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Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Mon–Sun. Through Sept 1.

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything 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.

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical

Wed–Sun. Through Sept 7.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical: Should you go to Seattle Art Museum's big Northwest modernism show? Yes. Any rooms, anywhere, containing 44 paintings by Morris Graves and 29 by Mark Tobey should not be lonely, and there are rarities here you won't see again for a while. But wow, this exhibition—called a "landmark project" by SAM, and the first time these moderns are headlining the museum where several of them got their start—should be better. It's nowhere near co... more » $19.50.

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair

Wed–Sun. Through Sept 8.

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair: A traveling exhibit of contemporary hair photography by Michael July. $5-$7.

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St

Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu

Tues–Sun. Through Sept 14.

Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu: Swastikas, Macklemore, rape-whistle jewelry, and more—a must-see. Free.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave

Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated

Tues–Sun. Through Sept 21.

Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated 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.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave

Chocolate: The Exhibition

Mon–Sun. Through Sept 28.

Chocolate: The Exhibition: This exhibition (which promises to "engage your senses," yet cannot be eaten in its entirety) was developed by the world-famous Field Museum in Chicago. $14.

Coastal Alchemy: Anna Skibska and Associates

Tues–Sat. Through Sept 28.

Coastal Alchemy: Anna Skibska and Associates Coastal Alchemy: Anna Skibska and Associates: Highlighting the contemporary artist who makes rooms full of glass webs. $12.

Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St

Occidental Park Summer Art Happenings

Through Sept 30.

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.

Occidental Park
S Main St & Occidental Ave S

Matika Wilbur's Project 562

Wed–Sun. Through Oct 5.

Matika Wilbur's Project 562 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.

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave

Wild Times

Tues–Sun. Through Oct 5.

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.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture

Wed–Sun. Through Oct 19.

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture 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.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park

Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum

Mon–Sun. Through Oct 26.

Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum 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.

Burke Museum
University of Washington, 17th Ave NE & NE 45th St

Trimpin: You Are Hear

Mon–Sun. Through Oct 30.

Trimpin: You Are Hear: Sound can be sculpture too, right? This is an interactive sound installation with three stations, each a unique landscape for the ear. Free.

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave

Tory Franklin: Four Seasons

Mon–Sun. Through Dec 31.

Tory Franklin: Four Seasons Tory Franklin: Four Seasons: Each season is represented by a corresponding tale broken into scenes. The scenes rotate every two weeks in the storefront window. Free.

826 Seattle
8414 Greenwood Ave N

Spectacle: The Music Video

Mon–Sun. Through Jan 4.

Spectacle: The Music Video Spectacle: The Music Video: A full exhibit dedicated to the art of the music video, with more than 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations. $23.

Sol Lewitt

Mon–Sun. Through March 8.

Sol Lewitt 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.

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave

Nature and Pattern in Japanese Design

Wed–Sun. Through April 19.

Nature and Pattern in Japanese Design: Examples in painting, porcelain, and textiles of design elements that have spanned generations of shifting styles.

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave

Visual Vertigo

Wed–Sun. Through July 6.

Visual Vertigo: Twelve canvases by Australian aboriginal artists that shimmer with an almost overwhelming density of pattern.

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave

James Turrell's "skyspace" Light Reign

Wed–Sun.

James Turrell's "skyspace" Light Reign 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.

Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St

Video/Yoga

Third Thurs.

Doing yoga with a bunch of people while surrounded by calming video projections? Yes. Correct. Free with museum admission ($10 suggested).

Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St

Sanctum

Mon–Sun.

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Sanctum 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.

Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St

 

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