SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
1300 First Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (June 27–Sept 8): Material culture in Japan appears to be from another planet, and avant-garde fashion already tends toward the otherworldly. This means the more than 100 costumes in this exhibition are going to appear to be from radically different planes of existence. Big names include Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto alongside younger designers influenced by Tokyo pop culture.
Together Again: Nuxalk Faces of the Sky (through July 14): Keen-eyed researchers and Nuxalk observers figured out one of SAM's treasured masks was in the wrong corona (the thing that holds a mask)! Turns out, the right mask was up in Canada the whole time. Now they're both where they belong: in the hands of the Nuxalk people. JK! They're at SAM.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection (through Oct 27): This is the stuff of (art) legend. Dorothy was a librarian and Herbert a mail clerk in New York City in the early 1960s. Together, they amassed a collection of thousands of objects—some by famous headlining artists and others the charming and idiosyncratic creations of ordinary mortals—that took over their tiny apartment.
From Abstract Expression to Colored Planes (through Nov 9): A handful of paintings from the 1940s through the '60s are given plenty of room to breathe, including two giant, searing-hot Frank Stellas.
Minimal Art and Its Legacy (through Nov 3): Primo work from the likes of Robert Morris, Sol Lewitt, Alan Saret, Bruce Nauman, Hans Haacke, and Keith Sonnier, plus a display reintroducing for the first time to Seattle Lucy Lippard's legendary exhibition at SAM in 1969, 557,087. And all displayed with the same subtle and smart installation enjoyed by its sister exhibition, From Abstract Expression to Colored Planes.
In a Silent Way (through Dec 1): SAM pulls work from Roy deCarava, David Hammons, Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, and Rashid Johnson out of the permanent collection. The exhibition features pieces that "quietly reflect on African American histories and identities," in a Miles Davis way.
HENRY ART GALLERY
4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280, henryart.org, open Wed–Sun
Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty (through July 7): This show 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. The result is a surprise bulldozing of the distinctions between high and low, ideal beauty and medical health, sex and sales.
Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque (through Sep 21): Paul Laffoley attended Brown and Harvard and worked with Andy Warhol and on the World Trade Center. Knowing this does not help make sense of 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), which looks like the love child of the board game Sorry and a Pokémon card.
Sanctum (through Nov 4, 2015): For this installation, you don't even need to go inside. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe call them, and you'll appear on the video screens in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. You'll get a story the system thinks represents you demographically, and the voice in the speakers above modulates accordingly, too (male/female, slow/fast for older/younger). Creepy or entertaining?
Industrial Effects (June 8–Sept 1): A survey of how photographers' attitudes toward industry have changed over time.
The Ghost of Architecture (July 13–Sept 29): Selections from the permanent collection that reference architecture and/or architectural dimension.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, fryemuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Horizon (through Sept 8): Acclaimed media vivisectionist Paul Pfeiffer is placed side-by-side with cherished paintings from the founding collection in order to explore the "philosophical, political, and psychological notions of the horizon."
The Hudson Flows West (through Sept 22): Multiple generations of the Hudson River School are represented in this exploration of the Hudson River as a natural symbol of manifest destiny. Paintings from the museum and loans from private Seattle collections.
Buster Simpson (June 15–Oct 6): We can already thank Buster Simpson, elder of public art, for making bearable the Sea-Tac rental car garage with his new and luminous Carbon Veil, and now he's working on the seawall renovation that will not only look good but will keep the city from falling into the Salish Sea. This exhibition is a retrospective for Simpson, detailing his immense contribution to public art and good citizenship.
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
2901 Western Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, park open daily, pavilion open Tues–Sun
Encontro das Águas (through Oct 20): This work envelops the walls of the pavilion in a drawn sea of sinuously winding waves. The scale of 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.
The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof off the Mother (Opens July 11): Usually you can't walk on the sculptures, but NOT SO with Heather Hart's large-scale installation. You can climb on it and go inside its attic. There, true to its oracle designation, it will grant you a wish if you press gold leaf into its heart.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org, open Tues–Sun
Zoom (through 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 Mario Botta's armchairs or Ettore Sottsass's fruit bowl.
Maneki Neko: Japan's Beckoning Cats—From Talisman to Pop Icon (through Aug 4): So. Many. Little. Waving. Kitty. Paws. One hundred and fifty five 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.
Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom (July 12–Oct 27): A comprehensive retrospective of this Northwest artist's strange and analytical ceramic sculptures.
Rick Araluce: The Minutes, the Hours, the Days (Aug 16–Jan 5): Araluce constructs teeny, tiny, immaculately detailed spaces that look to have been abandoned five minutes ago or five years ago. In either case, there will be feelings of invasion and loneliness.
17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590, burkemuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
Empowering Women: Artist Cooperatives That Transform Communities (June 12–Oct 27): Behold the power of artists to make lives better! This exhibition details the efforts of women artisans in 10 different artist cooperatives around the world. Photos, narratives, and art pieces from the cooperatives are on display.
CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS
305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 753-4940, chihulygardenandglass.com, open Mon–Sun
(Ongoing): Wander through an immersive campus of all things Chihuly. One of the hidden gems of the museum? Chihuly's idiosyncratic collection of hoarded objects, lovingly embedded in the tabletops of the museum's cafe.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700, empmuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic (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 Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power (June 15–Sept 22): An exhibit dedicated to the "foremothers" of rock and their offspring. Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, unmissable items include Madonna's Blond Ambition tour bustier and Lady Gaga's meat dress.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750, museumofglass.org, open Wed–Sun
Northwest Artists Collect (through Oct 19): The original work of seven area glass artists alongside pieces from their personal collections... Benjamin Moore: Translucent (through Oct 19): Minimalist glass vessels from a Washington native.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY
860 Terry Ave N, Lake Union Park, 324-1126, mohai.org, open daily
Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies (through Sep 8): There is 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... Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle's Floating Homes (June 15–Nov 3): All kinds of information, images, and artifacts about houseboats. Or is it boathouses? No, no, it's houseboats.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707, nordicmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Scissors for a Brush (through 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... Mood Paintings of the North (June 28–Sept 1): Norway's most "distinguished" landscape painter, Ørnulf Opdahl, shows new work influenced by Norway's western coastline. Actually pretty dope for distinguished landscapes.
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000, naamnw.org, open Wed–Sun
Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey (through Sept 29): Sedat Pakay's photographs of James Baldwin's time in Turkey.
Book of the Bound (through July 28): Mixed-media collage from Carletta Carrington Wilson.
Making and Breaking Patterns: Youth Art from the James and Janie Washington Foundation (Aug 17–Jan 6): Art by local high schoolers.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
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. Including various takes on The Tale of Genji, which some people say is the world's first novel.
China: The Fuller Version—Part One (Aug 31–June 30): To celebrate SAM's 80th birthday, the museum has organized a definitive exhibition of Chinese masterpieces intended to detail the evolution of SAM's collection over time. With one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the country, this is sure to be a big deal.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle (through July 7): The Very Hungry Caterpillar kid illustrator guy is also a painter, glass sculptor, costume designer, street photographer, and poster artist. This is the second time TAM has had a big show of his work, inexplicably. He's TAM's idea of Picasso.
Creating the New Northwest: Selections from the Herb and Lucy Pruzan Collection (June 15–Oct 6): A history of recent Northwest art beginning with the 1962 World's Fair.
Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture (July 27–Jan 12): Portraits, portraits, portraits! All portraits, all the time. Portraits from the Northwest and around the world!
Austere Beauty: The Watercolors and Prints of Z. Vanessa Helder (July 27–Oct 20): Helder was a certifiable badass. The "Z" stands for "Zama," and she had a pet skunk named Sniffy. Also, she was a mad-skilled painter, and this exhibition is the first major survey of her work and her life.
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-3500, washingtonhistory.org, open Wed–Sun
In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts (June 8–Aug 18): The eighth annual showcase of more than 20 Northwest Native artisans in partnership with the Evergreen State Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.
WING LUKE MUSEUM
719 S King St, 623-5124, wingluke.org, open Tues–Sun
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... Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century (through Nov 17): Race, that unstable category, must always be considered critically and with great care. In Under My Skin, 26 artists confront their experiences with race, and interactive elements allow visitors to confront their own.
110 Cherry St, Suite 200, 57biscayne.com, open Mon–Fri
Nudes, Wine, and Conversation (June 6–30): Selected works from a group that has been meeting for life-drawing sessions for the last 20 years.
ABMEYER & WOOD
1210 Second Ave, 628-9501, abmeyerwood.com, open Tues–Sun
William Morris (June 6–July 28): Sculptures of ritual vessels in glass and stone by the artist who was a glass celebrity. He went from being completely on fire to taking his earnings and chilling the fuck out, mostly retiring from the public eye. Smart one, that guy. Now he's popping back up with pieces in the convenient price range of $85,000 to $350,000.
2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680, antgallery.org, open Mon–Sun
Gallery Photography Show and Contest (through June 29).
512 First Ave S, 839-0377, artxchange.org, open Tues–Sat
Seasons (through July 27): Marcio Diaz uses paint to compare the quality of light in the Pacific Northwest to his Nicaraguan homeland, but the real question is: Who has the softer-looking trees?
BAINBRIDGE ARTS AND CRAFTS
151 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, 842-3132, bacart.org, open Mon–Sun
Setting Sail: Artists at Sea (June 7–July 1): Group show, in all kinds of métiers, all about the ocean.
312 N 85th St, Suite 101, 234-8348, bherdstudios.com, open Wed–Fri
2nd Amendment: A Visual Dialogue (June 7–July 3): Gun collectors, gun rejecters, and those who fall in the middle plead their cases in art... Work in Progress (July 12–31): Brave John Osgood paints live in-studio, encouraging suggestions and participation from the audience.
