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Frye Art Museum Since the Founding in 1952

fryeOpening April 29  at the Frye Art Museum is “Between the Frames: The Frye Art Museum Collection After 1952.”  On view through July 23, the exhibition presents 65 years of acquisitions in sequence–founded in 1952, over a decade after Charles (1858–1940) and Emma Frye (1860–1934) bequeathed more than two hundred oil paintings that today comprise the founding collection. The museum’s creation is credited to the determination of Walser Sly Greathouse, executor of the Frye estate and founding director of the Museum, who retained the Fryes’ vision for a free, public art museum for the people of Seattle—with special consideration for the community of First Hill. Shown: Adolf Hengeler (German, 1863-1927) Three Putti, n.d. Oil on canvas 22 7/8 x 24 3/8 in. Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.065

Jim Woodring: The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept Showing at the Frye Museum Through April 16

fryeNow showing through April 16 is work by Seattle-based artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring (American, born 1952) which defies categorization, shifting between graphic novel and fine art, reality and hallucinatory vision. “The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept,” The series, newly commissioned by the Frye Art Museum , was created using an oversize dip pen designed and crafted by Woodring himself. The resulting ink drawings demonstrate the ways that unconventional tools can shape an artist’s practice, generating new technical challenges in tandem with unexpected creative rewards.

Frye Art Museum Presents Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi Through September 25

fryeChronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark”  debuts today at the Frye Art Museum and runs through September 25. A master of atmospheric and psychological interiors, Hammershøi (1864–1916) was admired by his contemporaries in Europe and the United States including German poet and art critic Rainer Maria Rilke and American artist John Singer Sargent. In 1909, on the occasion of his participation in the Tenth International Exhibition of the Munich Künstlergenossenschaft (Artists’ Association), Hammershøi was described by German critic Georg Biermann as a "modern Nordic Vermeer." Frye Art Museum is the only West Coast U.S. venue for Chronicles of Solitude. The touring exhibition has previously been seen in 2015 at Scandinavia House in New York City and earlier this year at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Image:: Vilhelm Hammershøi. Woman Seen from the Back, 1888. Oil on canvas. 25 x 21 7/8 in. National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, © SMK Photo

New Shows Open Today at the Frye Art Museum

fryeThe Frye Art Museum in Seattle introduces, “ This Is Who We Are,” the first museum exhibition of Seattle-based filmmaker and visual artist Inye Wokoma. Inspired by meditations on land and lineage, nature and ancestry,This Is Who We Are investigates the evolving relationship between place and identity through the lens of spirituality and indigenous traditions. Also showing is the U.S. premiere of “Dragonfly Eyes(“Trailer), a work in progress which will culminate in the first full-length cinematic feature by renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing. The film eschews camera operators and on-screen actors, and instead employs publicly available video surveillance footage of everyday life. Both shows run through September 4.

Frye Showcases Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph in Youngblood

youngbloodYoung Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum,” is showing at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue in Seattle, through June 19. This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the dynamic artistic equilibrium between brothers Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph, both of whom grew up in Seattle but moved to Los Angeles where they achieved international recognition.The largest and widest selection of work by Davis and Joseph ever shown in a museum, Young Blood highlights the notion of a narrative continuum built through varied mediums of contemporary storytelling—including painting, sculpture, film, and installation.Shown: Noah Davis. The Internal Contract, 2009. Oil on canvas. 48 1/2 x 48 1/2 in. Collection of Annie Camarda. © The Estate of Noah Davis. Photo: Mark Woods.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through March 27

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston  Arts District Walk from noon to 8pm


March 24

Frye Art Museum in Seattle Spring first of five-part series Multi-faceted World of Native Art lecture by Miranda Belarde-Lewis.


March 26

Museum of Glass in Tacoma’s annual Slide Cook-Off from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Admission charges. Burgers from six Puget Sound restaurants and vote for your favorite; enjoy beer from Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. and Gig Harbor Brewing Company, as well as cocktails by Heritage Distilling; dance to the music of The Dusty 45s; and watch a fiery glassblowing demonstration by John Miller.

Genius | 21 Century at the Frye Art Museum

fryeThe Frye Art Museum just opened an unprecedented, large-scale celebration of exceptional artistic practice in Seattle called “Genius 21 Century.” The exhibition  features over sixty-five visual artists, filmmakers, writers, theater artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, and arts organizations. It runs through January 10. Image: by SuttonBeresCuller, You Always Leave Me Wanting More

Leo Saul Berk Exhibition at the Frye through September 6

fryeCurrently showing at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle is “Structure and Ornament,” an exhibition of sculptural and video work by Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk, featuring two new site-specific installations commissioned by the Frye. Berk’s work pays homage to the mid-century American architect, painter, and musician Bruce Goff (1904–82) who designed the Ford House where Berk grew up.  The Ford House is notable for its dramatic color and light  and radical use of materials.

