SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
1300 First Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London (through May 19): Aaaaaand we're back to the dudes. Beer-swilling ones, though! From the press release for this exhibition, which visits SAM as one of three stops in the United States, "Donated by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) and heir to the world's most successful brewery, the collection was shaped by the tastes of the Belle Epoque—Europe's equivalent to America's Gilded Age—when the earl shared the cultural stage and art market with other industry titans such as the Rothschilds, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Henry Clay Frick." With works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, van Dyck, Hals, Reynolds, and Turner.
Hals, Ingres, Zurbarán: The Treasures of Seattle (through May 19): Private collectors in Seattle have rooted through their holdings to pull out 40 master paintings by luminaries such as Hals, Rubens, Zurbarán, van Ruisdael, and Georg Pencz.
The distant relative who calls at midnight (April 28–May 5): Australian aboriginal art hangs next to work from the SAM's permanent collection. The questions beg to be asked: Which collection is the distant relative? And why is it calling? And why at midnight?
HENRY ART GALLERY
4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280, henryart.org, open Wed–Sun
Now Here Is Also Nowhere: Part II (through May 5) continues Henry curator Luis Croquer's exploration of intangibility in art. It's a group show. One artist (Pablo Helguera) staged a performance in which the performers slowly left the stage until nobody and no sound was left. Another artist team (Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer) shine strobe lights into the darkened galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Now you see the ancient clay tablet, now it's gone. William Anastasi held his pencil over paper while riding the subway: Are his drawings of anything? Tom Friedman "made" his piece on paper—1000 Hours of Staring, medium: "Stare on paper"—by doing just what the title says. Consider the relationship between the idea and the physical object.
A la belle étoile (through March 24) is Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's giant psychedelic video projection of landscapes and people opening their mouths wide enough for the camera to jump down their throats—footage that spreads across the floor under your feet and climbs across your body as you move. You can experience the disorienting effects from floor level, that is, or you can climb the stairs and watch the movie, and the disoriented visitors below, from the balcony above. Ephemeral image meets flesh, and tries to mate.
The Dowsing (through May 5): Seattle designer Anna Telcs handmakes garments that feel sacred and ritualistic even though their exact purpose and function is usually unspecified. This is an exhibition of her pieces, and a pair of performances that feature them on warm human bodies.
Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces (through June 2): The artist typically known for his painterly abstractions is considered here instead in a single large-scale painting alongside a dozen of his photographs from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty (March 2–July 7) 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. What kind of beauty goes where?
Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque (April 6–Sept 29): 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.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, fryemuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Chamber Music (through April 28): Scott Lawrimore's first exhibit as the Frye's curator is a series of translations with an archive in the middle. It's 36 Seattle artists, each responding to one of the poems in James Joyce's first published work, Chamber Music, which was put out in 1907—the year Charles and Emma Frye began collecting art. (Lawrimore wins the Most Attenuated Connections award.) In the center of the exhibition is a piece of furniture with benches and cubbyholes, where each artist can house a changing display of whatever's most important to them.
36 Chambers (through April 28), also drawing its inspiration from the Joyce collection, challenges the model of curator as solitary role and instead turns the position over to the entire Frye staff—each staffer chose one painting for the walls. It's an experiment in collective curation.
Nicolai Fechin (through May 19): The last time the Frye did a major exhibition of this eccentric Russian painter's portraits was in 1976. Nordstrom had gone public five years earlier, Microsoft was a year-old start-up, and Jeff Bezos was an 11-year-old human. The paintings are bright and sometimes very, very weird.
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
2901 Western Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, park open daily, pavilion open Tues–Sun
Encontro das Águas (through Oct 20) envelops the walls of the pavilion in a drawn sea of sinuously winding waves. The scale of Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto's piece is such that you drown in the work, happy to be going down with the ship as the silvery lines pull you under.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org, open Tues–Sun
Zoom (March 15–June 16): 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.
Love Me Tender (through May 26): Punny! James Charles, Maximo Gonzales, Barton Lidicé Benes, Mark Wagner, and others use money as both a medium and a symbol to ask questions about value, commodity, and identity.
Maneki Neko: Japan's Beckoning Cats—From Talisman to Pop Icon (through Aug 4): So. Many. Little. Waving. Kitty. Paws. 155 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.
17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590, burkemuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
Plastics Unwrapped (through May 27) 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.
CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS
305 Harrison St, 753-4940, chihulygardenandglass.com, open Mon–Sun
(ongoing): An immersive campus of all things Chihuly.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700, empmuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
The Art of Video Games (through May 13) tackles a 40-year history, with a focus on video game as art form. Nerdy heartstrings will be tugged in this nostalgia-inducing retrospective, including everything from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3.
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic (April 27–ongoing): The nerdiest new permanent exhibit in Middle-earth features costumes, props, and original manuscripts from some of our favorite mythical adventures, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and Xena: Warrior Princess.
LEMAY CAR MUSEUM
2702 E "D" St, Tacoma, 253-779-8490, lemaymuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
(ongoing): Nine acres of iconic cars.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750, museumofglass.org, open Wed–Sun
Mosaic Arts International 2013 (through May 26): Nearly 50 artists working with materials ranging from glass and ceramic to dinosaur bones... Northwest Artists Collect (through Oct 19): The original work of seven area glass artists alongside pieces from their personal collections... Links (May 12–Jan 19) between Australian and Pacific Northwest glass.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY
Lake Union Park, 324-1126, mohai.org, open Mon–Sun
Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies (through Sept 8): There's so much more to this city's film history than not sleeping. MOHAI cracks open its archive to show us our old theaters and photographs of the chaps in caps and oversize coats who used to sit in them... Punctum/Poetry (through May 27): Seattle high-school students working with Arts Corps share poems inspired by photos from MOHAI's archive.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707, nordicmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Scissors for a Brush (March 22–June 16): 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.
