Upcoming Exhibitions

UNHINGED: BOOK ART ON THE CUTTING EDGE

September 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016, Lightcatcher Building

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This exhibition surveys recent directions in 'Book Art' through the diverse work of 60 prominent artists in the field from across the country (including Great Britain and Australia). It explores the limitless potential of the book as an independent, creative medium through both intimately-scaled pieces and large installations. Many artists carve old volumes or twist their pages into unique, sculptural configurations. Others make their own books and experiment with a multitude of different formats: accordion, pop-up, tunnel, concertina, among others. Some artists reconfigure ancient book forms, such as the scroll or codex, to create unique forms. Books are often combined with other materials - both manufactured and natural, such as plastic, crystals, twigs, even meteorites - to astonishing effects.

Unhinged not only highlights myriad styles and processes, it also presents artists' personal experiences as well as messages about identity, human justice issues, and environmental concerns. From political statements to metaphysical ideas, book artists interpret their medium through expressive and sometimes humorous constructions. After visiting this exhibition, viewers will never look at a book in the same way again.

Image credit: Carrie Ann Schumacher, Emil, 2013; Romance Novel Dress. Courtesy of the artist.


CHIPPING THE BLOCK, PAINTING THE SILK: THE COLOR PRINTS OF NORMA BASSETT HALL

October 24, 2015 - February 14, 2016, Lightcatcher Building

Guest curated by Joby Patterson, scholar and author of Norma Bassett Hall: Catalogue Raisonné of the Block Prints and Serigraphs

This traveling exhibition presents a spectrum of the Oregon-born Hall's twenty-five year career as a printmaker. It is the first solo exhibition of Hall's artwork since her death in 1957, the first time that more than sixty of her prints have been gathered for exhibition, and likely the first time prints by her have been exhibited in the Pacific Northwest since a 1930 group retrospective at the Portland Art Association. Exhibited for the first time will be a cherry woodblock and a portfolio of color block prints depicting the Oregon coast, jointly made by Hall and her husband, artist Arthur William Hall (American, 1889-1981), on the occasion of their marriage in 1922.

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 Norma Bassett Hall; Laguna Pueblo, 1930-34, Color block print on Japan paper, 9 ¾ x 14 ¼ in.; Lockhart Family Collection.

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50 GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

October 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017, Lightcatcher Building

Coming in the Fall of 2016, the Whatcom Museum will open the traveling exhibition 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic, which showcases some of National Geographic's most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry's unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie's never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine's most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history. In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves.

Image credit: Steve McCurry; Afghan Border, Pakistan 1984. Haunting eyes and a tattered garment tell the plight of a girl who fled Afghanistan for a refugee camp in Pakistan.


Exhibitions

Fri Aug 07 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Downtown Bellingham Art Walk

LIGHTCATCHER
Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm;
open Thursday until 8pm; open Saturday at 10am

250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225  

Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)
Wednesday - Saturday, 10-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
 

  

OLD CITY HALL
Thursday - Sunday, noon-5pm; for select programs.
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA  98225




PHOTO ARCHIVES
Wednesday - Friday, 1-5 pm.
201 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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