2014-15 EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, ASIAN ART MUSEUM, OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK The following exhibition information is subject to change. Prior to publication, please confirm dates, titles and other information with the Seattle Art Museum Public Relations office at [email protected] CURRENT EXHIBITIONS SEATTLE ART MUSEUM Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon Seattle Art Museum October 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014 SAM is honored to host a major exhibition of Peruvian art that includes rarely seen sculpture, metalwork, painting and textiles spanning 3,000 years. The exhibition showcases the rich heritage of ancient Peru, including superb works of the Mochica, Chimu and Inca cultures. Important paintings and sculptures from the Colonial and Vice-royal eras demonstrate the initial influence of Christianity, seen in radiant paintings of saints and liturgical processions. Artworks created after independence from Spain show the creative syncretism between indigenous and Spanish traditions, followed by examples of the rich aesthetic of 20th-century paintings and folk art. Taking a novel approach to Peruvian art, the thematic organization reveals cross currents of ideas and artistry through time and the symbolic role that art plays in the construction of cultural identity. Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon and accompanying catalogue brings together new research by well-known scholars in many fields. Select examples from SAM’s collection are also on view. The exhibition is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and assisted locally by SAM curator, Barbara Brotherton. SAM is the only U.S venue for this exhibition. Leo Berk: 2013 Betty Bowen Award Winner Seattle Art Museum November 7, 2013–February 23, 2014 Leo Berk (born 1973) considers the effects of the built environment on our senses, psychology and development. In his most recent body of work, the artist returned to the landmark building in which he grew up and which influenced his artistic trajectory: Bruce Goff’s Ford Residence, in Aurora, Illinois. Self-taught and visionary, Bruce Goff created an organic and site-specific contemporary architecture that defied convention and tradition. Beautiful to look at, the house could be challenging to live in as lack of insulation allowed for extreme temperatures inside the structure. Berk’s memories of these physical challenges led to an exploration of the many ways in which aspects of this home prompted a sensory response, which is reflected in the works in this gallery. Although the pieces seem abstract at first glance, each is connected to a structural part of the house. The namesake of this distinguished award, Betty Bowen (1918–1977), was a Washington native and enthusiastic supporter of Northwest artists whose friends established the annual award as a celebration of her life and to honor and continue her efforts to provide financial support to the artists of the region. Since 1977, the Seattle Art Museum has hosted the yearly grant application process by which the selection committee chooses one Northwest visual artist—from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho—to receive an unrestricted cash award. UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS SEATTLE ART MUSEUM Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse Seattle Art Museum November 16, 2013 – February 16, 2014 In partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, NY, SAM is proud to organize the first major U.S. exhibition of the Haida artist, Robert Davidson. Robert Davidson has been a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. The exhibition will feature 45 paintings, sculptures and prints created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in his career that show Davidson’s evolution toward an elemental language of form. The exhibition is organized by SAM curator Barbara Brotherton.. It will travel to the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City for a 2014 viewing. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition. LaToya Ruby Frazier Seattle Art Museum December 13, 2013 – June 22, 2014 Frazier is a photographer and media artist whose practice is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation. With an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism, Frazier investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity. Frazier is the winner of the 2013 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize which is awarded bi-annually to an early career black artist who has been producing work for less than 10 years. The prize was created to provide inspiration for young black artists. Bi-annually, nominations are requested from an anonymous roster of distinguished and celebrated artists, curators and cultural producers who have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary black artistic practice. Miró: The Experience of Seeing Seattle Art Museum February 13, 2014 – May 25, 2104 This exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, offers a fresh assessment of the late period in Miró’s work—a body of work that audiences