510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.
BREAD & PUPPET THEATER
"We've been over this. Nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate." Through Jan 5.
* TRESPASSING: HOUSES X ARTISTS
Fantasy houses as built by artists, including David Reed, Jessica Stockholder, and Chris Burden. It's a big year for the architecture-as-art inquiry, and this entry looks smart, promising, and stylish. Through Jan 5.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
LITTLE THINGS COUNT
Opening. The holiday hawking deluge begins with CoCA's "reasonably-priced" swap meet, featuring over 30 local artists and their fancy-schmancy trinkets. Opening reception Sat Nov 30 at 6 pm. Through Dec 31.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.
DISCO: A DECADE OF SATURDAY NIGHTS
A movement completely devoid of artistic relevance? Perhaps--but think of all that Danskin! Featuring one of those white Travolta suits, but (by reports) a conspicuous absence of white lines. Through May 26.
FRYE ART MUSEUM HENRY ART GALLERY
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
OUT OF THE BLUE
A historical retrospective focusing on one of World War II's only domestic disasters--the crash landing of Boeing's experimental B-29 bomber into South Seattle's Frye meatpacking plant, an event which came to precipitate the Frye Art Museum's opening. Through Jan 5.
"Works charged with psychological intensity," like still lives of bowls, and dogs next to bowls. Through Feb 9.
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY (E.A.T.)
Final week. Thirty-four years after its official inception, the Northwest chapter of Experiments in Art and Technology (or E.A.T., founded in New York by Billy Klüver, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, and others), a group that provided artists with access to a variety of cutting-edge electronics, reunites for a historical retrospective. Featured are works from E.A.T. chapters across the country. Through Dec 1.
The complement to the current Seattle Art Museum Mexican modernism exhibit, the Henry exhibits more contemporary (from 1992-2000) works from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman. Through Jan 5.
* OUT OF SITE
Reviewed this issue. Through Feb 2.
Curator Pamela Meredith reconfigures, in a series of evocative photographs and images, Proust's privileged vision of France in La Belle :poque. Through Feb 16.
HENRY ART GALLERY
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
Spanning the last 14 years of his photographic career, Hernandez presents his exploration of "contemporary ruins," from modern dilapidated buildings to homeless encampments. Through April 6.
FRIDA KAHLO, DIEGO RIVERA, AND MEXICAN MODERNISM
From the revered collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman comes a celebration of over 20 preeminent early- to mid-century Mexican modernists; the exhibition includes several seldom-seen works by Kahlo. Through Jan 5.
* DO-HO SUH
Final week. "Korean artist Suh understands the power of 'a lot,' understands how repetition gives a kind of dignity to modest things. He imbues his projects--a suit of armor made from thousands of dog tags, a floor held up by thousands of tiny figures, wallpaper made of thousands of faces cut out from his high-school yearbook--with political feeling as well." (Emily Hall) Split between the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Through Dec 1.
A "rare" (if 15 times a year can be called rare) peek at the span of mystical Tobey's career. Through April 6.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-396-1768.
* DEBORAH OROPALLO
Everyday objects discover their abstract and decorative qualities through Oropallo's screen-printed canvases, which use multiple images of familiar forms. Through Feb 2.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
WILLIAM IVEY, MARY RANDLETT
A selective retrospective of late Seattle painter William Ivey, along with Mary Randlett's Portrait, a baiting collection of 88 photographs capturing members of the local arts community. Open run.
ANNUAL DECEMBER GROUP SHOW
It's Christmas... empty out the storeroom! The Kimzey Miller collective dogpiles for the holiday season, with works by Riccardo Clementi, Sandy Wadlington, Pete Jordan, and more. Kimzey Miller Gallery, 1225 Second Ave, 682-2339. Through Dec 21.
NICOLE DEPOLE, DAVID LASKY, AVRIL McLANE
Just in time for Halloween (wait... what?), three reflections on Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven in varied mediums. Opening reception Thurs Dec 5 at 6 pm. The Gray Press, 89 Yesler Way, #206, 903-0404. Through Jan 31.
DAVID HOCKNEY, RICHARD DIEBENKORN, ROBERT MOTHERWELL
Three decades of printmaking, most notable for the presence of Hockney's rare Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C. P. Cavafy, one of the most explicitly homoerotic collections of the artist's career. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Dec 28.
Whether art can ever find a comfortable marriage with commerce remains to be seen, but if you're gonna give it a shot, you might as well do it in style. Softcore curator Chuck Dong presents Trademark, a remarkable collection of over 75 artists (including Tom Dewar, Flatchestedmama, Sam Trout, Sarah Levine, Matthew Parker, Dan Paulus, Rachael Peacock, etc, etc, ad infinitum) selling their affordable wares (averaging at $30) just in time for the holidays. Opening reception next week. Area 51, 401 E Pine, 568-4782. Through Jan 3.
The elusive art of lens-less photography--photographs created with the use of a tiny pinhole in a light-sealed "camera"--is explored in the humblest of forms with Pope's Pop 66 series, a collection of photos of Route 66 made with soda cans. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Dec 20.
To the right of the anal beads shelf you'll find self-taught illustrator Trolli's images of Wonder Women, a collection of reconfigured and out-of-context reflections on the often ignored heroines of contemporary comic books. Toys in Babeland, 707 E Pike St, 328-2914.
Celebrate America's consumer obsessions with "subvertising" works by John Bain and Christopher James, along with documents of Adbusters' influential veneer, and other "Buy Nothing Day" memoirs. Opening reception Fri Nov 29 at 6 pm. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Jan 11.
MERIMA ADEE, JEANNIE SMITHERMAN
Smitherman's multifaceted works of ceramics, metal, papier-mché, and acrylics, alongside Postcards from Home, a debut by Bosnia & Herzegovina import Adee. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Dec 5.
