Lectures and Events
LECTURE: INDIAN ART UW professor Vikram Prakash talks about the role of painting and sculpture in classic Indian architecture. 3 p.m., Sat. Aug 16. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., $5-$7, 206-654-3121.
ARTSINDIA A touring exhibit of contemporary Indian artists mounted by a New York gallery makes a fleeting visit. Much of it seems to be safe, realist stuff though there are some potentially interesting pastoral works by Laxma Goud, cartoony paintings from Hindu mythology by Jamini Roy, and expressionist watercolors by M.F. Husain. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri Aug 15 and Sat. Aug 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Aug. 17. Crespinel Studios, 2312 2nd Ave., 206-728-6276.
BECOME THE SKYSPACE Barry Briggs, an abbot at Seattle's Dharma Sound Zen Center, leads Zen meditation in James Turrell's new Skyspace. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sat. Aug. 16. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, admission by donation, reservations required, 206-543-2281.
ISLEWILDE VASHON ISLAND Vashon Island's 12th annual Islewilde community arts gathering has an intriguing theme: "The Fall of the Roman Empire." Those looking for Caligula-By-the-Sound may be a tad disappointedthis is a family festival, after all. But organizers are promising gladiator fights, chariot races, free food, fire, and general bacchanalia. And lots of puppets. Dusk-dawn Fri. Aug 15, 11 a.m.-dawn Sat. Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 17. Ober Park, 17130 Vashon Hwy., Vashon Island, free, 206-567-5484.
KECHWA WEAVING Ecuadoran master-weaver Carlos Teran, Sr. demonstrates indigenous weaving technique on a loom recently purchased by the Burke. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Aug. 16.-Fri Aug. 22. Burke Museum, UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free with admission, 206-543-5590.
LECTURE: AVANT-GARDE GLASS Martin Eidelberg, co-curator of the "Glass of the Avant-Garde" exhibit at MG, gives a lecture on middle Europe's modern glass movement, from the Vienna Secession to the Bauhaus. 2 p.m., Sun Aug 17. Museum of Glass, 1801 East Dock St., Tacoma, free with admission, 253-396-1768.
SPARC STREET FAIR Two hundred and fifty artist booths, music, performances of Three Billy Goat's Gruff, roving circus antics, teen hip-hop dance-it's all part of this outdoor arts festival. Organizations like Plant Amnesty, the Native Plant Society, and Bats Northwest will be on hand as well to discuss their work and recruit you. Also: SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 41. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Aug. 16 & Sun. Aug. 17. Along NE 62nd St., Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 N.E. Sand Point Way, free, 206-522-9529.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Award winners from the 2003 Printmaking Biennial juried by Gallery 110's George Brandt and including work by such local artists as Susan Gans, Tim Dooley, and Nina Zingale. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 14. 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM opens the second installment in its "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" by digging into its collection and coming up with fine examples of the post-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist explosions. Pollock, Frank Stella, and Arhile Gorky are well represented, but the surprises will come in work by lesser know artists, including one-time Western Washington University student and mystical minimalist Agnes Martin. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
ARTCORE Being a packrat can pay off. Seattle sculptor Chloe Rizzo's "Things Kept," incorporates all sorts of found objectschildhood tchotchkes, estate sale finds, and discarded building materialsinto small-scale pieces now showing at this gallery/tattoo-piercing studio in Georgetown. 5501-A Airport Way S., 206-767-2673. Ends Wed. Aug. 13.
BLUEBOTTLE "Pressure," a collection of prints by local artists Joe Alterio, Sam Trout, Want Buy Have, Eryon Franklin, Sedora Debondt, Christine Grykien, Marcia Wood, and Magda Baker. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. Noon-7 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Ends Thurs. Aug. 14.
LITTLE THEATRE In Adriana Grant's "Similar Assemblages," Band Aids, sugar cubes, and other found objects become studies in repetition and pattern. 608 19th Ave. E. (at Mercer), 206-675-2005. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Sat. Aug. 16.
