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This week in art news: Dawoud Bey, Square Feet, Italian Cinema & more!

Dawoud Bey: The Art of Taking Pictures of People Usually Pictured from the Outside  1384895718-dawoud_2_jpeg_final

“The art career of Dawoud Bey—one of the artists to be included in next year’s Whitney Biennial in New York*—begins with someone else’s exhibition: Harlem on My Mind, an exhibition that drew picketers back in 1969 when it opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a show about black culture organized by a white institution and a white Jewish curator. It did not include a single artist—it wasn’t a black art show, even though it was at an art museum. It was a history and anthropology show instead, with news footage and photographs and archival documentation.” – Jen Graves, The Stranger | November 19, 2013

Image by Dawoud Bey

Securing arts importance in Seattle

“One of the most unique and defining characteristics of Seattle, and Capitol Hill in particular, is how it embraces the arts. Aside from a vibrant community of theatres, filmmakers, painters, sculptors and animators, the city famously cedes part of all public works projects’ funding towards adding new art. Most bus shelters are adorned with a mural, and the new streetcar terminals are flanked in modern art sculptures. But now, just as Capitol Hill and surrounding areas have begun to see their artistic communities lose ground in the face of increased urbanization, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture is aiming to leverage city resources towards the creation of new art and cultural districts that will give neighborhoods new resources to ensure that a focus on artistic endeavors remains a staple of the Pacific Northwest.” -Tyler Mangum, Capitol Hill Times | November 21, 2013

Would you wear a paper dress? Maybe if they looked like these

“At Bellevue Arts Museum, as a new exhibit is being installed, an array of dresses stand quietly on mannequins among the clamor of hammers and drills. Their colors are bright, their skirts flowing, their draping softly dramatic; styles indicative of a time long gone. Next to one pleated dress in vivid blue, a cloak lies on the ground in a poufy blue cloud, as if its owner had carelessly dropped it there after hurrying in the door. It looks soft as silk — but it, and all the dresses here, are made of paper.” –Morai MacDonald, Seattle Times | November 17, 2013

SIFF’s Italian Job: SIFF’s eight-day mini Italian film festival: International perspective for Seattle moviegoers.

Italian_LaGrandeBellazza_400x222_fit_600x600There’s a light, pleasant fragrance in the cool air (Buttered popcorn? Espresso? Peanuts?) as the house lights dim and the chatter from a hundred or so fellow humans goes silent. You won’t hear another word of English for the next two hours, but you’re not watching International Mysteries on the Megaherz channel in your living room this evening.” -Ronald Holden, Crosscut | November 15, 2013

Photo by SIFF Cinema

The Image That Moves

“I want to love video art because, like everyone these days, I grew up inundated with the moving image. That sweet screen glow is mother’s milk. But the irony inherent to video art is that it’s often tedious to watch, because as a medium it’s become so conceptually tethered to the idea of time and duration. It requires much. It’s interactive, but usually in an exasperating way.”

– Amanda Manitach, City Arts Magazine | November 13, 2013

Slaughterhouse One: Joe Sacco’s Intricate Panorama of the Bloodiest Day in British Military History

“Two years ago, local cartoonist Eroyn Franklin published Detained, a 26-foot, single-pane scroll about immigrants stuck in the confusing, indefinite limbo of an immigrant detention center. Detained folds up like an accordion—it can fit on a bookshelf or a bedside table—but hits hardest when it’s fully unfurled, one long document about living behind bricks and bars, feeling stranded, frustrated, and bored.” -Brendan Kiley, The Stranger | November 13, 2013

Selected upcoming events around Seattle Peach_939x200




Image by Seattle Children’s Theatre

November 23 | Round in the Abbey | Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Through November 23 | 25 Saints | ACT Theatre

November 23- January 12 | James and the Giant Peach | Seattle Children’s Theatre

November 23-30 | Pratt Fine Arts Annual Holiday Sale | Pratt Fine Arts Center

December 5 | Lolita, Slave to Entertainment | Admiral Theatre

December 5 | Unacceptable Levels | Harvard Exit

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