SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
(1300 First Ave, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun)
Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise (through April 29) may be a polite exhibition, but it is not a dodge. This is the first time the art and culture of the Polynesian islands is given equal treatment to Gauguin's paintings. It's as if, for decades, we've heard only one side of art's version of a founding myth of modern global history, and now we're finally getting contradicting testimony. It still needs saying that while paradise was busy eluding Paul Gauguin—as suggested by the title of the exhibition—a generation of brown-skinned girls was failing to elude his germy grasp. One of the direct effects of the century of French colonization that preceded Gauguin's arrival, effects he loudly decried both in his writings and in his paintings, was the decimation of the population from causes including diseases like the syphilis he brought into the bedroom of his final girlfriend. Alongside Gauguin's vibrant, lush (sometimes exploitative, gross) paintings, there are volcanic stone figures, tikis, ornately carved war clubs with hidden little faces, Maori boxes, emaciated/intense figurines, and... nasal flutes! The curators have pulled off a major trick: It's a Gauguin show that's not The Gauguin Show.
Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection (May 31–Sept 2), the headlining show after Gauguin, has the potential to be a sleeper hit. Aboriginal Australian art, experiencing a renaissance since the 1970s, is stupendously popular with an American public weaned on abstract expressionism and the pattern and decoration movement of the 1970s and early '80s. These patterned abstractions are livelier than the modernism they resemble, and ripe for adoration. The exhibition will include more than 100 works made from 1970 to 2009, including works by indigenous artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rover Thomas, and John Mawurndjul.
The Listening Room by Theaster Gates (through June 1) transforms SAM's Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Gallery into an installation where the lights are low and there's music playing. It includes an archive of black music (a collection of more than a thousand soul, blues, R&B, and disco records, mostly from the 1970s, which Gates rescued from a Chicago store that was closing) and a DJ station. On first Thursdays and Sundays, a DJ spins; when there's no DJ, you are invited to play records yourself. The station is a sculpture, an altar where DJ becomes minister.
After the Martini Shot by Mika Tajima (through July 17) includes valuable paintings borrowed from SAM's permanent collection and stashed into storage racks like so much surplus inventory. The show, called After the Martini Shot—referring to that time after filming is complete—was inspired by two book-ended events: the invention of the cubicle and the collapse of Washington Mutual, the bank that once lived right upstairs from SAM, sharing the same skyscraping tower. Now, New Yorker Tajima comes back to SAM for a performance/collaboration with designer Mary Ping involving a photo shoot, sculptural clothing, and a production crew (April 26, 1–8 pm).
The permanent collection. SAM compensates for thin collections with provocative juxtapositions. For instance, the African art, including full tableaux with costumes and masks as well as videos that demonstrate the living culture, bumps right up against the European section, full o' rich old white stuff, biblical narratives rendered in oil paint, the opulence and bounty of mannerist, high renaissance, and baroque art. And the Porcelain Room is one of the best locations in Seattle, period: Its illuminated walls are packed with glimmering European dishware, from the subtly beautiful to the crustacean-encrusted. Little known fact: Except for the blockbusters (i.e., Gauguin & Polynesia and Ancestral Modern), entry to the rest of the museum is pay-what-you-can.
HENRY ART GALLERY
(4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280, www.henryart.org, open Wed–Sun)
Gary Hill: glossodelic attractors (March 31–Sept 16) is the broadest survey of Hill's work in more than a decade. Hill has been proving he was crazy since age 14—when he began keeping his own psych file to eventually avoid becoming drafted into the Vietnam War—but he's also a world-famous artist, a Stranger Genius, and a MacArthur Genius. He makes films that are sculptures. This exhibition includes two large-scale installations and the premiere of a piece called Cutting Corners Creates More Sides.
The Brink Award (April 21–July 22), given out biennially by the Henry, identifies emerging Northwest artists. This round's winner is Andrew Dadson of Vancouver, BC, the maker of blacked-out paintings and lawns, and videos of running across roofs.
From Public to Private: The Evolution of Portrait Photography in Everyday American Life, 1850–1900 (through June 10) sheds light on the marketing strategies of early portrait studios. No smiling! But bring the family dog. Ever wondered why the Henry's always got a photo show up? It's because two retired UW professors have put together (and continue to amass) a damn near comprehensive collection of the history of photography—the big, bad Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection—from which the Henry gets to pick and choose. This is the latest product from the Monsen Collection and UW's Special Collections.
Winslow Homer and Wolfgang Laib (through May 6) make for an unusual juxtaposition you don't want to miss—a two-work-only exhibition (drawn from the Henry's permanent collection) of a gleaming landscape painting by Homer and a rectangle of pollen spread out on the floor by contemporary artist Laib. The pollen is so bright, your eyes get reborn. Considering the distant resonances between the pieces is a fun exercise while your senses are busy with gratitude.
