Past Exhibitions

 

CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM: SELECTIONS FROM THE IRVINE MUSEUM

November 17, 2012 — February 17, 2013

DURING THE LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH centuries, California artists produced a unique style that combined several distinctive aspects of American and European art. This style — known as California Impressionism or California plein air painting, after the French term for “in the open air”— focused on capturing the special light and color of the state’s landscape and helped to define modern landscape painting. More...

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Frank Tolles Chamberlin
Eaton Canyon, 1934; 26 x 36
Courtesy of the Irvine Museum

CLEARLY ART: THE BEAUTY OF GLASS

April 6 - September 22, 2013 extended

CLEARLY ART SHARES ITS NAME WITH ANOTHER SHOW THAT ORIGINATED AT THE WHATCOM MUSEUM TWENTY YEARS AGO titled Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy. Between 1992 and 1996, it traveled to a dozen museums around the country. In the twenty years since that important exhibition, the museum's collection has grown to include a number of new glass works, thanks to a gift from the Safeco collection. Clearly Art presents many of these new pieces to the public for the first time. Clearly Art is curated by Western Washington University curatorial intern Hilary Hamilton.

"Glass has the ability to reflect, refract, and diffuse light unlike any other medium," says Hamilton. "It can be diaphanous and delicate, or substantial and weighty. Clearly Art: The Beauty of Glass highlights the versatility of the medium, presenting the broad spectrum of forms and applications of studio glass, from the traditional to the radical."

           

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Ellen Ziegler
Hypnagogue 3, 2009
Glass sculpture
24" x 3" and 8" x 13"
Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Collection
Gift of the artist


 

 

AMERICAN QUILTS: THE DEMOCRATIC ART

August 4 - October 28, 2012

EXPLORING THE GREAT VISUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY of American quilts, the show includes prime examples from a variety of regional quiltmaking traditions as well as outstanding works by Amish, Hawaiian, African-American, and Native American quiltmakers. More...

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Tom's Quilt by Jean Ray Laury
Clovis, California (1956)

 

 

NATURE IN THE BALANCE: ARTISTS INTERPRETING CLIMATE CHANGE

An Open Hanging
July 6 – September 22, 2013

IN ANTICIPATION of our upcoming fall exhibition, Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, the Whatcom Museum invites any artist who is a member of the Whatcom Museum to submit one exhibition-ready work in any media to Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change. More...

 

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What is happening to the Earth?

Why is it happening?

What are your visions of the future?

How can people make a difference?


 WILD EAST MEETS WILD WEST: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NAKHODKA, RUSSIA BY GEORGY PAKIN

September 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013

DOCUMENTING A REMARKABLE CHAPTER in Russian-American relations, Wild East Meets Wild West provides a taste of life in a distant, little-known part of the Pacific Rim that has much in common with our own region. Bellingham Cold Storage founder Jim Talbot introduced Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest to Nakhodka in 1976 through the creation of joint-fishing operations— a venture that flourished even as official US and USSR relations remained hostile.

Nakhodka news photographer Georgy Pakin's photos vividly portray daily life in and around Nakhodka during Soviet and post-Soviet times, including the presence of Americans in Nakhodka, its large fishing operations and other activities associated with the Nakhodka-Bellingham relationship.

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Fires and Flags by Tobey Sanford
Originally published in Life magazine

 

  

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