Seattle Art Museum

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kaitiklown on April 1, 2005

I've been to the Seattle Art Museum (or SAM) only twice over the course of the 3 months that I lived there (and the prior 4 months in which I visited frequently). It is a great place to begin, but I came from New York City and because of that am very spoiled by the quality and quantity of art and other museums there.

I thought the exhibit in February consisting of a great many Asian artists was really interesting. It was large and included many types of art including multimedia presentations, photography, paintin,g and sculpture. My favorite parts of this exhibit were the collages of unknown women created after the 1998 Women's Summit in Beijing and a trio of movies that showed different parts of Asia and its urban areas. There was a really interesting photography project (within the exhibit) that compared the ancient and modern types of architecture in Asian cities and a number of other photo projects in the exhibit that showed the artists and their relation to their work as they were somehow installed within the photographs.

Another exhibit that occurred at the same time was a history of glass in the Pacific northwest. This was very small and absolutely beautiful.

The permanent collection at the SAM is a little disappointing and I know I went into it, but I don't remember any of what is there.

Throughout the next year and-a-half, the SAM and its collaborator the Seattle Asian Art Museum (which I did not visit) are going through a major expansion project. I'm not sure of all of the details and I hope it does well for the art scene in Seattle in general.

My boyfriend still lives there, so I will be going back at some point.

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St
Seattle, Washington, 98101
(206) 654-3255

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