James Turrell's "skyspace" Light Reign is the only thing that's really on always-and-forever display at the Henry. It's an outdoor room that lives like a barnacle on the side of the museum, with an opening in the ceiling so that you can sit and watch the sky go by. The experience is mind bogglingly more fascinating than you'd think, which is why Turrell has "skyspaces" all over the world. The Henry's is furniturey, ringed with wooden bench seating.
Around the Bend and Over the Edge: Seattle Ceramics 1964–1977 (through May 6)... Morning Serial: Webcomics Come to the Table (through June 30)... UW MFA Thesis Exhibition (May 26–June 17) is a group show of graduating students' works.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
(704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org, open Tues–Sun)
Susie J. Lee's Rain Shower (through April 16) is the first time the Frye has hosted an immersive digital installation. An entire gallery is left dark and empty, except for an ambient emulation of a rainstorm. Whispered words, a tinkling bell, raindrops freckling the floor. It's a meditative experience, coupled brilliantly with one of the Stranger Genius Award–winner's Still Lives videos in the neighboring room. The video is a half hour long, capturing in real time the life of an old woman napping. The heavy darkness above her and the steady light brings her gentle breathing that much more into focus.
Li Chen's Eternity and the Commoner (through April 16) finds the Taiwanese sculptor seriously preoccupied with immortality. As the title indicates, his show has two halves. On one side, there are single sculpted figures caught in action. The clay figures, packed onto rustic wood armatures, are cracking deeply, flaunting extreme vulnerability, and the figures made of tied rope would surely unravel if given a good tug. In the next room, you're hit with a dramatic idolatrous processional.
The permanent collection. After the heavy symbolism of Li Chen, it's a relief to enter the permanent collections galleries, where a bunch of old German paintings have been given personal labels written by Frieda Sondland, a 90-year-old neighbor of the museum who's been visiting every day for a decade. "This painting is sentimental, particularly for people who yearn for love and affection," Sondland wrote in the label for a moonlight landscape, breaking one million hearts with her words. But take note: For most of this spring—from April 17 until July 14—the Frye will be closed for refurbishments.
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
(2901 Western Ave, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org, park open daily, pavilion open Tues–Sun)
Sandra Cinto's Encontro das Águas (Encounter with Waters) is on view beginning April 14 inside the pavilion at the top of the park. The Brazilian artist's installation is a panoramic stormy whirlpool provoking ideas of respite and renewal with its churning waterscape. Never turn your back on the ocean. Meanwhile, outside the pavilion, April and May are predicted to be "cooler and drier than normal," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. (Then: "Summer will be much warmer and slightly drier than normal." Thank you, Old Farmer.) If Old Farmer is correct, this will be a great spring to be comforted by old friends at the park, including Richard Serra's rusty waves, Alexander Calder's Eagle, and Puget Sound itself.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
(510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org, open Tues–Sun)
Making Mends (through May 27) is a moving show on art's ability to help and heal people. It includes Seattle artists Debra Baxter and Catherine Grisez, Brazilian superstar Vik Muniz, and a group that helps veterans make paper out of their uniforms.
Dirk Staschke: Falling Feels a Lot Like Flying (through May 27)... Mary Lee Hu: Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined (through May 27)... Push Play: The 2012 NCECA Invitational (through June 17).
(17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590, www.burkemuseum.org, open Mon–Sun)
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (through June 10)... International Conservation Photography Awards (June 30–Nov 25) is a group show.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
(1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4718, www.museumofglass.org, open Wed–Sun)
Mildred Howard: Parenthetically Speaking: It's Only a Figure of Speech (through April 29)... Paul Stankard: Beauty Beyond Nature (through June 24)... John Miller and Friends: Gathering, through June 24.
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
(2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000, www.naamnw.org, open Wed–Sun)
Xenobia Bailey: The Aesthetics of Funk (through May 6) is the proud homecoming parade for Bailey, who grew up in Seattle but left 37 years ago to make her way as an artist in New York, which she most definitely did, ending up at the Studio Museum in Harlem among other places. Her art is the meeting of African American home decor, imperial Chinese robes, royal African headwear, the funk of the 1970s, science fiction, Eastern healing, European needlework, and Native American philosophy. Her radiant, crocheted mandalas in every thinkable color are hanging—still, but throbbing—on sunny yellow walls.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
(3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun)
Here and There: Contemporary Nordic-American Ceramics (through May 6)... Celebrating 75 Years of the Seattle Weavers' Guild (through May 6).
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
(1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun)
Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (through Aug 12) is a cross between the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition that swept the Metropolitan Museum last year and the Indian painting show that mesmerized thousands at SAAM in 2009. Ikats are vivid dyed and woven fabrics from Central Asia. The 19th-century robes in this exhibition are a riot of mixed influences from India, China, Russia, the Arabic world, and Europe.
Artful Reproductions (ongoing) features modular works from China.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
(1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun)
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture (through June 10) is the Northwest exhibition with the highest stakes this season. The loan show was organized and then censored by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2010, and this past fall it traveled (uncensored) to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Tacoma Art Museum is the show's only other tour stop. It subtly reveals the gayness already embedded in the American canon, with works dating back more than a hundred years and recent pieces, too.
