Posts Tagged ‘Seattle Art Museum’

Pop Art comes to SAM October 9 through January 11

sampopOpening October 9 and  running through January 11 at the Seattle Art Museum downtown, is “Pop Departures.” More than 50 years after American pop art made its debut in the early 1960s, the provocative ideas that Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Edward Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and their peers first introduced are still reverberating in contemporary art and culture. This exhibition investigates how artists in subsequent decades have continued to critically engage with and redefine consumer culture and the cult of celebrity.Image credits: Marilyn, 1967, Andy Warhol, American, 1928 – 1987, Screenprint on paper, 36 x 36in. (91.4 x 91.4cm), Bequest of Kathryn L. Skinner, 2004.119

Contemporary Art From India opens August 30 at SAM

samcityCity Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India” opens August 30 at the Seattle Art Museum in the third floor galleries. Running through February 15, the exhibition showcases contemporary life in India through the eyes of 12 artists in the area.


According to the Seattle Art Museum, “ The photographers and sculptors, all of a generation that is well-traveled and informed by international art and politics, take a close look at the people and surroundings of their native country, its history, popular culture and ancient mythology, and how these influences shape identities. As a result, their works highlight the contradictions, changes and subtleties that unfold in the private and public spheres.”


“Photography is a potent choice for contemporary Indian artists, perhaps because the country has been somewhat photographically over-exposed by western visitors,” says Catharina Manchanda, SAM’s Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “City Dwellers” conveys the complexities and also the excitement of everyday life in India today.”

Betty Bowen Award finalists selected

Five finalists for the annual Betty Bowen Award have been selected by the award committee, chaired by Gary Glant. The finalists are: Gretchen Frances Bennett, Seattle; Dawn Cerny, Seattle; Klara Glosova, Seattle; Ralph Pugay, Portland; Peter Scherrer, Bellingham. The award ceremony will be November 13 where the winner will receive a $15,000 prize. The winner’s  work is to be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum beginning October 15.

Calendar of art walks and events through August 31

August 26

John Buck signing his book,  Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved wood Panels, 6-7pm at  Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd. Avenue S.


samdanceAugust 28

From 6-9pm at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park. Don’t miss Dancing til Dusk with Valse Cafe Orchestra on the last night of Summer at SAM. Co-presented with Seattle Parks and Recreation.


August 30

Hot Shop Live with Fred Curtis at Tacoma’s Museum off Glass. Co-hosts Greg Owen and Bonnie Wright present the next edition of Hot Shop Live, featuring Irish crystal cutter Fred Curtis, on Saturday  at 12 pm.


August 30 – 31

Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour. Visit


August 30 – September 1

Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Art Festival, Seattle Center. The biggest of its kind in North America. Visit

Art walks and events through August 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave.

Tacoma Art Walk. Tacoma’s galleries, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum. And the Washington State History Museum are open from 5 – 8pm. All three museums are free.


August 22

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park SAM Remix from 8pm to midnight. Celebrate Seattle arts and culture with SAM’s exhibition Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical and new art at the Olympic Sculpture Park including Trimpin’s YOU ARE HEAR and Jaume Plensa’s Echo during this creative night out.


August 23 – 24

Port Townsend Annual Studio Tour.Visit

Calendar of art walks and events through July 27

July 25

Celebrate “Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945” the Seattle Asian Art Museum‘s Art Deco building, and summer in Volunteer Park this Friday from 6:30-10:30pm  with Deco Night hosted by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas.


July 25, 26, & 27

Bellevue Arts Museum  ARTSfair features thousands of original artworks, an exciting mix of community programs, free admission to BAM, live music, and more. Whether you are a seasoned art aficionado searching for the next piece to add to your collection or are just looking to have some fun, BAM ARTSfair is a destination for everyone who loves art. Plus, it’s free. Held annually at Bellevue Square. Get there early, because this fair is jam packed every single year. For more than 60 years, BAM ARTSfair has been celebrating the connection between the museum’s community and the world of art, craft, and design. 9:30 to 9:30 all three days with the exception of Sunday when it closes at 6pm.