TOM LANDOWSKI In "Go You Good Thing" Portland's performance artist-writer-filmmaker Miranda July strategically places orange dot stickers on old family snapshots to locate the flows of energy going on in the photos. An better example of the idea is found in July's short film, Haysha Royko, in which a woman, a man, and a child sit in airport waiting room seats while three computerized amorphous blobs track the subtle battle for personal space between the strangers. 403 Cedar St., 206-380-2172. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Tues.-Fri, 11. a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. Ends Thurs. Aug. 14.
ACE STUDIOS In Rebecca Woodhouse's "Silence is Coming" the paintings are anything but silent: there's a constant chattersnippets of phrases, lyrics, and writing threaded into abstract compositions. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
ARTEMIS Deborah Bells' latest series of paintings, "Noodlings" and "Inklings" incorporate found images (art images, aircraft navigation charts) into her otherwise doodly and playful abstract exercises. 3107 S. Day St. (Mount Baker), 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ART/NOT TERMINAL Debi Olson's oil paintings seek to recall the sensations of her travels through Mexico. 2045 Westlake, 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
ARTSWEST "Mixing Media:" felt, photo collage, and pastels by local artists Zia Gipson, Patricia Rogers, Pam Ferrell, and Karen Schroeder. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ATELIER 31 Doug Smithenry's grouped series of fractured paintings are peopled with baton-wielding cops, marathon dancers, and jock-strap-clad cowboyscombining striking color, clunky animation, and fun-house mirror distortion. The source of all this jumbling: downloaded pictures from the web, crumpled and folded before finding new life under oil paints. It's goofy, but accomplished. Plus, abstract paintings and sculptures by Mark Bennion and gridded psychological portraits by Deborah Putnoi. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
BENHAM A showcase of three Latino/Latin American photographers: Argentina's Javier Lopez Rotella, whose shaved-headed nude figures seem to glow like silent movie stills; Mexican-born New York photographer (and Ph.D. molecular biologist) Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, creator of ghostly meditations on science and identity; and Guatemala's Luis Gonzalez Palma, whose sepia-esque portraits have the urgency and serious intensity of Victorian-era photographs. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
BLACK LAB Photographs by BlackLab founder and darkroom instructor Saundra Valencia. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
BLUEBOTTLE Bluebottle bridges the divide between commercial galleries and the raucous street merchants/artists who populate Occidental Park each First Thursday. This decidedly affordable gallery's co-owner, Matthew Porter, is also an artist, and this month's show, "Not Your Average Alphabet," offers more of his cute-weird, childish-fiendish stuff. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. Noon-7 p.m. Tue.-Sun.
CAROLYN STALEY This two-part exhibition (one in August, the other in September) of animals portrayed in 19th and 20th-century Japanese prints includes a sumi scroll of a boy and bull by Shibata Zeshin, Utagawa Yoshitoyo's picture of a trapped leopard, and Ohara Koson's kacho (bird and flower studies). 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
CLASSICAL GRANDS & GALLERIES The endearing circusy-fantasy world of Kamala Dolphin-Kingsleywhose lush paintings draw inspiration from tattoo art and art nouveauis a place populated with frogs, miniature dogs, and big-eyed princesses. 1900 4th Ave., 206-297-6717. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Mon.
CDA GALLERY "QUILTING IS FOR PUSSIES" exclaims a street sign in one of Paul Margolis' quilted sculpturesalthough the work's title makes it clear what's going on, for those who don't get the joke: "You Take Their Insult and Make it Your Anthem." Margolis enters the world of Sunbonnet Sue and comes away with some nifty stuff, most notably a lifesize quilted City of Seattle meter maid cart. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
COCA "People Doing Strange Things with Electricity" is CoCA's sizeable show of local artists trying their hand at "dorkbot" art: electronic stuff that's cool but useless. 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
DAVIDSON Ann Duffy's pop-artsy views of Seattle and SoCal are studies in neon, early morning light, and formal composition. Also, huge plein air paintings of the American West and the Netherlands by Dutch-born painter Henk Pander. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
FRANCINE SEDERS Michael Howard's small scale paintings of houses have a certain Edward Hopper-esque concern for light and form, yet aren't terribly compelling; other paintings such as "Anstatt Site" turn construction sites into academic, " work in progress" abstract images. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
GALLERY 110 Ronald Hall's sometimes harrowing, sometimes gripping paintings thrust an intensely personal vision of contemporary black existence onto the canvas. "Niggas Born Into Sin," dredges up lingering subconscious racist images to devastating effect, while other paintings grapple with self-image and race. Also on display: "Roadside Attractions," Steve Miller's photographs of crumbling human landscapes. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GALLERY 124 Twisted cowboys and other paintings by Joe Vollan, alongside Tammy Nussbaum's dragons, flower arrangements and such. 124 S. Washington St. (inside the Last Supper Club), 206-748-9975.