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000, naamnw.org, open Wed–Sun
Book of the bound (through March 10) is Caletta Carrington Wilson's latest series of collages, which meld text and image to create narratives that touch on silence and language, on freedom and oppression... Bearing Witness from Another Place (through March 10) marks the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin's death with an exhibit of Sedat Pakay's photographs of the social critic's self-imposed exile in Turkey.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
The permanent collection (ongoing) is full of treasures to be discovered for a first time or rediscovered anew. The wall of diminutive snuffboxes—each one delicately painted with a scene that draws you into its tiny alternate reality—is in itself enough to warrant multiple visits... Legends, Tales, Poetry: Visual Narrative in Japanese Art (through July 21): An exhibition at the intersection of visual art and Japanese literary traditions that are thousands (!) of years old.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna (through March 24): Geographically diverse photographs of timelessness from the British-born, Seattle-based artist... Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection (through March 17): Stylistically diverse works dating from the early 20th century through today... Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon (through May 26): That's Bank of New York Mellon to you Main Streeters... Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle (April 6–July 7): The Very Hungry Caterpillar guy is also a painter, glass sculptor, costume designer, street photographer, and poster artist.
WING LUKE MUSEUM
719 S King St, 623-5124, wingluke.org, open Tues–Sun
Fashion: Workroom to Runway (through April 21) uses personal stories to follow the whole trajectory of garment creation, including the murky questions that fashion raises with regard to stereotypes of beauty and labor ethics... Paper Unbound: Horiuchi and Beyond (through July 14) is work by the acclaimed Japanese collage artist Paul Horiuchi and the contemporary artists he's inspired... Uprooted and Invisible (through Aug 18) looks at the phenomenon of "hidden homelessness" from an Asian American perspective.
Abmeyer & Wood
1210 Second Ave, 628-9501, abmeyerwood.com, open Tues–Sun
Ron Ehrlich (March 15–April 27): New oil paintings are the result of a strong person with a paint-drenched brush making sweeping gestures and then "blow[ing] the edges off" with a blowtorch... Matthew Dennison (May 1–31): Paintings of unsmiling people walking through the forest, drilling for oil, sitting in chairs... William Morris (June 1–July 31): The master of trompe l'oeil glass (recall the "bones" that appear as you deboard the train and go toward baggage claim at Sea-Tac Airport) comes out of a period of obscurity to show his sculptures of ritual vessels in glass and stone.
2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680, antgallery.org, open Mon–Sun
Larry Corbett and Madison BadDoberan (through March 30): New abstract paintings... Easton Richmond and Mike Monaghan (April 3–27): Local photographers... Bush School Art Show (May 1–26)... Gallery Photography Show and Contest (May 29–June 29).
4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963, artswest.org, open Tues–Sat
Supplemental Geology (through April 20): Paintings of place by Tamara Stephas, Stacey Neumiller and Patty Haller... Garden (April 23–June 8): Erotically charged portraits of plants, plus arrangements of feathers, photographs, paintings, and a video installation.
512 First Ave S, 839-0377, artxchange.org, open Tues–Sat
Women's Work: Culture and the Feminine (through March 16): Elles at SAM was mostly about having a vagina in the West. This show is global, featuring six artists (including Humaira Abid, see here) who further complicate constructions of femininity in mahogany sculptures, miniature paintings, tattered kimonos, tapestries, and video... Indigo: by HiiH Lights (March 26–April 27): Lâm Quang and Kestrel Gates's incredibly delicate and elegant light sculptures from wire and handmade paper.
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
151 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge, 842-3132, bacart.org, open Mon–Sun
Insights II (through March 25): The sequel to the original Insights, which was an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities... Digital Art: A New Generation (March 29–April 22): Artists explore what digital manipulation brings to their work... Larry Halvorsen (March 29–April 22): Sgraffito is not a typo, it's a thing and it's what Halvorsen does on ceramic vessels, tables, and totems... Wes McClain (May 3–June 3) has been contributing work to BAC since 2006 when he was just a wee ninth grader... Kristin Tollefson (May 3–June 3) makes smaller-scale sculptures (compared to her big public art pieces) in wood, metal, and fabric.
312 N 85th St, Suite 101, 234-8348, bherdstudios.com, open Wed–Fri
Telephone (March 8–April 5): More than 20 artists—including Aaron Jasinski, Ego, Crystal Barbre, Parskid, Joe Vollan, Chris Sheridan, and more—play a game of visual telephone... Squid Inc. (April 12–May 3): Duffy and Justin Kane Elder play country store and stock squid-ink-based products to cure all that ails you... Un/Re-Attached (May 10–June 7): John Osgood and Miguel Edwards explore attachment in sculptures, installations, and paintings.
1718 E Olive Way, Suite A, 328-5100, blindfoldgallery.com, open Wed–Sun
Eckman/Eckman (March 14–April 7): Ben Eckman, UW MFA, is joined by his brother Joe, Parsons MFA, for a mysterious collaboration involving Ben's folky watercolor paintings and Joe's "high degree of sensitivity to space," which will be used "to develop an art experience that will touch one's inner core"... Rodrigo Valenzuela (April 11–May 5): Videos and photographs documenting the complexities of human memory and the realities of being an inhabitant, as Charles Mudede puts it... Kathy Liao (May 8–June 7) shows new painterly oil paintings.
