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Symposium: American Radical Culture, 1930–1960 What do old Communists have to do with art and culture today? More than we might think, says local art historian Matthew Kangas, who hosts this daylong discussion of the Communist connection between venerable painter William Cumming and his powerful art, organized in conjunction with the Frye Art Museum's current Cumming exhibit. Though he ultimately denounced the ideology, Cumming's early involvement with radical-left thinking put him in touch with sensibilities that would later inform and strengthen his work—the plight of the nation's workers and minorities, for example. While the era of Red Scares and blacklisting may seem distant, there are parallels with our current political climate of terrorist fears and governmental abuse of power, says Kangas. "The 1950s were uneasy times, and we may be leading into another period like that where people are being singled out and scapegoated," he points out. (Patriot Act, anyone?) The octogenarian artist himself is among the notable scholars and critics who will speak at the event. The day is divided into two sessions: "The Great Depression: Radical Art, Theatre, and Politics, 1930–1945" (10 a.m.–noon) and "Communist Party USA: From Allies to Enemies, 1945-1960" (2-5 p.m.). Sat. Nov. 19. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250 ext. 200, www.fryemuseum.org. www.fryemuseum.org.
BallardWorks Matthew Calcavecchia's work contemplates evolution, Avraham Zorea's colorful paintings explore the nexus of personal and universal experience, and Katherine Morgan delves into water abstractions with pencil and solvent on transparencies. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Nov. 12. 2856 N.W. Market St., 206-784-9987, www.ballardworks.org. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 3.
Cornish College Gallery Elizabeth Conner redefines stark white space with simple lighting and empty pedestal blocks in her installation "Focus." Also, "New Logo," three student attempts to re-brand the U.S.A., a product that has been somewhat tarnished since Sept. 11. Complete exhibit rescheduled for next spring. 1000 Lenora St., 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. "Focus" ends Nov. 28.
D'Adamo/Woltz Simona Foggitt bisects her abstract acrylic paintings with empty spaces and stainless steel. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, dadamowoltzgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 29.
Davidson Galleries Contemporary mixed-media prints by local artists Barbara Robertson and Mark Meyer. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Fountainhead Gallery Seattle painter William Hewson explores still life and local scenery in "Oil and Water." 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainheadgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Francine Seders Rich abstract paintings by Julie Shapiro and work by painter and sculptor Wendell Brazeau. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Gallery 4 Culture Cat Clifford uses drawings, video, sculpture, and animation to create a narrative of the changes occurring in rural western landscapes in the evocative "Deer Observations & Other Stories of Place." 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 25.
Henry Art Gallery "Hershmanlandia: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson" presents the first comprehensive look at this innovative multimedia artist's provocative work. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Jan. 26.
Roq La Rue Pop-culture icons and Japanese manga comics inform the paintings of Yumiko Kayukawa's "Beasts From the East" and Moira Hahn's "Sunset Serenade." 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, www.roqlarue.com. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 3.
Sessions Gallery In "Real Art— A Question of Culture," an assembly of cartoon artists and illustrators turn their sardonic eyes on the art world itself. The show features Peter Bagge, Jeremy Eaton, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Bob Rini (who doubles as a security guard at the Henry Art Gallery), and Greg Stump. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Nov. 12. 2220 N.W. Market St., 206-234-5000. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Dec. 18.
SOIL "Crime Scene" is an exploration of our culture's fascination with crime and investigation. It features work by artists from Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., and Canada. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Stonington Gallery "Through the Eyes of the Northwest Coast Woman" features a variety of work (carvings, glass, blankets, paintings) by 29 female artists. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 28.
William Traver Gallery Cast glass by New Zealander Layla Walter. Also: Ceramic artist Jun Kaneko's "Dango" sculptures are named after a similarly shaped Japanese dumpling; Eric Nelsen explores "Memory Myth Motif" with anagama fired ceramic objets; Catherine Grisez's "Constructing Deconstruction" presents metal sculptures and music boxes. Opens Nov. 12. 110 Union St., #200, 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Winston Wächter Oneiric beeswax and oil paintings by Hiro Yokose and dramatic sepia-toned photos of Iceland, Patagonia, and Niagara Falls by Rena Bass Forman. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 6.
Arthead "In Puget Flow" showcases the art and poetry of Ballard native Denny Palmason. 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 206-633-5544. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Catherine Person Abstract-symbolic collages by local artist Laura Castellanos. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-726-1836. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Columbia City Gallery Guatemalan painter Abraham Batzin Navichoc's folk-style paintings of festivals and markets in his home country, all from a bird's-eye perspective. 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 13.
Crawl Space Diana Falchuck is an artist fascinated with decay and preservation in "Zebra Skin Cake Knife." 504 E. Denny Way (#1), 206-322-5752. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 13.
