Art is an unrivaled medium of expression. If you like experiencing the lenses through which artists see, feel, and interpret their world, Seattle is a good place to be this fall. Several highly-anticipated art exhibitions are currently on display or slated to open soon. Here’s an overview of eight Seattle art shows we recommend checking out.
Humaira Abid: Searching for Home
Sept 22 – Mar 25 at Bellevue Arts Museum
Pakistani-born artist Humaira Abid’s first solo museum exhibition tells the stories of immigrants and refugees in the Pacific Northwest. And it does so through the mediums of wood carving and miniature painting. The Bellevue Arts Museum is a 10-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park.
Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists
Nov 10 – Apr 8 at Bellevue Arts Museum
The non-profit Pratt Fine Arts Center is one of Seattle’s greatest gifts to amateur artists with limited material resources to pursue their passion. The arts education and resource center has facilities for just about every type of visual art, from printmaking to glassblowing. Pratt also offers studio access to working artists and an array of arts education programs, including free programs for youth.
Over the years, hundreds of luminary artists have taught at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. This exhibition showcases works by more than 250 of them, including Mary Anne Carter, Marita Dingus, and Buster Simpson.
Manual Alvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light
Sept 23 – Dec 31; Frye Art Museum
Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer’s illustrious career spanned seven decades. Between now and December 31, you can see work from his earliest days to his latest at the Frye Art Museum. This exhibition weaves together images that show Bravo’s ability to “synthesize motifs of Mexican religious and indigenous works and plant forms with a Modernist approach to image making.” The Frye Art Museum is a 20-minute walk or short drive from AMLI Arc.
Alison Marks: One Gray Hair
Nov 10 – Feb 4; Frye Art Museum
Also at the Frye Museum this fall and upcoming winter is Tlingit artist Alison Marks’ first solo museum exhibition. Using imagery drawn from contemporary internet culture, Marks reimagines customary indigenous Pacific Northwest art forms. The message of this exhibition is that culture is not stagnant.
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Oct 19 – Jan 15 at Seattle Art Museum
Most closely associated with Regionalism, realist painter Andrew Wyeth is known for bucking major artistic trends in favor of his own style. “American Fiction” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Wyeth’s birth through 110 carefully curated works. The Seattle Art Museum is a five-minute drive from AMLI Arc.
Opens Nov 18 at Museum of History and Industry
The late Al Smith never considered himself a professional photographer. Admirers of his work, while perhaps accepting of the image in which he saw himself, might beg to differ. Particularly poignant are the thousands of photos Smith took documenting the Jackson Street jazz scene. Admire Smith’s images of jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and others in “Seattle on the Spot.” The ongoing exhibition kicks off November 18 at the Museum of History & Industry, a 10-minute walk from AMLI 535.
Oct 5 – Jan 7 at Cascadia Art Museum
Curated by David Martin, this exhibition explores the local printmaking scene in the early- and mid-20th century. The collection, featuring prints by Yamagishi Kazue and Amelio Amero, has inspired Cascadia Art Museum to produce its first catalog. The Edmonds museum is a 30-minute drive north of AMLI Mark24.
Sept 9 – Nov 4 at Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery
Zaria Forman’s pastel drawings are often assumed to be photographs at first glance. This is a testament to the realist artist’s skill and talent. Forman’s “Antarctica” exhibition, inspired by a four-week stint aboard the National Geographic Explorer, depict Antarctica’s icy landscape and bergs in tantalizing detail. Seattle’s Winston Wächter Gallery is less than 15 minutes’ walk from AMLI’s downtown Seattle and South Lake Union apartments.
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