5701 Sixth Ave S, 728-1980, cocaseattle.org, open Mon–Fri
2012 CoCA Annual Exhibition (through March 8) is a group show. This year's installment of CoCA's annual exhibition—the 23rd annual exhibition, to be precise—is juried by Portland-based artist MK Guth, whose multidisciplinary work spans video/photography/sculpture, but also plays with "performative exchange." Guth's selections include the work of 33 finalists hailing predominantly from the Northwest, but with a smattering of outsiders, too... The New Neo-Naturalists (March 14–April 12) are sculptor David Eisenhour, painter Sean Yearian (who gets his materials from his day job as a house painter), and landscape painter Lisa Gilley... Whitewashed (April 22–July 19): Acclaimed glass artist Joseph Gregory Rossano's discomforting installation of old-growth pillars and sculptures of extinct species, all bathed in white paint.
Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843, columbiacitygallery.com, open Wed–Sun
Place (March 6–April 21): New paintings by Lori Duckstein, Eric Edgerton, and Kate Harkins... Layers of the Hijab (March 6–April 21): A collaboration between local sculptor Mary Coss and young East African women who participated in her after-school art program... d.i.y. (April 24–June 9): Gallery artists Jacqui Beck, Mark Ditzler, Karen Graber, and Shari Kaufman... little x little: Miniature Print Exhibition (April 24–June 9): A show of five-by-sevens by the talented Seattle Print Arts artists.
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St, 726-5011, cornish.edu/exhibitions, open Mon–Fri
Flip (March 18–May 25): New work by Mary Iverson, whose past work featured ships and shipping containers suspended by intersecting gridlines that are anchored somewhere outside the frame, over arid, rocky landscapes and forested, mountainous landscapes... 2013 Merit Show (March 18–23): Work by students... 2013 BFA Art + Design Show (May 11–26): Work by graduating seniors.
603 S Main St, 919-8278, cullomgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Moku Hanga Innovations (March 7–30): Eva Pietzcker, Yoonmi Nam, and Keiko Hara use techniques they picked up at the Moku Hanga Innovation Lab in Japan to push the boundaries of woodblock printing... Hana: Japanese flower prints and drawings (April 4–27) to welcome the spring... Robert Hardgrave (May 2–June 22): New sumi paintings for the devoted Seattle artist's first solo exhibition at Cullom.
313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684, davidsongalleries.com, open Tues–Sat
Cadence of Stone (March 8–30): JD Perkin's contemporary stoneware... Alexandr Gorenstein (March 8–30): New paintings... Patterns in Time... images from within (March 8–30): Dion Zwirner's new oil and mixed-media paintings... Ancient Atmospheres: Vessel and Figure (March 8–30): MJ Anderson's sculptures... Sojourn (April 5–27): New paintings by Susan Bennerstrom... Los Caprichos: The Complete Etchings (April 5–27): Goya's searing critiques of "the whims" of his 18th-century Spanish society... John Grade (May 3–June 1) shows new sculptures, presumably smaller than his enormous (64-foot) beam of reclaimed wood that pierces MOHAI.
Echo Echo Gallery
8537 Greenwood Ave N, 633-1236, echoechogallery.com, open every second Fri
Borderlands (through March 7) is landscape paintings by artists who don't ordinarily paint landscapes in any traditional sense... Solitude (March 8–April 8): Lonely people painted by Mike Capp, Xavier Lopez, Maxx, Christopher J. Olson, Ripley, Alexandria Sandlin, and more... May the Force Be with You (April 12–May 12): A "Seattle Alternative" take on Star Wars... Big One (May 10–11): As part of the big spring PhinneyWood Art Walk, the gallery will focus less on a theme and host an open house/artists' garage sale.
1201 S Vale St, 658-0110, fantagraphics.com, open Mon–Sun
Susceptible (March 9–April 10): Genevieve Castree's watercolorful graphic novel about a young daydreamer named Goglu. Dash Shaw: Stories (April 13–May 8): If his animated short Seraph (which is showing at Sundance this year) is any indication, Shaw's new stories are visually layered and quietly heroic and just really good.
2407 First Ave, 349-2509, formspaceatelier.com, open Wed–Sat
The Posters: Guerrilla Girls on Tour (March 8–May 4): "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" asks one of their most famous posters. Wonder what they would ask about the occasion for this exhibition, which coincides with International Women's Day ("Do women have to have a day to...")? Go and support the continuing fight!... Earnest D. Thomas: Abstract Works in 3D (May 10–June 1): Boeing-engineer-turned-artist works with chunks of found metal and acrylic paint.
220 Third Ave S, 622-2833, fosterwhite.com, open Tues–Sat
Jamie Evrard: Il Giardino (March 7–30): Paintings of Italian flowers... Cameron Anne Mason: Madrone (March 7–30): Fabric sculptures inspired by madrona trees, impressive even if only for the fact that fabric does not generally want to be sculpted... Casey McGlynn: Hang Loose (April 4–30): Mixed-media collages of the made and remade and remembered hang signal he shared with his dad... Clare Belfrage: Threads (May 2–31): Another Foster/White artist awesomely misuses a medium. DOESN'T SHE KNOW YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAVE GLASS?!... Sheri Bakes: Windsong (May 2–31): Peaceful paintings of natural things swaying gently... Carol Charney: Threads (May 2–31): Photographs of liquids in transitional phases turn out to look very much like oil paintings.
