510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.
FASHION: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Because all legitimate fine art is apparently dead and gone, the Bellevue Art Museum continues its crusade to recontextualize everything. Through Sept 2.
Opening. Bellevue Art Museum's library space hosts Nest, a small-budget installation series that asks artists to convert the area into an "ideal living room." Through June 29.
PLAY: ACTION FIGURE
Opening. As part of their current video series, BAM invites a handful of the medium's artists to examine the collection's titular theme. Featuring works by Dara Birnbaum, Mike Kelley, Peggy Ahwesh, and Michelle Handelman. Through July 13.
Opening. Commissioned in 1991 by New York's Metro Transportation Authority, Lichtenstein's now-complete giant mural for Times Square station is paid tribute a nation away. Through Sept 14.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
Big metal stuff, featuring Allison Gates Siphron, Tony Knapp, Kendra Grace Brock, Tamsie Ringler, and more. Through May 28.
500 Boren Ave N, 860-5245.
Opening. See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Fri May 9, 8 pm--2 am. Through June 22.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT FRYE ART MUSEUM
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.
* PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCK: 25 YEARS OF NORTHWEST PUNK POSTER DESIGN
Opening. The cut, the taped, the photocopied: EMP hosts a traveling retrospective on the past and present of poster design in our region. Through Sept 7.
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
TENG HIOK CHIU
Final week. A concise retrospective of Chinese American artist and Georgia O'Keeffe contemporary Chiu. Through May 11.
Opening. Frye celebrates the works of Seattle's favorite photographic franchise. Through July 13.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
* CHARLES LeDRAY
"LeDray flirts with a number of what could broadly be called themes: the miniature, the multiple, sewn objects, objects made from unusual materials. What it adds up to, while elusive, is a sense of being off-kilter, of proportions gone awry, of instability among familiar-seeming things." (Emily Hall) Through July 27.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
* ED RUSCHA
The familiar landscapes of Hollywood find their grimy way into our fair city, and we have only Ruscha to blame. Open run.
* 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
A whole mess of Seattle-area artists celebrates Seattle's most frankly monikered gallery. Also featuring Cara Jaye's window installation. Opening reception Thurs May 8, 5-7 pm. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through June 7.
LISA COOPER, KAMALA DOLPHIN-KINGSLEY
Dolphin-Kingsley's creations inhabit gorgeous nouveau-style plant/animal kingdoms. With Cooper's paranoid assemblages. Opening reception Sat May 10, 7-11 pm. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through May 25.
See review this issue. Opening reception Fri, May 9, 5-8 pm. Ballard/Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through June 7.
SEAN MICHAEL HURLEY
Surprisingly tender narratives populate Imperfect Mythologies. Opening reception Thurs May 8, 6-8 pm. SCCC Fine Arts Gallery, 801 E Pine, fourth floor, 587-4162. Through June 5.
With Roq la Rue's Kirsten Anderson at curatorial helm, the Damsel Collective's new gallery presents pictures of ladies. Opening reception Fri May 9, 6-10 pm. La Sirena Gallery, 2222 Second Ave, Suite 100, 374-8669. Through June 31.
A SWEET SICKNESS
Sinister scenes soaked in saccharine. Opening Reception Fri May 9, 6-10 pm. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 347-8977. Through May 31.
ALYSSA BERG, DARCY HANSON, MELISSA MASCARA
Berg's unstructured abstractions, coupled with Hanson's simple forms and Mascara's florals in "Mexico-inspired colors." Gallery 124, 124 S Washington, 748-9975. Through May 31.
With the publication of his recent collection of monographs (Clear Cut Press), Brophy presents his latest works of melancholy environmental satire in oil. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through May 31.
* DANA CARLSON
Paintings by the New York artist and contributor to the recent Fred Flare My Teenage Rock Star Fantasy calendar. Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine St, 329-2813. Through May 31.
DRESS ME UP
Visions of the vain and deceptive--seven women make their case for the narcissism of artifice. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through June 1.
HAROLD E. EDGERTON
An exhibition in honor of the renowned MIT scientist who popularized the photographic flash, as well as all of those frozen-frame bullet pictures in your high school physics book. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through May 29.
* FIRST SHOW
Former Foster/White manager Tom Landowski sets up shop with his own gallery, and starts off with a grand opening, with works by Miranda July (swoon), Chris Burden, Vincent Gallo, Jimmie Durham, and more. Tom Landowski Gallery, 403 Cedar St, 380-2172. Through June 3.
* CANDIDA HÖFER
Influential German photographer Höfer illuminates public interiors with large-scale portraits of communal spaces. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through July 9.
ROSS PALMER BEECHER, MARTIN PURYEAR
Junk assemblages made beautiful: Beecher's portraits of Americana stitched and quilted in metals and fabric, with Puryear's reserved etchings. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through May 31.
* TRAVIS STANLEY
Charmingly diminutive illustrations of fantastic robots, in ink on acrylic board. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 728-1966. Through June 4.
See Stranger Suggests. Thomas presents tasteful oils of Sloth, the lost goonie. Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. Through May 31.
* ROBERT YODER
Fragmented mosaics of tiled bits of magazine, and strict, formalist assemblages of LEGO blocks. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through May 23.
One day only. The Church of Craft, a group asserting and promoting the power and importance of creation, presents a Mother's Day of crafting. Bring your macaroni and glue sticks. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 325-6500. Sun May 11, 11 am--2 pm.
SPRING FOR ART III
One day only. The Jackson Street Studios open for their third annual spring sale. Jackson Street Studios, 1426 S Jackson, 276-4851. Sat May 10, 12-6 pm.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
One night only. A lot of sound about the nature of sound, with Steve Roden, Ellen Fullman, Crispin Spaeth, Jamie Hook, and Suzie Kozawa. Otis Cafe, 1005 Boren Ave, 342-9866. Tues Jan 28, 7 pm.