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 (CoCA)
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
LITTLE THINGS COUNT
The holiday hawking deluge begins with CoCA's "reasonably priced" swap meet, featuring over 30 local artists and their fancy-schmancy trinkets. 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
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
PIONEER WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
A showcase of four female photographers (active in the first quarter of the 20th century) with links to the Northwest: Photo-Secession member Myra Albert Wiggins, Adelaide Hanscom, Ella McBride, and the pistil-gripped Imogen Cunningham. Through March 2.
HENRY ART GALLERY SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA
The Henry presents The Dream of the Audience, a unique retrospective focusing on the arc of Cha's career (the Korean artist died at the age of 33) in a variety of media. Through Mar 2.
In a 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
When is virtual space no longer virtual? "Fictional architectural spaces" by artists, including work by the phenomenally and quietly weird Aziz + Cucher (who create computer-generated rooms lined with human skin). 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.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.
100 University St, 654-3100.
Opening. Between 1999 and 2002, curator Linda Farris convinced a bunch of rich folks to fund her worldly travels in search of challenging contemporary works. Their reward? The "honor" of temporarily "hosting" the works before donating them to SAM. Rich people. Through April 6.
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.
Opening. Drawing from the museum's permanent collection, SAM explores the notion of the hero--from Claudius to Jagger--with works by Andy Warhol, Ross Palmer Beecher, Cheri Samba, and Gary Winogrand, among others. Through March 16.
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.
A "rare" (if 15 times a year can be called rare) peek at the span of mystical artist Tobey's career. Through April 6.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
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.
DEAN ANDREWS, JASON MOUER
Ambiguous molds comprised of paper (newsprint, etc.), wood, and glue, shaped and shaved in a "process-centered dialog" meant to illuminate the expenditure and preservation of resources. With Andrews' acrylics on linen. Foster/White Gallery 126 Central Way, Kirkland, (425) 822-2305. Through Jan 5.
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.
Landscapes in oil. Still Water Gallery, 1900 North Northlake Way #145, 634-1900. Through Jan 31.
Visual meditations on the concept of focus and grounding oneself. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Dec 31.
Wild Wheels director Harrod Blank presents a series of photographs from his latest book, Auto Biography, a graphic documentary focusing on eccentric car owners. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Dec 31.
LUCIENE BLOCH, DAVID FOKOS
The shadow cast by Selma 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.
Vivid impressions of starbursts and military barcodes. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 5463 Leary Ave NW, 297-2424. Through Dec 31.
KHANN BUI, PHONG
New works in lacquer from Vietnam. ArtXchange, 111 S Lander St, Studio 104, 839-0377. Through Jan 31.
Reviewed this issue. Mithun, Pier 56, 1201 Alaska Way, Ste. 200, 623-3344. Through Jan 10.
A motivational speaker by day, Connaway presents his uplifting message of hope and accomplishment in visual form. Runnings Family Gallery, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Dec 31.
NICOLE DEPOLE, DAVID LASKY, AVRIL McLANE
Just in time for Halloween (wait... what?) come three reflections, in varied media, on Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Gray Press, 89 Yesler Way #206, 903-0404. Through Jan 31.
* JOHN FEODOROV
Feodorov's Myths and Prophesies takes a very welcome stab at consumer culture (I feel like I've been documenting a coupon book for the last few weeks here) through the lens of Native American tradition and spirituality. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Dec 21, Jan 2-25.
Friedlander focuses on locale, both physical and emotional, in cloudy oil pastel. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Jan 5.
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.
SUSAN GANS, ELLEN WIXTED
Gans' photo-based discussions of urban landscape, in mixed media, along with the rural landscapes of Wixted's Raw Land. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Dec 28.
* KAREN GANZ, BRIAN MURPHY
Ganz's bold use of colors, combined with thick paint and bold ink defining the figures, gives her work (figures reminiscent of cartoon characters from the 1940s) a pop quality--with a touch of grit. Murphy focuses on way-oversized, painterly, rough, blurred close-ups of his own face. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Dec 28.
GODS AND MONSTERS
Crossing the great mystic divide, Roq la Rue presents a holiday group show focused on the titular theme, with participants such as Yumiko Kayukawa, Jim Blanchard, Lisa Petrucci, and Tim Gabor. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Jan 31.
GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
A haphazard examination of all things photographic, with works by Marian Roth, William Pop, Robin Layton, Paul Souders, and Kat Wolf, among others. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Dec 31.
* URSULA GULLOW
Conformity and submission in the form of Gullow's Crowd Control, a series of paintings about the gestalt of the masses. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Dec 23.
DAVID HOCKNEY, RICHARD DIEBENKORN, ROBERT MOTHERWELL
A show featuring 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.
HOLIDAY ART AND GIFT SHOW
Final week. Don't forget your pocketbook. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Dec 27.
HOLIDAY ARTISTS SHOW
Final week. Cha-ching! Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, 1420 Fifth Ave, Suite 108, 624-6768. Through Dec 31.
HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW
The holiday deluge continues. ACE Studios Gallery, 619 Western Ave, third floor, 623-1288.
An impossibly earnest show entitled I Believe in Santa Claus, featuring simple models inspired by seasonal cartoon programming. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Dec 27.
Camera aimed straight into the void, Johnston explores a vision of emptiness--literally. Torrefazione Italia, 320 Occidental Ave S, 624-5847. Through Jan 2.
Cable access horror-show Kringen (The Goddess Kring, or the "paint myself neon and wax narcissistic in the nude" hour) exhibits her unique, um, talents at Art/Not through the holiday season. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Jan 2.
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.
The sardonic mind behind Urban Hipster exhibits his latest, an illustrated depiction of the Carter family, as previewed at this year's "They Shoot Painters, Don't They?" extravaganza. Glo's, 1621 E Olive Way, 783-3426. Through Jan 12.
Bellevue Community College professor Lisaius' stab at serenity, in the form of Gardens and Islands. Friesen Gallery, 1210 Second Ave, 628-9501. Through Jan 25.
Mirroring other systems of fluid circulation, Lukas' three-phase sculpture Post Alley R.A.I.N. (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.
* JENNIFER McNEELY
Reviewed this issue. Gulassa & Co., Inc., 10 Dravus St, 283-1810. Through Jan 12 (closed Christmas week).
OFF THE PAGE: 3 DIMENSIONAL NARRATIVES
Challenged with the idea of extending their standard narratives into the third dimension, such comics luminaries as Jim Woodring, Blair Wilson, Ellen Forney, and Randy Wood present mixed-media installations. Soil Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Dec 29.
TOM GORMALLY, PAM KEELEY, JOHN PEARSON, PAUL SHAKESPEAR, NIK TONGAS
Still waters run boring: Solomon Fine Art presents Tranquility. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through Dec 27.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
Works with that "edgy street vibe" by an array of photographers somehow linked to the Photographic Center Northwest, including David Adam Edelstein, Jenny Pacheco, Erin Cordry, Lisa Ahlberg, and Clare McLean. Still Life in Fremont, 709 N 35th Ave, 547-9850. Through Jan 26.
Dead Dog creator Porter and his wife, Andrea, celebrate the grand opening of their brand-new gallery and retail space. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine, 325-1592. Through Dec 31.
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.
Local painter Silver's narratives in oil. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through Dec 28.
"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.
Documentary architectural photographs chronicling Seattle's "civic renaissance." AIA Seattle, 1911 First Ave, 448-4938. Through Jan 31.
MARK TOBEY, PAUL HORIUCHI
Final week. 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 to see it. Also featuring Horiuchi, another of the Northwest's venerable masters. Kurt Lidtke Galleries, 408 Occidental Ave S, 623-5082. Through Jan 1.
THE TOY SHOW
Blocks, B.B. games, and bone dolls: Garde Rail's timely collection of toys by self-taught artists. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave, 721-0107. Through Jan 18.
"If there's a slight schizophrenia about Trademark's objective (inspire thought? or sell stuff?), it shouldn't come as any surprise. Artists have negotiated that edge since forever, and I salute their ongoing ingenuity. I don't know how much credit to give Trademark, and it's just as well, since criticism bounces right off it. It may be exactly what it says it is, a show of affordable work by artists--and this is to art's good, not to its detriment." (Emily Hall) Area 51, 401 E Pine St, 568-4782. Through Jan 3.
To the right of the shelf of anal beads 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. Through Jan 1.
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. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Jan 11.
New works in graphite, oil, and beeswax. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Jan 11.