Large Museums


• 1300 First Ave, 654-3100,, open Wed–Sun

Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris (Oct 11–Jan 13) is a groundbreaking collection of 125 works of art by 75 women artists, including Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Diane Arbus, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Atsuko Tanaka, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Gina Pane, Hannah Wilke, Nan Goldin, and Tania Bruguera. The way it happened is that Paris's contemporary-art museum applied a simple concept: temporarily remove the men from the collection and see what the 20th century looks like from the perspective of women artists alone. The resulting survey spans from 1909 to 2007 and includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and installation—and Seattle is the only city in the US lucky enough to host it. Many, many other Seattle venues are responding with gynocentric exhibitions of their own this season, making Elles easily the most influential thing happening in local art this fall. The show will serve not only as a tribute to female artists, it will also emphasize how sorely their presence is missed in many shows with a similar historical scope.

Elles: SAM (Oct 11–Feb 17) Echoing what the Pompidou did in Paris, SAM will reinstall its own modern and contemporary collections using only works by female artists. The unfortunate truth is that if it only used works from its holdings, this would be a slim exhibition, so works from private collections will be added. Elles: SAM will include paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, photographs and works on paper by Imogen Cunningham, mixed-media works by Yayoi Kusama, and more.


• 4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280,, open Wed–Sun

glossodelic attractors (through Sept 16) is a kookily named, captivating, and sometimes unsettling series of installations by Genius Award–winner Gary Hill, who lives quietly in Belltown but is world-renowned for his pointy-headed, LSD-laced, occasionally paranoid, frequently funny explorations in video, sound, performance, and installation art. He is a surfer, a nerd, a draft dodger, and a wild man.

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (through Oct 7): It's almost too easy to make a likable exhibition inspired by vinyl records—what's not to like? But this show of sculpture, sound, painting, drawing, installation, video, and performance—organized by the Nasher Museum at Duke University (where SAM's new director comes from)—is more warm than clever, spans the world rather than locating itself chiefly in suburban American living rooms of the '70s, and is fresh rather than nostalgic. Included: Japanese absurdist videos involving sea creatures and spinning turntables, photographs of mythical Southern traveling singers hanging on the wall while compositions inspired by them play overhead, outsider drawings by legendary fictional rocker Mingering Mike, Christian Marclay's heartbroken love-song video, a giant montage of Polaroids of members of the Talking Heads by David Byrne. In addition to the works of art in the galleries, a separate collection of playable records curated by artists could keep you occupied for hours alone. And in the lobby, the Henry added its own supplement to The Record, called The B-Side. It's a display of oddities and ephemera from the world of vinyl records, including rows and rows of fantastically designed covers from local labels as well as display cases of historical record-related stuff. Occasionally, artists and musicians help you record your own songs in The B-Side room, too (check the schedule for times).

A la belle étoile (Oct 6–Mar 24): Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's video A la belle étoile (Under the Sky) is not just a projection, it's meant to be an immersive environment. In a dark room, action appears to rise from beneath the floor, to look up your skirt, to sway you, to swallow you. Its mischievous presence here is in conjunction with the visiting Elles exhibition at SAM.

En plein air (Oct 6–Feb 16): A selection of late-19th- and early-20th-century plein air paintings and photographs from the Henry's permanent collection are coupled with video-involved sculptures by young French Algerian contemporary artist Neïl Beloufa.

Laurie Anderson (Oct 18–Nov 18) is the sort of fearless inventor that every discipline wants to claim: music, visual art, theater. Over the years, she's also created a range of books, and she'll arrange a selection of them here. If this were anyone else, it might be boring, but since it's Laurie Anderson, get the hell down there. Laurie Anderson: An Exhibition of Books is happening along with her performance of her solo show Dirtday! at Kane Hall on October 20, which is preceded by her talk about technology, language, art, and her dreams at Kane Hall on October 19. And on October 21, she takes part in a panel discussion at Seattle Center about how Seattle can become the greatest city that ever was (in conjunction with the Next Fifty World's Fair extravaganza thingy).

Now Here Is Also Nowhere (Oct 27–May 5): The Henry's new deputy director of art and education, Luis Croquer, arrived in March from Detroit. Because museums are booked years in advance, he won't have another show up for a couple of turns around the sun. But he was able to squeeze this two-part exhibition into a bald spot on the schedule. It's a group show about the causes and effects of intangibility, featuring art that's not all there physically, or that destabilizes itself materially. Disappearing art always brings out the lovers and the crazies. Should be fun.

Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell (Oct 27–Jan 27): Seattle's most beloved artist, Genius Award–winner Jeffry Mitchell, is also the lovingest of Seattle artists. If his drawings, paintings, ceramics, and installations don't endow you with increased exuberance, then you need medical help. This 25-year retrospective will be a gift to the city; you'll probably end up visiting more than once.

Jeffry Mitchell Pop-Up Shop (Nov 24–Jan 27): Featuring work, goods, and products made and/or conceived by local artists.