1718 E Olive Way, Suite A, 328-5100, blindfoldgallery.com, open Wed–Sun
The Full Nathan (June 13–July 7): Nathan Vass takes his blog about driving a bus in Seattle into the gallery. Photos, writing, illustration, film... CUTE (July 11–Aug 4): Three artists use ceramics to build characters and then do something "not-so-cute" to them... Like Water (Aug 8–Sept 8): Deny desiccation in this water-themed group show.
901 E Pike St, 720-2054, open daily
Naked Truth (June 13–July 6): Group show that offers a "disclosed overture to our human body." Includes work from sculptor Mike Magrath... Mark Walker (July): Exhibition from this British sculptor and sometimes iconographer... Group Show (Aug): Abstract and minimalist work.
5701 Sixth Ave S, 728-1980, cocaseattle.org, open Mon–Fri
Whitewashed (through July 19): Joseph Gregory Rossano's exhibition Whitewashed is a demonstration of his admiration and respect for extinct and nearly-extinct animals, including tigers, basking sharks, and polar bears—his feelings of closeness with them. Visitors are invited to explore his white "kinetic specimen boxes," sculptures, and videos. Behind all the whiteness, and whitewashing, as the title implies, there's a proliferation of information—Rossano even commissioned a scientist to write an essay about each animal he profiles. The act of opening the drawer brings a surprise each time.
COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY
4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843, columbiacitygallery.com, open Wed–Sun
Her Half of the World (June 12–Aug 4): Five gallery artists who happen to be women show new work that addresses women's experiences. Including, of course, a ceramic corset... Humbesa: Art from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe (June 12–Aug 4): Paintings from expert visual communicator Kerima Ahmed and Zimbabwean Shona stone sculpture... Michael Lowe, Jim Madara, and Olivia Zapata (Aug 7–Sept 22): This group is strong on theory and application. Zapata's past work includes some rad, Tufte-level graphs and maps... Forecast (Aug 7–Sept 22): New work from predicted up-and-comers Roldy Aguero Ablao, Yun Hong Chang, and Spar Wilson.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
1000 Lenora St, 726-5011, cornish.edu/exhibitions, open Mon–Fri
Make Out Tree (through Aug 16): Eirik Johnson often photographs temporary structures built by humans and animals. Stacy Rozich often makes indescribable monster scenes on paper. What will be the result of the collaboration between this Neddy Award–winning pair?... The 2013 Neddy at Cornish (Sept 4–Oct 19): Work from all eight nominees for the 2013 Neddy Awards in one room.
603 S Main St, 919-8278, cullomgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Manifestations: Drawings by Robert Hardgrave (through June 29): Drawings and other paper-based, wild-pattern-happy work for this Seattle artist's first solo exhibition at Cullom... Ukiyo-e Runway (June 6–July 27): 19th-century Japanese woodblock fashion plates complementing SAM's Future Beauty exhibition... Traveling Light (July 12–27): Exhibition and event series about going places.
313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684, davidsongalleries.com, open Tues–Sat
Tree (June 6–29): Evelyn Woods honors her name with portraits of trees... Barbara Robertson: New Works (June 6–29): Pieces on paper and in music access jazz compositions of the 1930s and '40s... I Might Exaggerate (July 5–27): Symbol-laden, high-contrast madness from Warren Dykeman... John James Audubon (July 5–27): Yep, THAT Audubon... Like (Aug 1–31): Collection of work from the gallery... Etsuko Ichikawa: New Works (Sept 5–28): Ichikawa has a highly satisfying propensity to use fire in her work and arrange things in rainbow order. This show has 2-D and 3-D works, as well as a sound installation... Adrian Sherman (Sept 5–28): New oil paintings.
1201 S Vale St, 658-0110, fantagraphics.com, open Mon–Sun
Soda Pop: Super Sugar Big Buzz (July 13–Aug 7): An examination of Sub Pop's formative years to help celebrate its silver jubilee. Pieces from Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, Carl Smool, and more.
2407 First Ave, 349-2509, formspaceatelier.com, open Wed–Sat
Veracity (June 14–Aug 3): Inky, probably human forms realized in sculpture and painting from Victoria Jang in her first solo exhibition... Anticipated (Aug 9–Oct 5): Carol Mallett Adelman's paintings explore art history, gender, and embodiment. Little subjects like that.
220 Third Ave S, 622-2833, fosterwhite.com, open Tues–Sat
Interior Landscape (June 6–29): Carol Inez Charney collapses painting and photography, using water and ice to make painterly manipulations of photographs... Enchanted (July 5–27): Boundaries of aesthetics and species are blurred with Lindsay Pichaske's kinda-familiar-looking-but-not-really animal figures... Space in Between (July 5–27): Eva Isaksen is one of those rare, non-schlocky collage artists... Collaborations of Man and Nature (Aug 1–31): Improbably delicate stone sculptures from Will Robinson... Dwell (Aug 1–31): Luce Pelleteir shows the "hybrid objects" she creates in order to reconcile the divide between the human and natural world.
