What to See This Fall: Visual Arts

By Seattle Mag

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August 24, 2015

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Pae White
Los Angeles–based installation artist Pae White has a thing for threads, which she stretches in sharp lines across huge gallery spaces, creating new planes, perspectives and frames. 10/24–1/24/16. Times and prices vary. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street; 206.543.2280; henryart.org.

Intimate Impressionism
In the new show Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, SAM fills its walls with tiny treasures: small-scale paintings by a bunch of French guys you may have heard of, such as Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir and one from the Netherlands who goes by Van Gogh. 10/1–1/3/2016. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org.


Kate Protage, “Easy Distance”

Kate Protage
Seattle painter Kate Protage exhibits her bleary-eyed cityscapes, in which headlights and streetlamps blur into bright flares on rainy nights. Also on view at SAM Gallery: Kellie Talbot’s precise paintings of crumbling street signs and Elizabeth Gahan’s architectural landscapes. 9/10–10/22. Times vary. Free. SAM Gallery (enter through the SAM gift shop), 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org.

Mary Iverson
Shipping containers show up uninvited in local painter Mary Iverson’s unsettling post-apocalyptic landscapes, made more mysterious thanks to lines seemingly plotted by invisible draftsmen from on high. 10/16–11/21. Times vary. Free. G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S Washington St.; 206.587.4033; ggibsongallery.com.

Art AIDS America
Art AIDS America is an expansive exhibit revealing the strains of HIV that run through the veins of American art. Featuring work made in the early days of AIDS and through the present, the show includes sad and somber responses, and work that brims with outrage and daring. 10/3–1/10/2016. Times and prices vary. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.; 253.272.4258; tacomaartmuseum.org.

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Seattle Celebrates Black History Month

A guide to events happening throughout the city in February

From the Northwest African American Museum to the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle residents have an abundance of opportunities to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in February during Black History Month. The annual celebration began in the United States in 1976. Countries around the world also celebrate the month. Here’s a guide to events…

Photography by Tyree Harris

Book Excerpt: Marmots May Be Running Out of Time

New book explores endangered species in Pacific Northwest

In her debut as a book author, Josephine Woolington turns back the clock to examine events that have shaped Pacific Northwest wildlife in an effort to provide a deeper sense of place for those who call this unique and beautiful region home. Where We Call Home: Lands, Seas, and Skies of the Pacific Northwest sheds…

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Seattle Artifacts: The Mystery of Chief Seattle’s Death Mask

Is it real? Where did it come from?

In different parts of the world, and throughout the course of history, death has been memorialized in a variety of different ways. One of the more intriguing was death masks. Typically, a wax or plaster cast was made of a deceased person’s face, which then served as a model for sculptors when creating statues and busts.  …

Photography by Sage Chen

The Art of Weathering Winter: Foraging, Bathing, and Gold Dust

Two Seattle Chefs on the Soothing Hobbies that Get Them through the Winter

Though I’ve lived in Seattle nearly my entire life, the early winter sunsets, which fall like a set of blackout curtains over the world, never fail to feel like a curse. This year, though, I wanted to challenge myself to find a better way to get through it. Could it be an opportunity to surrender…

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Hip-Hop Healing in Seattle

Rapper Carter Costello’s house is more than just a venue for artists

The last time I was at Seattle rapper Carter Costello’s house was under the cloak of night. I had been invited to an art and music show — featuring Seattle photographer and artist Baby Claypool, a duo of fire dancers, rapper Nobi and Costello — by local photographer James Gerde. Once I set foot on…