Through ongoing collaboration with the communities it serves, NAAM creates exhibitions that are relevant, inclusive, engaging, and entertaining. Our exhibitions explore the connections between our region and the history, art, and culture of people of African descent.
Now on View in the Northwest Gallery
Debora Moore: Glass Orchidarium
May 16 – November 8, 2015
Orchids are complex, varied, mysterious, and seductive flowers that are frequently found in lush tropical forests. They are associated with fertility, luxurious beauty, and exotic places. An Orchidarium is a greenhouse or garden that is devoted to their collection and study. It celebrates the natural world but does not mimic it.
Debora Moore creates sculpted glass orchids that are inspired by her distant travels and immersion in nature. She has been captivated by tropical Jamaican blooms, Olympic forest nurse logs, Thai bamboo, and Antarctic lichen. Her glass orchids are sometimes treated as isolated specimens, pinned to the wall, suspended in air, or arranged as in Japanese ikebana—a stem or two gracefully emerging from shallow bowl. At other times, Moore attaches orchids to mossy branches or bamboo—pairings that make aesthetic, rather than botanical, sense. They are celebrations of nature’s splendor and cycles of regeneration.
July 18-October 18, 2015
This installation consists of three full-figured women cast at half life-size and placed in an intimate and relaxing conversational configuration. With drinks in hand and magazines on the floor, conversations on topics such as body image, life and death, and relationships pull visitors into the exchange via an interactive audio feature. Body of Work by Iris Graham Valazquez. Vazquez is a bronze sculptor out of Santa Fe, NM.
Norman B. and Constance Rice Legacy Hall Foyer
Torchbearers: Portraits of African American Leaders in Seattle and King County by Robert Wade
On view through June 1, 2015
Robert Wade is a Seattle-based fine art and commercial photographer. His fine art photographic themes include street scenes, figure studies, man-made objects in the environment, water, and both formal and candid portraiture. For this special display at NAAM he has captured a sampling of dynamic community leaders including Norman B. and Dr. Constance Rice, Adriane Brown, Larry Gossett, Marcellus Turner, Barbara Thomas, Claude Harris, Gregory Dean , Dr. Quintard Taylor and Mariane Lenhardt.
This exhibition is made possible with a grant from 4 Culture and will be on view through June 1, 2015.