Galleries Sal Celis Seattle-Paris-London and Back is a globe-trotting photo exhibition featuring

Galleries

Sal Celis

Seattle-Paris-London and Back is a globe-trotting photo exhibition featuring images from Celis’ recent European travels. Opening reception 4-8 p.m. Sat., May 17. Wallingford Center, 1815 N. 45th St., wallingfordcenter.com, Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Through May 27.

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Ian McMahon:

CASCADE He installs two massive plaster theater curtains in the gallery space, creating all sorts of interesting shadowplay and lighting. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Fri., May 16,. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave., 256-0809, suyamaspace.org, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 15.

PostGlamism: Glam Art in the 21st Century Fourteen artists assembled for this mixed-media exhibition to explore their love of all things glittery, glossy, and coated in a radiant metallic sheen. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Thurs., May 15. Center on Contemporary Art, 6413 Seaview Ave. N.W., 728-1980, cocaseattle.org, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 1.

Dana Roberts Roberts’ paintings deal in visual metaphors that often play in contradictory imagery. Opening reception Thurs., May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. SAM Gallery, 1300 First Ave., 343-1101, seattleartmuseum.org, Weds.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 10.

Through Our Eyes: Gender & Sexuality Photos and textual works explore several local artists’ individual visions of gender and sex. Reception 6-8 p.m. Weds., May 14. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 344-4379, seattlecentral.org, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Through May 29.

Museums

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Danish Modern: Design for Living A survey of modern style Danish furniture from 1950-60. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 789-5707, nordicmuseum.org, $8, Opens May 16, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Aug. 31.

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami An exhibit that examines the evolution of origami as an art form around the globe from its origins all the way up to today. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org, Opens May 16, Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Sept. 21.

Anne Fenton Recent winner of the Brink Award, the local artist shows two new videos, stencil art, and handmade fibrous objects. Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, 543-2280, henryart.org, $6-$10, Weds., Sat., Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs., Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Through June 15.

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LaToya Ruby Frazier Born in the declining Rust Belt town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier’s images have mostly been black-and-white studies of her kin, lending dignity to loved ones struggling with underemployment, disease, and fractured families. She began taking photographs as a teenager during the ’90s, in part as a rebuttal of the historical images of Braddock that showed only its white faces. Born by a River includes about two dozen black-and-white images of her family, often with Frazier posing among them. Look at us, Frazier is saying; this is how we live. The main gallery contains seven large color aerial views of Braddock, taken last year from a helicopter hovering over The Bottom, the poor, flood-prone, and polluted neighborhood where Frazier was raised. There’s a startling micro/macro effect as we pull up high to these impersonal views. Frazier’s family, and others like it, disappear. BRIAN MILLER Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, $12.50-$19.50, Weds., Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through June 22.

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Liu Xiaodong Having achieved success in Beijing, Liu went back to his emptied-out old village after three decades away, finding stagnation and defeat among his old pals. There’s nothing explicitly political in the paintings of Hometown Boy, yet they read like a socioeconomic portrait of China’s Rust Belt. These are somewhat sad, desultory scenes. Weeds grow in an unused pool. A restaurant fails. A dejected man shows up at the wrong door, pointing futilely at it with a purple umbrella. Liu isn’t a political artist like Ai Weiwei. He works within the system but is certainly aware of its constraints and discontents, which surely swirl into Hometown Boy’s palette of oils. BRIAN MILLER Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St. (Volunteer Park), Seattle, 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org, $5-$7, Weds., Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through June 29.




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