The 10th Northwest Biennial (through May 20)... Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist (ongoing).
WING LUKE MUSEUM
(719 S King St, 623-5124, www.wingluke.org, open Tues–Sun)
Asian American Arcade (through June 17) is a great little exhibition about video gaming and identity. In Calvin and Hellen's Bogus Journey—one of the playable video games in the show—you fight an onslaught of naked Mohawked guys in a world that looks like a cross between Sesame Street, the surrealism of Max Ernst, and Henry Darger's Realms of the Unreal. In another game, the Cat and the Coup, you play the cat belonging to the democratically elected prime minister of Iran whom the CIA helped oust in 1953. There also are two-dimensional artworks, original panels from graphic novels, and a documentary film called Gold Farmers, about a mind-boggling shadow industry in which Americans pay Chinese workers for video-game characters that have already been played at the lower levels and now come stocked with privileges and extra lives, wealth, weapons, and power.
From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food (through July 15)... Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family (through May 27).
Art/Not Terminal Gallery
(2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680, www.antgallery.com, open Mon–Sun)
Inside/Out: 23rd Annual Functional Art Show & Competition (April 6–30) is a group show... Carlton Canary: Conditions of Solitude (April 6–30)... Sammy Nasholm: Convergence (April 6–30)... Cynthia Linnet: The Heart of the Matter (May 4–30)... 23rd Annual Photography Show & Competition (June 3–July 5) is a group show... Larry Corbett: Dimensions (June 3–July 5).
Art on the Ridge
(8005 Greenwood Ave N, 510-3421, www.artontheridge.com, open Mon–Thurs and Sat)
Paintings, charcoal, and sculpture by Nik Ford (April 1–30)... Landscapes by Jolyn Wells-Moran (May 1–31)... Boats (June 1–30).
(512 First Ave S, 839-0377, www.artxchange.org, open Tues–Sat)
Where We Meet: Artists Encountering Nature (April 5–28) is a group show... Embodiment (May 3–June 16) is new work by Deborah Kapoor.
(8537 Greenwood Ave N #1, 234-8348, www.bherdstudios.com, open Wed–Fri)
Look Up Here (through April 27) features 33 artists... Vignettes (May 11–June 1) features Kellie Talbot, John Osgood, Siolo Thomson, and CASH... Few and Far (June 8–July 6) is a female graffiti collective show.
Brooke Westlund Studio
(Pike Place Market, Space #328 Downunder, 425-681-6037, www.brookewestlund.com, open by appt)
Paintings by Brooke Westlund.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
(Seattle Center, www.chihulygardenandglass.com)
The tentative opening date for the big new Dale Chihuly showcase on the former Funhouse site at Seattle Center is May 21.
(117 Prefontaine Place S, 467-4444, www.coregallery.org, open Wed–Sat)
Aaliyah Gupta (May 2–26): These days, when Seattle artist Aaliyah Gupta layers sheets of painted Duralar on top of each other to create a composite image composed of parts that still seem to float independently, she's thinking of "the dispersion of ash, smoke, clouds, wind, and water" from recent natural disasters, and the transition of geographies, economies, and communities that once seemed so fixed.
Ben Misenar: Villainous! (April 4–28)... John Smither: In Coyote's Temple, (April 4–28)... Scott Mansfield: Triggered Out (May 2–26)... William Rugen: New Botanicals (May 30–June 30)... Harry Caldwell IV: Tokens (May 30–June 30).
(1000 Lenora St, 726-5011, www.cornish.edu/ exhibitions, open Mon–Fri)
Art & Design BFA Show (May 11–26) is graduating students' work... See also The Neddy Awards (June 6–July 18) under Other Exhibitions & Events.
Columbia City Gallery
(4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843, www.columbiacitygallery.com, open Wed–Fri)
Mark Ditzler and Drew Forsell: Photosynthesis (through April 30)... Uganda Undercover (through April 30) is a group show... Connections (May 2–July 17)... Represent 98118 (May 2–July 17)... Crossing the Line (June 20–Aug 5).
(603 S Main St, 919-8278, www.cullomgallery.com, open Tues–Thurs, Sat)
Refable (April 5–28): Seattle artist Robert Hardgrave makes paintings that crawl with information, that feel both modern and ancient. In his show Refable, he pares it back to a simple concept: 12 black-and-white updates, made by various notable Northwest artists, of Jacob Lawrence's classic renditions of Aesop's Fables.
Brian Lane: Texture of Being (May 3–June 2)... Eva Pietzcker: Washington Project, Part 1 (June 7–July 14)
(313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com, open Tues–Sat)
Coastal Redux: Experience & Memory (April 6–28): New mixed-media paintings by Dan Gualdoni, with new mixed-media prints by Amanda Knowles, and 19th- and 20th-century print portraits of everyday people... Douglas Cooper's drawings of Seattle bridges (May 3–June 2) with new prints by gallery artists and architectural etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi... Alexander Petrov's new surrealist paintings (June 7–30) with recent prints by Seiko Tachibana.