Francine Seders Gallery
6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355, sedersgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Robert Dozono (March 8–31): Clackamas River Series in oil and watercolor... Jeffrey Burgert/Michelle Bollinger/Anna McKee (April 5–May 5): Paintings in the main gallery, and prints upstairs... Norman Lundin/Fred Birchman (May 10–June 16): New work on paper by two of the men of Prographica.
G. Gibson Gallery
300 S Washington St, 587-4033, ggibsongallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Present Tense (through March 23): JoAnn Verburg's photographs of when you read over someone's shoulder, or see what's happening in that alley, or brush the branches out of your face and keep walking. Her vertiginous world is an unfinished and unsettled place.
101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-7580, galleries.4culture.org, open Mon–Fri
Mark Takamichi Miller (March 7–29): The latest from the longtime great maker of subversive paintings from other people's photographs... Matthew Hilger (April 4–26) makes situations and objects—like his ruler that measures in units of "spatial concept" or "your cat's tail"—that show us that we don't know what we think we know... Gust Burns (May 2–31): A triptych composed of a disassembled piano, an erased score, and a record that deteriorates a little more every time it's played... Klara Glosova (June 6–28) tries to settle in, in Waiting Room.
1501 10th Ave E, 323-4243, gageacademy.org, open Mon–Sun
7th Annual Spitting Image Self-Portrait Competition (through March 29): Students embrace the self-referential... Generations (through March 29): Respected Bellingham artist and professor Tom Sherwood likes gooooold, especially in conjunction with egg tempera. Many of his paintings look like contemporary takes on Byzantine icons... The Constant Image (through March 29): Fiona McGuigan's sumi drawings of tangled bodies in motion.
110 Third Ave S, 624-9336, gallery110.com, open Wed–Sat
East Meets West (March 7–30): New photographs by Peter Serko explore the Japanese concept of "mono no aware"... Things May Have Shifted in Flight (March 7–30): Sarah Dillon's new mixed-media work... Fear, Hope, Longing (April 4–27): David Haughton's acrylic paintings of the sea from the shore... The Table! (April 4–27): Pascale Lord finds inspiration in the rituals of shared dining... The Other Gun Show: Group Show (May 2–June 1): Gallery 110 artists reserve the right to bear arms. No, the other bear arms.
123 S Jackson St, 625-0055, galleryima.com, open Tues–Sat
Heny Steinberg (March 7–30): New paintings by the Mexico City–based artist map the paradoxical connection and dislocation of urban spaces... Connect the Dots (April 4–27): Eric Olson's obsessively perfect ones and Rebecca Shortle's blobby, wandering ones... Ruth Borgenicht (May 2–June 1): "Serpentine," "heavy and hardy," "chainmail." The press release took all the possible words!... Richard Taylor (June 6–29): Colorful sculptural paintings.
Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center
5809 Airport Way S, 851-1538, georgetownartcenter.org, open second Sat and by appointment
Ascension/Descension (March 9–April 10): A solo show of Georgetown artist Angielena Vitale Chamberlain's paintings about near death experiences... Teens thinking outside the box (March 9–April 10): Original work by participants in the after-school artist's program... Saints, Sinners, and Sith (April 13–June 5): Zeuf aka John Seuferling's Star Wars tarot cards.
504 E Denny Way, 832-6063, ghostgalleryart.com, open Mon and Wed–Sun
Lydia Ashman (Though March 11): A very personal solo show responding to death and grief... UmberDove (March 14–April 8): Kelly Clark puts a bird on it! Jewelry and paintings with lots of turquoise and silver and small animals... EIDOLONS (April 11–May 6): Zoë Williams's weird and endearing hand-felted apparition-creatures crawling out of picture frames... Jesse Link (May 9–June 10): New paintings and mixed media... Tyna Ontko (June 13–July 8): "Thrilling" and "haunting" are good words for this 12-by-15-foot installation of lithographs.
Greg Kucera Gallery
212 Third Ave S, 624-0770, gregkucera.com, open Tues–Sat
Ed Wicklander (though March 30) shows sculpture... William Binnie (through March 30): Drawings and paintings... David Byrd (April 4–May 18): Paintings and sculptures by "this 86-year-old artist who has never had a show in his life"... Sherry Markovitz (May 23–June 29): You know how sometimes you look at art and you're like "I could do that"? Well, you probably can't do these beaded papier-mâché sculptures, even though they appeal to something simple and basic and powerful... Mark Calderon (May 23–June 29): Some of his sculptures are more than 12 feet tall, but the ones in this show are his (much) smaller ones, of snakes and turtles and other creatures in bronze and lead.
319 Third Ave S, 223-0816, groverthurston.com, open Tues–Sat
Deborah Bell/Kenna Moser (March 7–30): Abstract paintings and collages... Larry Calkins (May 2–June 2), the man whose super-skinny, super-flat outfits (his and hers) haunt the walls of this region on the regular.
Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, 296-2244, hedreengallery.us, open Wed–Sat
Green Gothic (March 8–April 24): Not a smoothie or a Spider-Man character. This is green like the color of our city and environmentalism and mold; gothic like labyrinths and anarchy. Local luminaries Gretchen Bennett, Frank Correa, Charles Mudede, Lisa Radon, Serrah Russell, and Rodrigo Valenzuela respond to an essay with this title by the painter Matt Offenbacher, in which he "addresses concepts specifically intertwined with contemporary Northwest identity: landscape, industry, the romanticism of Ruskin, decay, regrowth, monsters lurking in the shadows, and the sublime."
