Seattle Art Museum Downtown
Dec 8, 2017–July 8, 2018, Mondays and Wednesdays–Sundays
Recommended by Emily Pothast
The focal point of new-media artist Sondra Perry's current exhibition at Seattle Art Museum is an "interstellar backhoe" outfitted with three LCD monitors and multiple pairs of headphones and surrounded by surreal videos of real and digitally generated drone footage. Through the headphones, viewers learn the story of Seneca Village, a Manhattan neighborhood filled with black homeowners who were forced out in 1857 to make way for Central Park. Perry's multifaceted work deals with mechanized systems of displacement, extraction, appropriation, and alienation, using images of landscapes and the machines themselves as stand-ins for racialized bodies and the ways in which they are exploited for profit. The processes her work addresses are both historical and ongoing, timely and timeless.