(818 E Pike St, 322-9440, www.fetherstongallery.com, open Mon–Sun)
The Talking Cure is an interactive installation by Melissa Stern (through April 14)...Clay sculptures by Dorothy Rissman and Jan Hoy (through April 14)... Paintings by Melinda Hannigan and Dixie Peaslee (April 20–June 2).
(210 S Washington St, 522-0210, www.fictilis.com, open Tues–Fri)
Interlife Crisis (April 5–26): Your favorite new artist-run gallery is a good-idea factory. Let's do an exhibition where every artist goes through some elaborate process, and all the processes are different—but they all end up making a cat face. Yeah. That actually happened last season, and it was a great show, ranging from grandma folk art to conceptual sculpture to a Twitter performance. This April's show, Interlife Crisis, features "work that addresses the divide, if one can be said to exist, between internet and life... that brings the online offline or offline online in interesting ways."
While I was asleep (June 2–30): Multimedia diorama/spectacle by Rani Ban.
(2407 First Ave, 349-2509, www.formspaceatelier.com, open Wed–Sat)
a'void: site-specific installation by Anna Koosmann and Aaron Asis (April 1–May 5)... Paintings by Yuriko Miyamoto (May 11–June 2)... Installation by Jennifer Emily Dwyer, June 8–Aug 4.
Foster White Gallery
(220 Third Ave S, 622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com, open Tues–Sat)
New work from Rachel Denny and Casey McGlynn (April 5–28)... New work from John de Wit and Evan Blackwell (May 3–26)... New work from James Waterman and Mark Rediske (June 7–23).
Francine Seders Gallery
(6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com, open Tues–Sun)
Denzil Hurley and Robert Storr (April 6–May 6): Denzil Hurley is the maker of exquisite, and exquisitely unyielding, abstract paintings, usually in blacks, grays, and whites. He teaches at the University of Washington and has been showing in the region for years. Robert Storr is the Robert Storr—the dean of the (top-ranked) Yale School of Art, the 2007 Venice Biennale curator, the fancy-pants who is consulted and quoted and considered in all corners of the art universe. You've heard what he thinks, now see what he makes: He's showing five abstract paintings at the quiet Phinney Ridge gallery. It's his first time there.
Laura Thorne and Ed Musante (May 11–June 3) show new work... Mar Goman and Marita Dingus (June 8–July 8) show new work.
Gage Academy of Art
(1501 10th Ave E, 323-4243, www.gageacademy.org)
Duane Hanson is the late artist who sculpted such hyperreal figures that they're constantly being confused with actual people in galleries where they're shown. He also created a real-life son, and then he created a life-size sculpture of that son, whose name is Craig. Fascinatingly, on May 10, from 12:30–1:30 pm, Craig talks about the process of working with his father on his own effigy, then seeing himself doubled. Craig's talk is days before a survey of figurative sculpture in Seattle over the past 60 years, which runs May 18–June 8 at Gage.
The Realm of the Feminine: Interior Edge is a group show (through April 14)... Spitting Image: Self Portrait Competition is a group show (through April 13)... Aron Hart: Skin Deep (through April 13).
(110 Third Ave S, 624-9336, www.gallery110.com, open Wed–Sat)
Ronald Hall (April 5–28) is Seattle's answer to Kerry James Marshall, the leading painter of African American life and history, whose candy-colored, streaky portraits of public housing projects punctuated by jet-black faces creased with bright white lines both critique and memorialize. Hall's recent work, titled Structure and Re-Structure, is a swirling, surreal survey of the dark inner life of the classic architecture of the antebellum South—especially plantation homes, with their winding staircases and columns. Hall, who is originally from Pittsburgh, hasn't had a solo in Seattle for five years.
Pastels by Li Turner (April 5–28)... Paintings by Veronique Le Merre and Paula Maratea Fuld (May 3–26)... Paintings by Susan Walker and Jim Pirie (June 7–30).
(101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-7580, galleries.4culture.org, open Mon–Fri)
Glenn Tramantano (June 7–29) makes bright, sometimes glittery drawings, and this series, Surrender Dorothy, is about a little-known episode in gay history. A band of clueless Naval Investigative Service agents in the 1980s believed that the term referring to gay men as "friends of Dorothy" meant that the agents needed to find an actual woman named Dorothy, who could be used to root out gay soldiers. (Instead, "friends of Dorothy" was code for "gay" back when homosexual acts were still illegal—it is thought to originate with The Wizard of Oz. Furthermore, the death of Judy Garland is partly responsible for prompting the 1969 gay-rights uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.) For this show, Tramantano "reimagines... Oz through the lens of that historical moment of confusion."
Britta Johnson: The Hover (April 5–27)... New works from Jacob Foran (May 3–June 1).
The OK Hotel Gallery
(212 Alaskan Way S, www.theokhotel.blogspot.com, open Mon–Fri, Sat–Sun by appt)
Paintings by Chris Sheridan (April 6–28)... Paintings by Tracy Boyd (May 3–26)... Paintings and drawings by Juliette Aristides and her Gage Academy students (June 7–30).