GARDE RAIL A sampler of new Northwest folksy-outsider art, including Ree Brown's splashy pictures of critters and neighborhood folks on paper bags and cardboard; Ann Grgich's complex, inward-looking paintings, and Tom Fowler's wood carvings, which in the past have depicted home-repair and sports-crazed demonoids. Musical entertainment provided by free-jazz saxophonist Wally Shoup, another artist whose work is on display. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
G. GIBSON A twelfth-anniversary show includes photographs of a liquid nature by William Christenberry, Richard Misrach, Mona Kuhn, Keith Carter, Susan Seubert, and others. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
HOPVINE PUB "Rough Diamonds" brings you the best and worst of thrift store artthe stuff that went straight from the easel to garage sales and Goodwill. Promises to be "so bad it's good." 507 15th Ave. E, 206-328-3120. 11 a.m.-midnight every day.
HOWARD HOUSE Sean Duffy's "Sorry Entertainer" is a tired set of riffs on the whole grunge thing: Olympia Beer t-shirts, a guitar constructed partially from a chainsaw, etc. Cole Case's "Recent Paintings" are odd Technicolor imaginings of Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer's earthworks in the deserts of the American West. Each of Case's paintings, which draw their color palate from tacky roadside velvet art, is fenced in with tiny beads of oil alkyd. 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
LINDA HODGES Karen Yurkovich's trompe l'oeil compositions of flowers, branches, and fruits offer a vaguely spiritual field-guide to natural forms. She earns bonus points for using non-toxic, all-natural paints. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
PLISA HARRIS Painter John Cole has been part of the Northwest arts scene for thirty years, and just I can't help enjoying his collection of recent plein air oil paintings of local landscapes, even though there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about them. In the tradition of Emily Carr and other figurative Pacific Northwest painters, Cole's work evokes airy, light-filled riverscapes and forest clearings. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
PITCAIRN SCOTT Hollywood set designer and Northwest native Trae King's new show of surrealist paintings features a notably clever painting of swans from a fish's perspective; others are less skilled but have the necessary dose of strangeness to qualify as surreal. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
POST ALLEY PHOTO SPACE/SCULPTURE GARDEN "Flowing Waters, Flowing Metals," stainless steel and bronze fountain designs by Ulrich Pakker. At the photo space: nocturnal fantasies by Jenn Reidel, spooky stop-motion video stills by Liz Randall, and mugshots by Chris Williams. Let's hope a particular someone ends up in a mug: several photographs from Post Alley's previous show were vandalized or stolen. 1413 and 1417 Post Alley (just south of the Alibi Room), 206-382-1001.