Jack Straw Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, jackstraw.org, open Mon–Fri
Signal to Noise: Imagined Frequencies of Radiophonic Space (through March 8): FM radio is a highly regulated sphere, but there's a whole wide world of radio in the more liminal realms of AM and shortwave. Amber Cortes creates four imaginary radio stations that call our attention to the underground side of the dial... Lost Long (March 22–May 17) means something like being far away from a rural home. Ruth Marie Tomlinson explores the horizontalness of rural space and geographical distance.
James Harris Gallery
312 Second Ave S, 903-6220, jamesharrisgallery.com, open Thurs–Sat
Akio Takamori (through March 30): New large-scale ceramic sculptures by the celebrated figurist.
810 E Roy St, 324-0407, joebarcafe.com, open daily
Jason Puccinelli: Luddite (through March 11): We have no idea what Luddite is about, but we're sure it'll be entertaining; Puccinelli is the "P" of the PDL trio who tried to sell you a sunburn at the ONN/OF Festival... Julia Hensley: Bio (March 14–April 9) by the artist best known for her bright collages and bright writings... Tessa Hulls: How Goes the Battle? (April 11–May 7): New paintings on paper about the search for home, by an artist who's gone to Antarctica to look... Erik Hougen (May 9–June 11): Watercolor portraits.
Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way S, Suite 246, 715-8593, krabjabstudio.com, open every second Sat
Magic: The Gathering - 20 Years Forward (March 9–April 4): Odds are decent that you're one of the 12 million–plus people who plays or has played Magic. Here's an exhibition of some of the original Magic artists before their book comes out... The Art of RK Post (April 13–May 2): On a related note, RK Post's retrospective... The Art of Samual Araya (May 11–30) is really, really dark.
6007 12th Ave S, lengthbywidthbyheight.com, open by appt
Catch and Release (March 9–30): What is jewelry for? Jana Brevick, Dorothy Cheng, Kimber Leblicq, and Tara Brannigan explore with a collection that includes sharp, hairy pieces, too small or too big to actually wear... Pieces of a Whole (April 13–May 4): New multimedia work by Sean M. Johnson, who made False Identity a few years ago: two halves of two couches, one painted white and one painted black (the couch started out brown), sawed from their wholes and set next to each other. They don't balance right, so you can't sit on them, and there's a gaping hole between them. Johnson's sculptures are allegories... The City and the City (May 11–June 1): A collaboration between LxWxH owner Sharon Arnold and Portland artist Daniel Glendening.
Linda Hodges Gallery
316 First Ave S, 624-3034, lindahodgesgallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Helen O'Toole (through March 2) experiments with color and light in hazy new paintings... John Anderson (March 7–30): Large-format photographs that explore light, color, and water... Kurt Solmssen (April 4–27): Oil paintings capturing the architecture of a tiny coastal town... Sally Cleveland (April 4–27): Oil paintings of long, winding strips of road, water, and railroad tracks... Alfredo Arreguin (May 2–June 1): Oil paintings that look more like mosaics or tapestries... Daphne Minkoff (June 6–29): Oil paint over photographs captures fleeting moments.
Lisa Harris Gallery
1922 Pike Place, 443-3315, lisaharrisgallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Royal Nebeker: Recollections and Dreamscapes (March 7–31) from his travels abroad and his personal life... Kent Lovelace: Occitania (April 4–29): Oil landscapes on copper.
Ltd. Art Gallery
307 E Pike St, 457-2970, ltdartgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
MINTcondition, Issue No. 2 (through March 30) celebrates Emerald City Comicon with an all-comics show... ICONS & INFLUENCES (April 5–28): New work by Justin Hillgrove and Mike Capp, who once produced a picture called "Van Tyson" of Vincent van Gogh with that weird face tattoo and boxing gloves... TENTACLES (May 4–June 2) in all shapes and sizes, curated by Bonnie Burton.
1203A Second Ave, 467-4927, m-i-a-gallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Underworld (March 7–April 13): Wayne Levin's confounding black-and-white photographs of the universe that exists underwater.
M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery (at SCCC)
1701 Broadway, 934-4379, seattlecentral.edu/artgallery, open Mon–Fri
Justseeds: War Is Trauma (though March 21): Prints by the artists of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative. One print features the silhouettes of green toy soldiers trapped in prescription bottles... Akiva Segan (March 8–May 21): Mixed-media mosaic collage portraits of victims of human rights abuses.
1400 Second Ave, 682-3820, paper-hammer.com, open Mon–Sat
Markings: Selected Work of Tom Hausken (March 7–30): Big swaths of black and white invite you to take a closer look at the cracks and layers and imperfections that happened along the way... Claudia Cohen (April 4–28): Beautiful paper from around the world... Barbara Earl Thomas (May 2–31): Paintings by the local artist, writer, and educator who also happens to be director of the Northwest African American Museum.
Patricia Cameron Gallery
234 Dexter Ave N, 909-9096, patriciacamerongallery.com, open Mon–Fri
Bo Culpepper and Amanda Coleman (through April 12): Drawings of botanicals and drippy paintings of ordinary buildings... Molecular Memory (April 26–June 28): Cheryl Hahn's organic forms on maple boards.
Photographic Center Northwest
900 12th Ave, 720-7222, pcnw.org, open Mon–Sun
Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows (through March 23): Images of midcentury American city life, especially in Chicago, taken by a woman who roamed, shooting pictures, for decades while working as a nanny. The contents of this show were quite literally found in an abandoned storage locker and have made a small sensation in the photography world since... Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers (April 4–May 28): Photographers tell stories using diptychs, titles, grids, timelines, installations, abstraction.
