Archive for the ‘Museum News’ Category
“WILD LAND: Thomas Cole & The Birth of American Landscape Painting” is currently showing at the Clymer Museum and Gallery, 416 N. Pearl Street in Ellensburg, through January 10. An NEH On the Road travelling exhibition, a guest lecture by Ellen Avitts, Ph.D. is scheduled for December 6 at 6pm. Thomas Cole was an iconic 19th-century artist and a conservational visionary whose ideas on the natural world heralded the sense of American identity that we know today.
Lisa Gilley’s painting Paradise Valley has been included in the “Permanent Collection” show at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art running through January 5, 2014. The museum is also currently showing Gayle Bard: “Singular Vision” and Richard Jesse Watson: “Inner Zoo, Outer Orbit.” The brand new museum is open daily 10am – 6 pm, admission is always free. www.biartmuseum.org
You must be 18 and over. October 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). No two Remix events are the same! Join the folks at SAM for this late-night creative explosion with performances, talks, art making, dancing and more–all connected to Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon and SAM’s collection. The first 50 dressed in cosmos related attire such as sun, moons and stars get in for free! SAM members: $12 Adults: $25 Students: $20.
SAM is the only American venue for Peruvian treasures: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon–on view through January 5
This is your opportunity to see ancient treasures covering 3,000 years of Peruvian history, many of which have never before been seen outside of Peru. Did you know Peru was home to the first city in the Americas? This beautiful and educational exhibition covers archeology, ancient rituals, royal ceremonies, conquest and colonization, the formation of the republic and the emergence of a new national identity.
Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon is now on view at the Seattle Art Museum in their downtown location between Union and University on First Avenue. The exhibition brings more than 300 rare works to the museum. Click on the bolded website to get tickets. For an excellent review, we suggest you read Michael Upchurch’s article, SAM’s Peru show looks beyond Inca treasure to the whole culture, in the October 17 Seattle Times.
“Telling Tales: Narrative Works by Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma” is currently showing at the Bellevue Arts Museum through January 19. The exhibition joins together the works of three artists, diverse in every way except for their passion for storytelling. Working within the boundaries of their chosen media – collage for Steigenga, fiber for Torma, and glass for Thompson – each artist strives to convey conversation or dialogue through the modulation and manipulation of purely visual components. Shown: Cappy Thompson, Lord Krishna and Me Standing in the Great Waters, 1993, Vitreous enamels reverse-painted on blown glass, 22.5 x 13 x 13 in., Collection of the artist
One of China’s most renowned contemporary artists, Liu Xiaodong’s celebrated series “Hometown Boy” is on view at the Seattle Asian Art Museum through June 29, 2014. An internationally-acclaimed artist, who has lived through Beijing’s phenomenal growth in the past few decades, 50-year-old Liu’s work reflects his observations of the struggles still taking place with his childhood friends and family, neglected by the media but still very much alive. Shown: Self-Portrait, 2010, Liu Xiaodong, Chinese, born 1963, oil on canvas, 15 x 13 in. Photo courtesy of the artist. © Xiaodong Studio, 2010. Courtesy Seattle Asian Art Museum
“Eino — 50 Years of Making Sculptures” is on view through December 7 at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Eino Romppanen, known to the art world simply as Eino, was born in Finland and has lived and worked in the United States since 1962. Well known throughout Scandanavia as well as the United States, he has worked in 22 countries, and his commissioned works can be found in all five Nordic countries.
Also on view at the museum is the visiting exhibition “Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander,” showing through November 10. The show explores the complex relationship between fashion and traditional folk costumes.
Virginia Wright, the Seattle Art Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) just opened “9 From L.A” at the Wright Exhibition Space running through April 25, 2014. Wright has brought together works from her collection, SAM’s and loans that include important works by L.A. artists including Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, Peter Alexander, De Wain Valentine and more. Wright also was inspired by a show organized by the Contemporary Arts Council at SAM in 1966 called “10 from Los Angeles.” “When The Getty Conservation Institute agreed to collaborate with us to install De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column in our exhibition space, it seemed right to accompany it with works by other artists of his generation,” said Wright. Shown: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column (1975-6) installed at the Wright Exhibition Space.
Located at 407 Dexter Avenue in Seattle, the gallery is free open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 AM until 2 PM. For more information, call 206-264-8200
Charles and Emma Frye donated the museum and its collection to the residents of Seattle and left a hefty endowment which enables the Frye Art Museum to be the only free museum in town. Transplanted German-Americans from the Midwest, the Fryes made a fortune in meatpacking and, more importantly, real estate holdings which are still the source of the museum’s revenues. This exhibition attempts to recreate their original collection — 19th.-century German painting, Alaska scene painting, Russian exiles of the "Santa Fe School," and early 20th-century American art — as it was first exhibited in their home. On view from September 21, 2013 through September 21, 2014.
Over the course of four seasons, “Frye Salon” will be activated by an ambitious series of episodic exhibitions, performances, screenings, and discursive programs by artists and scholars.
Just a head’s up reminder that the Museum of Glass in Tacoma is hosting their annual Red Hot Auction on September 21. Along with the usual silent auction, dinner and live auction, the evening will feature live glassblowing by world-renowned artist Preston Singletary. Register for Red Hot 2013 at www.museumofglass.org/support/red-hot-party, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Museum of Glass has extended their auction until August 12. What you get: Recognition on the Museum of Glass website and in the Hot Shop. The artist will select several pieces from the residency for you to choose from and then you will select one for your collection. The option to attend a private lunch or reception with the artist. If you have questions or are in need of assistance, contact email@example.com or call 253.284.4708.
Tom Rowney is currently at the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass in Tacoma through Sunday, July 28. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m., which will be streamed live on the museum’s website. Multiple pieces from Rowney’s Maelstrom series are currently on view at MOG as part of the exhibition “Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest.”
“Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom,” honoring a career spanning five decades, will serve as the Summer 2013 lead exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum from July 12 through October 27. The retrospective exhibition honors Warashina’s curiosity, effervescence, and healthy dose of skepticism by featuring approximately 140 of her works which touch on such divergent themes as the human condition, feminism, car-culture, and political and social topics, which she has used throughout her career.
Warashina has received numerous awards for her work, which is featured in public collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Los Angeles County Art Museum; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Australia’s Perth Cultural Center; and Korea’s Icheon World Ceramic Center.
BAM is one of only two west coast venues to host the exhibition, which is organized and curated by the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, Calif. The local presentation, which was made possible by leading support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, will be curated by Stefano Catalani and feature many important pieces from Northwest collections in addition to works traveling with the exhibition. Shown: Figure A Red, Collection of Barbara Allen, Photo: Rob Vinnedge.