• 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250,, open Tues–Sun

Frye Collection (Sept 22–Jan 6): Find a new thing to love in the museum's ever-present (and therefore, maybe, under-looked-at) permanent collection of late-19th- and early-20th-century European and American art, including German paintings from Munich Secession artists.

Mw [Moment Magnitude] (Oct 13–Jan 13) is a large-scale exhibition intended to explode the very idea of object-based exhibitions. It includes the broadest range of mediums, from art to performances, readings to concerts, and dance to "arts-engagement programs," and it's co-curated by a full-on team of artists and administrators: Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott.


• 2901 Western Ave, 654-3100,, park open daily, pavilion open Tues–Sun

Encontro das Águas (through April 14) is a silvery-blue pleasure sea that covers the walls of the pavilion at the sculpture park. It's a drawing-painting made of seemingly infinitely echoing lines created with nothing but humble pens, and it's gorgeous. The artist is São Paulo–based artist Sandra Cinto.

In winter, the whitish sky gives the permanent installation of sculptures in the park an entirely different cast. Alexander Calder's Eagle is crouching a little, Richard Serra's abstracted steel ship forms in Wake are pushing a little harder through the air, and the grove of trees loses its leaves where Tony Smith's Wandering Rocks otherwise hide—these can be displayed at any angle, like dice that have been thrown; feel free to turn them over in your mind (not with your hands, unless you want a fight). Mark Dion's Neukom Vivarium becomes a break from the wind and rain. Then again, if you only go outdoors in summer, you are a tourist. Be a foul-weathered sculpture visitor, or you drool.

Midsize Museums


• 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770,, open Tues–Sun

Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley (through Oct 7) has more than 50 quilts made in the American South between 1910 and the 1970s, using whatever was at hand, from flour sacks to old work clothes. An American folk art form unleashed...Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection (through Oct 28) is the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled for exhibition. It includes more than 200 gift drawings, textiles, baskets, and furniture... BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet (Oct 25–Feb 24) is a group show focusing on fiber as a medium. Tapestries, sculptures, installations—soft, soft, soft. Try not to wrap yourself in any of the art... Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996–2012 (Nov 13–Feb 3): intricate papercuts created with black paper and an X-ACTO blade.


• 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590,, open Mon–Sun

2012 International Conservation Photography Awards Exhibit (through Nov 25) features the 75 winning conservation-focused photographs by amateurs and professionals chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 entries.


• 305 Harrison St, 753-4940,, open Mon–Sun

(Ongoing) A promenade of rooms, an outdoor garden, and a cafe chronicling Dale Chihuly's series and packages over the years. It's not the definitive Chihuly experience, but there are highlights, like the cafe, where the artist reveals himself as a master hoarder, and the Macchia Forest. The Macchia Forest comes closest to being an immersive, transporting environment. It's a rich and glowing presentation of Chihuly's big, thin-walled, spotted bowls, each one sitting on its pedestal like a peacock on fire.


• 325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700,, open Mon–Sun

The Rolling Stones 1972 (through Jan 6): intimate and surprising photographs by Jim Marshall, who depicts rock stars we have a hard time imagining up close.


• 2702 E "D" St, Tacoma, 253-779-8490,, open Mon–Sun

(Ongoing) The newest museum in the Northwest is a nine-acre campus with a four-story facility housing gleaming displays of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from a red-and-cream 1906 Cadillac Model M buggy to the leafy, no-door custom sedan used in the 1994 movie The Flintstones.


• 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750,, open Wed–Sun

Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra (through Jan 6)... Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly (through Oct 21)... Classic Heat: a collection of large-scale glass hood ornaments produced by artist John Miller in a joint project with the Museum of Glass and LeMay—America's Car Museum (through Jan)... Scapes: four installations by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana based on the Hindu belief that the world is a series of disks made up of wind, water, and earth upon which float four continents (through Jan)... Made at the Museum: The Visiting Artist Collection (ongoing).


• 2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000,, open Wed–Sun

Bearing Witness from Another Place (opens Oct 20) marks the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin's death with photographs of his experience in Turkey by Sedat Pakay.


• 3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707,, open Tues–Sun

Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People (through Nov 4) is a series of photographs by Birgitte Aarestrup documenting the Sámi, an indigenous population (reindeer herders!) from northern Europe.

Diverse Landscapes of Iceland (Oct 2–Nov 11): photography by Bill Stafford covering Iceland's waterfalls, fiords, fishing villages, volcanic activity, and urban Reykjavik.

Fabulous Iceland: From Sagas to Novels (Oct 12–Nov 11) couples interviews with contemporary Icelandic authors with portraits by Kristinn Ingvarsson.


• 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100,, open Wed–Sun

Where Have They Been? Two Overlooked Chinese Female Artists (through Dec 30) complements SAM's Elles by featuring work by Chang Ch'ung-ho Frankel, a painter and classically trained calligrapher, and Lu Wujiu, an abstract painter influenced by calligraphy.

