Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything: A survey of art from the Canadian novelist and visual artist who has flourished in the internet age. One piece, titled Slogans for the 21st Century, is a black text on a yellow background that reads, "I MISS MY PRE-INTERNET BRAIN." Another is a roomful of brightly colored, knolled readymades. The museum is also commissioning a site-specific piece called Gumhead, described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, s... more » $20.
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.
Occidental Park Summer Art Happenings: The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents a series of installations and performances including Dylan Neuwirth's glowing neon tweets Just Be Your Selfie, as well as another #selfie-themed installation called No I in Self by Martyr Sauce's Tariqa Waters. Sam Trout tapes designs on light poles, Annie Penta creates flower mandalas on First Thursdays, and weekday afternoons bring classical chamber music by local musicians. Free.
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.
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.
Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum: A special display of objects from all the museum's collections, displayed together for the first time. Also: a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the collection and preservation process. $10.
Seven Cubes with Color Ink Washes Superimposed: Seven years after his death, Sol LeWitt's wall drawing owned by SAM has been resurrected in a temporary installation inside the pavilion at the sculpture park. LeWitt stipulated that wall drawings could be transferred to new locations as long as the proportions remained the same. But if the proportions were maintained, seven cubes would not fit on the pavilion wall, so the estate decided to stretch the visual translation of the word "cubes" by stre... more » Free.
Nature and Pattern in Japanese Design: Examples in painting, porcelain, and textiles of design elements that have spanned generations of shifting styles.
Visual Vertigo: Twelve canvases by Australian aboriginal artists that shimmer with an almost overwhelming density of pattern.
Light Reign, James Turrell’s “skyspace," is on always-and-forever display at the Henry, but it's always and forever changing. It’s an outdoor room with an opening in the ceiling so you can sit and watch the sky go by. $10 suggested.
The monthly art walk on Capitol Hill! This fall, be sure to visit Blindfold Gallery, which is closing at the end of the year, and other highlights are the Photo Center NW, True Love Art Gallery, Ltd. Gallery, Ghost Gallery, and, on the outskirts but worth the trip, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and Gage Academy next to St. Mark's Cathedral. Free.
Sanctum: For this installation, you don't need to go indoors. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe describe them, and you'll appear on the video screens in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. Creep... more » Free.