by Matthew Kangas
FIRSTS IN FLIGHT: A HIDDEN HISTORY
Whatcom Museum, Old City Hall, Bellingham. To Aug 4
Building on the success of the 2016 film Hidden Figures, about the African American women who were the mathematicians behind John Glenn’s first orbit, this delightful photo-documentary show reveals not only the fi rst women pilots (before and beyond Amelia Earhart), but the first welders, rocket scientists, and Boeing test pilots. In this exhibition organized in cooperation with the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and the Museum of Flight, visitors can celebrate our overlooked pioneers of aviation.
CLAIRE PARTINGTON: TAKING TEA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle. To Dec 6, 2020
Celebrated London artist Claire Partington makes her US museum debut in the specially designed Porcelain Room at the Seattle Art Museum. Displayed in cases, as in original collectors’ homes, SAM’s porcelain collection is the backdrop for her Taking Tea, a tabletop installation of porcelain figures. Thus, white men and women in ornate outfits confront a Chinese man and woman as well as a shipwrecked sailor.
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Jun 22 – Oct 13
Microsoft Corporation donated New York artist Beverly Semmes’ Six Silvers (1996), a monumental fabric sculpture of six silver lamé dresses, to the Henry, leading to this fascinating exhibition of the Yale graduate’s feminist sculptures based on women’s clothing. Four new paintings from her Feminist Responsibility Project are being created especially for the Henry survey, organized by Senior Curator Shamim M. Momin.
GIANTS, DRAGONS & UNICORNS: THE WORLD OF MYTHIC CREATURES
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane. Jul 13 – Sep 2
MAC’s show about monsters, a traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is sure to please everyone. The show not only stokes our hopes, fears and wildest dreams, but also delivers a family-friendly experience with unique cultural objects, dramatic models, multimedia, and interactive games. The museum also features a complementary exhibition, Northwest Myths, which spotlights regional stories.
CONTEMPORARY NORTHWEST PRINT INVITATIONAL 2019
Davidson Galleries, Seattle. Aug 1 – 31
The first Contemporary Northwest Print Invitational will exhibit works by Pacific Northwest print artists, juried by Sam Davidson, one of the leading antiquarian print dealers in the US. The exhibition, presented by Davidson Galleries and the Seattle Print Arts (SPA), is slated to be an annual event that will spotlight the best of contemporary Northwest print arts. SPA is the leading printmakers’ association, whose member artists ensure a lively mixture of different approaches to this a ordable, accessible art medium.