Many Arrows from Rama's Bow: Paintings of the Ramayana (through Dec 2) is nearly 40 paintings based on the captivating Sanskrit epic that has inspired works of art all over India. The exhibition is a collaboration with the San Diego Museum of Art.

Women's Paintings from the Land of Sita (through Dec 2): For centuries, women in the villages of the Madhubani district of eastern India made ritual paintings on the walls and floors of their homes. When the region suffered a devastating drought and the community was fighting off starvation in the 1960s, an Indian government aid worker suggested the women translate their paintings onto paper in order to be sold at government shops. All at once, the women became breadwinners and artists well known for their popular, bright, geometric-meets-folk-art "Madhubani paintings." This exhibition focuses on the works of nine of these women (plus one man!).

Five years ago was the last time SAAM exhibited its 2002 video installation by renowned Iranian-born, New York–based artist Shirin Neshat, called Tooba (through Dec 2)—and at the time, we wished it would just stay up permanently. The piece is a mesmerizing, evocative, two-channel video projected on large facing walls; it creates its own entire theater. (The action was shot near Oaxaca, Mexico, and the piece was first exhibited at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art—not that progressive Neshat herself is welcome back into her homeland.) From Stranger Suggests in 2006: "The narrative, accompanied by a throbbing religious chant, follows a band of men dressed in black who penetrate a desert garden, wordlessly climbing over its walls like a menacing vine, and surrounding a lone tree into which a wrinkled woman has disappeared. Feminism, Islam, international politics, fear, aggression, poetry—what more could you want from contemporary art?"


• 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258,, open Wed–Sun

The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry (through Sept 23)

Marie Watt: Lodge (through Oct 7) by the Portland artist whose medium is blankets.

Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna's Photography (opens Oct 6)... Andy Warhol's Flowers for Tacoma (Nov 3–Feb 10): An exhibition focusing on the role of flower imagery in Warhol's career, including his (rejected, sadly) proposal to turn the top of the Tacoma Dome into a giant flower in the early 1980s.


• 719 S King St, 623-5124,, open Tues–Sun

George Nakashima: A Master's Furniture and Philosophy (through Jan 20) is a look at the extraordinary wood creations of a man born in Spokane in 1905 and who died in 1990 after a lifetime of widely admired Japanese-influenced designing and building. Among his non-admirers: the US government during the Second World War. Nakashima had earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a master's from MIT (both in architecture), traveled the world, built in countries including India—and after returning to Seattle in 1940, was imprisoned for his "Japaneseness" at Camp Minidoka. This exhibition displays his objects and delves into his thought process.



• 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680,, open Mon–Sun

Secret Signs & Rebel Angels (through Oct 3): mixed media, paintings, and digital collage by Kree Arvanitas... 8th Annual Exhibition of the Onyx Fine Arts Collective (through Oct 3), featuring artists of African descent... Our American Landscape (Oct 6–Nov 1): photography on our national emblems by Kurt E. Armbruster... Oil paintings by D.ita, photographs by Robin Montero, works by Bradley Reed... Photography by Adrian Ward, work by Seattle Weavers Guild (Nov 3–29)... Art/Not Terminal Members Group Show (Dec 1– Jan 3).


• 8005 Greenwood Ave N, 510-3421,, open Mon–Thurs and Sat

New work from Matthew Scott (Dec 1–31).


• 512 First Ave S, 839-0377,, open Tues–Sat

Digital Superstitions (through Sept 29): new graffiti/ukiyo-e/digital-hybrid work by Jonathan Wakuda Fischer... Concerns and Aspirations (Oct 6–Nov 17): paintings by Donald Cole... New carved sculpture by Elaine Hanowell (Nov 27–Jan 19).


• 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963,, open Tues–Sat

Abstract Observations (through Oct 27): paintings and installations by Lydia Bassis, Maxwell Humphres, Jason Sinclair Astorquia, Diana Sanford, and RobRoy Chalmers... A Feast for the Eyes: Food in Art (Oct 30– Dec 15): photographs and paintings by Christopher Boffoli, Kristen Reitz-Green, and Jere Smith.


• 312 N 85th Street, Suite 101, 234-8348,, open Wed–Fri

By The Yard... buy the inch (Sept 14–Oct 5) dares a group of artists to create art that's one yard long by one foot high, then auction it off by the inch... This Is Not Your Grandmother's Still Life (Oct 12–Nov 2) is an exploration of the modern still life curated by Kate Protage and Chris Sheridan... Picture Perfect (Nov 9–Dec 14) features work by five artists.


• 1718 E Olive Way, Suite A, 328-5100,, open Wed–Sun

New paintings by Shane Walsh (Sept 13–Oct 7)... Solace and Wonder (Oct 11–Nov 4) paintings by Marcus Michels and Todd Podolsky... Janet Fagan: Forest, Sea & Sky (Nov 8–Dec 20).