FRANCINE SEDERS GALLERY
6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355, sedersgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Fred Birchman/Julianna Heyne (through June 16): A variety of new work from Birchman, including a wood and found-object installation and dozens of mixed media works on paper. Dry, hot oil paintings of the John Day fossil beds from Heyne... Glen Lamar/Robert Jones (June 21–July 28): Sculptures that look like alien musical instruments and paintings that look like things you'd see from a plane, respectively... Joan Backes (Aug 2–Sept 8): Installations (typically fortlike) and drawings (typically barklike).
G. GIBSON GALLERY
300 S Washington St, 587-4033, ggibsongallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Undertow (through July 13): New work from Julie Blackmon, who returns to Seattle with her immaculately composed photographs of domestic life undergirded by sexuality, violence, and chaotic potential. Insert gushing here... Gallery Artists (July 18–Aug 31): A selection of work from a selection of artists.
101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-7580, galleries.4culture.org, open Mon–Fri
It's Growing on Me (June 6–28): Klara Glosova shows the ceramic sculptures and digital photographs that are the product of her efforts to live in the moment... I Need Nothing (July 3–26): Tom Hughes builds forts! And you can go inside them and read things and everything!... Recapitulation (Aug 1–30): Multimedia project from visual artist/composer/musician Paul Rucker that connects slavery to the current prison system... Boating with Clyde (Sept 5–26): Clyde Petersen lets you have the experience of going out on Lake Washington in his homemade dinghy replete with lily pads and that special, listless conversation that only happens on a boat and when it is sunny.
1501 10th Ave E, 323-4243, gageacademy.org, open Mon–Sun
The Next Big Thing (Aug 2–Sept 6): Graduates of the Portfolio Intensive program present their work... BLACKgreyWHITE (Aug 2–Sept 6): A group show where the common thread is finding common threads. All the works are in, yep, black, gray, and white, but representing typically polarized viewpoints. Includes Cable Griffith and Robert Hardgrave.
110 Third Ave S, 624-9336, gallery110.com, open Wed–Sat
New Work: Sally Ketcham (June 6–29): Abstract paintings with an ecological bent... Windows: Ray Schutte (June 6–29): Iterations of photographs of lichen on stone using commercial inkjet printing.
123 S Jackson St, 625-0055, galleryima.com, open Tues–Sat
Richard Taylor (June 6–29): Colorful sculptural paintings... Bill Baber & Stacie Chappell (June 6–29): Emotional paintings from Chappell and paintings, textiles, and wall sculptures from Baber... Bloom (July 5–27): Four artists bring all the energy and color of summer to bear...The Boys of Summer (Aug 1–31): Six artists representing a range of styles, moods, and subjects...Graham Fracha (Sept 5–28): Comfortable images of suburban life unravel and become diaphanous.
504 E Denny Way, 832-6063, ghost-gallery.com, open Mon and Wed–Sun
Tyna Ontoko, Absence in Between (June 13–July 8): "Thrilling" and "haunting" are good words for this 12-by-15-foot installation of lithographs... Beyond the Homestead: International Assemblages and Regional Photography (July 11–Aug 5): Well-traveled and well-cultured artists Lisa Mei Ling Fong and David Dayton present new work... Jennifer Zwick: Symmetry, an Ongoing Obsession (Aug 8–Sept 9): Images from one woman's obsession with things lining up properly... Cait Willis, New Work (Sept 12–Oct 7): Brand-new glitch paintings.
GREG KUCERA GALLERY
212 Third Ave S, 624-0770, gregkucera.com, open Tues–Sat
Sherry Markovitz (through June 29): This artist has been living in Seattle and making art for decades, and at this very moment she's up for a Stranger Genius Award—see a profile of her on page 5... Mark Calderon (through 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, including a man bent over and appearing to give himself a very happy time... SuttonBeresCuller (July 5–Aug 17): The Genius Award–winning art collaborative/band of troublemakers known for shutting down the 520 bridge with a floating "desert island" show their sculptures that, in the past, have included Katamari-like balls of stuff and Trailer Park, a park installed on a flatbed trailer... An American Knockoff (Aug 22–Sept 28): The masterly Roger Shimomura blends traditional Japanese and contemporary American styles (specifically comic art) in both technique and concept... Léon Guyer (Aug 22–Sept 28): Guyer's drawings are about as unimposing as you can imagine, and there is something very pleasing about that... Lynne Woods Turner (Aug 22–Sept 28): These paintings and drawings are so faint that they are hardly there at all, forcing the eye into action and discovery.
319 Third Ave S, 223-0816, groverthurston.com, open Tues–Sat
Larry Calkins: under my hat (through June 29): the man whose super-skinny, super-flat outfits (his and hers) haunt the walls of this region on the regular... Francesca Sundsten (July 11–Aug 24): Sure there are animal/human hybrids, but there are also human/human hybrids. No matter the mixture, the paintings are flawlessly executed.
Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Ave, Seattle University, 296-2244, hedreengallery.us, open Wed–Sat
Weird Sisters (through June 16): Kate Lebo, Kat Larson, and Kate Ryan are looking to disrupt systems of meaning surrounding the feminine. In their videos, they take the feminine mystique and stab it with hat pins, poison its soup, and cut its brake cables (figuratively). Cooking shows, alchemy, milk, and blood are all employed in the melee... Performative Fictions: conception, duration, and participation in performance (June 17–July 29): Three artists inhabit the gallery for two weeks apiece to create some really long-form performances. In order, they are: Ben Beres, Alice Gosti, and DK Pan... Devotion (Aug 4–31): A group show examining devotees of all stripes. Secular, religious, whatever!... Garek J Druss: The Celestial Din (Sept 6–Oct 5): Sound installation and works on paper.
JACK STRAW GALLERY
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, jackstraw.org, open Mon–Fri
Meadow Starts with 'P': I love you, but you're too loud! (through July 12): A family and an art collaborative and a band of mad tinkerers that has constructed a machine that uses marbles to make a lot of semipleasing sounds... Robert Blatt: New Elements (July 26–Sept 6): An intensely philosophical sound installation, this work features an "architectural environment" built from loud speakers, transducers, a pair of headphones, and a "resonant glass object."
JAMES HARRIS GALLERY
312 Second Ave S, 903-6220, jamesharrisgallery.com, open Thurs–Sat
Suara Welitoff (June 20–Aug 3): Washed-out, polarized video poetry.
810 E Roy St, 324-0407, joebarcafe.com, open daily
Amanda James Parker (June 13–July 9): A series of photos depicting herself as a tent. A tent... Deborah Lawrence (July 11–Aug 6): Culture critique in collage form... Melissa Luden (Aug 8–Sept 10): Paintings, collages, and drawings.
KRAB JAB STUDIO
5628 Airport Way S, Suite 246, 715-8593, krabjabstudio.com, open every second Sat
The Art of Javier S. Ortega (June 8–July 4): Neosurrealist paintings... Masters of Sculpture (July 13–Aug 1): Group show by fantasy and surreal artists... The Art of Emily Fiegenschuh (Aug 10–Sept 5): Dragons, animals in suits of armor, and other fantasy illustrations.
6007 12th Ave S, 697-5156, lengthbywidthbyheight.com, by appointment
The Obsessive Unknown Origins of Grotesque Irregularity (June 8–July 6): A group of artists held together by their narrative acumen, penchant for ornament, and "obsessive processes." Also, the "boundaries of clutter" will be pushed. Includes Casey Curran and Bette Burgoyne... Inertia (July 13–Aug 3): Solo show from Shaun Kardinal, who is known to embroider photographs and people, if they'll sit still long enough... Zwischerliecht (Aug 10–31): Zwischerliecht literally means "tweenlight," which sounds more like a Christian boy band than a word for dusk. If there were ever a group that could capture the non-light of Pacific Northwest twilight, this is it. Six artists present work on the witching hour, including Whiting Tennis and Susanna Bluhm.
LINDA HODGES GALLERY
316 First Ave S, 624-3034, lindahodgesgallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Daphne Minkoff (June 6–29): Oil paint over photographs captures fleeting moments... Andrea Joyce Heimer (June 6–29): Paintings of dark and funny suburban scenes... Fred Holcomb (July 5–27): Dramatically striated landscape paintings of flat places... Lee Kelly (July 5–27): Weathered and building-block-ish sculptures... Peggy Washburn (Aug 1–31): Photography and mixed media with dark tones and bleak outlooks... Anne Petty (Aug 1–31): In-between moments and awkward poses rendered in daubby oil paintings.
LISA HARRIS GALLERY
1922 Pike Place, 443-3315, lisaharrisgallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Linda Jo Nazrenus: Beyond and Back (June 6–July 1): Paintings inspired by the "American Southwest and Sweden." If only there was a similarly inspired food truck... Christine Sharp: RE:scape (July 5–28): Painted deconstructions of PacNoWe landmarks... John Lysak: New Monotypes (Aug 1–31): Dark and shadowy monotypes.
LTD. ART GALLERY
307 E Pike St, 457-2970, ltdartgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Over the Line (June 7–July 14): The Coen brothers are deserving of endless adulation. In this exhibition, more than 40 artists swear their fealty to the writer/director pair... Saturday Morning (July 19–Aug 24): Cartoons and cereal, is there any finer combination? Aficionados know it to be the cognac and cigar of childhood. Reconnect with the sugar-addled product placement of your youth... Press Start... to Continue (Aug 30–Sept 28): Top video-game artists mix the old and the new at the Second Annual Video Game Art Show.
