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Seattle Art Museum Downtown


address  1300 First Avenue
 Seattle, WA  98101
phone (206) 654-3100
hours Tue.-Wed., Sat.-Sun. 10am-5pm; Thu.-Fri. 10am-9pm
parking Pay lots
general adm Included in admission
www.seattleartmuseum.org/

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Sam Gilliam

Art Show
Sam Gilliam’s experimentations with paint in the 1950s and ‘60s opened doors to new possibilities within the innovative realm of abstraction. Inspired by a group of color-field painters who were active in Washington, DC, where he moved in 1962, Gilliam explored the materiality of the painted surface in his own way. In the late 1960s, Gilliam began to pour paint directly onto unstretched canvas, which he would then fold or crumple while the paint was still wet and leave on the studio floor to dry. The creases allowed the paint to pool and duplicate, forming lines and patterns determined by the natural pliability of canvas and fluidity of paint—and by an element of chance. Blurring the line between painted image and object, these works subvert the distinction between painting and sculpture. This installation includes examples of Gilliam's early body of work, as well as one painting from Gilliam’s series of Black paintings, a further innovation in the artist’s career. In these heavily layered works, Gilliam raked a thick black paint over a brightly stained canvas, creating tension through colors revealed and concealed by the dark, stucco-like surface. The thickness of the paint emphasizes the physicality of the work, as do the collaged strips of cut canvas—another of Gilliam’s experiments with materials.
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 • Fri 11/17/17 - Mon 11/20/17 at 10am 
 • Wed 11/22/17 - Sun 11/26/17 at 10am 

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Art Show
On the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect examines the American master’s 75-year career.
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Schedule
 • Fri 11/17/17 - Sun 11/19/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/21/17 - Sun 11/26/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/28/17 - Sun 12/3/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/5/17 - Sun 12/10/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/12/17 - Sun 12/17/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/19/17 - Sun 12/24/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/26/17 - Sun 12/31/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/2/18 - Sun 1/7/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/9/18 - Sun 1/14/18 at 10am 

Beauties and Talents: Art of Women In Japan

Art Show
This installation from SAM’s collection features the art of women in Japan, including paintings of The Tale of Genji, an 11th-century novel written by a woman and the most influential piece of literature in Japan, as well as prints, kimonos, and lacquerware that showcase women’s self-fashioning.
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Schedule
 • Fri 11/17/17 - Sun 11/19/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/21/17 - Sun 11/26/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/28/17 - Sun 12/3/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/5/17 - Sun 12/10/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/12/17 - Sun 12/17/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/19/17 - Sun 12/24/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/26/17 - Sun 12/31/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/2/18 - Sun 1/7/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/9/18 - Sun 1/14/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/16/18 - Sun 1/21/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/23/18 - Sun 1/28/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/30/18 - Sun 2/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/6/18 - Sun 2/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/13/18 - Sun 2/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/20/18 - Sun 2/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/27/18 - Sun 3/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/6/18 - Sun 3/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/13/18 - Sun 3/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/20/18 - Sun 3/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/27/18 - Sun 4/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/3/18 - Sun 4/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/10/18 - Sun 4/15/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/17/18 - Sun 4/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/24/18 - Sun 4/29/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/1/18 - Sun 5/6/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/8/18 - Sun 5/13/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/15/18 - Sun 5/20/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/22/18 - Sun 5/27/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/29/18 - Sun 6/3/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/5/18 - Sun 6/10/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/12/18 - Sun 6/17/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/19/18 - Sun 6/24/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/26/18 - Sun 7/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/3/18 - Sun 7/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/10/18 - Sun 7/15/18 at 10am 

Everyday Poetics

Art Show
The objects of daily life often go unnoticed, but if they are transformed we can begin to observe their distinct aesthetic qualities. Many contemporary artists in Central and Sourth America draw on everyday materials for their assemblages, sculptures, and installations—from dust cloths and mesuring sticks, soda cans and cleaning mops, cardboard packaging, and even the scratch marks of lottery tickets. Their alterations and surprise pairings of repurposed items transform the mundane into poetic ballads. Within these improvised arrangements with poignant titles lie suggestive comments about history, society, the environment, work, and human nature.
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Schedule
 • Sat 11/18/17 - Sun 11/19/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/21/17 - Sun 11/26/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 11/28/17 - Sun 12/3/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/5/17 - Sun 12/10/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/12/17 - Sun 12/17/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/19/17 - Sun 12/24/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/26/17 - Sun 12/31/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/2/18 - Sun 1/7/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/9/18 - Sun 1/14/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/16/18 - Sun 1/21/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/23/18 - Sun 1/28/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/30/18 - Sun 2/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/6/18 - Sun 2/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/13/18 - Sun 2/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/20/18 - Sun 2/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/27/18 - Sun 3/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/6/18 - Sun 3/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/13/18 - Sun 3/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/20/18 - Sun 3/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/27/18 - Sun 4/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/3/18 - Sun 4/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/10/18 - Sun 4/15/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/17/18 - Sun 4/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/24/18 - Sun 4/29/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/1/18 - Sun 5/6/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/8/18 - Sun 5/13/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/15/18 - Sun 5/20/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/22/18 - Sun 5/27/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/29/18 - Sun 6/3/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/5/18 - Sun 6/10/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/12/18 - Sun 6/17/18 at 10am 