(123 S Jackson St, 625-0055, www.galleryima.com, open Tues–Sat)
New paintings by Dale Witherow (April 5–28)... Drawings by Paul Lorenz and sculpture by Pascal (May 3–June 2)... Embroideries and ceramics by Koren Christofides (June 7–30).
(504 E Denny Way, 832-6063, www.ghost-gallery.com, open Mon and Wed–Sat)
Giclee prints on canvas by Cait Willis (April 12–May 7)... Paintings by Tyson Anthony Roberts (May 10–June 11)... Multimedia work by Amanda Manitach and Jonas Bjerre (June 14–July 9).
(311 Occidental Ave S, 682-9939, www.glasshousestudio.com, open Mon–Sun)
Greg Kucera Gallery
(212 Third Ave S, 624-0770, www.gregkucera.com, open Tues–Sat)
Brion Nuda Rosch (April 5–May 12): "Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it." So wrote the early pop artist Jasper Johns in one of his sketchbooks, arguing for an art that would remain mysterious while revealing its sources (regular old flags and targets, say). The collages and sculptures of San Francisco's Brion Nuda Rosch share in this ethos of strangeness despite surface-level simplicity.
Paintings and boxes by Joseph Goldberg (April 5–May 12)... Quilts by Loretta Bennett and prints by Helen Frankenthaler (May 17–June 30).
(319 Third Ave S, 223-0816, www.groverthurston.com, open Tues–Sat)
Guidance (April 5–May 12) features new mixed media on panel works by Anne Siems.
New works by John Randall Nelson (May 17–June 30).
(666 S Jackson St, 462-1359, www.ideaodysseygallery.com, open Thurs–Sat)
IDEA Odyssey was born in 2011 to focus on minority artists as well as majority artists doing work that relates to minority cultures—"primarily those of Asian, African, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander heritage." For its first outside-curated group show, ID X ID: New Identities (May 3–June 30), the collective chose sharp-minded artist/performer/writer and former Seattle Art Museum educator C. Davida Ingram to be juror. Look for juicy awesomeness.
SuJ'n Chon: Dreams of Fire and Ice (through April 28)... Members show (through April 28).
James Harris Gallery
(312 Second Ave S, 903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com, open Thurs–Sat)
Alwyn O'Brien's Essays in Objects (through April 28): O'Brien's ceramic sculptures were a highlight of the 2010 UW MFA show, both sensual and cerebral. Her current show, Essays in Objects, features more of her intricate, painted-on ceramic tangles and blobs that work like quicksand—you can easily lose yourself in one.
Adam Sorensen: Honey from the Sky, Yogurt from the Mountaintop (May 3–June 2)... Squeak Carnwath shows new work (June 7–July 7).
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
(4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, www.jackstraw.org, open Mon–Fri)
Ellen Sollod (June 22–August TBA): To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jack Straw, Ellen Sollod will transform the gallery into a camera obscura that reflects the world outside—that turns it into a pale, upside-down moving picture offering itself for contemplation. Sollod is a wide-reaching force; for years, she's made public art and private art, collaborative installations about corporate consolidation and little pinhole photographs of safaris featuring toy elephants and camels on cigarette boxes set in the landscapes. Here, she just gets out of the way.
Cartasonic (April 6–June 1): Works by Perri Lynch, Lara Swimmer, and Robert Zimmer.
Kirkland Arts Center
(620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161, www.kirklandartscenter.org, open Mon–Sat)
Portland-based artist Geraldine Ondrizek (May 26–27) makes art out of science, weaving in silk or drawing or painting or filming, say, the RNA of a pregnant woman, or metastasized cancer cells. She calls what she makes "architecture-scaled works that house medical and biological information." This show is new pieces made from working with UW researchers.
Clay? IV (through May 19) is a group show.
Krab Jab Studio
(5628 Airport Way S, Suite 246, 715-8593, www.krabjabstudio.com, open every second Saturday)
A group of artists, including Julie Baroh and Milo Duke (ongoing).
(117 S Main St, Suite 101, 501-1231, www.lawrimoreproject.com, open Tues–Sat)
Wynne Greenwood (April 5–May 12): You never know what "an installation of new soft sculpture, clay, and music" by Seattle-based Wynne Greenwood will be like until it arrives. This category-defying Stranger Genius Award–winner's past projects have included TV sets wearing painted-on strap-ons, performances where Greenwood interacted with her alter egos, music videos, ceramic baskets, and feminist news broadcasts.
Can't Get There From Here (May 17–June 30) is a group show featuring Hiroshi Sugimoto, Amanda Manitach, Richard Misrach, Serrah Russell, Isaac Layman, and Britta Johnson.
Linda Hodges Gallery
(316 First Ave S, 624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com, open Tues–Sat)
Spring group show (April 5–28)... New paintings by Jennifer Beedon Snow (May 3–26)... New paintings by Robert McCauley (June 7–30).