• 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, 684-0877,, open Mon–Sun

Rootbound: Heaven and Earth IV (through Oct 31): a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition at Carkeek Park.


• 5701 Sixth Ave S, 728-1980,, open Mon–Fri

Across the Divide IV: The New Boondocks (through Sept 20): Eight artists living in Montana juxtapose their work with the creations of eight artists from west of the Cascades—does geography matter? How?... CoCA Members' Show (Sept 27– Oct 26)... Alive, Dead (Nov 1–Dec 21): a group show curated by Lucy Mae Martin.


• 4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843,, open Wed–Sun

Threshold (through Sept 23) is paintings by Lori Duckstein and Michael Lowe, sculpture by Eric Edgerton, and multimedia works by Kate Harkins... Rooted: Latino/a Artists' Connection to Native & Adopted Lands (through Sept 23), curated by Seattle artist Juan Alonso, highlights local artists... This year's 7th Annual Juried Exhibit (Sept 26– Nov 11) will be judged by Sabah Al-Dhaher, Miguel Guillén, and Nancy Guppy... Small Works (Nov 14–Jan 13) is bitty pieces by Kathryn Booze, William Booze, Christian Gollub, Elinor Maroney, Sarah Parent, and Olivia Zapata... NW Designer Craftsmen (Nov 14–Jan 13) show work in clay, wood, glass, metal, and fiber by artists across the region.


• 117 Prefontaine Place S, 467-4444,, open Wed–Sat

People are People (through Oct 1): photography by Sherry Loeser... Yesterday, I Thought I Saw... (Oct 3–27): paintings and lithographs by Zanetka Kralova Gawronski... Seeds and Starts (Oct 3–27): sculptures by Steve Gawronski... CORE Holiday Show (Dec 5–22): gallery artists get festive.


• 1000 Lenora St, 726-5011,, open Mon–Fri

Old ghost ranges, sunken rivers, come again (Sept 5–Oct 12) is a group of responses to the forest by contemporary artists, including Vaughn Bell, Gretchen Bennett, Zack Bent, Matt Browning, Stephen Chalmers, Eirik Johnson, Matthew Offenbacher, Whiting Tennis, Kimberly Trowbridge, Allyce Wood, Peter Scherrer, and Claude Zervas... Genius Award–winner Susan Robb (Oct 24–Dec 13).


• 603 S Main St, 919-8278,, open Tues–Sat

Loaded (Sept 6–Oct 27): Japanese woodblock prints based on US bank notes by satirist Annie Bissett... High Five (Nov 1– Dec 29) celebrates Cullom Gallery's fifth anniversary by showing five works each by the gallery's five most popular artists.


• 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684,, open Tues–Sat

New paintings by Selene Santucci, with various artists' Portfolios and Artist Books, and Robert Marx: Special Collection (Sept 7–29)... Donald Fels's recent paintings and prints by Schmid, Barnes, Krueger, Huck (Oct 5–27)... A mysterious exhibition called Three Different Women (it could be the women themselves!), with monumental collagraphs by Jenny Robinson and etchings by John Sloan (Nov 5–27).


• 6555 Fifth Ave S,, open second Saturdays

Mixed-media paintings and collage by Chuck Smart (Oct 4–30).


• 1201 S Vale St, 658-0110,, open Mon–Sun

The Horror (Oct 13–31): selections from the EC Comics Library... Noah Van Sciver and David Lasky (Nov 2–22)... The Last Vispo Anthology, an exhibition by the poet Nico Vassilakis (Nov 24–Dec 6).


• 2407 First Ave, 349-2509,, open Wed–Sat

Of Recollection and Collection (through Oct 6) is Allison Hyde's work on memory, the history of the photograph, and the role of the stairwell... The Money Project (Oct 12–Dec 4) is a solo exhibition by Megan Harmon including sculpture made of money—yup—and a single- channel video installation.


• 220 Third Ave S, 622-2833,, open Tues–Sat

Media Matters (Sept 6–29) is a show with work by seven artists pushing at the edges of what's expected in various mediums, from photography to quilting... Bratsa Bonifacho (Oct 4–27): Skalamerija, slang for thingamajig, is a series of paintings characterized by geometric layering of sound bites by the Serbian-born, Vancouver, B.C.-based artist... Architecture/Nature (Nov 1–24): glasswork by David Shwarz... Rhyme or Reason (Nov 1–24): Paul Vexler's bright, rhythmic wall sculptures made using discarded wood from industrial construction.


• 1210 Second Ave S, 628-9501,, open Tues–Sun

Inner Fabric (through Sept 30): a group show exploring fiber and textiles, featuring Trina Perry Carlson, Reilly Jensen, Susan Hall, Jeff Ballard, and more... Mountain (Oct 2–Nov 4): paintings and sculpture by Laura Sharp Wilson.


• 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355,, open Tues–Sun

Drawings by Robert McNown, and paintings by Jill Bullit and Merle Martinson (Sept 14– Oct 7)... New work by Pat De Caro and Margaret Watson (Oct 12–Nov 11)... Gallery Highlights from 2012/Preview of 2013 (Nov 16–Dec 23).