1203A Second Ave, 467-4927, m-i-a-gallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Bruce Clarke, Battlegrounds (through June 29): Clarke paints the human body in order to liberate it... Frank Marshall, Renegades (Sept 5–Oct 2): Portraits of metalheads in Botswana. At once amazing and perfectly normal.
1400 Second Ave, 682-3820, paper-hammer.com, open Mon–Sat
The Topography of Cracks: Work by Libby Gerber (June 6–30): Accordion books that lovingly render cracks in what appears to be one-to-one scale... Karen Hackenberg (July 4–27): Paintings from her Watershed series depicting found objects, placed triumphantly against the water source in which they were found... Work by N39 (Aug 1–Sept 28): New Mexican "creationist" modifies found objects and sends them to the gallery through the mail. No box, no bubble wrap, lots of stamps.
PATRICIA CAMERON GALLERY
234 Dexter Ave N, 909-9096, patriciacamerongallery.com, open Mon–Fri
Staccato (through June 28) Cheryl Hahn's organic forms on maple boards... Natural Interludes (July 10–Sept 7): Mixed media from Karin Schminke including an 80-inch-square wooden screen made from oiled African mahogany.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
900 12th Ave, 720-7222, pcnw.org, open Mon–Sun
Thesis Exhibition (through July 15): Graduates of the Certificate in Fine Art Photography display their thesis work... New Work (through July 15): New works by PCNW and Seattle University alumni... WA State High School Competition (July 15–Aug 25): Annual photo showcase of the state's high schoolers... Long Shot: 24 Hour Photo Shoot (July 22–27): Exhibition of photos taken during the 24 Hour Photo Shoot event... Musings (Aug 2–Sept 15): PCNW's 18th annual photo competition.
114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, platformgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
SEASON at Platform: Peter Scherrer (through June 15): Everything Right and Anywhere Now is a series of impossibly alluring dense and tangled landscape paintings from Bellingham artist Peter Scherrer. You will love their almost punishing darkness, punctuated by absurd moments. (Presented by SEASON, to which we are told it is vital that the name be IN CAPS.) How to Stay Alive in the Woods (June 20–July 27): Naturalist painting, dioramas, and science projects collide and erupt in Patte Loper's riveting sculptures and paintings.
3419 E Denny Way, 322-3851, prographicadrawings.com, open Wed–Sat
The Landscape Evoked (June 8–July 13): Six artists consider the trickier aspects of depicting space in non-objective landscapes... The Big Picture (July 20–Aug 17): Which art needs to be big and why? Large works from Prographica artists.
119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945, punchgallery.org, open Thurs–Sat
Urban Legend (June 6–29): Justin Lee Martin makes videos and "psychogeographic" drawings based on his flânerie... COOP (July 5–27): Punch invites an artist co-op from Nashville into the gallery and urges you to "bring on the rhinestones"... Shit Just Got Real (Aug 1–31): Jessica Bonin and James Reisen move into an abandoned barn and make things from all the cool stuff they find in there... Cara Jaye (Sept 5–28): After sifting through the archives of the Louvre for six weeks, Jaye presents reinterpretations of classic drawings of falling figures.
RARE MEDIUM GALLERY
1321 E Pine St, 913-7538, raremediumseattle.com, open Wed–Sun
The Distance Is Near (July 10–Sept 8): Landscape images from Brian Lane that compare aerial and macro photography.
306 S Washington St, #104, room104gallery.com, 953-8104, open Wed–Sat
Jessica Dodge: Our Ordinary Lives (through June 29): Oil paintings on glass... Sarah Jones: Ghosts of a Girlhood (through June 29): Mixed media works... Cass Nevada: The Secret Life of Birds (through June 29): Paintings and mixed media works... David C. Kane: New Paintings and Works on Paper (July 2–29): Kane's work looks like the best episode of Ancient Aliens of all time... Steve Craft (Aug 1–Sept 14): New paintings... Jeff Scott: New Works on Tyvek (Aug 1–Sept 14): Scott likes to depict automobile-related infrastructure and things that have been shot with a gun.
ROQ LA RUE
2312 Second Ave, 374-8977, roqlarue.com, open Wed–Sat
Otherworld (June 6–July 27): Group invitational featuring 18 artists and counting.
SEATTLE DESIGN CENTER
5701 Sixth Ave S, 957-7020, seattledesigncenter.com, open Mon–Fri
Mike Casad, Frank Gaffney, Harold Johnson, and Ned Mueller (June 20–Aug 15): All these guys are members of the esteemed Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters.
SEATTLE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, 684-7171, seattle.gov/arts, open Mon–Fri
Weather Works (July 3–Sept 30): The City of Seattle's Portable Works Collection (so that's a thing) recently purchased nearly 50 works from almost 30 artists, all on the theme of weather and atmosphere. Almost every type of media is represented, including embroidery and knitting.
