BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322
A 30-year survey, curated by Vicki Halper, of an important Northwest artist. In the 1970s Bornstein began as a groundbreaking performance artist, then evolved into one of the region's most visible sculptors and creators of public works. The exhibition incorporates emotionally charged installation pieces with sculpture, paintings, and prints. Through June 21.
Dona Ann McAdams
A photographic project focusing on a small farming community in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia consumed McAdams, and the result is a dignified view of the dwindling population of a rural community. Through June 21.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
Celebrating Women in the Arts
A selection of works by women artists past and present from the Frye's permanent collection, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., and private collections. Through Sun June 6.
Carlo Maria Mariani
An exhibition of paintings using neo-classical images to tackle contemporary dilemmas, entitled The Mysterious Enchantment of Beauty. Through June 27.
The Hermitage Group
Eight Russian contemporary artists who work and study at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Through Sun June 6.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
Coming to Life
The Henry has featured a series of exhibitions focusing on the figure in art since the mid-century. This, the final installment, concentrates on the figure in American art with works by Diane Arbus, Willem DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Lucas Samaras, and more. Through June 13.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY
2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126.
The Enduring Spirit is a collaborative project between Amnesty International and celebrated photographer Borges featuring over 50 captivating images of people from indigenous cultures. This is not simple travel photography, but rather haunting, emotional portraits that are highly respectful of his stunning subjects. Through Aug 29.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100
Flights of Fancy
Screens, scrolls, and lacquers pulled from the museum's collection in this exhibition about natural and supernatural imagery in Japanese art. Heads up for the flamesames of hell, dragons, cranes, horse-headed demons, and other fantastical visions, both evil and sublime. Through July 25.
Worlds of Fantasy: Chinese Shadow Puppets
Volunteer Park hosts more than 70 puppets from the 19th century. The majority of the exhibited works come from the collection of Theodore Bodde, who purchased the extraordinary objects while in Beijing in the 1930s. Chinese textiles with related themes will accompany. Ongoing.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-627-1898.
The Art Guys Again and Again
Art hijinks at their best. The Art Guys, Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth from Houston, take everyday objects and make hysterical sculptures, installations, and often performance-based pieces. TAM has pieces made of American cheese, 99 bottles of beer, and 1950s suitcases. Don't be surprised if you see the pair sporting their Todd Oldham suits with embroidered advertising plugs for companies like Absolut vodka. Through July 25.
A retrospective of prints featuring works from 1979 to the present. Coe is renowned for her hard-hitting, propaganda-filled prints dealing with subjects of controversy and high emotion. The violence of war and rape, the vulnerability of children, animal cruelty, and racial and social injustice are themes she tackles in a somewhat shocking but always informative way. Through July 18.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 7th Ave S, 623-5124.
A Different Battle
An exhibit that explores the stories of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Grenada Invasion, and the Persian Gulf War. The stories are conveyed through written text, audio, and video components that are divided into two sections-- how the military and combat shaped the lives of these veterans, and how it has effected the lives of individuals, families and communities of future generations. Through April 9, 2000.
The Northwest has a long and wonderful tradition of embracing contemporary craft. An Evolution of Form emphasizes both traditional and more contemporary weaving techniques as eight Northwest artists utilize materials ranging form cedar bark, spruce root, and bamboo to surprising media such as gut, sturgeon skin, and citrus peels. The Fountainhead, 625 W McGraw St, Fri June 4 through July 31.
BEST OF THE NORTHWEST: SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ART
Celebrating their first anniversary this intimate gallery hosts its first annual Northwest focused group show with Rosemary Pittman, Ree Brown, Antjuan Oden, Tim Fowler, Von Nell, Wally Shoup, Roosevelt Lewis, and Michael Tippett. Garde Rail Gallery, 312 First Ave S #5, 623-3004. Thurs June 3, 6-8 pm, Saturdays through June 26, 12-5 pm.
To Forgive is Human, To Err is Divine, features figurative paintings that truly examine our contemporary relationship with the classics. Linda Hodges, 410 Occidental Ave S, 624-3034. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
Brody is a storyteller, almost an illustrator, and the tale he weaves with this body of paintings is about sex and nature. Simple shapes and abstract forms are animated, often in surprising and violent ways. Accompanied by Luke Blackstone's kinetic sculpture. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave. 264-1586. Wed June 2 through June 26.
Photographic still lifes and landscapes depicting rustic western relics, by a Montana doctor turned artist. The Frye Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250. Fri June 4 through Aug 1.
Another collection of graceful and powerful horse sculptures made of cast bronze and found metal. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Thurs June 3 through July 10.