• 300 S Washington St, 587-4033,, open Wed–Sat

Hector Acebes: Africa 1948–1952 is the artist's striking works in black and white, with work by Canh Nguyen (Sept 6–29)... Homage to Elles, in conjunction with SAM's exhibition from the Pompidou, pays tribute to lady artists (Oct 4–Nov 10)... Michael Kenna: In France (Oct 4–Nov 10).


• 110 Third Ave S, 624-9336,, open Wed–Sat

Digest This: Shu-Ju Wang, Diane Jacobs in the main gallery, and work by Maylee Noah in the small gallery (through Sept 29)... For Urban Martyrs (Oct 4–27), Jasmine Iona Brown used a technique practiced by the Orthodox Church, creating a series of "egg tempera portraits of murdered children of color painted in the Byzantine icon style."


• 123 S Jackson St, 625-0055,, open Tues–Sat

New work by Rickie Wolfe and Richard Wiegmann (through Sept 29).


• 101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-7580,, open Mon–Fri

FutureShack: The Next 50 Years of Residential Design by AIA Architects celebrates the 2012 Seattle Design Festival (through Sept 28)... Lorenzo Moog does presidential portraits on pizza boxes in a show titled The Pizza Presidents: Expansion, Prohibitions, War (Oct 4–26)... Painting/installation by Julie Alpert (Nov 1–30), who's liable to turn the entire space into what seems like a theater set for an eventful play you have to guess at for yourself... Photomedia by Mario Lemafa (Dec 7–28).


• 504 E Denny Way, 832-6063,, open Mon and Wed–Sun

New and old paintings, drawings, and photography celebrating InvisibleHour's 20th year of exhibiting in Seattle (Sept 13– Oct 8)... Lights & Magic: installations, sculpture, and drawings by Jess Rees (Oct 11–Nov 5)... Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza (Nov 8–Dec 31): just what it sounds like, cuteness included.


• 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770,, open Tues–Sat

Dan Webb: Destroyer is new carved-wood sculptures—the biggest he's ever made—by the Seattle veteran and Genius Award finalist, with the antique-style ambrotype studio portraits of Seattle's Daniel Carrillo (through Sept 29)... Figurative painter John Sonsini and plein-air-abstractionist/paint-explorateur Margie Livingston should be interesting to consider side by side (Oct 4–Nov 10)... This will be popular (and marvelous): Works on paper by renowned Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock, obsessive list-maker and cataloguer of the everyday (Nov 15–Dec 29).


• 319 Third Ave S, 223-0816,, open Tues–Sat

Feast (through Sept 6–29): work by Joe Max Emminger and Julie Paschkis... Four Views of Light (Oct 4–27): John Dempcy, James Lavadour, Holly McKinley, and Marianne Pulfer... Paintings and sculpture by the utterly lovable folk artist Terry Turrell (Nov 1–Dec 21).


• Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, 296-2244,, open Wed–Sat

Lead Bunny (Oct 1–31): a film installation by Aileen Imperial, involving animation, dance, music, film, light, and costumes, with performances Oct 11–14 at 9:30 pm.


• RustiQue Studios, 1701 First Ave S,, open first Thursdays 8–11 pm

A collection of video art by Dakota Gearhart, Reilly Sinanan, Rylee Stearnes, and Jenisa Ubben (Sept 6)... Decomposing sculptures under a live video feed by Bojo Lawrence (Oct 4)... Video, photography, and sculpture by Brooks Dierdorff (Nov 1).


• 312 Second Ave S, 903-6220,, open Thurs–Sat

Blue or Both (through Sept 29): abstract, delicately layered paintings by Alexander Kroll... Still-life photography by Sol Hashemi (through Sept 29)... from a history of ruin (Oct 4–27): new work by Mary Ann Peters that explores Lebanon through a combination of distant meditation and personal and familial memory... Occupy (Oct 4–27): photography and sculpture by Tania Kitchell that draws on the taxonomy and classification of invasive plant species found in the Arctic... Cut or Uncut by Jeffry Mitchell (Nov 1–30) focuses on the flower, including paintings, drawings, and three-dimensional works on paper.


• 1333 Fifth Ave, Suite 511, 467-6951,, open Mon–Sat

Landscape paintings by Barbara Benedetti Newton, Randena Walsh, Karen Schroeder, and Neil Andersson (Oct 11–Jan 5).


• 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161,, open Mon–Sat

Residue (through Oct 20): a mixed-media exhibition featuring Garth Amundson, Pierre Gour, Therese Buchmiller, and Paul D. McKee.


• 5628 Airport Way S, Suite 246, 715-8593,, open every second Saturday

Paintings and drawings by Milo Duke (Sept 8–Oct 4)... The Talking Board Group Show (Oct 13–Nov 1): vintage Ouija boards and artistic interpretations of the contentious spirit invoker... Works by Echo Chernik (Nov 10– Dec 6).