306 S Washington St, #105, shiftstudio.org, open Fri–Sat and first Thurs
Clamor (June 6–30): Selections of UW Bothell student work... Ken Barnes & Jen Grabarczky (July 4–27): Abstract stone sculptures and large-scale 2-D work, respectively... Ruthie V. (Aug 1–31): Oil paintings from a teaching artist.
112 Third Ave S, 264-8061, soilart.org, open Wed–Sat
Octahedron (June 5–29): Eight artists, each making up one side of this show, which includes Jenny Heishman and Sean Gallagher... Latent Utility (June 5–29): Natural materials used in a "postindustrial context" from Allyce Wood... Surf and Turf (July 3–27): Jessica Dolence, Trisha Holt, and Erica Schreiner make up this group show... Holdfast (July 3–27): Kiki MacInnis shows mixed-media ink drawings related to the enmeshed splendor of tidal debris... Interpersonal (July 31–Aug 31): Danielle Comeaux, Joana Stillwell, and Ilysia Van Deren put their friendship on display by creating images and objects resulting from exercises that plumbed the depths of their personal dynamics... Claire Johnson (July 31–Aug 31): New paintings by the grand dame of doughnut painters... The Edge and a Little Beyond (Sept 4–28): Six painters wonder where the painting ends and the real world begins in this investigation of the demarcating edges of the painting... Schitzo (Sept 4–28): More than 50 pieces from Nola Avienne, whose past work includes monstrous dentures, sculpted magnets, and crystals grown from her own blood.
125 S Jackson St, 405-4040, stoningtongallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Rick Bartow: Origin of Song (June 6–30): Wood sculpture, monotypes, and paintings full of mystery and mythology... Thomas Stream: World in a Wing (Aug 1–31): Aleut traditions and the Pacific Northwest environment are woven into striking animal portraits...Courtney Lipson: To Life (Aug 1–31): A micro-mosaic pioneer, Lipson's work will, upon close examination, make you feel like you're going crazy... Duane Carver: Life as Art (Sept 5–28): Perhaps best known for his "totemic sculptures" in Pioneer Square, non-Native carver Duane Carver exhibits work in connection with his new book.
2324 Second Ave, 256-0809, suyamaspace.org, open Mon–Fri
Damien Gilley: AXIS INDEX (through Aug 9): An installation of foam core 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
Odd Birds (through June 11): "Unusual feathered creatures"... Hot Rods and Honeys (June 12–Aug 5): A group "rock 'n' roll" show with hot cars and fast women... Flotsam Jetsam (Aug 7–Sept 9): Group show that warns us to "expect random works of art from the sea."
110 Union St #200, 587-6501, travergallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Australian Glass Now (June 6–30): In a further indication of the warming of American-Australian relations, glass artists from the two countries show work ranging from the structural to the fluid.
TRUE LOVE ART GALLERY
1525 Summit Ave, 227-3572, trueloveart.com, open Tues–Sat
Natural Science (June 13–July 7): Group show of paintings and prints inspired by plants and animals... Color Bomb (July 11–Aug 4): Group show with works tending toward the psychedelic... Lady Parts (Aug 8–Sept 8): Local artists' take on how beautiful women are.
1508 11th Ave, 709-9797, vermillionseattle.com, open Tues–Sun
Raymond Kemp (Opens June 13): Kemp returns to Vermillion for a solo show.
WINSTON WÄCHTER FINE ART
203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855, winstonwachter.com, open Mon–Sat
Besty Eby (through June 25): Eby grew up playing classical piano, and it totally shows in her rhythmic, restrained paintings.
2101 Ninth Ave, 622-7243, woodsidebrasethgallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Guy Anderson, William Cumming, Joseph Goldberg (June 8–July 10): These titans of the Northwest come together to form a veritable supergroup of Northwest Masters... Dealer's Choice (July 13–Aug 30): More than 30 artists are on display during the 52nd incarnation (!) of this annual event... Works of Dennis Evans (Aug 31–Oct 5): Richly detailed constructions explore the order of things, the creation of hierarchy, the individuation of knowledge. At times they feel like mail-order kits for making something arcane with all the parts and plans included.
SAM puts the arty back in party—yup we did—with another installment of after-hours performances, talks, dancing, and more.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, 8 pm–midnight, $20
SAM Talks: Barbara Brotherton
SAM's curator of Native American art discusses the Nuxalk sun and other masks from Together Again: Nuxalk Faces of the Sky.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, 11 am–noon, free with admission
The Love Trust
In conjunction with Weird Sisters, Kat Larson offers a performance on the nature of "colonies, exchange, risk, gifts, and figurative life and death experiences." Furthermore, there will be a "seven-foot vitrine, live music, and wine."
Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, 296-2244, hedreengallery.us, 5–8 pm, free
Queering the History Museum Symposium
An extended opportunity to explore issues of representation, queerness, and history.
MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, Lake Union Park, 324-1126, mohai.org, 10 am–5 pm, free with admission
An Evening with NASA: Space Exploration Through the Shutter
SPACE PICTURES! NASA photographer Mark Sowa talks about his work with the International Space Station.
Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, pcnw.org, 6:30 pm, $10
Bellingham artists Drew Miller and Joe Rudko use found photography to shift images in their form and function.
Vignettes, 1617 Yale Ave, vignettes.us, 7–10 pm, free
Best of Gage
Gage celebrates the best of itself with a student art exhibit, VIP vernissage, art sale, and awards ceremony.
Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave E, gageacademy.org/bestofgage, 6–9 pm, free except for vernissage
In conjunction with Weird Sisters, Kate Lebo offers a special brunch installment of her series Pie School, and unveils a new manifesto.
Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, 296-2244, hedreengallery.us, 11 am–3 pm, free
Chris Jordan Lecture
The Seattle photographer offers an exploration of "fabled Midway Island," a critical habitat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, pcnw.org, 7:30–9 pm, $5
Long Shot 24 Hour Photo Shoot
Photographers have one calendar day to capture "a theme, community, or subject" of their choosing.
Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, pcnw.org, June 21 6 pm–June 22 6 pm, free
Greet the Dodge Challenger Race Car
Al Young, the color-line-breaking Seattle drag racer, helps welcome his championship-winning 1970 Dodge Challenger into the MOHAI collection.
MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, Lake Union Park, 324-1126, mohai.org, 11 am–2 pm, free with admission
SAM Talks: Akiko Fukai
Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute and curator of Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion discusses the exhibition and Japanese fashion in general.
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, 7 pm, $10
SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park invites you to stay late on Thursday evenings all through the summer. Food, drink, music, activities, and crazy-nice sunsets await.
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, 6–8 pm, free, July 11–Aug 29
Studio 103 Open Studio
The Tashiro Kaplan Building opens its doors for the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Five featured artists using different mediums.
Tashiro Kaplan Building, 115 Prefontaine Pl S, 223-1160, tklofts.com, noon–8 pm, free
Empowering Women Artisan Market
A chance to talk with artists from the cooperatives featured in Empowering Women while doing some fair-trade marketing and enjoying talks from exhibit curator Dr. Suzanne Seriff.
Burke Museum, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590, burkemuseum.org, 10 am–3 pm, free
FRI 7/26–SUN 7/28
With more than 300 juried artist booths, performance art, live music, demonstrations, tasty food, and free admission to all of BAM's galleries and programs, how can you go wrong? How can you???
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org, Fri–Sat 9:30 am–9:30 pm, Sun 9:30 am–6 pm, free
Visual | Verbal
Guest lecture on language and encountering art from artists Julia Hensley and John Boylan. In conjunction with the BLACKgreyWHITE exhibition.
Gage Academy, 1501 10th Ave E, 323-4243, gageacademy.org, 7 pm, free
A Night of Genius
This is your chance to get inside the minds of this year's visual art Genius finalists, Matthew Offenbacher, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Sherry Markovitz, Seattle artists who make videos, paintings, and sculptures (see page 5). Your moderator will be Jen Graves, The Stranger's visual art editor, and you can throw questions at the artists yourselves (or slip her notes if there's something you want to know but are afraid to ask).
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, strangertickets.com, 5:30–8 pm, $10, 21+
Vignettes: This Must Be the Place
Adam Smith's photographs explore the more troubling aspects of mind/body dualism and being present.
Vignettes, 1617 Yale Ave, vignettes.us, 7–10 pm, free
SAT 8/10–SUN 8/11
Arts in Nature Festival
Arts of every imaginable form and genre are on display and in action at Camp Long, Seattle's only campground (!). Multidisciplinary residencies convert the camp's cabins into a Museum of Sound while dance performances and literary events spring up hither/thither, as well as activities and food and the promise of NO CRAPPY VENDOR BOOTHS.
5200 35th Ave SW, 923-0853, fest.naturec.org, $10
NEPO 5K Don't Run
Running is not allowed at this 5K, but you are welcome to traverse its winding path by any of the slower methods of personal conveyance. To pass the time, there are more than 50 installations and performances to enjoy along the way. Always a highlight of the season.
Starts in Hing Hay Park and finishes at NEPO House on Beacon Hill, 1723 S Lander, nepohouse.org, 1–9 pm, $10
Monthly Art Walks
Wallingford, first Wed 6–9 pm; Pioneer Square, first Thurs (except July, when it's the second Thurs) 5–8 pm; Fremont, first Fri 6–9 pm; Capitol Hill, second Thurs 5–8; West Seattle, second Thurs 6–9 pm; PhinneyWood, second Fri 6–9 pm; Belltown, second Fri 6–9 pm; Ballard, second Sat 6–9 pm; Central District, second Sat 1–5 pm; Georgetown, second Sat 6–9 pm; Pike Hike, third Thurs 5–8 pm; Columbia City, third Fri 4–9 pm; U-District, third Fri 6–9; Chinatown-ID, third Sat 6:30–9:30. seattleartwalks.org