in the United States have not had the opportunity to fully appreciate. The exhibition brings together 48 paintings, drawings and sculptures made in the period between 1963 and 1983 that testify to the artist’s ingenuity and inventiveness to the very end of his life. Bold and colorful paintings employing his personal visual language alternate with nearabstract compositions. Although Miró had experimented with sculpture in earlier periods, it is only in the late years that painting and sculpture stand in direct dialogue with each other—a principal feature of this exhibition. Curated by Chiyo Ishikawa Manchanda,Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical Seattle Art Museum June 19, 2014 – September 7, 2014 Few regions of the United States produced such a distinctive group of artists with such a particular view on the modern world as did the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s and 1940s. The Seattle Art Museum is now the major repository of work by the highly acclaimed, closely connected, but still little understood group of artists, dominated by painters Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Leo Kenney, Paul Horiuchi, and George Tsutakawa and by sculptor Phil McCracken. This exhibition and book will be the museum’s first comprehensive overview of this important collection and the first museum publication to elucidate the intertwined histories of the Northwest School and the Seattle Art Museum. City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India Seattle Art Museum August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015 Photography and sculpture has emerged as an especially important tool for artists in India and this exhibition provides an insider’s view of urban life in India in all its complexity and contradiction. The photographs linger on the private and public sphere with references to family, history, art and popular culture. Bollywood movie stars, venerated politicians, religious festivals, and legendary musicians and artists all contribute to the contemporary pantheon of “stars” in Indian culture. The roughly 15 artists in this exhibition pay tribute to this multitude but also introduce elements of irony, introspection and critique. They frame the stark economic discrepancies through the cityscape and its dwellers, investigate stereotypical role models perpetuated by film and print industries, and fashion their own contemporary pop icons such as a “gilded” scooter to pop-colored renditions of Mahatma Gandhi, the visionary activist who led India to independence. Pop Departures Seattle Art Museum October 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015 This exhibition brings together key works by the central figures who defined American Pop art in the 1960s such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann. Pop art was a radical artistic departure at the time and brought consumer and media culture to the heart of artistic discussions. Although members of the European avant-garde had borrowed and integrated subjects and materials from popular culture since the early 20th century, it is with American Pop that everyday life, notably the image worlds of advertisement and consumer society, becomes the main artistic focus. As a radical artistic and intellectual challenge to the establishment at the time, the ripple effects of Pop art, and the discussions it inspired, had an impact far beyond the 1960s. To show the continued engagement with some of the themes arising from Pop art—such as the staging of objects of consumption, the allure of celebrity culture, and the pivotal role of media imagery—this exhibition will chart connections to the 1980s and the 2000s, with work by major contemporary artists for whom Pop art was an inspiration, a central point of departure, or a vehicle for critique. Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection Seattle Art Museum February 12, 2015 – May 17, 2015 Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, this exhibition will feature about 110 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent. Shaped by the Dikers’ passion for American Indian art and culture, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility honed by their long engagement with modern and contemporary art, this superb collection is renowned as one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most exquisite collections of Native American art in private hands. This exhibition showcases a number of recent acquisitions never seen before by the public, and will be the first traveling exhibition culled from this collection. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts. Guest curator is David Penney, Associate Director of Scholarship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and local curator is Barbara Brotherton, Curator of Native American Art at Seattle Art Museum. Diguise and Contemporary African Art Seattle Art Museum June 18, 2015 – September 6, 2015 This groundbreaking exhibition will consider the past, present and future of disguise, a visual act and psychological state that can be a mask, a costume, or just a smile. The exhibition will include 50 masks and 10 costumes from SAM’s African art collection and about 100 objects on loan. Masks from SAM’s African art collection will stimulate visitors’ imaginations as they consider disguise as animal avatars, authority figures, altered portraits, and minimalist expressions. Disguise will take an indepth look at 10 contemporary artists whose work has a distinctive way of addressing the subject. All will offer a variety of ways of embodying disguise—in drawings, photographs, videos, masks, sculptures, performances and installations. Many combine media in innovative ways, enabling disguise to evolve with a mixture of documentary and personally created imagery. Select artists will participate in site-specific installations and performances. The exhibition is being organized by the Seattle Art Museum, and is being curated by Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, and Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Consultant Curator. Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art Seattle Art Museum October 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016 The Seattle Art Museum is proud to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. The exhibition will feature 71 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Édouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Wing of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians. This will be the first time the beloved collection has gone on tour and only because the East Wing will be closed for renovation. The majority of works come from the celebrated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, given to the National Gallery of Art in 1970. This core group is bolstered by works from the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon Collection and gifts of several other important collectors. Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated locally by Seattle Art Museum Curator Chiyo Ishikawa, Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. S.F.B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre Seattle Art Museum October 1, 2015 – January 10, 2016 Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) is better known today for his invention of the electromagnetic telegraph—and for “Morse” code—but he began his career as a painter and rose to the Presidency of the august National Academy of Design in New York. The monumental Gallery of the Louvre is his masterwork. Now in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago, the canvas is making a national tour to major museums. Its showing at the Seattle Art Museum, from [add dates here], affords visitors the direct experience of this famous painting, which many know only from their American history books. At the Seattle Art Museum, the painting will be shown by itself in an expansive gallery as the kind of grand picture public display that Morse himself would have created in 1833. CURRENT EXHIBITIONS ASIAN ART MUSEUM A Fuller View of China, Japan, and Korea Asian Art Museum Through April 13, 2014 ‘ Marking the 80th anniversary of SAM s founding by Dr. Richard Fuller, the museum hasorganized an exhibition of Chinese, Japanese and Korean masterpiecesas a celebration and chronicle of the growth of the collections over the past eight decades. A Fuller View of China, Japan, and Korea is curated by Xiaojin Wu, Associate Curator for Japanese and Korean Art at the Asian Art Museum. Hometown Boy: Liu Xiaodong Asian Art Museum Through June 29, 2014 One of China's most renowned contemporary artists, Liu Xiaodong grew up in a small industrial town in China before moving to Beijing at age 17 to study art. Three decades passed before he decided to head home to paint this celebrated series Hometown Boy. His canvases feature rich colors, strong brushstrokes and a journalistic sensibility. While many of his portraits show ordinary people engaging in ordinary activities, such as eating or playing games, the paintings are particularly revealing about the subject's soc ial class, void of any pictorial rhetoric that dramatizes paintings made during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Xiaodong lives in Beijing, where he is a professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts. Curated by Josh Yiu, SAM’s Former Foster Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum. Curated by Josh Yiu, SAM’s Former Foster Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum. Inked: Wan Qingli Asian Art Museum Through June 29, 2014 Wan Qingli was born in Beijing in 1945. Having studied with some of the most celebrated and innovative Chinese ink painters of the past century, his art is grounded in his own experiences. The exhibition features biting pictorial commentaries on contemporary life and society. Since 1989, Qingli has been a professor of Chinese Art at Hong Kong University. Curated by Josh Yiu, Former Foster Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum. UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS ASIAN ART MUSEUM DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 Asian Art Museum May 10, 2014 – October 19, 2014 Art Deco, a 20th-century style that came to worldwide prominence in the interwar period, left its mark on almost every medium of visual