• 316 First Ave S, 624-3034,, open Tues–Sat

New oil painting and collage by Patrick LoCicero (through Sept 29)... Paintings by Karen Yurkovich (Oct 4–27)... Jeremy Mangan's new paintings (Nov 1–Dec 1)... Mixed media on carved wood sculpture by Seattle artist David French (Dec 6–29).


• 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315,, open Mon–Sun

Crossings by Ann Morris includes vessels made with willow, sinew, kelp, and bone (through Sept 30)... Paintings and prints by Wendy Thon titled African Dreams (through Sept 30)... Ed Kamuda's new paintings with intricately faceted surfaces (Oct 4–29)... Jerry Wingren: Suspended Totems and Other Wood Sculpture and abstract paintings by Victoria Johnson (Nov 1–Dec 2).


• 307 E Pike St, 457-2970,, open Tues–Sun

Press Start (through Sept 26): more than 30 artists from the video-game industry... B Horror and Sci Fi Filmed (Oct 5–Nov 4): a themed group show... POP! 2, The Return (Nov 8–Dec 9): art inspired by the artists' favorite pop-culture icons.


• 1203A Second Ave, 467-4927,, open Tues–Sat

Mix & UnMatch (Oct 4–Nov 16): Puzzles mixing various identities on a single face by Iranian interdisciplinary artist Negar Farajiani.


• 1400 Second Ave, 682-3820,, open Mon–Sat

Teeny handmade kites (!) by Nobuhiko Yoshizumi (mid-Sept–Oct 31)... Truisms (starting in Oct): storefront installation by Jenny Holzer... The Seduction of Color: Photographs from the Collection of Robert E. Jackson (Nov 1–Dec 31)... Patricia Leavengood's fantasy timepieces (Dec 1–31).


234 Dexter Ave N, 909-9096,, open Mon–Fri

Bubbles (Sept 15–Oct 19): drawings and video by Kloe Kang... Gallery Artists Group Exhibit (Oct 27–Nov 23)... Mixed media, paintings, and drawings by Milan Heger (Dec 1–Jan 11).


• 900 12th Ave, 720-7222,, open Mon–Sun

Equivalents: 17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition (through Sept 18): judged by W. M. Hunt.

Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan (Oct 26–Dec 15) will feature Shadi Ghadirian, Gazelle Samizay, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Manjari Sharma, and Priya Kambli. Samizay, of Afghan descent, is the only artist among the five who lives and works in Seattle. Tehran-based Ghadirian, the only one living outside the US, creates unforgettable photographs involving veiled women (with boom boxes and mirrors, say).


• 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808,, open Wed–Sat

Drogue (through Oct 13): new sculptures and drawings by Eric Eley, who sends shapes into free float, whether in two dimensions or three... Graphite drawings by Michael Schall (Oct 18–Nov 24)... Elles: Platform (Nov 29–Dec 15) features work by Platform lady artists Jaq Chartier, Lauren Grossman, Patte Loper, Kelly Mark, Melissa Pokorny, and Ariana Page Russell.


• 312 S Washington St, Studio A1, 328-2200,, open Wed–Sat

A Closer Look (Sept 6–29): works in glass by Paul Cunningham, Chuck Lopez, Janusz Pozniak, Kait Rhoads, and Boyd Sugiki... West Meets East (Nov 1– Dec 1): a print-based installation by Christina Carlyle Reed.


• 3419 E Denny Way, 322-3851,, open Wed–Sat

The Space Between Things (Sept 22–Oct 27): Marsha Burns, Eric Elliott, Ann Gale, Caroline Kapp, Robert Maki, Jordan Wolfson, and Evelyn Woods... Equine, Bovine, Canine, Feline, & Avian (Nov 3–Dec 8): David Brody, John Fadeff, Moira Hahn, Randy Hayes, Jim Holl, Carolyn Kreig, and Robert Shlegel.


• 119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945,, open Thurs–Sat

Bill Finger, who photographs scenes based on the dioramas he builds (Sept 6–29)... New work by rabble-rousing Ries Niemi (Oct 4–27)... Juried Exhibition (Nov 1–Dec 15).


• 2312 Second Ave, 374-8977,, open Wed–Sat

Lush Life Four (through Oct 6): an annual group show... Marco Mazzoni's colored-pencil drawings, and Joseph Park's post-Cubist paintings in his signature "prism-ism" style (Oct 12–Nov 3)... Josh Keyes's museum diorama–like paintings and John Brophy's new series of icon paintings (Nov 9–Dec 1).


• 1222 NE Ravenna Blvd, 679-0706,, open by appt only

Happiness Rides Wide (through Sept 30): sculpture and drawings by Mike Simi, an observer of economics, masculinity, and anxiety. His sculptures are characters too ashamed or too absorbed or simply too faceless to look at you directly; they often only offer their backs. The threat of ouch is everywhere in evidence here.

