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SAM
Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Fine Art Society, the parent institution of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), was founded in 1906.

In 1929 The Fine Art Society was renamed the Art Institute of Seattle and it was in 1933 with its new name, The Seattle Art Museum, opened its doors to the public.

SAM has been a center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since its opening.

The three distinct locations of Seattle Art Museum, Asian art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park celebrate the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. The collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

In the heart of downtown Seattle, light-filled galleries visitors are invited to wander through the collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world. The collections include Asian, African, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, Asian, American, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts and design.

SAM
Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Fine Art Society, the parent institution of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), was founded in 1906.

In 1929 The Fine Art Society was renamed the Art Institute of Seattle and it was in 1933 with its new name, The Seattle Art Museum, opened its doors to the public.

SAM has been a center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since its opening.

The three distinct locations of Seattle Art Museum, Asian art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park celebrate the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. The collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

In the heart of downtown Seattle, light-filled galleries visitors are invited to wander through the collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world. The collections include Asian, African, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, Asian, American, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts and design.

  • Michela de Mattei & Toby Christian: Flash_Looking
    May 17 – Jul 5, 2024
    Belmacz
    London, UK
    The phrase ‘flash-looking’ suggests something slick and shiny, a high-gloss finish, a smooth way of operating. As a synchronising of parts, the phrase also suggests a quick glance, a glimpse, something seen out of the of corner of one’s eye: “What’s that”. Flash_Looking, featuring Toby Christian and Michela de Mattei, works through these connotations and more. Brought in dialogue, Toby and Michela’s artworks speak with and across each other with an anachronistic elegance (more…)
  • Mikel Bastida: Anarene
    Publication
    Tipi Photo Bookshop
    International
    Anarene is a book that was born from an eight-year photographic project made by Mikel Bastida in the United States. In the spirit of referencing the ghost town in Archer County, Texas, portrayed in Peter Bogdanovich’s film adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show, the author has traveled the country looking for images and stories that cinema has left behind. (more…)
  • Marguerite Humeau: Orisons
    Jul 29, 2023 – Jun 30, 2025
    Black Cube
    Hooper, USA
    Marguerite Humeau’s Orisons is a subtle, 160-acre earthwork that transforms an unfarmable plot of land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley into a place of reverence, honoring its expansive history, existing ecosystem, and imaginable futures. The work consists of the land in its entirety, as well as a series of eighty-four kinetic and interactive sculptures that invoke the land’s histories and vast network of interrelations. (more…)