Openings & Events
Birds at the Burke The Burke is busting out its winged specimens for all to see, as well as offering a chance to interact with real, live birds. Burke Museum (UW Campus), 543-5590, burkemuseum.org. $7.50-$10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18.
Eunju Choi Chief Curator of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea will lecture about… the state of modern and conteporary at in Korea, of course. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St. (Volunteer Park), 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org. Free (with RSVP). 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 16.
Cocktails & Couture Celebrating “garmentry-as-art,” various local designers will showcase their work alongside drinks and music. Roq La Rue, 532 First Ave. S., 374-8977, roqlarue.com. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18.
Diwali Ball SAM celebrates India’s Festival of Lights with a Bollywood DJ, henna, fortunetellers, and dinner from Saffron Grill. Presented in conjunction with the ongoing City Dwellers show. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 654-3121, seattleartmuseum.org, $110. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18.
Yumiko Glover She shows brightly colored, manga-inspired paintings in Moe, Elements of the Floating World. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 16. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main St., 459-6857, bryanohno.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 29.
Aaron Jasinski and Augie Pagan In Gods and Monsters, the artists deconstruct the concept of good and evil in pop culture. Opening reception, 7-11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18 Ltd. Gallery, 501 E. Pine St., 457-2970, ltdartgallery.com. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends. Nov. 9.
Scott Erickson In Alliance = Rebellion, he fuses Indigenous art styles with iconography from the Star Wars series. “How am I not just another white guy stealing from the native tribes for my own benefit?” Erickson asks in his artist statement for the show. Find out tonight, maybe. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 15. Bombsheller Art Labs, 424 Queen Anne Ave., bombshellerartlabs.com. Ends Nov. 10
Mark von Rosenstiel
Somewhere between these peaks and valleys, I missed you is the very long name of this light installation piece. Unveiling 8-10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 17. Glass Box Gallery, 813 Seattle Blvd. S., glassboxgallery.com.
Romson Regarde Bustillo
Long Stories features the local artist’s complex patterned-paper work, which attempts to delve into the universality of our personal stories. Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 296-8674, 4culture.org. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Oct. 30.
Chemtrails Did you know that the feds are employing airplanes to spray airborne chemicals on civilians in order to brainwash us/construct a malevolent New World Order/conceal the one and only, totally-not-dead Tupac Shakur from the public eye? Seven painters, illustrators, and photographers take on the world’s most out-there conspiracy theory in this group show, which will likely land you on a watch list. Wikstrom Gallery, 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 633-5544, bromwikstrom.com. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 24.
Shaoxiong The contemporary Chinese artist shows new video works and their source drawings in the exhibit Ink. History. Media, which is inspired by historical photos of major events from 1909-2009. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St. (Volunteer Park), 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org. $5-$7. Weds.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 19.
City Dwellers Contemporary Indian scenes and icons from Mumbai to New Delhi are represented via photography and sculpture, from an all-native perspective. As tourists know, India is ridiculously photogenic, from its colorful idols and deities to the slums and beggars. It all depends on what you want to see. Photographer Dhruv Malhotra, for instance, takes large color images of people sleeping in public places—some because they’re poor, others because they simply feel like taking a nap. Nandini Valli Muthiah opts for more stage-managed scenes, posing a costumed actor as the blue-skinned Hindu god Krishna in contemporary settings; in one shot I love, he sits in a hotel suite, like a tired business traveler awaiting a conference call on Skype. Sculptor Debanjan Roby even dares to appropriate the revered figure of Gandhi, rendering him in bright red fiberglass and listening to a white iPod. BRIAN MILLER Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 654-3121, seattleartmuseum.org. $12–$19. Weds.-Sun. Ends Feb. 15.