Garde Rail New mud-based works by Alabama outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth, who's still painting, whooping, hollering, and joking at the ripe age of 95. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Greg Kucera Jeffrey Simmons' new series of abstract paintings glow like LEDs or flashing text on an antiquated computer screen. Also: minimal, weirdly comic vignettes of symbolic slapstick by L.A. artist Joe Biel. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Howard House Mark Takamichi Miller's large-scale paintings based on found snapshots and local artist Yuki Nakamura's tribute to her late brother, a series of 36 porcelain soccer balls. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
James Harris Richard Rezac's second solo show at the gallery is composed of five minimalist sculptures using highly finished aluminum, cast polyurethane, and other materials, plus a series of preparatory sketches. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Kirkland Arts Center Gallery "pARTners" is an exploration of local and nationally renowned artist couples. Talented pairings include Jacob Lawrence and Gwen Knight, Peter Millet and Sherri Markovitz, and Claire Cowie and Leo Berk. 620 Market St., Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 16.
Viveza Francesca Berrini constructs maps of imaginary places she longs to visit. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Nov. 13.
Art and Soul Celebrity photographer Nikolas Muray was both lover and friend to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Muray's portraits of Kahlo have been reprinted by Art and Soul using a rare color carbon printing process. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.
Artcore Studios "Citizens in Hell" is a collection of sculpture, prints, and paintings by eight local artists. The works explore hell as a literal, personal, or allegorical place. 5501-A Airport Way S., 206-767-2673. Noon-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 9.
Artforte Vancouver artist Jennifer Jean Tazwell Mawby makes her U.S. solo debut with paintings that interpret the Northwest landscape through an American Tonalist perspective. 213 First Ave. S., 206-748-0187. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Art/Not Terminal Georgetta Marie Gancarz honors her late mother with "Artists for Breast Cancer," a fund-raiser for women with stage three or four breast cancer. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 1.
Artists Gallery of Seattle "My View" features new oil paintings by R.J. Stockwell. 902 First Ave. S., 206-340-0830. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Baas Art Gallery See spotlight, this page. Also: Wendy McMillan's "Road Trip" features mixed-media prints. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Nov. 30.
Bluebottle Ed Kranick paints combinations of abstraction and rational, architecturally inspired forms. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Nov. 30.
Carolyn Staley Selections of intricate cut-paper Japanese stencils from the late Edo, Meiji (1868-1912), and Taisho (1912-1926) periods. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Consolidated Works continues a year-long celebration of local kinetic artist Trimpin with Sheng High, a musical creation employing 25 flutes played by a series of mechanically controlled suspended buckets. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, www.conworks.org. 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Corridor Kevin Furiya's "New Works" explore the working parts of everyday life. His paintings focus on gritty details, like those found in red industrial cranes or tarred rooftops. 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. (and by appointment). Ends Nov. 26.
Davidson Contemporary New York–based artist Brian Novatny combines oil, collage and watercolor to create enigmatic assemblages of people in curious situations. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Fenomena Using pen and paper, Yossi Veissid creates "Architectural Dreamscapes" without preliminary sketches or calculations, intending for them to suggest both destruction and optimism. 200 Roy St. (#104), 206-213-0080. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; noon-1 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Dec. 18.
Foster White Eva Isaksen's enigmatic collages share space with Tony Angell's lithographs, sculptures, and stark clayboard and ink birds. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 26.
G. Gibson Gallery Ruth Bernhard's sleek, elegant photographs of the human form are displayed in rotation to celebrate her 100th birthday, while Michael Kenna displays new black-and-white photographs of Japan. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.ggibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Globe Gallery Kristen Imig's color photographs capture the world illuminated by "headlights." 105 S. Main St. (#100), 206-612-7655. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 29.
Grover/Thurston Colorful mixed-media collages by Fay Jones. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 21.
InfoHazard Jesse Lindsay's dark fantasy paintings and mixed-media industrial horror. Also: Cliff Hare's digital photographs of alien landscapes. 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 1.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Tania Kupczak's "sonic neighborhood" is intended to pique curiosity about our impulse to preserve what we don't understand. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.
Jacob Lawrence Three UW alumni explore urban and natural environments: Margie Livingston, Leo Saul Berk, and Robert Yoder. UW campus, School of Art, 206-685-1805. Noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Joe Bar Cornish grad Benjamin Hanawalt's oil paintings reflect an interest in old Hollywood film stills, nature photography, and geometric patterns. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, www.joebar.org. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Kinsey Gallery Through reappropriation, Pat Conlon paints the "Seven Deadly Sins" on billboard vinyl. Seattle University, 900 Broadway Ave., 206-296-5360. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 2.
Linda Hodges Gallery Chinese artist Chen Lin combines Western and Chinese fine-line styles in her delicate depictions of nature, while local artist Fred Lisaius approaches nature through the bolder lens of Luminist-inspired acrylics. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 26.
Lisa Harris Gallery Kathryn Altus' moody oil paintings of the waterscapes of Puget Sound and beyond capture the uncertain latitudes where water and land, humans and nature merge. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Ming's Asian Gallery Kim Man Hee's art draws upon motifs from old Korean folk paintings in an effort to preserve and pass on to new generations his culture's artistic traditions. 10217 Main St., 425-462-4008. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 30.