arts. Japanese artists, designers, and consumers cultivated their own version of Art Deco, which was perceived as modern and Western. This is the first exhibition outside Japan to focus on Japanese Art Deco from 1920 to 1945. Presenting about 200 works from the collection of Robert and Mary Levenson of Florida—including sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera— viewers are introduced to the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated designs that define Japan’s contribution to the Art Deco movement. Through these objects, the exhibition also demonstrates the social and cultural complexities particular to the interwar time period in Japan. CURRENT EXHIBITIONS OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK Encontro das Águas (Encounter of Waters) Sandra Cinto Through February 17, 2014 Olympic Sculpture Park, PACCARR Pavilion São Paulo-based artist Sandra Cinto (b. 1968) has taken humble materials, including blue paint and silver paint pen, and transformed a drawn line, repeated at different angles, lengths, and patterns, into a monumental image of water that expresses renewal and respite. Drawing directly on the walls, with the help of two assistants (Alice de Faria Ricci and Jérôme Cornet) and a few local volunteers, Cinto utilized the architecture of the PACCAR Pavilion as her canvas to create an expansive image that hovers between dream and reality. The ambitious site-specific installation features a mesmerizing view of an expansive waterscape: a tempestuous sea. Although water imagery has been represented in Cinto’s earlier work, the artist made two prior visits to Seattle to get a better sense of the location and the city. In turn, Cinto’s waterscape seems apropos within the setting of Elliot Bay and Puget Sound. A recurring form in the artist’s work is the boat, an image she incorporates for its poetic associations with ideas of a journey. For her installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Cinto has incorporated a wooden boat, purchased locally from the Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle. In the interior of the boat’s structure, she has placed a drawing of an abstracted raft, which is loosely based on Théodore Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa” (1819), a painting that has appeared in different ways in Cinto’s earlier works, such as the difficult th journey (after Géricault) (2007). Cinto finds expressions of hope, survival and human endurance in this 19 century history painting in which Géricault conveyed in his dramatic re-envisioning of the events.Curated by Marisa C. Sanchez, Former Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum. This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. A lead grant is provided by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK Jaume Plensa: Echo Olympic Sculpture Park 2014 Echo (2011), a dramatic 44 foot tall figurative sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, will be installed next year on the shoreline of the Olympic Sculpture Park. Made of marble, plastic, and fiberglass, Echo takes its name from Greek mythology but is modeled after a young girl known to the artist. Rising from the center of the park with her eyes closed, and luminous in both day and night It is the artist’s hope that viewers will see the sculpture as a mirror into their own thoughts and soul. Plensa was born in 1955 and currently lives in Barcelona. Plensa is also active in developing site-specific public works—his most celebrated include Crown Fountain in Chicago; Breathing at the BBC Headquarters, London; Bridge of Light, Jerusalem; and World Voices at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Sol LeWitt Olympic Sculpture Park March 15, 2014 – March 15, 2015 In his description of the tenets of conceptual art, Sol LeWitt famously wrote in 1967 that “the idea is the machine that makes the work of art.” His wall drawings particularly adhere to this concept as ephemeral works that exist only as a set of instructions for others to carry out, privileging the artist’s original idea over the act of creation. LeWitt often likened himself to a composer, and his wall drawings to musical scores: they are realized by others without the author’s presence or hand, are dependent upon and contextualized by the place in which they are made, and can be ‘performed’ any number of times. In his wall drawing conceived for the Seattle Art Museum, Seven Cubes with Color Ink Washes Superimposed (1997), LeWitt explores the cube and grid structures which were of interest to him throughout his career. Here, the cubes are rendered in isometric projections, rejecting the three-dimensionality of a linear perspective and instead emphasizing the flatness of the wall itself. The effect makes the cubes seem to tilt towards the viewer while simultaneously remaining rooted to the wall, drawing attention to the connection between the viewer’s space, the drawing, and the architecture. GENERAL INFORMATION For detailed information about current and upcoming exhibitions, as well as recent museum news, visit the pressroom at seattleartmuseum.org. For general information about any of the museum’s three sites, call (206) 654-3100. Box