When discussing the Seattle arts landscape, the conversation has to begin with Seattle Art Museum (*1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org), dubbed SAM by locals. It’s a bastion of diversity and quality, where you can find classic masterworks—Graphic Masters: Dūrer, Goya, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, R. Crumb (through Aug 28)—and modern creations with social importance, like the multimedia art of Brenna Youngblood (through Apr 17).
If you want to get outside, SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park (*2901 Western Ave) offers outdoor marvels for your viewing pleasure.
SAM also runs the Seattle Asian Art Museum (*1400 E Prospect St) situated in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, which presents ancient artwork and modern exhibits like Place of Paradox: Contemporary Korean Art (through Mar 31). But it’s not the only museum tapping into Seattle’s cultural artistic heritage. There’s also the excellent Wing Luke Museum (*719 S King St; wingluke.org) and Northwest African American Museum (*2300 S Massachusetts St; naamnw.org).
Frye Art Museum (*704 Terry Ave; fryemuseum.org) on First Hill sticks out from the pack with free admission and exhibits like Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, on loan from the National Gallery of Denmark (through Sep 25). For a more modern art experience, check out The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop (through May 1) at Museum of History & Industry (*860 Terry Ave N; mohai.org). The exhibit covers everything from the scene’s origins to Macklemore via photography, artwork, and audio recordings.
Out of all mediums, one of the most signature in Seattle is glasswork. The titan of Pacific Northwest glass is Dale Chihuly, and Chihuly Garden and Glass (*305 Harrison St;
chihulygardenandglass.com) serves as a shrine to his blown-glass masterworks.
Outside of the museum space, Seattle’s abundance of art galleries can best be taken in during monthly neighborhood art walks. First Thursday Art Walk (pioneersquare.org/first-thursday-art-walk) in Pioneer Square and the second Thursday Capitol Hill Art Walk (capitolhillartwalk.com) are great places to start.
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