Lisa Harris Gallery
(1922 Pike Place, 443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com, open Mon–Sun)
Trust: Truth (April 5–29) is paintings and monotypes by Kim Osgood... Inside | Outside (May 3–June 12) is paintings by Terry Furchgott... Plein-air invitational (June 15–July 30).
LTD. Art Gallery
(307 E Pike St, 457-2970, www.ltdartgallery.com, open Tues–Sun)
MINTcondition (through May 1) is a comic-book-inspired art show... Geek Girl (May 5–June 5) is a female perspective on geek and pop culture... Rayguns and Robots (June 9–July 22) is a science-fiction-inspired art show.
(1117 Minor Ave, 726-9509, www.martin-zambito.com, open by appt)
Overlooked historical regional artists (ongoing).
(1203A Second Ave, 467-4927, www.m-i-a-gallery.com, open Tues–Sat)
Delphine Diallo's The Great Vision (April 5–May 12): A cosmopolitan gust blew through Seattle's contemporary art gallery scene this winter when Mariane Lenhardt, a young Somali Frenchwoman new to the city, opened M.I.A. Gallery, a shoebox-shaped gallery in central downtown. She kicked it off with dozens of the mighty, lovable, and rarely-seen-in-Seattle photographs of legendary Malian artist Malick Sidibé. Next up is the show The Great Vision from the young Delphine Diallo, whose work ranges from fashion-friendly but earnest collages (she was once designer and animator for bands like Coldplay and Smashing Pumpkins) to a nonironic self-portrait as a Na'vi character from Avatar to documentary photographs shot on the Crow Reservation in Montana. She was born in Paris to Senegalese and French parents, and lives in New York.
Soly Cisse (May 17–June 30) shows new work.
Museum of History and Industry
(2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org, open Mon–Sun)
Now and Then: photography (April 9–June 7)... And Now for Something Completely Different: Unexpected Artifacts from the Museum's Collection (ongoing).
(241 S Lander St, 441-9990, www.pacgal.com, open Mon–Sun)
Art auctions (April 8, 9, 22; May 6, 7, 20; June 10, 11, 24).
(1400 Second Ave, 682-3820, www.paper-hammer.com, open Tues–Sat)
Prints from the new book Ink on Paper: The Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection (April 5–30)... Paintings by Johanna Nitzke Marquis (May 3–31).
Patricia Cameron Gallery
(234 Dexter Ave N, 909-9096, www.patriciacamerongallery.com, open Mon–Fri)
In the Middle, On the Edge (through April 27) features 13 ceramic sculptors from Hawaii... Gallery artists group show (May–June).
Photographic Center Northwest
(900 12th Ave, 720-7222, www.pcnw.org, open Mon–Sun)
Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography (April 6–May 27) will feature 10 artists including Molly Landreth, Steven Miller, and Rafael Soldi of Seattle. It's just in time to coincide with Hide/Seek at Tacoma Art Museum (see listing p. 22) and the legalization of same-sex marriage in Olympia. And PCNW is located across the street from Seattle University, so think of this show as a good, up-close nose-thumbing to the bigoted priests who want to block gay marriage on their gay-student-filled Capitol Hill campus.
Thesis Exhibition (June 1–July 15) is a group show... 24-Hour Photo Marathon (June 1–2).
(114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, www.platformgallery.com, open Wed–Sat)
William Powhida (May 3–June 16): The Brooklyn artist likes making enemies, friends, and drawings. Everyone else likes watching him do it.
Lauren Grossman: Sphincter (through April 28)... Robert Yoder: DILF (May 3–June 16).
Pratt Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan Studios
(312 S Washington St, Studio A1, 328-2200, www.pratt.org, open Wed–Sat)
Glass sculpture and site-specific installation by Anna-Karin Johansson and Armelle Bouchet O'Neill (April 5–28)... Lecture by visiting Irish glass artist Caroline Madden (April 13)... Eric Day Chamberlain's still-lifes (May 3–June 2)... Bronze Age: group exhibition (June 7–30)... 30th annual art auction (May 4–5, Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66).
(3419 E Denny Way, 322-3851, www.prographicadrawings.com, open Wed–Sat)
The Back View (June 2–July 14): Prographica, tucked away on a residential hillside in Madrona, is a quiet place that focuses on delicate works on paper. It's run by Norman Lundin, the retired University of Washington professor who makes realist paintings—especially tranquil, exacting studies of light-filled rooms. This show, The Back View, has a simple, perfect conceit: "work that looks at the world from the backside," from photographs of people turned away to paintings revealing hidden structures.
Landscape Part II: Urban and Rural (through April 14) is a group show... The Reductivist Show (April 21–May 26) is a group show.
(119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945, www.punchgallery.org, open Thurs–Sat)
Matt Johnson (April 5–28).
Roq La Rue
(2312 Second Ave, 374-8977, www.roqlarue.com, open Wed–Sat)
Red Current (Sweet Fruit) (through April 7) is a group show curated by Sharon Arnold... Lindsey Carr and Handiedan show new work (April 13–May 5)... New work from Derek Nobbs (May 11–June 2)... Death and the Maiden (June 8–July 7) is a group show.