Extreme Nature: Two Landscape Paintings From the Age of Enlightenment

Art Show
This installation welcomes a newly discovered French masterpiece to SAM’s collection, Shipwreck off the Coast of Alaska (1806) by Louis-Philippe Crépin. Born in Paris, Crépin (1772–1851) was a specialist in marine painting. Many of his works are in the National Maritime Museum in Paris; this is likely the first painting by Crépin in an American museum. In its rendering of a tragic shipwreck that took place in 1786, it transcends standard marine painting conventions and stands alone within the artist’s oeuvre, achieving a peak of clarity, drama, and pathos.
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Schedule
 • Sat 12/23/17 - Sun 12/24/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 12/26/17 - Sun 12/31/17 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/2/18 - Sun 1/7/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/9/18 - Sun 1/14/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/16/18 - Sun 1/21/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/23/18 - Sun 1/28/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 1/30/18 - Sun 2/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/6/18 - Sun 2/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/13/18 - Sun 2/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/20/18 - Sun 2/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/27/18 - Sun 3/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/6/18 - Sun 3/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/13/18 - Sun 3/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/20/18 - Sun 3/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/27/18 - Sun 4/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/3/18 - Sun 4/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/10/18 - Sun 4/15/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/17/18 - Sun 4/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/24/18 - Sun 4/29/18 at 10am 

Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Art Show
Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas brings together the works of three singular American artists whose work redefines history painting in a contemporary context. Bridging three generations and shaped by distinctive historic events, the large-scale tableaux of Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas open compelling perspectives on Black culture and representation in an ever changing social and political landscape.
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Schedule
 • Thu 2/15/18 - Sun 2/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/20/18 - Sun 2/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 2/27/18 - Sun 3/4/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/6/18 - Sun 3/11/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/13/18 - Sun 3/18/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/20/18 - Sun 3/25/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 3/27/18 - Sun 4/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/3/18 - Sun 4/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/10/18 - Sun 4/15/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/17/18 - Sun 4/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/24/18 - Sun 4/29/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/1/18 - Sun 5/6/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/8/18 - Sun 5/13/18 at 10am 

Jono Vaughan: 2017 Betty Bowen Award Winner

Art Show
Jono Vaughan’s ongoing series Project 42 is named for the short life expectancy of transgender individuals in the United States. The project, begun in 2012, aims to raise awareness of a persistent pattern of extreme violence against trans people by commemorating 42 murdered individuals. For each work in the series, the artist designs a garment that begins with an image of a murder location, which is then digitally manipulated to create an abstract textile print. The garment is then worn by a collaborator in performance, as a form of memorialization and celebration of the victim. Vaughan hopes this accessible approach will provide an opportunity for engagement and discussion. Vaughan holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including the recent exhibitions MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas Present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects at The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and We the People at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Vaughan has received grants for a variety of visual art projects from The Arts Council of Hillsborough County, The National Performance Artist and Visual Artist Network, Art Matters Foundation, and the Pollination Project. Currently she teaches Fine Art at Bellevue College and works in her studio in Seattle, WA.
Ticket Phone: (206) 654-3121
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Schedule
 • Sat 4/21/18 - Sun 4/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 4/24/18 - Sun 4/29/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/1/18 - Sun 5/6/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/8/18 - Sun 5/13/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/15/18 - Sun 5/20/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/22/18 - Sun 5/27/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 5/29/18 - Sun 6/3/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/5/18 - Sun 6/10/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/12/18 - Sun 6/17/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/19/18 - Sun 6/24/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 6/26/18 - Sun 7/1/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/3/18 - Sun 7/8/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/10/18 - Sun 7/15/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/17/18 - Sun 7/22/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/24/18 - Sun 7/29/18 at 10am 
 • Tue 7/31/18 - Sun 8/5/18 at 10am