Seattle, Days 4 and 5

Since Days 4 and 5 were both spent mainly at museums again, I'm condensing them. I'm well aware you do not want to see the 200+ photos I took of various museum exhibits that I personally found inspiring or interesting or otherwise photo-worthy. So I picked one from each museum as an example, and I'll let your imagination do the rest.

This is from the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Unfortunately, when I visited, they were between exhibits, and literally 2/3 of the museum was closed to the public. I did get to see this exhibit, however, even though they were still working on it - Artist's Books, Chapter Five: Women, Now and Then. This. was. so. great. Dozens of art books, each created by women, many of them fantastic and subversive declarations on women's rights and feminism and what it means to have a vagina in modern society. This particular piece is titled "Sheitel (Wig)" by artist Diane Jacobs. Curled strips of paper with derogatory names for women printed on them form a sheitel, or wig, protecting the wearer from having these names enter her consciousness. There were actually a few books with similar concepts - one a sun hat made of similar strips of paper and with a similar protective purpose, and one bikini made of strips of paper printed with the words "slut" and "whore" and so on, an attempt to retake those words and strip them of their meaning. There were other books that contemplated childbirth experiences past and present, religion and the feminine, and recent Supreme Court rulings that strip women of basic rights (*cough*HobbyLobby*cough*). I was disappointed that so much of the museum was closed, as I had made a special trip back to Bainbridge Island just to see it, but I was so glad I got to see these works by these outstanding women.

On Day 5 I decided to brave the King County Metro System and trek out to the Asian Art Museum (run by the Seattle Art Museum, but waaaaaaaaaaaay out in Volunteer Park). I love Asian Art, and amidst exhibits on calligraphy through the ages and the standard historical fare, there was an excellent exhibit of works by Chiho Aoshima. There was an animation that was truly stunning, and a ton of smaller works, most created digitally but some done in more traditional media. One of the coolest things was that the wallpaper in one of the exhibit rooms was itself a digital creation by the artist:

Chiho Aoshima is a kickass Japanese artist and I want to be her best friend. You can read more about her at the Asian Art Museum's website.

The final museum of the trip was the Frye Art Museum, another short bus ride and a couple blocks' walk. The picture above is the only one in this blog series that I didn't take myself - I can't find the pictures I took at this museum, so this one is taken from their website. It's a representative work from their special exhibit by Leo Saul Berk, about a distinctive house he grew up in that was designed and built by architect Bruce Goff. Each piece was a meditation on space and how we interact with it, how the physical boundaries we form and reside in can shape our lives and our thoughts and our imaginations.

Then it was time to stop living in art and go home. I wish I had some grand conclusion to this whole trip, but really I just wanted to share some pictures and some thoughts and take the time to reflect a bit. I had a great time, I saw many hipsters, and I'd love to go back. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.