Party in the Park almost sold out

The Seattle Art Museum  fifth annual Party in the Park event is this Friday, June 27, and is nearly sold out. To purchase the last remaining seats, visit their  website. Funds raised from Party in the Park (including auction funds) benefit SAM’s artistic, community engagement, and educational programs, including those at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest now at SAM

sammodernOn June 19, the Seattle Art Museum  unveiled the FIRST exhibition to focus on the modern art movement born right here in Seattle, “Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical.”

Running through September 7, the exhibition tells the compelling story of SAM’s own collection and its connection to renowned artists from the critically acclaimed Northwest School—Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. The artists came together in the 1930s and 40s creating  work soon to be known throughout the country and putting the Pacific Northwest on the artistic map.

SAM offering free admission to military families this summer

Today the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at‐star‐museums.

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 showing through October 19 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

saamNow on view through October 19 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park is “Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945,” with nearly 200 works, reveals the widespread and particular impact of Art Deco on Japanese culture. Through a wide range of mediums—sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera—this exhibition introduces the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated designs of Japan’s contribution to the movement.

Dana Roberts show at SAM Gallery opens tonight 6-7:30pm

samgalleryNew work by Dana Roberts opens tonight at SAM Gallery, downtown at Taste, located at First and University. Roberts’ newest body of work, up through August 10, continues her exploration into image and metaphors that flicker between simultaneous opposites. An empty dress signifies absence and removal—a remnant of loss. The opening reception is from 6-7:30pm includes refreshments and music from classical guitarist Joe Miller. Shown: Moth Girl.

Nina Tichava exhibit at the SAM Gallery

samgalleryThis month and through May 18  SAM Gallery  (downtown at the street level at the Seattle Art Museum) highlights one Northwest artist with a new body of work.  Nina Tichava, who exhibits her paintings nationally, developed this new series exclusively for SAM Gallery. The tape paintings are constrained and straightforward, yet have deep, subtle detail and endless variation. By limiting herself to only two components (painted tape and ink), the more pure elements of painting take center stage—color, form, and composition. Shown: Nina Tichava, Tape Painting 1405 (diamond).

Acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei showing at SAAM

saamThe Seattle Asian Art Museum  welcomes the work of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents. From one of the best-known series in the artist’s career, “Colored Vases”  (2010) will be on view at the Asian Art Museum starting on April 5.  Ai’s artistic projects serve as pointed critiques of the social and political status quo in China. The exhibition is a collection of nine earthenware vases covered with industrial paint and then let them drip dry. By covering the surfaces with new paint, what is underneath—like history itself—is “no longer visible, but is still there,”  Ai explained.


Ai Weiwei has been the subject of many exhibitions and is collected by the Museum of Modern  Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; and many others. Ai Weiwei was among several artists representing Germany at this year’s Venice Biennale, and a large survey of his work, organized by the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is currently touring the U.S. Shown: Colored Vases, 2010, Ai Weiwei, Chinese, b. 1957, Nine Han Dynasty vases and industrial paint, dimensions variable; (approx. 17 x 22 in. each), Seattle Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the Estate of Robert M. Shields, 2013.33, © Ai Weiwei, Photo: Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York.

Calendar of art walks and events through March 16

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May –


Second Thursday

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until closing.

Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk is from 6 –

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 –


March 12

The Seattle Art Museum welcomes  Frederic Remington’s iconic The Broncho Buster sculpture from the Denver Art Museum  on March 12. To celebrate,  the museum is  offering free admission to all 12s wearing Seattle Seahawks  gear on March 12.

Miró: The Experience of Seeing now at SAM downtown

sammiroThe Seattle Art Museum is  the only West Coast stop for one of the greatest innovators of 20th century art in Europe with “Miró: The Experience of Seeing.” Docent-led public tours are FREE with museum admission and are available Feb 19–May 25 at 1:15 and 2:15 pm. Spanish language tours are offered on Saturdays at 1:30 pm. Meet in the Special Exhibition Galleries on the fourth floor. This exhibition brings together works made between 1963 and 1983. Found objects, cast in bronze, become evocative sculptures that are in direct conversation with colorful and poetic paintings