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City curator to present free talk on Seattle as Collector retrospective, Sept. 14

Get an inside perspective on the retrospective exhibition on view at Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40. City Curator and Collections Manager Deborah Paine will present a talk at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Hotel 1000 as part of SAM’s In the Studio series. The discussion is free.

Seattle as Collector celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and showcases artworks spanning four decades from the city’s Portable Works Collection. Featured are 112 artists, including Northwest luminaries Jacob Lawrence and Guy Anderson, and artworks in a variety of media, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and textiles. Paine will discuss the artworks in the exhibition, tell some humorous back-stories, and talk about how the city purchases and collects works. She will also highlight some of the permanently sited artworks in the city’s public art collection.

Deborah will present another talk at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at SAM’s Plestcheeff Auditorium (free to seniors and SAM members; others pay museum admission).