Past Exhibitions

A CURATOR'S PERSPECTIVE: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Magic Windows/Framing Place

February 7 - May 17, 2015, Lightcatcher Building
Curated by Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art

Exhibitions often represent the personal preferences of a curator whose experience looking at works of art defines a distinct aesthetic taste. For the curator, collection shows offer both opportunities and challenges contingent on the nature of the museum's holdings. S/he tries to tease out a theme from widely disparate artworks in different styles, media, and periods. Drawing upon imagination, knowledge of art history, and willingness to experiment with unconventional groupings of work, the curator makes a selection and presents a unifying idea that hopefully engages the viewer's mind, senses, and spirit.

The theme of this exhibition, Magic Windows/Framing Place, derives its name from a painting, Magic Window, by the renowned artist Robert Colescott. Dreamy interiors, surreal landscapes, and cosmic visions are highlighted through a diverse mix of work that traces the way artists represent multiple worlds of reality and experience. These paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures provocatively evoke places both real and imagined. 

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Robert Colescott, Magic Window, 1960s; Oil on
board. Gift of Don Foster, 1991.29.2.

 

MINGLED VISIONS: IMAGES FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN BY EDWARD S. CURTIS

February 7 - May 10, 2015, Lightcatcher Building

Mingled Visions features 40 original photogravures from Edward S. Curtis' epic work, The North American Indian, including one of Curtis' earliest images taken in 1895 of Princess Angeline, the elderly daughter of Chief Sealth. The portrait won the top prize in a photographic contest and helped launch his photo-graphic career, ultimately leading to his mission to document and celebrate the vanishing heritage of Native American people. He spent three decades documenting more than 80 tribes west of the Mississippi, producing more than 40,000 images and thousands of pages of text. A definitive project of the American West, The North American Indian was published in 20 volumes from 1907 to 1930.

 

A traveling exhibition organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa.

 

Curtis53croppedEdward S. Curtis, Lúzi – Papago, plate 53, 1907Photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper. Collection of Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa.

 

LEO ADAMS: EASTERN LIGHT

Pacific Northwest Masters Series

November 2, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Curated by Barbara Matilsky and Patricia Leach

The paintings of renowned Yakima-based artist and designer Leo Adams express his unique vision of nature and the landscape surrounding his celebrated home, itself an ever-evolving work of art. The show features work from private collectors as well as new paintings made by the artist exclusively for the exhibition.

                                      

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Leo Adams
Untitled, 56 × 42 in., 1992
Image courtesy of Marquand Books, Seattle

THE ART OF GENRE: POSTERS FROM HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE

 

Guest Curated by Michael Falter, Program Director of Pickford Film Center

July 19 - October 12, 2014
Extended in Old City Hall through November 9, 2014

WESTERNS. FILM NOIR. SCIENCE FICTION. Some of the best-loved genres from Hollywood’s studio era (roughly the 1930’s-1960’s) also produced the greatest poster art...

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PEAK OF THEIR PROFESSIONS: THE MURROW BROTHERS

Ongoing in Old City Hall

Experience the extraordinary lives of 3 of Skagit County’s most famous and globally recognized residents  - the Murrow Brothers.

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