Frye Makes Genius Decision: In fall 2014, the Frye Art Museum’s organizing an exhibition of the artists celebrated over the past decade by the Stranger Genius Awards. Genius, co-curated by Frye director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and independent curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi, will feature more than 60 artists in visual art, film, literature, theater, performance art, music, and dance, plus a microsite and a multimedia catalogue. Stranger writers will contribute essays but otherwise, this is the Frye’s gig.
Fringe Festival Applications Are Due Friday: Two years ago, the Seattle Fringe Festival came back from a nearly decade-long hiatus and has been growing a little each year. This year's festival will run from Sept 17-21 and applications are now up. Twenty-two artists will be chosen by lottery—a somewhat controversial choice, but the organizers thought non-adjudication was simpler and fairer than curating—at a party in the lobby of Center House Theatre on May 12. The deadline is this Friday.
Just a Heads-Up: Next week, May 16-23, is Museum Week Northwest, which means two-for-one ticketing, free walking tours, and events.
Farley Mowat: The much-loved Canadian author died. He was 92.
A Kafkaesque Experience: How did a real-life counselor become a comic-book character who then gets gender-swapped into a terrible comic book movie villain? Vanity Fair has the answer.
Selling Baby: Greg Lundgren, founder of Vital 5 (and owner of the bars The Hideout and Vito’s), is a fount of creative amusement. His latest umbrella is Walden Three, an idea that a few years ago he was talking about realizing as a contemporary art center downtown. That hasn’t happened, but these days, Walden Three is a web site documenting art projects made by Seattle artists, in writings and YouTube videos. His latest focus is a performance/sculpture collaboration between D.K. Pan and Amanda Manitach called BABY, in which they conceived, delivered, and sold a human baby to a collector. It began when a collector who loved both artists basically wanted a piece of them. (Isn’t that indeed what some collectors want?) In the video interview, Lundgren asks the artists whether they’ll be considering a follow-up. “It would be difficult to make reproductions or an edition,” Pan says. He explains, “Yes, this is a human life, but I feel like we’ve elevated it so this object has become art.” If you didn’t live in Seattle, you could be convinced this is all true: