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she was taken off a slave ship by

the British navy, was relocated to a

missionary school in Sierra Leone,

and there created this fascinat-

ingly complicated piece of art. At

the time Jen Graves wrote about

Turner’s sampler, SAM had no

plans to display the work—and if

it was to be displayed, the ques-

tion of where to put it (in the

European or African collection)

was unanswered.

Emblems of

Encounter

now offers a space for

artwork that is a product of this

centuries-long (mostly exploit-

ative) intercontinental exchange,

art that can’t be neatly catego-

rized by region.

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Martha Rosler: Below the

Surface

(Through Jul 4): During

the Vietnam War, the young artist

Martha Rosler took to the streets

with the rest of the horrified

protesters watching what the

United States was perpetrating.

She noticed people ignoring the

flyers that were being handed

out, because they were walls of

text, impenetrable. She decided

to make flyers that were nothing

but images, just using a Xerox

machine and pictures from maga-

zines and other media. Much later,

those became “fine art” objects

displayed in museums and titled

House Beautiful: Bringing the War

Home

, as they are here at SAM, in

their exhibition in collaboration

with The New Foundation Seattle.

(Her follow-up montage series is

also on display). Just don’t forget

where they come from.

JG

Billabong Dreams

(Through

Jun 19): This exhibit, featuring

Australian Aboriginal artists, tack-

les the daunting task of visually

representing the moving, living

presence of water.

Pacific Currents

(Through Mar

19): While

Billabong Dreams

attempts to represent water itself,

this exhibit opens up the theme

to a degree, focusing on visually

exploring the “creatures, spirits,

and people” who live in or around

Pacific waters.

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-

272-4258,

tacomaartmuseum.org,

Tues-Sun

Northwest in the West:

Exploring Our Roots

(Through

Mar 27): Geographically, we’re

about as west as it gets in the

United States, but where does

the Pacific Northwest fit culturally

in relation to the concept of the

American West (like cowboys and

craggy vistas and all that stuff)?

This exhibition explores that

question, using art from cowboy

paintings to the 3D-printed, neon-

colored rocks Susan Robb repli-

cated remotely from her hike of

the Pacific Crest Trail last summer.

Painted Journeys: The Art of

John Mix Stanley

(Through

May 1): This exhibition is the

first to put together works from

the length of John Mix Stanley’s

career. He’s known for his land-

scapes and depictions of Native

Americans, but go discover what

else is in his repertoire.

Saddles, Spurs, and Quirts:

The Art of Leatherworking

(Through May 15): Cowboy culture

and fashion comes to the Tacoma

Art Museum, with functional,

beautiful works by contemporary

artists and craftspeople from the

American West.

Northwest Cowboys in Art

(Through May 15): In keeping

with TAM’s

Saddles, Spurs, and

Quirts,

this show highlights the

wild and idealized past of the

West. Focusing on the presence of

cowboys in PNW art, TAM features

another group show that empha-

sizes our collective history.

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Northwest Art Now @ TAM

2016

(May 14—Aug 21): Tacoma

Art Museum invites artists to

address the ways in which the

current pace of economic growth

is affecting the PNW’s collective

sense of self.

Edvard Munch and the Sea

(Apr

9—Jul 17): Tacoma Art Museum

presents an exhibition of work

by Norwegian painter and print-

maker Edvard Munch (

The Scream

)

featuring depictions of oceans,

fjords, and coastal water.

White River Valley Museum

918 H St SE, Auburn, Auburn, 253-

288-7433

Small Bags for Big Events: 100

Years of Pretty Purses

(Through

Jun 19): The White River Valley

Museum presents an exhibit of

intricately decorated purses from

1860 through the 1960s.

Wing Luke Museum

719 S King St, 623-5124, wingluke.

org, Tue-Sun

Khmer American: Naga Sheds

Its Skin

(Through Nov 18): The

Wing Luke Museum presents an

exhibition celebrating the impact

of the Khmer people (culturally

and artistically) on the United

States and Cambodia.

Imprint: Identity through

Art

(Through Mar 25):

Imprint:

Identity Through Art

highlights

the work of student artists as a

result of a nine-week course on

art, expression, and community

engagement.

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Constructs: Installations

by Asian Pacific American

Women Artists

(Through Apr

17): Among six new installations

by artists who are Asian Pacific

American women, two have

locked-up interiors that beckon.

Lynne Yamamoto’s house made

of white silk is doorless and

windowless. You circle its sealed

body, hoping it will reveal itself

another way. In another room,

Kaili Chun’s small metal cages

are double-locked, and you must

unlock both (keys are given) to

release the voices of birds and

people and musical instruments

recorded and just waiting to play

from interior speakers. Each is a

mysterious broadcast, and you can

DJ by releasing more than one at

a time.

JG

Tatau/Tattoo: Embodying

Resistance

(Through Oct

9):

Tatau/Tattoo: Embodying

Resistance

explores the practices

and aesthetics of tattoos across

the South Pacific. Intertwining

identity, nationalism, and memory,

this show carefully explores the

personal and the political through

visual bodily depictions.

Do You Know Bruce? Year 2

(Through Sep 4): This is the second

in a projected three-year exhibit

that will focus on Bruce Lee in film

and media. You probably already

know that the superstar human

and martial-arts icon is buried in

Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery,

but what you may

not

know is

that the young Lee once worked

at Ruby Chow’s restaurant on the

corner of Jefferson and Broadway,

or that Lee wrote poetry about

Seattle, or that he once trained

like a boxer with boxing gloves.

It’s been 40 years since Lee’s death,

but there’s much to learn about

the man with the world’s most

well-known fists of fury.

Galleries

The Alice

6007 12th Ave S, thealicegallery.

com, Sat

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I Wasn’t Just Saying What

You Wanted To Hear

(Mar

5—Apr 9): This installation fea-

tures video and sound works

by Katherine Behar, Constance

DeJong, Ellie Krakow, Jaeeun Lee,

and Elise Rasmussen.

Art Primo

415 E Pine St,

ARTPRIMO.COM

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Sketchbooks

(Through Mar

9): This exhibit encourages open

sketching; see inside the minds

and notebooks of artists.

ArtXchange

512 First Ave S, 839-0377,

artxchange.org

, Tues-Sat

Alan Lau: Beauty in the Decay

(Mar 3—Apr 30):

Beauty in the

Decay

is a solo show by poet and

artist Alan Lau, known for his

works with Japanese rice paper

that layer sumi ink, watercolor,

and pastel.

BLUR Gallery

316 First Ave S

Sara Long

(Mar 4—Mar 26): Self-

portrait nudes of Seattle painter

Sara Long.

Polina Tereshina

(May 5—May

28): New figurative paintings on

vellum by Polina Tereshina.

CoCA PS35

106 Cherry St

35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show

(Mar 2): At their new(ish) Pioneer

Square space, CoCA celebrates its

35th birthday with a group show

featuring work by artist members.

They’ll also present this show at

Equinox Studios on March 12 and

CoCA at Rubix on April 14.

Columbia City Gallery

4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843,

columbiacitygallery.com

, Wed-Sun

Unbalanced

(Through Apr 3):

Columbia City’s Main Gallery dis-

plays work by Ellen Hochberg and

Joan Robbins, while their Guest

Gallery features artwork from the

Center on Contemporary Art.

Jeremy Gregory: The Dirty

Circus of Life

(Through Apr 3):

CoCA presents this solo exhibition

of paintings and hand-crafted

“posable puppets.”

Common AREA Maintenance

2125 Second Ave

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ESSENTIAL SKIMMING

(Jun

2—Jun 5): Forrest Perrine and

Common Area Maintenance

present

ESSENTIAL SKIMMING

,

a group art show/fast-paced

film festival focused on a quick

glimpse, a cursory scan, and

the shared experience of short

moments of confused intensity.

CORE

117 Prefontaine Place S, 467-4444,

coregallery.org

, Wed-Sat

Alisha Dall’Osto: A History of

Habit

(Mar 2—Mar 26): Alisha

Dall’Osto’s figures combining

paint, charcoal, and collage

explore themes of habit and

instinct.

Kate Harkins: Color Takes a

Walk

(Mar 2—Mar 26): CORE

Gallery will feature works explor-

ing “the idea of escape” by Kate

Harkins, a mixed media artist

who works mostly in acrylic and

collage.

Laurie Le Clair: History II

(Apr

6—Apr 30): Sculptor, painter, and

installation artist Laurie Le Clair

presents installation works convey-

ing family archives.

Sarah Fansler Lavin: nowhere

nothing no one

(Mar 30—Apr

30): Builder/metal fabricator Sarah

Fansler Lavin’s

nowhere nothing

no one

is a series of “geometrical

abstractions” that cast shadows as

they hang suspended in air.

