We Are One
September 23 – October 27, 2017
We Are One explores the historical cultural diversity that has long influenced and defined Seattle’s Central Area. Featuring intimate depictions of prosaic life, the exhibit pays homage to the various communities of color that represent the city’s history. Spotlighted in paintings bursting with vibrant colors, diverse styles and inspired materials are key figures, landmarks and communities from the Central Area between 1840 and today.
The exhibit hosts a vibrant collection of 28 pieces created through the novel technique of incorporating paper and mud, ultimately infused with acrylic paints. In his illustrations of the various immigrant and POC communities that have called this historic neighborhood home, artist Lawrence Pitre highlights the long-standing cross-cultural practice of survival and change through unification and the vital need to re-commit to this powerful tradition.
You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?
November 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018
The works presented in You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? examine the complex, multifaceted experiences of Black people in the Pacific Northwest. In a genre-crossing collection of collages, altered books and sculptures, the exhibit explores place and space as a marker of Black identity. The pieces on display also grapple with the hyper-visibility of Black bodies, and the notion of racial authenticity in overwhelmingly white spaces. Artist Lisa Myers Bulmash asks audiences to consider the ways in which African-American racial identities are both influenced by and bound to the Northwest.