Whether you are celebrating or mourning the results of the election (and given Seattle’s demographics, the latter is more likely), now is the time for more art in our lives. Capitol Hill Art Walk is this Thursday, and there are events worth checking out around the neighborhood, including a 24-hour art party. Here are five venues on Capitol Hill (and one downtown) we recommend this month.
Terratopia at Seattle Asian Art Museum (and Tabaimo for members)
As always, Seattle Asian Art Museum is free from 5pm to 9pm during Art Walk. SAAM’s new show by Japanese artist Tabaimo doesn’t open until Friday, November 11, so part of the museum will be closed to non-members. However, if you are a member, you’ll be able to get a first look at the immersive, surreal and sometimes dark work of Tabaimo. Many of these pieces respond to pieces from SAAM’s collection and are specific to its rooms. In other words, this show is unique and will never be seen again. So get in early and then come back for more. Check out the gorgeous exhibition website for a taste.
Non-members can really spend time with the works on display in the Foster Galleries. Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film opened in July, and if you haven’t seen it yet, this is a good time for it. Its smart pairing of ink paintings and a film by Yang Fudong spans centuries, dating as far back as the 3rd century. This exhibit and the Tabaimo show go quite well together, so you could spend the whole evening in SAAM…but there is more out there, too.
Wendy Red Star at Seattle Art Museum
Skipping back downtown for a moment…Seattle Art Museum is not free for the evening (regular adult admission is $24.95), but it is open late. This Thursday is the opening day for work by Portland-based artist Wendy Red Star, who is the 2016 recipient of SAM’s Betty Bowen Award. About the show via SAM:
In Red Star’s Apsáalooke Feminist series, the artist photographs herself with her daughter, Beatrice, donning traditional elk tooth dresses, beaded jewelry, moccasins, and other items handmade according to Crow tradition. Made in close collaboration with Beatrice, the photographs embody a matrilineal sharing of Crow culture as customs and practices are kept alive by the next generation—and offer an empowered contemporary image of Native women.
In another type of cross-generational collaboration, Red Star’s Grandmothers series begins with the work of photographer Richard Throssel (1882–1933), a Cree man who was later adopted by the Crow Nation… Reaching across the century which divides them, Red Star collapses this distance of time and space by superimposing Throssel’s portraits onto reflective mirrors and bringing the viewer into the exchange as our own reflection appears alongside the grandmothers.
The artist will speak at the reception around 5:45 in the galleries on Thursday. See it at all SAM (1300 First Ave).
Audience Lab with Mary Sheldon Scott at Velocity
Painter and choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott will be at Velocity Dance Center from 5:30 to 6:30pm for the latest Audience Lab. The purpose of the Audience Lab events is to “demystify [Velocity] performances with equal emphasis on presentation, participation, and social connection.” Some of Scott’s paintings will be on display as she shares ideas behind her latest dance composition, “The SOLO(s) Project,” which premiered on November 3. Those who saw the show and have questions will be especially edified, but everyone who loves art will find fertile conversation (and some light refreshments).
Three Days at Standing Rock by Kelly O. and Alex Garland at Vermillion
The Dakota Access Pipeline protest has drawn international attention and has seen some scary precedents set by local authorities. (Probably topping that list, the first authorized use of armed drones against civilians.) At Vermillion, Photographers Kelly O and Alex Garland present photos taken at Standing Rock in recent months. Proceeds from sales will be donated to support the continuing protests by water protectors from across the continent. The official reception is from 6pm to 9pm, but Vermillion is open late. Check it out this month. (1508 11th Ave)
Robert Hardgrave Pop-up Show at Amandine
The inaugural pop-up show hosted by studio e at Amandine last month was an utter delight from all accounts. (I was sadly out of town.) I am especially excited to check it out for myself this month. The featured artist is Robert Hardgrave, who will be presenting Sidework, a collection of aesthetically pleasing by-products of his current image transfer process. None of it is for sale, as this is work he makes for himself personally. Come and just admire the work, have a treat from one of the best bakery’s in town, and enjoy DJed music from DJ One Bean. 5pm to 8pm at Amandine (1424 11th Ave).
CoCA’s 24-Hour Art Marathon at the Summit Building
In advance of its auction and gala on Saturday, the Center on Contemporary Art is facilitating a whirlwind Art Marathon and party. More than twenty artists will be working in a frenzy from 10 am Thursday to 10am Friday. The public is encouraged to get a look at what they are doing during Art Walk from 6-9pm. Admission is free and the event is family-friendly. Participants include Crystal Barbre, Casey Curran, Braden Duncan, Galvanic Games, Aaron Haba, Kemba Opio, Sarah Takako-Skinner, Casey Weldon and Junko Yamamoto. Guests can engage with the artists (and even participate in a project or two). Plus, photographer and printmaker Daniel Carrillo will be creating tin-type portraits for guests on site.
Guests who like what they see should make sure they have a ticket to the gala on Saturday, November 12, where they can purchase their favorites at auction in support of CoCA’s programs. Get tickets for Saturday’s gala online.