SCCC ART GALLERY Mal Pina Chan's series of monoprints, "A Single Journey," employs a mosaic of immigration papers, photos, and documents to investigate her parents' migration from Hong Kong to the United States. 801 E. Pine, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
VICTROLA COFFEE & ART "Watch Out!" rock poster, album cover, and other print work by Andrio Abero. 411 15th E., 206-325-6520.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM "Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth" traces the evolution of the runway show into a "new breed of performance art." "Bounce/In Through the Out Door" features Canadian artists such as Brian Jungen (whose "Shapeshifter" miraculously fashions a whale skeleton from cheap lawn chairs). Also, a retrospective of Doris Chase, an early pioneer of video and digitally interactive art, who back in the late 1960's worked with Boeing engineers to design her first film, "Circles I." 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. Thurs), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
BRUCE LEE COLLECTORS' EXHIBIT Aaaaiieee! Movie posters, training equipment, personal letters, and exhibits on the life of Seattle's most famous martial artist. Proceeds support low-income housing in the International District. 519 Sixth Ave. S (Former Uwajimaya building), 206-277-9437. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
FRYE ART MUSEUM "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum," consists of 45 accomplished, but somewhat ho-hum royal family portraits, history paintings, and self-portraits culled from the walls of the Hermitage. Some of these artists were active members of Catherine the Great's court. Other works were acquired during Catherine's reign, including a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola, a Renaissance-era painter whose work was often attributed to Titian in order to make it more saleable. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
HENRY ART GALLERY So much is going on at the Henry right now, it's kind of sick. First of all, there's James Turrell's "Knowing Light," otherworldly chambers of light that throw wide the doors of perception, and Turrell's Skyspace, the new permanent pavilion that magically re-frames the sky as a field of flat color (catch it near dusk if you have the chance). Then there's the traveling show "Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection," an electric jolt of candy-colored fabulousness. Nothing wispy or subtle herejust oversized, high impact pieces like Gregory Crewdson's inexplicably hilarious chromogenic print of a mountain of junk in a suburban back yard and Don Brown's shiny all-pink cast resin sculpture of himself. Also on view is "On Wanting to Grow Horns: The Little Theatre of Tom Knechtel," surreal, decadent, vaguely allegorical paintings that draw on zoology and Freud; Aubrey Beardsley meets James Audubon, and while I loathe it, I can't look away. Finally, kind-of-cute-kind-of-creepy is the tired trick local artist Claire Cowie is peddling in the North Galleriescrummy watercolors, plaster cats, bunnies, and ballerinas, more whimsy than you can shake your dick at. If there's a single idea anywhere in her entire show I'll eat my hat. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. DAVID STOESZ
MUSEUM OF GLASS "Glass of the Avant Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. "My Reality," a touring exhibit exploring the influence of anime (Hello Kitty, Pokemon, "Spirited Away," and the like) upon contemporary Japanese art should unsettle the staid MG crowd. The Museum's brochure alerts its members: "For the literal-minded person, My Reality may be a rather unreal, but interesting, experience." 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY A traveling version of a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian, featuring audio-visual presentations and 350 artifacts that tell the story of our 42 presidents. See, for example, the top hat and overcoat worn by Grover Cleveland at his first inauguration in 1885; a CBS microphone used by FDR during his "fireside chats"; and the gavel used during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Ah, impeachment. Such a sweet fantasy. 2700 24th Ave. E. 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART "Five Part Harmony:" abstract monoprints by longtime Seattle artist Elizabeth Sandvig, as well as glass by Pilchuck alum Deborah Horrell and modernist sculpture by M.J. Anderson, Anne Hirondelle, and Julie Speidel. 121 South First St., La Conner, 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM "International Abstraction" features post-WWI work from SAM's permanent collection by such heavy hitters as Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marcel Duchamp. In "Painted Visions from India and Pakistan," two exhibits examine the art of India and Pakistan over six centuries: "Intimate Worlds" offers 140 miniature court paintings from the Philadelphia Art Museum's Bellak Collectiontiny worlds populated with Hindu gods, entangled lovers, and plump noblemen. In "Conversations with Traditions" Indian artist Nijima Sheikh and Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander bridge the religious and political divides on the South Asian subcontinent. "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1800-1930" offers up a predicable potpourri of paintings, photographs, and Native American art from the region's first boomtime: an Albert Bierstadt painting, an Imogen Cunningham photograph, etc. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM "Discovering Buddhist Art: Seeking the Sublime, " recycles Buddhist pieces from the museum's permanent collection to highlight the diversity of Buddhist sacred art, from simple, quiet Bodhisattva sculptures to colorful Tibetan thanka paintings. Also on display, luminous Japanese prints from the 19th century onward, including atmospheric, nocturnal scenes by Kawase Hasui. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (a thousand flowers to you and me): Big installation. Lots of flower shaped glass. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM "It's Like That: APAs and the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene," explores the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the music, graffiti art, dance, and other modes of expression in the city's hip-hop scene. Exhibits feature DJ Nasty Nes (aka Nestor Rodriguez) the Seattle-based clothing line Mecca, and MC Karim Panni. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.