- Tonight is the first time all 100 babies in Indonesian artist Harris Purnomo's 2009 installation Visitation will be seen in the U.S. before they go to the Saatchi Gallery in London, according to Seattle presenter CoCA.
Purnomo's babies—their baby faces carved with tattoos—comprise an installation called Visitation, first seen in 2009 in Jakarta. Later that year, after Joseph Roberts of Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art came upon Purnomo's work at a Miami art fair, Roberts brought Visitation to be displayed in a split version in two smaller locations in Seattle, one in Belltown, another in Ballard.
Now the installation will be seen in its stabby, unnerving entirety, starting tonight, in the exhibition space of a Seattle marketing/design company called Plume21. It's kind of a weird venue, and the art seems like it could go either way given what I've seen and read. But it's worth finding out. Details are here; doors open at 6 pm and the "unveiling" is at 8:10, CoCA says.