500 Boren Ave N, 860-5245.
The visual art component (called Wrapture) of the new Consolidated Works series looks sideways at sex, with work that isn't directly sexy but demands a kind of sexy interaction, mixing overt and covert, explicit and implied. With an excellent lineup of artists, including phenomenal New Yorkers Beverly Semmes and David Reed, and a full-room installation called Tournament (lumens) by David Eckard. Through June 22.
CHAD STATES: STORYTELLERS
States photographed eight couples, and recorded them talking to each other about things: life, love, a random parade of subjects performed, however unconsciously, for the viewer. Through June 22.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.
Opening. In this, the "Year of the Blues," artist Hunt depicts, in a touring exhibition, his vision of America's most important contribution to the history of music. Through June/July 2003.
* PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCK: 25 YEARS OF NORTHWEST PUNK POSTER DESIGN
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.
YES YES Y'ALL
"Doing what a museum devoted to pop music is supposed to be doing, the EMP exhibits objects, images, and sounds that constitute the birth of the now billion-dollar industry that is called hiphop." (Charles Mudede) Through Sept 7.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* BRIAN JUNGEN
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.
* JAMES TURRELL
New light installations, with models and drawings from his literally monumental Roden Crater--a volcano in Arizona he is resculpting in order to, in his words, "reshape the sky." Through Oct 5.
North African painter and filmmaker Gharbi presents a selection of her lyrical works in gouache and watercolor, along with a sampling of her films. Opening reception Tues May 20, 5-7 pm. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 344-4379. Through June 5.
Wood panel installation that purports to explore the unique vision of ostriches. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley, 382-1001. Through July 15.
ART STRIPPED BARE
Four solo exhibitions by artists Adele Sypesteyn, Suzanne Fokine-Thomas, Cheryl H. Hahn, and Andree Carter. Atelier 31 Gallery, 2500 First Ave, 448-5250. Through May 31.
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.
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.
LISA COOPER, KAMALA DOLPHIN-KINGSLEY
Dolphin-Kingsley's creations inhabit gorgeous nouveau-style plant/animal kingdoms. With Cooper's paranoid assemblages. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through May 25.
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.
Four telephone poles and a mess of torn paper--with "viewer participation encouraged." Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley, 286-9096. Through May 26.
* 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.
"For Unrooted, Garza has swapped his former improvised process for its opposite... the work is his most painterly to date." (David Schmader) Ballard/Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through June 7.
Evocative, playful abstractions on wood. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 625-1592. Through May 29.
* 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.
SEAN MICHAEL HURLEY
Surprisingly tender narratives populate Imperfect Mythologies. SCCC Fine Arts Gallery, 801 E Pine, fourth floor, 587-4162. Through June 5.
Polish surrealist and graphic artist Olbinski, whose work has graced the covers of both Time and the New Yorker, presents a series of works titled Space of Poetic Illusions. Artist lecture Fri May 16 at 7 pm, University of Washington, Kane Hall. University of Washington, Suzzallo Library. Through May 30.
With Roq la Rue's Kirsten Anderson at the curatorial helm, the Damsel Collective's new gallery presents pictures of ladies. La Sirena Gallery, 2222 Second Ave, Suite 100, 374-8669. Through June 31.
* STEVE RODEN
Celebrated sound artist and sculptor Roden delivers works in each medium through the summer: a mathematically intricate installation at Suyama Space titled The Surface of the Moon, and a sound installation at Jack Straw titled Chamber Music. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Aug 1. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Aug 15.
* TRAVIS STANLEY
Charmingly diminutive illustrations of fantastic robots, in ink on acrylic board. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 728-1966. Through June 4.
A SWEET SICKNESS
Sinister scenes soaked in saccharine. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 347-8977. Through June 31.
Thomas presents tasteful oils of Sloth, the lost Goonie. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. Through May 31.
The ambitious Mr. Wood presents pages from his Kitties!!! comic strip. Glo's, 1621 E Olive Way, 783-3426. Through June 1.
* 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.
PRATT ART AUCTION
One night only. This is the 21st annual Pratt auction, featuring over 350 works by Northwest artists like Lino Tagliapietra, Alden Mason, Gerard and George Tsutakawa, and more. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S Main St, 328-2200. $175. Sat May 17, 5--11 pm.
SPACE SPRING RUMMAGE SALE
This week only. See Stranger Suggests. Sand Point Arts & Cultural Exchange, Building 18 at Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 522-9529. Benefit preview Fri May 16, 7-11 pm, $7. Sale Sat-Sun May 17-18, 10 am--4 pm, free.