114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, platformgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Adam Ekberg (through March 23): New photographs document quiet staged occurrences... Matt Sellars (March 28–May 4): New sculptures... Peter Scherrer (May 10–June 15): Season presents new work by the Bellingham artist.
3419 E Denny Way, 322-3851, prographicadrawings.com, open Wed–Sat
The Bleak View (through March 9): Work by David Bailin, Sandow Birk, Steve Costie, Iskra Johnson, and Dianne Kornberg finds quiet, striking beauty in repellent subject matter—like Kornberg's gelatin silver print of a tiny horse fetus whose shiny body forms a perfect circle as it curls up into itself... Faces (March 16–April 20) by the talented Tim Lowly, Mark Kang-O'Higgins, Rayyaneh Karami, Anne Petty, Kimberly Trowbridge, and Selma Waldman... The Indeterminate Landscape: Evoked/Described (April 27–June 1): A group show.
523 S Main St, 399-5506, proledrift.com, open Fri–Sun
In the Back of a Dreamcar (through March 30): SEASON, the gallery run by artist Robert Yoder, presents Ian Toms's paintings and Allison Manch's newest embroideries, somehow gritty and elegant all at the same time.
119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945, punchgallery.org, open Thurs–Sat
Howard and Lorraine Barlow (March 7–30) explore those big life milestones with, among other things, 1,000 ammunition shells filled with pieces of her wedding dress... Are we not drawn onward to new erA (April 4–27): Palindromes are the written versions of the symmetrical, mystical things Renee Adams and Justin Gibbens draw... BASED (May 2–June 1): Fucked up anti-glam from the #TRACKSTARS duo, Dylan Neuwirth and Jeff Gerber.
Rare Medium Gallery
1321 E Pine St, 913-7538, raremediumseattle.com, open Wed–Sun
Reliquiae (through March 10): Bay Area artist Cameron McPherson's deconstructed exploration of the pencil as a material object, tool, and icon of obsolescence... Warren Munzel (April 10–May 5): The first solo exhibition of the sculptures, embroideries, and collages he's been making for more than 20 years... Rough Draft Exploration (May 8–June 9): Sketches of imagined and finished pieces are the finished pieces.
306 S Washington St #104, 953-8104, room104gallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Adele Eustis and Edie Whitsett (through March 30): Eustis's "goo-nests," also showing later this spring at Shift Collaborative Studio, and pieces by Whitsett, the beloved local theater artist who was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award before she passed away in 2011. Bill Whipple and Shaun Doll (April 4–May 18): Whipple's provocative sculptures, plus new prints and encaustic paintings by Doll. Cass Nevada and Jessica Dodge (May 23–June 29): Oil paintings and mixed-media work.
Roq La Rue
2312 Second Ave, 374-8977, roqlarue.com, open Wed–Sat
Peter Ferguson and Seamus Conley (March 8–April 6) put people and things in scenes where they don't belong, like the person-sized vegetable casually held by an early-20th-century man with a spyglass in his other hand... Travis Louie (April 12–May 4): Portraits of monsters in the style of Victorian daguerreotypes... Stacey Rozich (May 10–June 1): Two-legged beasts with brightly colored animal masks for faces.
1222 NE Ravenna Blvd, 679-0706, season.cz, open by appt
What You Want Comes Naturally (through March 30): Glenn Rudolph has spent 40 years photographing the Northwest, creating an intimate visual survey of individuals existing in spaces outside the mainstream. What You Want Comes Naturally shows both the measure of Rudolph's respect for his subjects and the unguarded access that respect affords, in photographs in which "cos-players and farm hands are portrayed with quiet dignity and brazen pride."
Seattle Center Pavilion
350 Harrison St, 684-7200, open Mon-Sun
Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers (April 16–May 6): Tohoku is a remote region in Japan known for its harsh climate.
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
700 Fifth Ave, seattle.gov/arts, open Mon–Fri
Women's Stories (through March 29) is a series of narrative-based works taken from the City of Seattle's collection.
306 S Washington St, Suite 105, shiftstudio.org, open Fri–Sat and first Thurs
Unblocked (March 7–31): A collaboration between Ed McCarthy and Carmi Weingrod (sculptor and printmaker, respectively)... Cass Nevada and Adele Eustis (April 4–30): Topographic Strategies involves maps and watercolors, and mixed-media "glo-nests" from wire, silk, and sticks... Daya Bonnie Astor (May 2–31): Work about women... UW Bothell (June 6–30): Student work curated by artist and theorist Ted Heibert, who must be delightful if he is currently working on a piece based on Jorge Luis Borges's The Library of Babel.
112 Third Ave S, 264-8061, soilart.org, open Wed–Sat
One on One (March 6–30): Marije Vermeulen and Guido Nieuwendijk duke it out in floor-to-ceiling color installations... Pair/Pare (March 6–30): Serrah Russell and Jason Hirata's multimedia exploration of food production and consumption... 13 Hats: Portrait of a Process (April 3–27): Work from the Portland artist collective... Boundary (April 3–27): Julie Alpert's intricate patterns in watercolor... New Members Show (May 1–June 3): Julie Alexander, Julia Freeman, Shaun Kardinal.
110 Union St, Suite 300, srgpartnership.com, open Mon–Fri
Pyschonautic Portal (March 7–31): Architect and artist Bill Gaylord turns trash—caved-in ping-pong balls, strands of shredded paper and plastic, old swimming goggles—into sculpture.
