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Past Event

SAM Open House

Jan 12 2024

Seattle Art Museum

All Galleries

6 PM – 9 PM

Sold Out

SAM Open House is a new recurring series that opens the doors to the museum for an evening of fun and learning after our usual daytime hours. Everyone is invited to enjoy talks, gallery tours, performances, relaxing music, and delicious cocktails and snacks. This edition will take place at the Seattle Art Museum and is inspired by Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence, from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Calder: In Motion, The Shirley Family Collection. Space is limited—reserve your tickets now!


SAM Performs: Koto Club
6:15–7:15 pm: Brotman Forum
Mirei Zaborac moved from Japan to the U.S. in 1989. She started taking koto lessons at 5 years old and learned under Yumiko Kawakami in Tokyo, Shukin Noda in Kyoto, and Kuniko Takamura in Seattle. The Japanese Koto Club club is dedicated to presenting high quality performances, sharing their passion for koto music, and creating opportunities for anyone interested in playing the koto.

SAM Tour: 50 Years of Papunya Tula
7–7:30 pm: Third Floor Galleries
Join the Pamela McClusky, E. Cobb and Pamela F. Cobb Curator of African and Oceanic Art, as she takes visitors through the work in Honoring 50 Years of Papunya Tula Painting.

SAM Performs: Ava Marie Gallion
7:20–8 pm: Brotman Forum
Ava Marie Gallion (M. Ed. she/her) is a local performing artist native to the Seattle area who specializes in contortion and hand balancing. She started ballet at the age of four, which helped create her love of physical movement and developed her flexibility. During the day, she works as a special education teacher at Seattle Public Schools (which also requires a fair degree of flexibility).

SAM Tour: Zack Davisson
7:45–8:15 pm: Fourth Floor Galleries
Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of Yurei: the Japanese Ghost, Yokai Stories, Narrow Road, Amabie: Past and Present and Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan and translator of Shigeru Mizuki's multiple Eisner Award-winning Showa A History of Japan, Tono Monogatari, and famous folklore comic Kitaro. Davisson lectures on manga, folklore, and translation at colleges such as Duke University, Annapolis Naval Academy, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, UCLA, and the University of Washington and contributed to exhibitions at the Museum of International Folkart, Wereldmuseum Rotterdan, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife Miyuki, dog Mochi, cat Shere Khan, and several ghosts.

SAM Performs: DJ Sake Bomb
8–9 pm: Brotman Forum
Known for her quick mashup style mixing and high-energy sets, DJ Sake Bomb is a name synonymous with broken beats in the Seattle scene. With nearly a decade of experience under her belt, Sake Bomb has performed at many of Seattle’s most iconic clubs and beloved rave venues, been added to countless crew rosters, and holds the record for the Rotation DJ Competition’s longest consecutive win streak.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP are strongly encouraged.

SAM Open House Major Sponsor

Photo: Alborz Kamalizad

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