Thursday, January 31
Western Bridge – “Multiplex,” Western Bridge's winter exhibition is an anthology of work in projected video and video installation from the first half of this decade. Work in the exhibition includes Isaac Julien's three-channel cowboy romance "The Long Road to Mazatlan," Takeshi Murata's painterly decomposition of a campy film in "Monster Movie," Jennifer Steinkamp's wall-projected installation "Formation G" and Dara Friedman's hypnotic loop of kids jumping into the ocean from a Miami Beach pier, "Government Cut Freestyle." Single channel projected videos by Miguel Angel Rios and Suara Welitoff, two video pranks by Christopher Chiappa and Jack Daws, and a photograph by Lynne Cohen round out the exhibition. Continuing through March 29, 2008.
Gage Academy of Art – “Nordic Art: More Than Munch.” The arts are thriving in Scandinavia today, with painting, printmaking, textiles, drawing, sculpture and installation being created everywhere. Join artist Margaret Davidson as she shows you the landscape and traditions of Scandinavia, and see how they are both fascinatingly old, and constantly refreshed and refigured in the art of today. 12:30pm – 1:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
Frye Art Museum – “Countercurrents in the Seattle Art World of 1900–1930” with Martha Kingsbury, emeritus professor, Department of Art History, University of Washington. When Charles and Emma Frye and Horace C. Henry were forming their collections, the art world of Seattle was small and tentative. While the Fryes and Henry collected an established and unequivocally esteemed form of art—easel paintings in oil—the art world around them included new, adventuresome, and radical components. This lecture explores some of these countercurrents: Seattle collectors with goals very different from theirs; artworks sharing little or nothing with oil paintings; and artists whose practices and lifestyles seemed to defy the values that the Frye and Henry collections embodied. 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
Friday, February 1
Fremont First Friday Artwalk – Galleries and participating businesses open from 6-9 pm.
Twilight Artist Collective – February exhibit featuring paintings by Angelina Villalobos aka 179 opens today in TWaC’s Pike Place Market locaiton. Exhibit continues through Feb 29, 2008.
Photographic Center Northwest – “Snowbound & The Last Iceberg: Photographs by Lisa M. Robinson and Camille Seaman.” Opening reception for an amazing new show featuring two artists who photograph snow and ice. For five winters, the young American photographer Lisa M. Robinson made photographs in the snow. Snowbound depicts landscapes in which everyday objects-alienated and sunken in snow – civilize the natural surroundings. The Last Iceberg, a series by Camille Seaman chronicles a handful of the many thousands of icebergs that are currently headed to their end. Seaman approaches the images of icebergs as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of her ancestors. Reception 6-9 pm. A lecture with Robinson & Seaman begins at 6:30 pm in the PCNW Auditorium. $5 suggested donation.
Saturday, February 2
Frye Art Museum – Lecture on “R. Crumb’s Underground” with Robin Held, Frye chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections. Join in a conversation with Robin Held as she leads a gallery tour through the forty-year retrospective of comics and sketchbook drawings by the quintessential underground artist Robert Crumb. 2 pm. Free and open to the public.
Pop Tots – “The Alphabet Show,” featuring 26 artists making kid-friendly art representing each letter of the alphabet. Food, wine, and artwork by Sara Barbetta, Josh Bloch, Debi Boyette, Craig Campbell, Sam Doyle, Anthony Edwards, Colin English, Kelly English, Eric Gillyard, Marty Gordon, Therese Gordon, Jamie Holmes, Angie Lazzar, Andre Lee, Kati Von Lehman, Joey Lloyd, Beth Maycumber, Russell Maycumber, Tricia Patterson, Maggie Schneider, Tiare So'osemea, Joey Veltkamp, Michael Williams and Melissa Woods. 4-6 pm. Pop Tots is located at 6405 Roosevelt Avenue, Seattle, WA 98115.
Sunday, February 3
Tacoma Art Museum – “Threads that Bind Community” free festival honoring Black History Month. The Threads that Bind Community festival is from noon to 5 pm at Tacoma Art Museum and offers FREE admission to all visitors. Spoken word, gospel music, and dance performances, as well a scavenger hunt and a community quilt, will be among the many special festival activities. Women of the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters will piece together squares for the community quilt throughout the day and will talk with visitors in the galleries about their work in Threads that Bind. Local artist Ellen Ito will help visitors create paper quilt squares in the Open Art Studio. Storytelling by Links Youth, the student group of The Links, Incorporated, Tacoma Chapter, will take place in the Art Resource Center. Check here for a full schedule of events.