Office (206) 654-3121 (Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 am-4 pm). Visit our Web site: seattleartmuseum.org. Seattle Art Museum (SAM) 1300 First Avenue, Downtown Seattle HOURS: Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday and Friday until 9 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. ADMISSION: Suggested admission to the permanent collection is $17 for adults; $14 for seniors (62 and over) and military (with ID); and $11 for students (with ID) and youth 13-17. Admission is free for SAM members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. A ticket to SAM is valid for entry at the Seattle Asian Art Museum if used within one week. Special exhibitions may incur an additional, mandatory charge. Visit seattleartmuseum.org for up-to-date information. FREE DAYS: First Thursdays are free for all visitors. First Fridays are free to seniors. Second Fridays, 5-9 pm, are free to teens (with ID). Asian Art Museum 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill HOURS: Wednesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm, Thursday until 9 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. ADMISSION: Suggested admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62 and over), military (with ID), students (with ID) and youth 13-17; free to SAM members and children 12 and under. Parking is free. A ticket to SAAM may be applied toward a ticket to SAM Downtown if used within one week. FREE DAYS: First Thursdays are free for all visitors. First Fridays are free to seniors. First Saturdays are free for families. Second Thursdays, 5-9 pm, are free for all. Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Avenue (on the Waterfront) HOURS: Open daily 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset, PACCAR Pavilion is open Tuesday– Sunday: 10 am–4 pm (from the day after Labor Day through April 30) and Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm (from May 1 through Labor Day). Closed Monday. ADMISSION: Free. The wide variety or programming provided by the museum is made possible through ongoing support from the following area agencies: ArtsFund, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations); 4Culture King County Lodging Tax; Washington State Arts Commission with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS) and contributors to the Annual Fund. IMAGE CAPTIONS: Set of Ornaments, Chimú culture, North coast, AD 1000-1476, Gold, silver and copper alloy, 46.6 x 21.9 cm (approx.), Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, Lima. Green Tri Neg, 2009, Robert Davidson, Haida, Masset, ts'aa7ahl'laanaas Eagle clan, born 1946, Acrylic on canvas, 40 × 30in. (101.6 × 76.2cm), Private Collection Grandma Ruby and Me 2005, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Gelatin Silver Print 20x24 inches Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso), February 15, 1966 / April 3-8, 1973, Joan Miro, Spanish, 1893-1983, Oil on canvas, 96 7/16 x 66 15/16in. (245 x 170cm), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Millennium Light, Morris Graves, American, born Fox Valley, Oregon, 1910; died Loleta, California, 2001, 1933-34, Oil on canvas, 39 x 40 in. Gift of the Marshall and Helen Hatch Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum Kiss V, 1964, Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923 – 1997, Magna on canvas, 37 5/16" x 37 5/16", Private Collection Maskette, Tsimshian, Northwest Coast, ca. 1780-1830, Wood, copper, shell (opercula), pigment, 7 1/10 x 5 15/16 x 3 9/16 in., (681) Country Ball 1989 – 2012, 2012, Jacolby Satterwhite, American, born 1986, HD digital video with color 3D animation and sound, Running time 12:39 mins, Seattle Art Museum, Modern Art Acquisition Fund, 2013.3 © Jacolby Satterwhite Madame Monet and Her Son ,1874, Renoir, Auguste, French, 1841 – 1919, oil on canvas, overall: 50.4 x 68 cm (19 13/16 x 26 3/4 in.), framed: 77.4 x 95.5 x 11.4 cm (30 1/2 x 37 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.), Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection. Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, Samuel F. B. Morse, American, 1791-1872, oil on canvas, 70 3/4 x 108 in., Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.51. Wheel-shaped stone, Japanese, 4th century, Jasper, 4 3/4 x 4 7/16 x 7/16in. (12.1 x 11.3 x 1.1cm), Gift of Mrs. John C. Atwood, Jr. Self Portrait, 2010, Liu Xiaodong, Chinese, Oil on canvas, 15 x 13 in (38 x 33 cm) Rights Infringement (detail), 2006, Wan Qingli. Songbook for “Song of the Milky Way” from the film Milky Way, 1931, Robert and Mary Levenson Collection. Encontro das Águas (Encounter of Waters), 2012, detail of the installation, Sandra Cinto, Photo © Robert Wade. Echo 2011, Jaume Plensa, Spanish, born 1955, Polyester resin, marble dust, steel framework height 45 ft. 11 in., footprint at base 10 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 1 in. Seattle Art Museum, Barney A. Ebsworth Collection© Jaume Plensa Photo: James Erwin Seven Cubes with Color Ink Washes Super-Imposed, Sol LeWitt, 1997, India ink washes, installation with concept drawing, 130 x 670 in.
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