Nothing and No Thing (Oct 14–Dec 31): music, photography, and sculpture by three-piece art band Bat Haus.


• 306 S Washington St, #105,, open Fri–Sat and first Thursdays

Hunting Orange Rabbits (through Sept 29): large-scale photographs in which the artist, Ted Hiebert, poses with a wolf skin... Works in print, collage, and mixed media by Romson Regarde Bustillo and Kamla Kakaria (Oct 4–27)... Transformation (Nov 1–Dec 1): works on paper by Paula Stokes, and leaded glass LED light boxes by Eric Mead.


• 112 Third Ave S, 264-8061,, open Wed–Sat

Beyond the Western Lands (through Sept 29): a group show by Brian Britigan, Adrain Chesser, Steven Miller, and Jeffry Mitchell... I eat my honeycomb with my honey, I drink my wine with my milk (through Sept 29): new paintings by Susanna Bluhm... Teeth (Oct 3–27): Teeth can be so creepy. Work by Nola Avienne, Chris Buening, Alan Bur Johnson, and Jennifer Zwick... Ellen Ziegler: Body Double (Oct 3–27)... Handbound (Oct 31–Dec 1): a group show highlighting comics, zines, and art books (both finished and in progress) by Max Clotfelter, David Nixon, Jason T. Miles, Jess Rees, Martine Workman, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, and others... Pacific Motel (Dec 5–29): collage, installation, and photography by Maggie Carson Romano and Serrah Russell, after their shared experience at a motel on a weekend away.


• 119 S Jackson St, 405-4040,, open Mon–Sun

Far Away, Up Close (through Sept 29): masks, ritual objects in wood, stone sculpture, jewelry, prints, whalebone carvings, and mixed media by contemporary Alaskan artists... Gouache paintings by Thomas Stream (through Sept 29)... A Generation Rises (Oct 4–27): Phil Gray, Alano Edzerza, Shaun Peterson, Sheldon Skillie, and others... Joan Tenenbaum: Mountains, Moons and Mystery and Odyssey, carvings by Hib Sabin (Nov 1–30)... Winter Group Exhibition (Dec 6–31): sculpture, paintings, prints, jewelry, basketry.


• 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809,, open Mon–Fri

Ruffle (Sept 10–Dec 7): a three-dimensional massing of contour line drawings by Gail Grinnell that envelops the entire gallery.


• 7513 Greenwood Ave N, 706-3020,, open Tues–Sun

Erratic Expressions (through Oct 9): a group mixed-media exhibition... Fairy Tales & Fables (Oct 10–Nov 6): paintings and sculptures inspired by storybook characters... Tantrums, Tragedies & Temptations (Nov 7–Dec 11): paintings drawn from Greek myth.


• 110 Union St, #200, 587-6501,, open Tues–Sun

Microcosmos (through Sept 29): glasswork by brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre that puts a fresh spin on Mexican folk-art imagery... Aurorae (Oct 4–Nov 11): tilting, precarious glasswork by John Kiley... Nancy Worden: Smiling Faces, and work by Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert (Nov 15–Dec 23).


• 1525 Summit Ave, 227-3572,, open Tues–Sat

We Are Such Faggots (through Sept 11): playful/defiant erotic photography, text, and T-shirts by Steven Miller and Adrain Chesser... For Work and Play (Sept 13–Oct 9): paintings by H. Lee Porter, repurposed plastic bottle dolls by LONGER, and graphic art by Riley Hoonan and Glenn Newcomer... Art That Speaks (Oct 11–Nov 6): art incorporating text and hand-painted typography by 13fngrs, W3 collective, Brian Sanchez, and others... The Future Is Uncertain (Nov 8–Dec 10): art and installation by Christopher Buening and others... Art Is a Gift (Dec 13–Jan 8): artwork, crafts, and prints by artists, all to be sold on a "cash and carry basis."


• 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 956-8372,, open Tues–Sat

Diversity in Silkscreen (through Sept 29): expanding beyond the rock poster to explore possibilities in silkscreen.


• 1508 11th Ave, 709-9797,, open Tues–Sun

Photo show by locals (Sept 13–Oct 6)... Fake taxidermy by Michael Alm and Robin Crookall (Oct 11–Nov 3)... Collaborations in the form of conversation, drawing, painting, and evolving installations by Amanda Manitach and Ryan Molenkamp (Nov 8–Dec 8).


• Private residence,, each show is one night only

Listen to the Thunder Shout I Am (Sept 13): raw photography by Doug Newman.


• 3412 Fourth Ave S, 838-7444,, open Thurs–Sat

This is the last show at Western Bridge ever, after eight glorious years, and the title is poignant: I'm thinking how happy I am (Sept 8–Oct 20). Be happy it happened rather than sad it's ending, or something like that, right? Work will be by Lutz Bacher, Euan Macdonald, and Walead Beshty, including an installation scattering 2,500 baseballs across the floor, a video, and two works relating to Western Bridge and its... ending. We're thinking how happy we are, we're thinking how happy we are. Seriously: Don't miss this. It will be beautiful. And we are happy it happened.