LILLIAN ANDRICH, GEORGE CARDI, MATTHEW DURHAM, JOAN LOEKEN
Click is a potluck of works by photographers with a keen, observant eye through the viewfinder of a world unseen. You know, like on Seinfeld. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Dec 7.
CHESTER ARNOLD, GAYLEN HANSEN
Hansen has a way with animals, rendering them--in his big, flat, slightly wild paintings--both dignified and mysterious, as if inhabiting a fable by Aesop. With new paintings by Arnold. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Dec 28.
ART AS ACTIVISM
An attempt to destigmatize the polarizing label of the activist, some well-meaning folks (including the subRosa collective, Iole Alessandrini, and even Negativland, among others) shoot themselves squarely in the foot with the most repugnantly titled show of all time. Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, 710 E Roy St, 726-5142. Through Dec 14.
Final week. Engaging tales of swimmers in the dead of Northwest autumn. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Dec 1.
Wild Wheels director Harrod Blank presents a series of photographs from his latest book, Auto Biography, a graphic documentary that focuses on eccentric car owners. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Dec 31.
J. R. R. BLEVINS
Conniving bunny slippers, crying robots, and razor-laden bologna sandwiches populate This Explains So Many Things, Blevins' latest laugh-out-loud, incoherent pictorial series. Evergreen Gallery, Evergreen State College, Olympia, 360-867-6228. Through Dec 19.
LUCIENE BLOCH, DAVID FOKOS
The shadow cast by Salma Hayek's upper lip lingers over our city like a specter, this time in the form of Bloch's Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera documentary photographs. Also featuring Fokos' time-lapse photographs. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Jan 4.
Final week. New York painter Borysewicz presents the "theological alphabet" (or theoalphalogibet, as I like to call it) of his Insignia series, along with features from both his Going to Church and Sower Seeds series. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Dec 1.
Picture book narratives of primitive figures in oil on wood. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Dec 21.
THE CLAYTON BROTHERS
Final week. A bewildering amalgam of layered absurdity, blending folk art with confused surrealist imagery. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Dec 1.
Prominently featured are the works of Blake Haygood, whose dry-point monotypes are most clearly read as images of impossible machines that are also broken--imagined objects made common, and therefore artistically revelatory. Also featuring works by Shawn Beesley, Larry Bemm, Jaq Chartier, and many more. University House at Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N, 545-8400. Through Feb 6.
Gamble rarely fails to make her sculpture take up space--weighty, striking, hard to ignore. Her latest, entitled Keep off the Grass, promises a window display (visible only from the street) of no doubt conspicuous proportions. Also featuring a fluid-themed show with works by Nick Fennel, Terri Biggs, and Peter Gross, among others. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Dec 15.
Further extension of her pink preoccupation (as seen in last month's Pink and Brown exhibit with Antjuan Oden), Holler presents a photographic installation entitled Room of Roses. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave NW, 706-7017. Through Dec 12.
Jones' paintings of people are very engaging--not so much, perhaps, as the Goya variations from two years ago, but still. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Dec 14.
From the illustrious Kustom line comes the latest, with lids for your melon by Antjuan Oden, Robert Hardgrave, Melissa Gill, Allison Agostinelli, Robert Adams, Dan Ayala, Doughlas Remy, and more. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Jan 31.
JASON ARNE LIEN
Contemporary, symbolism-laden landscapes. The Foundry, 115 Lake St S, Kirkland, 425-828-4436. Through Dec 11.
Mirroring other systems of fluid circulation, Lukas' Post Alley R.A.I.N. three-phase sculpture (changing monthly through January) collects and transports the water of this damp city's autumn downpours. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley. Through March 22.
Young documentary photographer Rose combines the fluidity of contemporary breakdancing with the arrest of the camera. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Dec 8.
The ideals of photo-realism as reworked by digital design, where science fiction and architecture combine in disjointed landscapes of manmade structures. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Dec 14.
SEATTLE COLLECTS 2002
This year's inductees into the city's portable works collection include Leo Saul Berk, Phillip Roach, Charlotte Meyer, Cathy Fields, Catherine Grisez, and Jason Morgan. City Space, 701 Fifth Ave, third floor, 749-9525. Through Dec 31.
"A group exhibition of an ambiguous nature," featuring works by Keith Carter, Larry Calkins, Beverly Rayner, John Dugdale, Olivia Parker, and more. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Dec 28.
* GREG STUMP
Urban Hipster illustrator and occasional Stranger contributor Stump presents a collection of his clean-lined, comedic illustrations. Glo's, 1621 E Olive Way, 783-3426. Through Dec 8.
* JOHN SUTTON, BEN BERES, ZAC CULLER
A house inside a gallery inside an architect's office. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Dec 6.
Final week. Composed of each and every member of the SOIL collective (including Yuki Nakumuri, Juniper Shuey, Randy Wood, Jack Daws, etc., etc., ad infinitum), Tiny Universe transcribes the map of the individual, the collective organism comprising each singular artist. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Dec 1.
MARK TOBEY, PAUL HORIUCHI
Lately Tobey's work has been treated like a national flag in our region--as soon as one gallery takes it down, another makes sure it never touches the ground. Well, here's another chance. Also featuring Horiuchi, another of Northwest's venerable masters. Kurt Lidtke Galleries, 408 Occidental Ave S, 623-5082.
With featured artist Melodie Smith, the value of this highbrow flea market of local artists and designers is two-fold: On top of providing an immediate support system for talented locals, it allows us lazy laymen more artistic bang for our proverbial buck. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-949 2. Sun Sept 1, noon-4 pm.