(1222 NE Ravenna Blvd, 679-0706, season.cz, open by appointment only)
Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought) (April 8–June 30): For more than a year, Seattle artist Robert Yoder has been hosting extremely civilized Sunday-afternoon art openings in his sleek modernist home on tree-lined Ravenna Boulevard. The bonus is that the art has not been genteel but hot: unclassifiable sculptures by Dawn Cerny, altered-state-of-consciousness-meets-Darth-Vader video by Mike Simi, jungles of paintings by Peter Scherrer. The next show, Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought), features Allison Manch's hand-embroidery and Sharon Butler's loose paintings on raw canvas.
Shift Collaborative Studio
(306 S Washington St #105, www.shiftstudio.org, open Fri–Sat and First Thursdays)
Macro/Micro (April 5–28): landscapes by Susan Gans and David Traylor... The Modern Landscape (May 3–June 2): encaustics by Jo Moniz... Kerstin Graudins and Ellen Hochberg show new work (June 7–30).
(112 Third Ave S, 264-8061, www.soilart.org, open Wed–Sat)
Open for Construction (through April 14) is an interactive clay installation, plus new work by Timea Tihanyi... Text Editor (May 2–26) is a text-based group exhibition with 14 artists, curated by Sharon Arnold, plus new work by Jana Brevick... New members show (June 6–30).
Steinbrueck Native Gallery
(2030 Western Ave, 441-3821, www.steinbruecknativegallery.com, open Mon–Sun)
Arctic Birds: Prints from Cape Dorset (through April 15)... A Spirit Within: Rande Cook, Kwakwaka'wakw Artist (May 12–June 10).
(119 S Jackson St, 405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com, open Mon–Sun)
RED & BLACK: A Group Exhibition on the Power of Color (April 5–29): The fierce art associated with Pacific Northwest Native culture is dominated by the colors red and black. Get knocked out by a whole sea of it with artists from the Haida, Tlingit, Coast Salish, and other traditions.
Hib Sabin & Peter Wright: Spirits in Wood & Glass (May 3–31)... Barry Herem: Beyond Beyond (June 7–30).
(2324 Second Ave, 256-0809, www.suyamapetersondeguchi.com/art, open Mon–Fri)
BLUE(oil) (May 21–August 10) is an installation from Avantika Bawa, a minimalist/reductive artist who's also a curator and assistant art professor at Washington State University in Vancouver. Employing blueprints, wooden beams, and various automotive and construction detritus, Bawa creates an experience that's both engaged with Suyama Space's historic architecture (it was formerly an auto repair shop) and intended to engage the viewer.
Rick Araluce and Steve Peters: UPRISING (through April 13).
(7513 Greenwood Ave N, 706-3020, www.shoptastyart.com, open Tues–Sun)
A Strange Life (through April 13) is a group show... Heroes, Vixens, and Villains (April 13–May 10) is a comic art group show with 15 artists... Flora and Fauna (May 11–June 7) is a group show featuring Jesse Link (and included in the Big One Art Walk on May 11 and 12)... Mad Women (June 8–July 12) features David VonDerLinn and Paula Tade.
(110 Union St #200, 587-6501, www.travergallery.com, open Tues–Sun)
New work in glass by Preston Singletary and Marsha Blaker-DeSomma (April 5–May 13)... New paintings by Merrill Wagner (May 17–June 24).
(1508 11th Ave, 709-9797, www.vermillionseattle.com, open Tues–Sun)
Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson (May 10–June 9) is one of the most prolific graffiti, aerosol, and canvas artists in Seattle. One way you can tell a Weirdo painting is by the spongy growths that protrude from his subjects, who may otherwise seem normal. These growths represent the protrusion of another dimension, and so does Weirdo himself. In The Ambiguous, Dutch still-life painting and '80s graphics have Weirdo babies.
Luke Haynes: The Hundredth Quilt (through April 7)... Myth & Murder, an installation by the New Mystics (April 12–May 5).
(3412 Fourth Ave S, 838-7444, www.westernbridge.org, open Thurs–Sat)
Devouring Time (through April 7): Time is running out at Western Bridge, the great contemporary art space. It will close sometime late this year, date still TBA, after an eight-year run. The new group show, Devouring Time, has a hushed deathiness to it—drawings related to embalming, a daily delivery of irises left out to dry and rot even as new ones arrive. A puddle scooped out of Puget Sound and poured onto the concrete gallery floor every day is just enough water to fill a pair of human lungs; it's a piece called Drown by Emilie Halpern.
Roy McMakin (April 28–June 30) shows new work.
