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Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: Here, Then & Now

Sep 4 2014

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7 PM – 8 PM

Join SAM for a discussion with contemporary artists living and working in Seattle in conjunction with the exhibition Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical. This exhibition examines how, during the 1930s and 40s, a small group of inventive Seattle artists attempted to translate the energy of the changing world into art. Influenced by world events and the region’s myriad influences including Native American and Asian traditions, the group later became known as the Northwest School.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest is a unique opportunity to reflect on Seattle’s current arts and culture, and how SAM and other organizations play roles in supporting the visual arts community. What are the challenges facing artists working in Seattle today? What opportunities does the region provide? Introduced by the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Patricia Junker, and moderated by Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Catharina Manchanda, this conversation features a group of artists engaged with the cultural community of Seattle and working in a variety of subject matter and mediums, including:


Victoria Haven
C. Davida Ingram
Klara Glosova
Matthew Offenbacher
Whiting Tennis

Sponsored by KCTS Channel 9
Forms Follow Man, 1941-1943, Mark Tobey, American, 1890-1976, transparent and opaque watercolor on Crescent board, 14 1/4 x 20 3/4 in., Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 50.90. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Elizabeth Mann.