MUSEUMS AND ART CENTERS
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, 301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322
Gloria Bornstein--A 30-year survey of an important Northwest artist, curated by Vicki Halper. 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
Carlo Maria Mariani--An exhibition of paintings using neo-classical images to tackle contemporary dilemmas, entitled The Mysterious Enchantment of Beauty. Through June 27.
Richard Buswell--Photographic still lifes and landscapes depicting rustic western relics, by a Montana doctor turned artist. Through Aug 1.
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 Sun June 13.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY, 2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126.
Phil Borges--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 ART MUSEUM, 100 University St, 654-3158.
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. Through December 5.
*Lucian Freud--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 medium. 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. Through August 15.
*Roy McMakin--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. Through October 31.
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.
Sue Coe--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 Seventh 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 affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities of future generations. Through April 9, 2000.
IMPRESSIONISM: PAINTINGS COLLECTED FROM EUROPEAN MUSEUMS--SAM has co-organized an exhibition of over 60 paintings, the largest body of Impressionist work ever shown in the Northwest. Included are pieces by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Vincent van Gogh. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3158. Sat June 12 through Aug 29.
LAND/USE/ACTION--A four-tiered project of visual and performance work that encourages viewers to consider the relationship between people and land in both intellectual and experimental terms. Here and There features 10 local artists who have created site-specific work around Seattle. Men of the World, a performance duo from Chicago, perform "unannounced public gestures" that disrupt people's lives on the streets of Seattle, from June 21-23. Marilyn Arsem, a Boston-based performance artist, has been commissioned to produce a site-specific work, and CLUI (The Center for Land Use Interpretation) from Los Angeles will conduct three tours in Seattle focusing on various concerns and perspectives related to how we alter the landscape with industrial and commercial growth. CoCA, 65 Cedar St, 728-1980. Sat June 12 through July 31.
FOTOGRAFIS DE LA ESPERANZA--Curated by the Sicardi Sanders Gallery in Houston, this photographic exhibition hopes to relate the sense of hope and history, pride and heritage of Latin American culture. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Mon June 14 through July 31.
JENNIFER STEINKAMP--An installation entitled Phase = Time was created as the first commissioned new work in the series Future Forward, which features artists working with new technologies. Rhythmically pulsating light patterns flamesow across a scrim, creating a large-scale abstract environment for viewers to become engulfed and slightly nauseous in. Steinkamp has collaborated with composer Jimmy Johnson. The Henry Gallery, University of Washington, 543-2280. Fri June 11 through Oct 3.
DAVID TUPPER--A series of vibrant paintings celebrating coming of age in a Latino neighborhood. Birthday cakes, pinatas, gang symbols, and images of dating are at the forefront. Robbie Mildred Gallery, 307 E Pike St, 903-1246. Thurs June 10 through July 8.
BALTED--A two-person exhibition, including photo collage works by the wonderful Susan Robb and an installation of giant mousetraps by Gary Smoot. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through June 27.
BASKETRY--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. 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. Saturdays through June 26, 12 noon-5 pm.
JEREMY--To Forgive is Human, To Err is Divine features figurative paintings that examine our contemporary relationship with the classics. Linda Hodges, 410 Occidental Ave S, 624-3034. Through June 26.
*DAVID BRODY--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. Through June 26.
DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD--Another collection of graceful and powerful horse sculptures made of cast bronze and found metal. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through July 10.
*CARAPACE--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.
STEPHANIE CARLSON--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. Through June 26.
CHERRY--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. Jim Harris Gallery, 309 Third Ave, 903-6555. Through July 10.
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.
THOMAS EDWARD--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. Through June 27.
RAYANN FIGLER--Eerie manipulated family photos in They Promised me a House. Zeitgeist, 161 S Jackson. Through June 30.
STEPHANIE FROSTAD--If you liked reading The Bridges of Madison County, you'll love this work. Thin paintings loaded with sappy narratives and a general mass appeal. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588. Through June 26.
TOM GORMALLY--Encaustic drawings and wall relief sculpture. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. 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--plumbed, literally, 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. 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. Through July 13.
EXPOSURE--An exhibition celebrating the study of the human form in photography. Basically--nudes, nudes, nudes. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through June 12.
ANNE HIRONDELLE--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. Through June 27.
DEBORA HOUSE--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.
ELIZABETH JAMESON--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. Through June 26.
CLAIRE JOHNSON--Paintings of dog-piling drag queens. Oculus Gallery, 163 S Jackson, 366-2108. Through June 26.
LESSER WORKS--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. Through June 26.
1999 NEDDY ARTIST FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION--This year's winners are Jeffry Mitchell in Painting and Doug Keyes in Photography. The exhibition also features nominees Jaq Chartier, Denzil Hurley, Maxine Martell, Richard Lewis, Robert Lyons, and Glenn Rudolph. Seafirst Gallery, Columbia Seafirst Center, 701 Fifth Ave, 585-3200. Through June 18.
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.
JULIE RYAN--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. Through June 27.
ELIZABETH SANDVIG--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. Through June 27.
SECOND ANNIVERSARY GROUP SHOW--Celebrate the beginning of the third season of programming at Seattle's premiere 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. Through June 30.
A SECRET REVEALED--A group show in collaboration with Real Change magazine. Streetlife Gallery, 2301 Second Ave. Through June 30.
RUTH SORENSEN--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 Sat June 12.
ANNE SIEMS--Figures share the foreground with flamesowers, birds, and butterflamesies, in both small- and large-scale highly textured works. The layered imagery contains the kind of narrative personal symbology found in diaries and family crests. Grover Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through June 26.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MFA EXHIBITION-- The annual showcase of current MFA candidates. This year 21 young artists present works ranging from paintings, ceramics, metals, sculpture, and prints. The Henry Gallery, University of Washington, 543-2280. Through June 27.
THEODORE WADDELL--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. Through June 27.
SHAWN WOLFE--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.
*JIM WOODRING--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. Through June 27.
HIRO YOKOSE--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 stress that the fantastical vision is his and his alone. Winston Wachter, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through July 10.
JENNIFER STEINKAMP--Currently exhibiting at the Henry, she has created an installation entitled Phase = Time that involves viewers in a direct sensory experience. An animator and internationally exhibiting artist, Steinkamp is most concerned with what she calls intersubjectivity: the shifting of perspective which effects an exchange of the space and the spectator within as subject. Visiting artist lecture. Friday June 11, 7:30. Henry Gallery Auditorium, University of Washington.
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.
Found Objects--Accepting work for annual show of embellished functional furniture, mirrors, lighting, etc. Send slides/images to Found Objects, 1406 First Ave, Seattle WA 98101. Deadline: Tues June 15.
Washington State Lawyers for the Arts--Every second and fourth Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm, volunteer lawyers specializing in arts and entertainment law are available to answer questions. Artists may receive a private session for a suggested $15 donation. First-come, first-served; arrive early. For information, call the Arts Legal Clinic at 328-7053.