Wright Exhibition Space
(407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200, open Thurs and Sat or by appt)
Collecting: Art Is a Slippery Slope (through April 14) is a spectacularly bric-a-bracky exhibition organized by the daughter of Seattle's leading collectors of modern art, Merrill Wright. She invited 24 of her friends to share what they collect and each collector (including: art dealer James Harris and partner Carlos Garcia, and Dina Martina, among others) was given an eight-foot-long shelf in the airy galleries. The range of objects is mind-blowing, from hair wreaths to chain-saw carvings to magician's stands to NASCAR memorabilia.
Winston Wächter Gallery
(203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com, open Mon–Sat)
Abstraction by Susan Dory and sculpture by George Stoll (through April 12)... Sculpture by Julie Speidel and painting by Chris Cox (April 17–May 30)... Painting by Stephen O'Donnell and glass group show (June 6–Aug 31).
April 7 & 24, 1–4 pm
Charles Spitzack at the Project Room
At the Project Room, founder Jess Van Nostrand poses a single question—such as, presently, "Why do we make things?"—and artists from all disciplines offer takes on it. Currently in residence is Charles Spitzack, who's creating woodblock prints in response. On April 7 and 24, you can stop by, watch him work, bring a drink. It's not a typical gallery. (1315 E Pine St, 499-9641, www.projectroomseattle.org)
April 12, 2–5 pm
Seattle Art Museum/University of Washington
Inside Out or Outside In: Who Is the Other? This symposium, in conjunction with the exhibition Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise, will be delightfully nerdy. It'll tackle ideas of exploitation and observation in visual and material culture. Expect slides and spectacles. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org)
April 19, 6 pm
Seattle Art Museum's modern and contemporary curator, Catharina Manchanda, is giving a talk at Seattle U about an exhibition idea she's had on her mind. (It's not on the books yet, but she says she'd like it to be.) All Eyes on You will survey artworks made in the last 15 to 20 years that focus on the viewer rather than the artist, the receiver rather than the creator. It's not a new concept, but it will be interesting to see how Manchanda's brain works in finding an angle. (901 12th Ave, 296-6000, www.seattleu.edu)
April 21 to October 21
Fifty years ago this spring, Seattle Center was host to the World's Fair. For the next six months, "The Next 50" celebrations will include photo exhibitions, a crochet installation, film screenings, talks, and a fashion show, held all across Seattle Center and at the Central Library, too. (Check www.thenextfifty.org for details.)
Now that 619 Western is gone, there just aren't that many crawling artist colonies to explore. When's the last time you were at Bemis in Sodo, which has 30 live/work lofts? Now's the time: The curated, Annual Spring Art Show is in the hallways and all the studio doors are open. (Bemis Building, 55 S Atlantic St, www.bemisbuilding.com, Sat noon–8 pm, Sun noon–6 pm)
May 21, 10 am–2 pm
Gardens of Art Luncheon
With tours of the collection of Bill and Ruth True, plus glassblowing and glass garden art settings by Bob Rice Glass, this event raises money for Seattle Art Museum. (The True residence, www.samsupporters.org)
June 6–July 18
The Neddy Awards
For seven years, the regional awards given in honor of Ned Behnke (1948–1989) were celebrated at Tacoma Art Museum. Each time, two winning artists were selected, but all eight nominees were included in a large exhibition. When those shows stopped, it was easy to wonder whether the Neddy Awards were gone—but they're back, bigger, at Cornish, where the individual award amount has risen to $25,000 from $15,000, and one of the two awards will be open to an artist in any medium. The other award goes to a painter. Ned, who was born deaf and died of AIDS at the age of 40, was a painter. His works will be on display to mark the Neddy's inaugural year at Cornish. (1000 Lenora St, 726-5011, www.cornish.edu/exhibitions, open Mon–Fri)
Seattle Erotic Art Festival
They say it will be the biggest ever. Size queens. The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary by expanding from a one-weekend show into a 10-day-long exhibition of art, performances, short films, spoken word, interactive installations, lectures, burlesque, after-parties, and many other, um, events. The first weekend, SEAF will be a central part of the Fremont Fair, which is when everyone already takes off their clothes and rides around on bikes, and the second weekend of SEAF coincides with Seattle Pride. DAMN! The 2012 visual art jurors are Dan Savage, Ellen Forney, Daniel McGlothlen, Jim Duvall, and Mistress Matisse. (155 N 35th St, www.seattleerotic.org, Fri–Sat noon–2 am, 18+ until 6 pm/21+ after; Sun 11 am–8 pm, 18+)
Wallingford, first Wednesday, 6–9 pm; Pioneer Square, first Thursday, 5–8 pm; Fremont, first Friday, 6–9 pm; Capitol Hill, second Thursday, 5–8 pm; West Seattle, second Thursday, 6–9 pm; PhinneyWood, second Friday, 6–9 pm; Central District, second Saturday, 1–5 pm; Georgetown, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Ballard, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Belltown, third Thursday, 6–9 pm; Pike Hike, third Thursday, 5–8 pm (May–Oct); Columbia City, third Friday, 4–9 pm (May–Sept); U-District, third Friday, 6–9 pm; International District, third Saturday, 6:30–9:30 pm (May–Aug). Go to www.seattleartwalks.org for more info.