[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects
406 Occidental Ave S, olsonkundigarchitects.com
I Want All of This. All of This I Want. (March 7–April 1) is what artist/engineer/mad genius Mark VonRosenstiel's retractable wooden arm sticking out of the wall writes across the entire gallery space, over and over again... One in a Million (April 4–28) is about "genocides and humanitarian crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia, and Burma."
119 S Jackson St, 405-4040, stoningtongallery.com, open Mon–Sun
We're Moving (Up the Block)! (March) but they're still open (see new address)... Facing Forward AND Hib Sabin: Small Pieces (April 4–29): A group show of masks and birds inaugurates the new space... Oceanic (May 2–31): Raven Skyriver's incredibly realistic glass sculptures of ocean animals... Life as Art (May 2–31): A retrospective of master carver Duane Pasco's work. Unofficially included are his monumental totems a few blocks away in Occidental Park.
2324 Second Ave, 256-0809, suyamaspace.org, open Mon–Fri
Deborah Aschheim: Threshold (through April 13): Fascinated by memory and forgetting, Aschheim re-creates a remembered cityscape, building a necessarily inaccurate map of an unreal place... Damien Gilley: Axis Index (May 20–Aug 9): An installation of foamcore and blue tape forms a blueprint within the space that disorients by taking liberties with scale, perspective, and vanishing points.
7513 Greenwood Ave N, 706-3020, shoptastyart.com, open Tues–Sun
Tarts, Trollops, and Tramps (through March 5) is an all-female lineup in conjunction with Bherd Studios, and part of the proceeds goes to an organization that works to end domestic violence... Monsters & Mash-ups (March 6–April 9): The artists behind Funko (apparently, Seattle's largest toy company?) go Frankenstein on their Wacky Wobblers, Pops, and Plushies... Cabaret of the Absurd (April 10–May 7): Willow and Tuzzie Muzzie's showgirl headdresses, plus surreal-ish paintings of women with big eyes... Odd Birds (May 8–June 11): "Unusual feathered creatures."
110 Union St, Suite 200, 587-6501, travergallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Amie McNeel (March 7–31): Glass and steel, black and white, curvy gorgeous things that look they could be used to propel boats or lure fish or other curious beings... Mark Bennion (March 7–31): Rusted steel sculptures and geometric collages also reference water, but in a boxier way... Preston Singletary (April 4–28): New sand-carved glass bowls that look like woven baskets.
True Love Art Gallery
1525 Summit Ave, 227-3572, trueloveart.com, open Tues–Sat
Queens, Crowns, and Cameos (through March 11) is a show of all things drag queen.
1508 11th Ave, 709-9797, vermillionseattle.com, open Tues–Sun
Never No More (March 14–April 6): Skateboardy stuff in vibrant colors and bold strokes by Alex Johnson, Jay Clark, Jesse Brown, Todd Lown, Zach Rockstad, and Brian Sanchez... Breadline (March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19): Everything creative all at once, every month, for one night at a time. We're talkin' poetry, prose, music, video, dance, lecture, theatrics, monologues, open mics... Night Terrors (April 11–May 4): If our only our nightmares looked this good. Beautifully composed images of teeth, skulls, disembodied heads of hair, and more, in a variety of media... Assemblage (May 4–June 1): Raymond Kemp, James Mullen, Matjames Mason, "and other surprises."
Winston Wächter Fine Art
203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855, winstonwachter.com, open Mon–Sat
Spring Ahead (through April 5): A multidisciplinary group show featuring Zaria Forman, James Osher, Julie Speidel, and more... Tony Scherman and Dirk Staschke (April 9–May 16): Scherman's haunting oil paintings of famous and not-so-famous heads, with Staschke's ceramic sculptures of opulent scenes in faded colors... Betsy Eby (May 21–June 25) grew up playing classical piano, and it totally shows in her rhythmic, restrained paintings.
2101 Ninth Ave, 622-7243, woodsidebrasethgallery.com, open Tues–Sat
New Paintings by Michael Stasinos (through March 9): Oils of cityscapes and "street furniture" by the hard-eyed realist... Spring Salon: 52nd Annual Exhibition (March 12–April 13) is the nutshell version of important Northwest art from the last 60 years. Artists include Kathleen G. Adkison, Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, Helmi Juvonen, George Tsutakawa, and more... Tribute: Paul Havas (April 16–May 18): Work by the renowned landscape painter, who passed away a little over a year ago.
171 S Jackson St, 583-0497, zeitgeistcoffee.com, open Mon–Sun
Roy Kauffman (March 6–April 3): Northwest photography.
A Conversation with Oliver Herring and Susan Robb
Visiting artist Oliver Herring's most recent works are his TASK parties, reminiscent of the Fluxus boxes from the 1960s, where members of the public create art by following the artist's instructions. Susan Robb is the Stranger Genius most recently behind the ONN/OF Festival and The Long Walk from Seattle to Snoqualmie. The two will talk as part of the annual Neddy at Cornish awards. Don't miss this one.
The Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, cornish.edu, 7 pm, free
Han Dai-Yu: Artist Lecture
Han Dai-Yu draws and paints women: women who look dead, women averting their eyes, crouching women, a woman on the floor in the fetal position covered in what looks like milky coffee.
Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora St, cornish.edu, 6:30 pm, free
Diala Khasawnih and Ola Khalidi: Artist Lecture
Khalidi founded Makan Art Space in Amman, Jordan, in 2003. The New Foundation Seattle and the University of Washington invite her and Khasawnih to discuss their work and creative community for the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art series closing lecture.
Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, henryart.org, 7 pm, free
The Art of Fashion and Manufacturing with Nin Truong
Nin Truong is a local artist and recovered landscape architect who founded Manik Skateboards and designs menswear for Stussy International.
Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, henryart.org, 7 pm, free
Adam Ekberg: Artist Lecture
Ekberg discusses his "minor spectacles," hanging at Platform Gallery through March 23.
Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, pcnw.org, 6:30 pm, $10
JoAnn Verburg: Artist Talk
Verburg has been making intimate, unsettling photographs since the early 1980s, and was recognized with a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art not long ago. This talk is in conjunction with her local show, at G. Gibson Gallery, which runs through March 23.
Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, henryart.org, 7 pm, free
The quarterly party in the museum makes the Old Masters feel young again... maybe.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, seattleartmuseum.org, 8 pm, $25
Out of the Living Room and into the White Cube (and Back Again)
Francine Seders, who opened Francine Seders Gallery in Greenwood more than 45 years ago, and art historian Barbara Johns talk about Seattle's art market from the 1940s to now. This is the first in a series of local art history lectures organized by the Frye's new curator, Scott Lawrimore.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org, 6:30 pm, $15
The Art of Fashion and Manufacturing with Strath Shepard
The creative director of Seattle's Pacific Standard studio (whose clients range from Totokaelo to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) talks about making things.
Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, henryart.org, 7 pm, free
The Art of Reconciliation and the Holocaust
A half-day symposium in conjunction with Michael Kenna's Memories and Meditations exhibition.
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, tacomaartmuseum.org, noon, free with admission
D.I.Y.—The Shape of Punk to Come
Longtime Seattle art fixtures Anne Focke, Norie Sato, and Ries Niemi discuss the "golden age" of indie collaboration in Seattle in the 1970s and 1980s.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org, 6:30 pm, $15
Best of the Northwest 24th Annual Art and Fine Craft Show
Browse photography, jewelry, clothing, paintings, and small sculptures by local artists. The two-day festival also features local bluegrass and jazz bands, as well as Northwest wine, beer, and cider.
Smith Cove at Pier 91, 2001 West Garfield St, nwartalliance.com, 10 am–6 pm, $7
MIRROR by Doug Aitken: Permanent Installation Launch
In 2007, Doug Aitken did this incredible thing in Manhattan: For one month, he turned the sides of the Museum of Modern Art into enormous movie screens, onto which he projected video clips that showed five characters going about their lives. Imagine walking around the block and seeing three-story human emotions on the faces of entire buildings. Now, Doug Aitken is installing something called MIRROR on the face of the Seattle Art Museum. Presumably, it will be big and reflective and will change the way you experience First Avenue. In conjunction with the unveiling of this new permanent installation, there are conversations about "the dynamic of change in contemporary culture" happening inside, followed by a Seattle Symphony Orchestra performance outside.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, seattleartmuseum.org, 8 pm, free
Now Here Is Also Somewhere
Seattle artists-advocates-organizers-educators Klara Glosnova, Greg Lundgren, Todd Janausch, Matthew Offenbacher, Joey Veltkamp, and Sierra Stinson talk about why it's vital to creativity to wear multiple hats.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org, 6:30 pm, $15
Coast Salish Arts & Artists
A day of talks and demos on traditional arts from printmaking to basketry.
Burke Museum, NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, UW Campus, burkemuseum.org, 10 am–4 pm, $10
Bodycast: Suzanne Bocanegra and Frances McDormand
In this artist talk/performance, Frances McDormand (!!) plays artist Suzanne Bocanegra talking about "beauty, small-town Texas, orthopedic surgery, and classical sculpture. This story is part artist talk, part performance, part essay, and part live video installation." Like!
Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, henryart.org, 7 pm, $10 suggested
Bemis Spring Arts Show '13
There are a gobsmacking 30 artist lofts at the Bemis building, and every spring they throw open their doors as well as hosting a juried exhibition of artists from all over the state in the hallways. Spring is brung.
The Bemis Building, 55 S Atlantic St, bemisarts.com, 12-8 pm both days, free
Dash Shaw: Seraph Screening
So the actual video—which is showing at Sundance this year—is only six minutes and 45 seconds. And it is technologically possible to watch it on the interwebs by yourself in your room. But why would you, when you have the option of experiencing the beautiful thing in a small room full of people and hearing what the artist has to say about it?
Fantagraphics, 1201 S Vale St, fantagraphics.com, 6 pm, free
18th Annual PhinneyWood Art Walk
The monthly Art Up art walk on steroids, with more than 80 venues showing work by local artists. Friday 6–9 pm and Saturday noon–5 pm.
Along Phinney Ave N/Greenwood Ave N between 65th and 87th, phinneycenter.org/artwalk/index.shtml, free
1426 S Jackson Street Studios: Open House
Artists who work out of 1426 open their studios to show the photographs, videos, mixed media, and sculpture they make there. There are more than 20 of them.
1426 S Jackson St Studios, 1426 S Jackson St, 1426studios.com, noon, free
My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours
Hear what James Harris, whose James Harris Gallery is always introducing this city to extraordinary artists and objects, has to say about The Treasures of Lockwood House, London.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, seattleartmuseum.org, 6:30 pm, $20
Student Showcase Art Show
Seattle Central Community College shows off its sexy new Wood Technology Center. Oh, and the work of student cabinet-makers, boat-builders, and carpenters.