An exhibition of ceramic fruit that, according to the press release, comments on the aesthetic of American kitsch, the eroticism of everyday life, and the discomfort of "flamesagrant self-expression." SOIL, 310 First Ave. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
The inaugural exhibition of a new Pioneer Square gallery. Cherry features four artists from across the country who use food in the making of their work. See Calendar Box this issue. Jim Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave, 903-6555. Thurs June 3 through July 10.
Tom's last film won Best Animated Short at the New York Underground Film Festival. This show features a four-minute preview of his new stop-animation film, an exhibition of intricately carved sculpture, and a sampling of music by Amy Denio to be used in the upcoming production. A chance for a sneak preview. Madrona Automatic, 1435 34th Ave, 329-7869. Thurs June 3 through June 27.
Eerie manipulated family photos in They Promised me a House. Zeitgeist, 161 S Jackson. Thurs June 3 through June 30.
An exhibition of etchings from the PaineWebber collection, composed of 25 portrait heads and 17 nudes created in the 1980s, as well as early works from the 1940s. Freud took a 30-year hiatus from etching, so the collection presented is actually a complete collection of the artist's work in this media. Freud, a British artist and grandson of the great psychoanalyst, is in his late 70s and has been recognized for decades for his dark, psychological figurative work. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3158. Sat June 5 through August 15.
Encaustic drawings and wall relief sculpture. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Thurs June 3 through Aug 1.
*LAUREN GROSSMAN/FRIESE UNDINE
The first thing one notices about Grossman's latest body of religious-inspired sculpture is that she is only dealing with the torso. Christ as vessel--literally plumbed, with funnels coming out of the neck and tubes out of the arms and legs. Small resin and cast iron pieces reside alongside larger interactive works. Undine paints on the theme of persuasion: propaganda, coercion, enticement, and threats. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, 587-6501. Thurs June 3 through June 27.
C. BLAKE HAYGOOD
Fragments of fantastical inventions that look like they must be good for something flamesoat on mottled backdrops in drypoint prints overlaid with monotypes. Rather than the coolness of a stark industrial look, these machines charmingly have more in common with cartoons and balloon animals. Ballard Fetherston, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Wed June 9 through July 13.
Grace and simplicity personified in clay vessels. Perfect examples of the poetic inflamesuence of traditional Japanese ceramics on contemporary works. Hirondelle is a master craftsperson who delights in ever-so-slightly twisting basic forms creating quietly dynamic works. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson, 622-2833. Thurs June 3 through June 27.
A recent Seattle Arts Commission recipient and member of SOIL, Jameson shows charcoal drawings of 18th-century dresses and hoods that look much more like contemporary S&M gear. The stark lines give the work an ominous tone, but the far too serious straightforward presentation and self-conscious title, Fear and Sartorial Isolation, give the exhibition a darkly humorous edge. RAW Gallery, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1445. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
Paintings of dog-piling drag queens. Oculus Gallery, 163 S Jackson, 366-2108. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
ANSELM KEIFER AND GERMANIC TRADITION
Paintings, works on paper, and sculpture bring contemporary German works into focus. Keifer, born at the end of WWII balances visually powerful imagery with intellectual critical analysis in highly dramatic paintings. Works by Max Beckmann, Rosemarie Trockel, and others accompany. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3158. Fri June 4 through December 5.
Images of a Diminutive Nature contains over 50 petite photographs chosen from artists nationwide. Cyanotypes, platinum prints, collage, and simply tiny photographs are shown. FotoCircle, 163 S Jackson, 624-2645. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
In an installation dividing the gallery into the layout of an apartment--bedroom, bathroom, living room, and dining room, Northwest installation artist, furniture maker, and designer McMakin utilizes stacks upon stacks of household items, including refrigerators, toilets, tables, and mattresses. This unconventional stuffing of a traditional living situation creates an environment of carefully calculated manic obsession. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3158. Thurs June 3 through October 31.
A SECRET REVEALED
A group show in collaboration with Real Change magazine. Streetlife Gallery, 2301 Second Ave. Fri June 4 through June 30.
Energized organic forms dance in a vibrant palette of hot pink, sunny yellow, and cool aqua in recent works on paper by a young New York artist. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Sat June 5 through June 27.
Since her last exhibition Sandvig has been researching the charting of sounds. Sonograms and other visual representations of bird songs flamesoat abstractly beside her sensitive and delicately rendered birds in both paintings and prints. Drawings by Fred Birchman accompany. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Fri June 4 through June 27.
