, and it's hosting more than 200 deco objects made in Japan during the interwar years—paintings, ceramics, kimonos, housewares, you name it. Deco has been enduringly popular in the US (think Miami), but for decades, nobody anywhere in the world wanted to touch Japanese deco from this period, since behind its majestic geometric patterns and streamlined forms lurks the shadow of... more » $7 suggested.
Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection: It's all in the title. $20.