305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 441-1768.
JUMP TO JAPAN
Another exhibition on all-pervading Japanese pop culture--this time for kids. With lots of make-your-own-stuff activities. Opens Jan 24. Through June 6.
500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218.
ALTOIDS CURIOUSLY STRONG COLLECTION
Final week. They do a pretty good job, those minty suckers do. This year's show includes work by Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Monique van Genderen, and absolutely no one from Seattle. Through Jan 25. FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
Final week. Large-scale paintings depicting executions, in Crossing Histories/Crossing Cultures. Through Jan 25.
HENRY ART GALLERY NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* ELLEN GALLAGHER
Three sets of works, some of which are directly about race, some of which are more neatly oblique. Gallagher draws her ideas from sources as diverse as Moby Dick and Ebony magazine; the best works are the white-on-white (and that, one imagines, is deliberate) cutouts of monstrous fish and imaginary islands. Through April 18. MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750.
* SANDY SKOGLUND
Two new photographs by Skoglund, with the full-sized installations created for them. Her work, which cheerfully messes with the everyday (as in my personal favorite, a cocktail party populated by mannequins, with everything covered in Chee-tos) can sometimes verge on the too-sweet, but there's almost always an undercurrent of darkness. Through April 18.
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707.
SAMPLER THREADS THROUGH TIME
More than 200 samplers and other pieces of needlework, from as far back as the 18th century. Through March 28. OPENINGS
BOOKPLATES BY ARTISTS FROM CHINA
Bookplates from 30 artists, in honor of Chinese New Year. University of Washington, East Asian Library and Music Library, 543-4490. Through Feb 29.
New copperplate etchings. Opening reception Thurs Jan 22, 5-8 pm. Baas Gallery, 2703 E Madison St, 324-4742. Through Feb 28.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
ANDRIO ABERO, JOEL LESHEFKA
Photography and graphic design in a wintry vein. Vera Project, 1916 Fourth Ave, 956-8372. Through Feb 18.
Photographs of private moments in public spaces. University Friends Center, 4001 Ninth Ave NE, 527-8504. Through Feb 27.
The body as battlefield, decoration, sufferer, torturer, and last frontier: art about the body, juried by Gene Gentry McMahon. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Jan 31.
Final week. New figurative paintings. That means they have figures in 'em. Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, 3 W Cremona St, 281-2079. Through Jan 24.
Hundreds of clay skulls, and one bronze one, from the former official sculptor for the Hendrix family. (These things may or may not be unrelated.) Gallery of the Senses, 1402 E Pike St, 569-0291. Through Jan 30.
The Young Sociologist's Big Book of Letters is Dunkerley's commentary on how we're destroying the world. Glo's, 1621 E Olive Way, 324-2577. Through March 7.
JANE HAMMOND, MARGIE LIVINGSTON
Hammond's paintings narrate using constellations and scrapbooks. This is Livingston's first commercial gallery show; she's previously shown her precise and abstracted paintings at SOIL and BAM. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Hammond shows through Feb 29; Livingston through Jan 31.
D. A. JONES
Paintings in the surrealist mode. Blue Door Gallery, 759 N 80th St, 783-2583. Through Feb 29.
MARC KATANO, JUAN GRANADOS
New paintings and wall sculpture. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Feb 14.
ANGELINA McQUARTER, MICHELE BARKLEY
New work. Otis Cafe, 1005 Boren Ave, 342-9866. Through Feb 29.
MODERN DOG MUSIC POSTER SHOW
Designers include Robynne Raye, Michael Strassburger, Junichi Tsuneoka, and Vittorio Costarella. Lighthouse Roasters, 400 N 43rd St, 634-3140. Through Feb 29.
A puzzling installation in 911's front windows. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Feb 22.
Final week. Work by six new members: Debra Baxter, Buddy Bunting, Dan Dean, Thom Heileson, Bret Marion (yeah!), and Jennifer Zwick. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Jan 25.
New installations from the creator of Lula, princess of telephone poles all over Capitol Hill. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Feb 1.
C. L. UTLEY
New paintings in Realms of the Harbour. Galley 63 Eleven, 6311 24th Ave NW, 478-2238. Through Feb 11.
THE FINNS AS CARTOON SUBJECTS IN THE AMERICAN PRESS
A lecture by Mike Rantanen. Sat Jan 24, 7 pm. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Free!
* PEOPLE SKILZ
One day only. A show, curated by Yeti's Mike McGonigal, of work from 17 young artists from all over the country. With refreshments and a surprise musical guest. Thurs Jan 22, 10 am-10 pm. No Space, 534 Summit Ave, 709-8780.
Here is the most democratic of mixed bags--a slide show for which anyone can bring any slides for five minutes' worth of presentation. This incarnation of Slideluck has the theme "austere/ostentatious," which, like most themes, can be interpreted as broadly as you like. Free food and drink and casual fun. Tues Jan 27, 7 pm. Aftermath Gallery, 928 12th Ave, 709-9797.
WORKS ON YOU AUCTION
Bid on T-shirts, tote bags, and (if you can stomach it) trucker's caps, altered and messed with by Seattle artists. The proceeds benefit StrangeCo, an artists' group that integrates art students into the larger art scene. Sat Jan 24, 6 pm-midnight. M:pulse, 3516 Fremont Pl, 240-6015.