510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.
OH BOYM! A SIDESHOW OF DESIGN
"Among the consumer culture of Bellevue, the works of Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym feel, indeed, more like freakish anomalies than reverent reinventions of discarded objects. They intended, I think, that the sideshow refer to the unusual hybrids of material and use (polypropylene strapping tape made into Wassily-style chairs, for example), but somehow it feels more like a voyeuristic look at the under-wealthy instead of the creative revelation that it is." (Emily Hall) Through April 13.
* E.V. DAY: G-FORCE
Stealth panties! Liberated (according to the artist) from the low-rise, high-thong conundrum on women's backsides, they fly across BAM's lobby toward a tasteful target. Through June 1.
500 Boren Ave N, 860-5245.
Reviewed this issue. Through March 23.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
AL HIRSCHFELD: A RETROSPECTIVE
The recently deceased master of caricature is celebrated in a tragically well-timed retrospective. Through April 20.
* PIONEER WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
Final week. 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
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA
Final week. Ephemeral, language-based work in different media--provocative and elusive. Through March 2.
Opening. The familiar pull of the sea, traced through the wares of the Monsen photography collection. Through May 11.
Vancouver artist Jungen takes the dreary model of consumerism--from lawn furniture to tennis shoes--and reconfigures it into the exotic in his first stateside solo exhibition. Through May 25.
Conceptual artist Newkirk crafts site-specific paintings composed, in large part, of hair pomade. Through May 12.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750.
That ever-popular subject of duality, in a show entitled Glass Eats Light. Through June 22.
In concordance with her late husband's Seattle Art Museum retrospective, Tacoma hosts Never Late for Heaven, a showcase of Seattleite Knight's six decades of work. Through May 4.
CAN WE TALK NOW?
Oh wait, you're right--war is futile. Shit, man... I almost forgot. Benham reminds us that "creative dialogue" can fix anything. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through April 15.
Oil on canvas. Opening reception Sat March 1, 7-10 pm. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through March 27.
Ten strangers--five students, five Seattle artists--are paired, allotted 50 dollars and 28 days, and instructed to collaborate on a series of pieces. These are those pieces. Opening reception Tues March 4 at 6 pm. University of Washington, CMA Gallery, 4205 Mary Gates Memorial Drive, 543-0178. Through March 16.
A doctrine of... something. The Isms show--in correlation with Ladyfest Seattle--explores the motivating passions of women. Featuring such artists as Amy Stevens, Dhrista Donner, and Tomiko Jones. Opening reception Sat March 1, 6-10 pm. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through March 31.
NAME THAT PRONOUN!
Um, "it?" Joon Miette's take on gender identity, with the help of such notables as Nikki McClure (swoon), Storme Webber, Bootsy Holler, Irit Reinheimer, and JT Bunnell. Opening reception Sat March 1, 6-10 pm. Aftermath Gallery, 928 12th Ave, 709-9797. Through March 31.
NEW MEMBER SHOW
The recent inductees have been through their hazing ceremonies, and are now welcomed with open walls. With works by Stefano Catalani, Jana Brevick, Helen Curtis, Claire Johnson, and Jodi Rockwell. Opening reception Sat March 1, 7-10 pm. Soil Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through March 30.
WOMEN WITH BALLS
In correlation with the play of the same name, the lobby of Bathhouse Theatre becomes a temple to the fairer sex--a mixed-media group show depicting various women and their appendages. Opening reception Fri Feb 28 at 6 pm. Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 325-6500. Through March 29.
GALLERY ARTIST EXHIBITION: PAINTERS
Final week. Group show with the Bryan Ohno Gallery's own Larry Bemm, Lisa Buchanan, Ben Darby, and others. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through March 1.
HEART TO ART
Final week. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (whose membership "reads like a 'Who's Who' of natural science illustrators") presents a cross section of its inadvertently captivating works. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through March 1.
Final week. Narratives of joy and frustration in oil. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through March 1.
Final week. At once "conceptual and objective" and "soft and approachable," Konigsberg's work clearly defies plausible description. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through March 1.
* MATTHEW PICTON, MARK TAKAMICHI MILLER
Final week. Casting molds of dried Oregonian lakebeds, Picton creates sculptures of rubber and resin that act as fossils or frameworks of absent water. Miller's Moon over Maui collects a series of paintings based on random photos he's essentially stolen from one-hour development centers. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through March 1.
* THE PUSH PROJECT
Final week. "Organized by curator Larry Reid (formerly of CoCA notoriety) and artist Nin Truong, the Push Project combines the high concepts of current contemporary artists with the street-culture ethic of skateboarding." (Jennifer Maerz) Roq la Rue Gallery, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through March 1.
* JEFFREY SIMMONS
Final week. "Up to 80 layers of acrylic paint, some transparent, some opaque, with sharp circles fading off into vagueness, just enough to make your eyeballs vibrate a little, not enough for seasickness." (Emily Hall) Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-4031. Through March 1.
Final week. Multimedia paintings combining representations of structural design and found, needlepointed fabrics. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through March 5.
* FRIESE UNDINE, HANS NELSEN
Final week. Seattle expat Undine returns from Chicago with Perdition in Chickentown, a series of monotypes that combine words and images in an exploration of the tumultuous nature of the Windy City. With Nelsen's woodwork. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through March 2.
I HEART RUMMAGE
One day only. The Rummage folks have moved operations to Linda's, upping the ante of something. A cuff bracelet with your huevos? Linda's Tavern, 707 E Pine St, Sun March 2, 12-4 pm.
* MIERLE UKELES
One night only. Best known for her work with the New York Department of Sanitation (including a choreographed dance performed by garbage trucks), celebrated performance and installation artist Ukeles visits the UW in an open lecture. University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 110, 543-0997. Tues March 4, 7 pm. Free.