• 203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855,, open Mon–Sat

The Gardens of Archimedes (The Circle of Life Paintings): Michael Schultheis's imagistic exploration of the geometry of Greek mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse (Sept 12–Oct 27)... Petits Tableaux: A Group Exhibition of Small Works, with new paintings by Chris Pfister, and video animation based on rarely seen footage from the 1962 World's Fair by Piper O'Neill (Nov 7–Dec 21).


• 2101 Ninth Ave, 622-7243,, open Tues–Sat

New paintings by Nathan DiPietro (through Oct 20), whose paintings are deadpan documents of regional despair, er, development... New paintings by Jared Rue (Oct 23–Nov 24).


Sept 7, 5:30–7:30 pm

ARCADE 30.4 Launch Party

Celebrating the release of the new issue of Seattle's design magazine, ARCADE, this time titled "Global More=Global Less" and guest-edited by Barbara Swift. Jeffrey Ochsner and Ed Weinstein speak. $30 suggested donation for drinks, snacks, music, and your copy of ARCADE.

• The BelRoy Apartments, 703 Bellevue Ave E, www.arcade

Sept 8, 10 am–3 pm

Salmon Return Celebration

Earth-friendly artmaking, family tours, live performances, all loving on the pink fish.

• Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave,

Sept 8, 4–10 pm

NEPO 5K Don't Run

This 5K encourages hopping, skipping, crawling, jaunting, hobbling, stumbling, and moonwalking over running—but you can also just walk it and enjoy the site-specific performances and installations along the three-mile route.

• Starts at NEPO House, 1723 S Lander St; finishes in front of Kobe Terrace Park, S Main St and Maynard Ave S,

Sept 20–23

Design in Public's Seattle Design Festival

Until last year, Seattle had no annual event for people to get together and officially care about the shapes of the city—its design in the past, present, and future. This is the second year of the very welcome Seattle Design Festival, organized by Design in Public, featuring speakers and panels, tours, exhibits, films, and workshops involving everything from the development of South Lake Union to the next 50 years of residential design to the history of Japanese furniture to the plan for the 520 bridge. Locally made goods for sale, and brainstorming officially taking place.

• Various venues,

Sept 22, 5:30–11 pm

Genius Awards

The 10th annual Genius Awards are happening in a way that they've never happened before: Of three finalists in each category, the winners will be announced from the stage. The Art nominees are: naturalist/urban-installation artist Sarah Bergmann (wooot!), sculptor Dan Webb (yeahhh!), and video artist/drawer Amanda Manitach (yowww!).

• Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave,; VIP only from 5:30– 7:30 pm

Oct 17–20

Heineken City Arts Festival

City Arts magazine's third annual fall festival, spread in various venues across the city, is four days and nights of music and performance—but don't forget that Seattle's visual artists are involved, too. The highlight this year has to be the Art Dash 4 Ca$h (Oct 20): "Part public art tour, part alley cat–style bike race, part party." It's a 12-hour, countywide bike tour/race to find and photograph art (maps will be provided, or you can also go your own way) featuring bands, unexpected locations, and cash prizes, organized by New Mystics. Art will be scattered throughout the festival's locations, but there will also be a central Culture Club hub, with exhibitions, an art-and-design-object mini-market, happy hours "curated" by artists (including the playful crew of Fictilis and the trickster trio PDL), and performances/installations by teams of interdisciplinary artists who've never worked together before "genre-bending" for the occasion.

• Various venues,

Oct 20, 10 am–3 pm

Community Day for Elles

A celebration of women and art at SAM, including kids' tours, artmaking, dancing, live music.

• Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100,

Nov 8–11

Affordable Art Fair

Novice (and veteran) art buyers, look no further: The Affordable Art Fair has graced New York, London, Milan, and Paris and is now making its first-ever appearance in Seattle. With assistance from local gallery owners, the event will display thousands of works of art for sale at palatable prices. (But we do want to remind you that affordable art is everywhere!)

• Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center,

Nov 10, 5–9 PM

Hiawatha Artist Lofts

A possibly autumnal-themed open house featuring music, food, and open studios.

• Hiawatha Artist Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Pl S

Art Walks

Wallingford, first Wednesday, 6–9 pm; Pioneer Square, first Thursday, 5–8 pm; Fremont, first Friday, 6–9 pm; Capitol Hill, second Thursday, 5–8 pm; West Seattle, second Thursday, 6–9 pm; PhinneyWood, second Friday, 6–9 pm; Belltown, second Friday, 6–9 pm; Central District, second Saturday, 1–5 pm (May–Oct); Georgetown, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Ballard, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Pike Hike, third Thursday, 5–8 pm (May–Oct); Columbia City, third Friday, 4– 9 pm (May–Sept); U-District, third Friday, 6–9 pm; International District, third Saturday, 6:30– 9:30 pm (May–Aug). Go to for more info.