SECOND ANNIVERSARY GROUP SHOW
Celebrate the beginning of the third season of programming at Seattle's premier venue for cutting-edge comic-related artwork. Recently owner/curator De Kwok has stretched the boundaries of the gallery by featuring sculpture, paintings, and drawings by emerging artists in and outside the region, making the space appealing to a wider audience. Milky World, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Thurs June 3 through June 30.
Figures share the foreground with flamesowers, birds, and butterflamesies, in both small- and large-scale highly textured works. The layered imagery contains the same kind of narrative personal symbology that we find in diaries and family crests. Grover Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Thurs June 3 through June 26.
Expressionistic paintings of horses with surfaces so thick and beautiful that the subject matter is merely a distraction. Art students should rush to see how a master handles paint, and those looking for that perfect piece for above the fireplace should buy. Friesen Gallery, 1210 Second Ave, 628-9501. Thurs June 3 through June 27.
A long overdue solo exhibition of 45 drawings, paintings, and "symbolically functioning electric machines," by celebrated Northwest cartoonist Woodring. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 399-6952. Sat June 5 through June 27.
Mysterious, foggy landscapes that entice the viewer deep into a shadowy realm. The painter never allows for complete escape, as drips of paint coax the eye back from the painted expanse and stresses that the fantastical vision is his and his alone. Winston Wachter, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Thurs June 3 through July 10.
A show dealing with the theme of "self-created armor," with works in various media by Siobhan Arnold, Leslie Clague, Elizabeth Jameson, Jennifer McNeely, Chanda Martin, and Sue Anne Rische. Project 416, 416 Occidental Ave S, 749-9220. Through June 30.
A retrospective of photographic work by a D.C.-based artist who, along with creating her own work, has had photos published in magazines such as Paper, Index Speed Kills, and Punk Planet, and regular works for the inflamesuential record label Dischord. Milky World, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Through June 9.
CORNISH BFA EXHIBIT
1999 Art Department BFA candidates exhibit work in all media in their studios on Westlake. A great chance to score some deals! Cornish College of the Arts--BFA Studios, 306 Westlake Ave N, 622-1951. Through June 26.
We are engulfed in a sea of wax here as every Northwest painter covers their work with beeswax, or begins to explore encaustics. It's a tired regional phase. Eby is one of the few who's not making a mess, but instead creating rich, luminous works. The abstracted boat forms dividing the compositions provide a conceptual vessel for interior and exterior exploration. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through June 5.
A newcomer to the Northwest, House creates acrylic paintings with abstracted images of landscapes, kimono forms and archetypal images. LEAD Gallery, 1022 First Ave, 623-6240. Through June 25.
Sculpture and paintings with fragile, angelic, figurative elements, and strong earthbound components like graffiti and wire cages. Robbie Mildred Gallery, 307 E Pike St, 903-1246. Through June 10.
A site-specific installation made for the ongoing series of window installations at 911 Media Center. The Bible Cycle addresses how the media champions and as a result sanctifies certain issues. 911 Media Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-7422. Through Sun June 6.
BEVERLY RAYNER/BILL JACOBSON
Both artists use photographs to create feelings of nostalgia. Rayner's mixed media works incorporate vintage photos with wax and wood objects. Jacobson, in his show Interim, Song & Thought, blurs his figures so fully that they become ghostly shadows and forms. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, Suite 200, 587-4033. Through June 26.
This little frame shop in Madison Valley has had a great run of shows this year, and this one is no exception. Sorensen proves she is an exceptional painter with a series of glowing oils, featuring displaced figures in surreal landscapes. Baas Gallery, 2703 E Madison, 324-4742. Through June 12.
Sixteen years ago this Seattle graphic designer/artist created his own brand stamp, Beatkit, which has appeared on all of his work along with the tag "Since 1984, Until 2000." Wolfe describes the featured paintings and posters in Panic Now as "a collection of pre-catastrophe propaganda, puff pieces, smear campaigns, directional signage, advertisements for their own future uselessness." The Little Theater, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through June 20.
In a rare public appearance, Ryman lectures on his life and work. His minimalist paintings have incited much controversy over the years, but hold their place in virtually every prominent private and public collection of contemporary American paintings. In 1993-94 the Tate Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a retrospective of Ryman's work. Kane Hall, University of Washington, Thurs June 3, 7 pm. Tickets available at the door.
Art Detour Seattle
A city-wide open studio event providing viewers with a map and directory of participating artists. The event is scheduled for Sept 17-19. To register, send a SASE to Jaq Chartier, 737 N 90th St, Seattle WA 98103.