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Barbara Earl Thomas Member Preview Weekend

Nov 14 – 15 2020

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

10 AM – 5 PM

SAM members are invited to celebrate the opening of Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence at our two-day Member Preview! The Geography of Innocence centers Black youth in a series of all-new artworks at once delicate and resilient. This Seattle-based artist uses cut-paper and glass portraits and transforms an entire gallery into a luminaria. A place for reflection, the works cut to the core of the fundamental values we assign to light and dark. The disarming expressions of children in Thomas’ portraits ask us to consider how we see each other and how we internalize and project innocence and guilt. Drawn from a community of family and friends, The Geography of Innocence celebrates young lives and their futures in full consciousness of the pervasive violence against Black children.

Members will have the chance to reserve their timed tickets to preview The Geography of Innocence before it opens to the public! Check your email for your official evite and promo code. Log in to your SAM account, enter your promo code, and unlock your tickets to reserve your timeslot. Your tickets will convert to complimentary at checkout. This exhibition has very limited capacity so reserve your preview tickets early!

All galleries and the SAM Shop will be open. Advance timed tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The time on your ticket refers to your timed entry into the building. We encourage you to visit the exhibition first as there may be an additional wait to enter. Membership benefits are non-transferrable. Learn more about SAM's new visiting procedures.

Holding Fire, 2020, Barbara Earl Thomas, American, cut paper and hand-printed color backing 40 x 26 in., Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, photo: Spike Mafford.

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