Andrea Taylor: And Then We’re

Gone

(May 4—May 28): Life-size

portraits by Andrea Taylor con-

THINGS TO DO

ART

front the undeniable imperma-

nence of things.

David Lu: Complete

(May 4—

May 28): David Lu’s first solo exhi-

bition will feature ethereal ink

washes on pleated paper.

Scott Mayberry and Damian

Puggelli

(Jun 1—Jun 25): Grimly

whimsical artwork by Scott

Mayberry, known for his paint-

ings and mixed media, alongside

block prints and mixed media by

Damian Puggelli.

Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora St,

cornish.edu

BFA Expo 16

(Apr 29): Peruse the

artwork of Art and Design seniors

at Cornish College of the Arts’

largest annual student exhibition.

Davidson Galleries

313 Occidental Ave S, 624-1324,

davidsongalleries.com

, Tues-Sat

Contemporary Chinese

Printmakers

(Mar 3—Apr 2): This

exhibit features work by Chinese

artists and printmakers including

Zhang Lian, Zhang Guanghui and

Mu Beini.

Contemporary Australian and

Aboriginal Printmakers

(Apr

7—Apr 30): Cicada Press, a custom

printing workshop in Sydney,

teams up with Davidson Galleries

for this exhibition featuring

pieces from from printmakers liv-

ing and working in Australia.

Rikio Takahashi (1917-1999):

Sosaku Hanga

(May 5—May

28):

Sosaku Hanga

(or “creative

prints”) features abstract and

subdued woodblocks by artist

Rikio Takahashi, well known for

his depictions of Kyoto’s classic

Japanese gardens.

Wendy Orville: Monotypes

(May 5—May 28): A series of

dramatic monotypes by Wendy

Orville that prominently feature

landscapes (or, more often, sky-

scapes) of the Pacific Northwest.

John Willis: Black Prints

(Jun

2—Jul 2): A series of mono-

prints by artist John Willis,

who plays with negative space

and suggestion to create a

blueprint/”blackprint” of some-

thing solid.

Ethnic Heritage Gallery

Seattle Municipal Tower, 700

Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 684-7132,

seattle.gov/arts, Mon-Fri

Satpreet Kahlon: What’s

Left Behind

(Through Apr 15):

Satpreet Kahlon conveys stigma,

destruction, and vulnerability in

What’s Left Behind

, an exhibit

that addresses both her personal

history with and the broader

cultural understandings of sexual

violence, especially as they are

experienced by women of color.

Ramon Murillo: Bringing Light

to Darkness

(Apr 18—Jul 8):

For their annual Asian Pacific

Heritage Exhibit, the Ethnic

Heritage Gallery presents

Light to

Darkness

, a solo show by Ramon

Murillo, who’s known for his

etchings, serigraphs, and painted

drums.

Facere Jewelry Art Gallery

1420 Fifth Ave, Suite 108, 624-

6768,

facerejewelryart.com

,

Mon-Sat

Marine Life Evolved

(Mar

23—Apr 13):

Marine Life Evolved

features new work by jeweler/

metalsmith Nancy M gan Corwin.

Meeting of Minds

(May 4—May

24): Relationships are celebrated

in this jewelry exhibition featur-

ing work by nine pairs of artists

who support each other cre-

atively.

The Factory

1216 10th Ave, 323-0557,

thefactoryseattle.com

Katlyn Hubner: Plastic

(Mar

10): For one night only, see Katlyn

Hubner’s commentary on the

social regulation of American

bodies: paintings of plastic dolls

in intimate situations.

Hairstory

(Apr 14): Featuring an

art show as well as live perfor-

mance, this event (happening one

night only) is all about hair.

Flatcolor Gallery

77 Main St, 390-6537, flatcolor.

com, Wed-Sun

Bruce Bickford

(Mar 3): An exhi-

bition by animation artist Bruce

Bickford, known for pioneering

and becoming expert at the now

über-popular “claymation” tech-

nique.

Road Trip Co

(Apr 7): This group

exhibit is curated by

Road Trip Co

founder, zine illustrator, and artist

Clifton Yatez.

Nicole Gustafsson

(May 5): This

solo show features work by artist

Nicole Gustafsson, known for her

colorful illustrations.

Foster/White Gallery

220 Third Ave S, 622-2833,

WHAT IT IS:

Yoona Lee’s

Slippage

, 2012, sumi ink poured through a slit in cellophane onto canvas.

WHEN/WHERE:

At Ghost Gallery May 12 through June 5.

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT:

Because she can

transform everyday materials into smart meditations on racial politics.