Future Ruins: Rodrigo Valenzuela at the Frye Art Museum

fryeCurrently showing through April 26 at the Frye Art Museum is “Future Ruins: Rodrigo Valenzuela.” For the present exhibition, the Frye commissioned Hedonic Reversal, a large-scale installation, and El Sisifo, a three-channel video projection. These new works move beyond the autobiographical focus of Valenzuela’s earlier projects to encompass broad discussions on class, racism, and labor. “My story,” he explains, “is essentially one of coming from a blue collar family, a family of workers. As a worker myself, I want to make a larger statement about everyday life.”  Shown: Rodrigo Valenzuela. Hedonic Reversal #1, 2015. Inkjet print. Commissioned by the Frye Art Museum  and funded by the Frye Foundation.

Jessika Kenney at the Frye Art Museum through February 1

frye“Anchor Zero,” the first solo museum exhibition of Seattle vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney opens January 10 and will run through February 1  at the Frye Art Museum. The exhibition premieres a new composition by Kenney for spatialized anti-choir, presented in a large-scale sound and video installation specially commissioned by the Frye Art Museum for its galleries. Kenney was the first recipient of the prestigious James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award in 2014. Funded by the Raynier Institute and Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium, the award is intended to advance the creative work of outstanding individuals and culminates in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum. Shown: Jessika Kenney. Still from Anchor Zero, 2014. Digital video with audio. Videography by Claudia Mä. Design by Kyle Hanson. Painting by Faith Coloccia.

Calendar of art walks and events through October 26

October 22

Auction for Art for Animals’ Sake  ends at 10pm.


October 24

Pilchuck Glass School 36th Annual Auction and Gala: THE contemporary glass event of the year. Held at The Westin, Seattle. Auction tours Oct. 22 – 25 are free and open to the public. Preview Night, Oct. 23. For reservations, time, and details, visit


October 24 – 26 & November 14 – 16

bestBest of the Northwest returns to Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for their annual, 2-part Art and Fine Craft Fall show. Attend both "ACTS" and meet over 200 of the region’s most talented artists. Add to your collection of art, find unique gifts for the holidays, and while there nosh on tasty local cuisine, bring your kids to the free children’s art table, and watch demonstrations by a number of talented show artists, designed to inspire or ignite your passion for art. Parking is plentiful and as always, it’s free.  For more information:


October 25

Meet Me at the Movies at the Frye Art Museum. 11:30am – 1pm. A new quarterly film program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this innovative, socially inclusive film program can be enjoyed by all adults.


October 26

Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) invites the public to a grand opening reception from 4-6PM featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle’s Portable Works collection. Building 30 artist studios in Magnuson Park will be open to the public from 1PM – 5PM, with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing.

Your Feast Has Ended showing at the Frye Art Museum

fryeOn view through September 14 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle is “Your Feast has Ended.” The artists in the exhibition, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu, work with the ancient and sacred in unison with the new and revised, bound by the belief that a people without myth and a society that fails to look upon itself honestly are destined to the same fate. The artists practice this belief through cross-disciplinary approaches to storytelling and employ time-honored and new techniques to create work that ranges from fine art, music, and performance, to film, graphic design, jewelry, and apparel. Shown: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. Wait! Wait! Don’t Shoot Shoot (An Incantation for Jazz and Trayvon), 2014. Vintage organic fiber, filament, animal hide. Courtesy of the artist.


Also showing is “The Unicorn Incorporated,”  the first museum exhibition to celebrate the work and career of Seattle artist Curtis R. Barnes. For over five decades, Barnes has worked as an artist, illustrator, muralist, and community advocate. In his sculpture, painting, and drawing, he employs imagery derived from his vast experience, mystical erudition, and heritage. The exhibition runs through September 21.

Frye Salon—art through the eyes of Charles & Emma Frye

fryeCharles 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.

The Hudson Flows West at the Frye Museum

fryehudsonDrawn from holdings of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and local private collections, The “Hudson Flows West” on view through September 22,  explores how the complicated notion of manifest destiny informed depictions of the “New World,” from the pristine beauty of the Hudson River Valley to the earliest images of the western frontier. The exhibit is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Scott Lawrimore. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum  members and donors. Seasonal support is provided by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Arts Fund. Shown: Alfred Thompson Bricher. On the Maine Coast, n.d. Oil on canvas. 26 x 48 in. Gift of George N. Prince, 1999.018.01.

Buster Simpson opens at the Frye June 15

fryeBUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR” opens June 15 at the Frye Art Museum. The first-ever survey of work by a Seattle artist renowned as a pioneer of site-specific, process-driven, environmental art and for his groundbreaking contribution to dialogues about civic responsibility, ecology, and the role of public art.