Oasis Photographs of Honduras, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa by Shannon and Conrad Plyler. 3644 Wallingford Ave. N., 206-547-5177. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Parklane Gallery Patricia Seggebruch explores depth through encaustic painting; Stan Pollock's "The Night Ghost Series" features complex, ghostly visions. 130 Park Lane, Kirkland, 425-827-1462. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily. Ends Dec. 4.
Patricia Cameron "Symbols and Signs" features kinetic new paintings and drawings by Slovak-born artist and architect Milan Heger. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 3.
Platform Works by Jennifer McNeely depict the upkeep and repair that characterize women's lives. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Richard Hugo House Gallery at Belltown In "The de Chirico Overlap," five poems by Hugo House co-founder Frances McCue are paired with five paintings by her friend Mohammed Daoudi behind windows in what could be the smallest gallery in town. 2721 First Ave. (actual space is on Clay Street), 206-322-7030. Viewable 24 hours daily. Ends Dec. 31.
Sam Day Gallery New bronze works by metal sculptor Heidi Wastweet. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. (and by appointment).
Seattle Academy of Fine Art A selection of relatively forgotten Northwest painters of the early 20th century, including John Davidson Butler, Roi Partridge, Louise Crow, and Lance Wood Hart. 1501 10th Ave. E. (Steele Gallery, Third Floor), 206-526-2787. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 23.
Seattle Aquarium "Water's Edge" showcases an array of beautiful aquatic-themed quilts by 21 artists from the Contemporary Quilt Arts Association. All display an amazing use of color, texture, and deft handwork. Particularly striking are "Kelpbed II" by Janet Kurjan, "Turtle Totem" by Patty Hieb, and Donna DeShazo's "Flowers of Coral." 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4320, www.contemporaryquiltart.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with aquarium admission. Ends Jan. 31.
Solomon Fine Art "Paper" is a collection of Kazuo Kadonoga's works from the 1980s exploring the nuances of paper and its relationship to water. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Dec. 9.
Suyama Space Christine Waller builds three- dimensional abstract planes of light and form out of thousands of fine-gauge wires. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 9.
The Legacy Ltd. "From the House of the Thunderbird" celebrates Northwest Coast wood sculpture, including masks by Namgis artists Don Svanvik, Johnathan Henderson, and Sean Whonnock. 1003 First Ave., 206-624-6350. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.
Two Bells Tavern New paintings by longtime art-scene figure Rolon Bert Garner, a visual-arts curator in the early days of Bumbershoot. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 6.
Western Bridge "Crash. Pause. Rewind." explores disaster imagery generated by pop culture and the media. Includes works by Richard Barnes, E.V. Day, Tacita Dean, Christoph Draeger, John Haddock, Timothy Hutchings, Chris Larson, Euan Macdonald, and Robert Lazzarini. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends March 4.
Woodside/Braseth Northwest master Dennis Evans' new mixed-media paintings and Emily Warn's poetry make up "Trace Elements: 22 Kits of Creation." 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 25.
Bellevue Arts Museum The Northwest Designer Craftsmen retrospective show "Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50" displays over 100 contemporary and historic works by NWDC artist members. Also: "Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billion Beads" is a survey of David Chatt's intricately beaded sculpture and assorted jewelry, by turns goofy and satirical. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.). 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 1.
Burke Museum Subhankar Banerjee's magnificent photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are the result of a two-year expedition among caribou and tundra. Savor these images, before ExxonMobil and BP bring their "low-impact" drilling apparatus to ANWR. UW campus, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Dec. 31.
Frye Art Museum Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were pioneering gender-benders in the freewheeling art world of 1920s Paris. These photographs from the two female photographers explore complex notions of sexuality and identity. Also:"William Cumming: The Image of Consequence" offers an authoritative retrospective of the 88-year-old Northwest painter's long career. 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. William Cumming ends Jan. 1; Cahun & Moore ends Feb. 12.
Henry Art Gallery "150 Works of Art" allows viewers to establish their own connections between a variety of photographs, paintings, and video pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Also: An exploration of our culture's symbolic communication, "Sign Language" features the photography of John Gutmann, Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, and Weegee, among others. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Sign Language" ends Jan. 29; Lead Pencil ends Feb. 26.
Museum of Flight "Suitcase Sightings," curated by longtime Seattle artist Lynn DiNino, features an array of suitcases reimagined by local artists, most remarkably as a giraffe named Tallulah. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, www.museumofflight.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with museum admission. Ends Feb. 2.
Seattle Art Museum "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages" shows that the craftsman/entrepreneur, with his exquisitely detailed lamps and windows and luxurious sensibility, was actually an artist of his times (late 19th-early 20th century). This is a well-assembled and beautifully lit show, but a bit cautious for the museum's swan song before it closes in January for renovation. Also on display: "Africa in America" is a varied and complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African-American art of the late 20th century, including work by James W. Washington Jr., Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Oliver Jackson, and Marita Dingus. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Africa ends Dec. 11; Tiffany ends Jan. 4.