FOCUS ON 50: WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE

March 18 – May 31, 2017, Old City Hall From the beginning of its 50-year history, Whatcom Community College (WCC) has been recognized as an innovator. Talk to people who worked at the College in the early days (when the college offered classes at a hodgepodge of buildings throughout the county) and you’ll hear some […]

IMAGES OF RESILIENCE: CHICANA/O ART AND ITS MEXICAN ROOTS

February 4 – May 28, 2017, Lightcatcher Building Curated by Patricia Leach, Executive Director Sponsored by Heritage Bank Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots is an exhibition that explores the development of Chicana/o art, from its beginnings in Mexican art of the early 1900s, to the Chicana/o movement of the 1960s and ’70s, to […]

THE KATRINA DECADE: IMAGES OF AN ALTERED CITY

January 14 – May 14, 2017, Lightcatcher building The Historic New Orleans Collection marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with the release of the book and exhibition The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City. Traveling to the Whatcom Museum, courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection, this photo exhibition features the haunting black-and-white […]

NOSTALGIC SATURATION: MID-CENTURY BELLINGHAM IN HISTORIC COLOR

July 2, 2016 – March 5, 2017, Old City Hall Curated by Jeff Jewell, Photo Archives Historian History isn’t all in black and white. This exhibition features photographs from a not-so-distant past as captured by Ektachrome®, Kodachrome® and Technicolor slide film, as well as 4 x 5 inch color transparencies. Focused on the 1940s, ’50s […]

YESTERYEAR ATHLETES: SPORTS PHOTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES

February 2016 – March 2017, 2nd floor passageway of the Lightcatcher Building Featuring fifteen historical sports images from Bellingham’s past, these black and white photos from the Museum’s Archives include team portraits, action shots of playground champs, gym class tumblers, track & field high-hurdlers, lacrosse pioneers, and field hockey icons, among others. The ephemeral “glory days” […]

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S 50 GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS

October 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017, Lightcatcher Building The Whatcom Museum will open a major traveling exhibition this fall, National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs, in the Lightcatcher building, the only West Coast stop of the national tour. The exhibition, which showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs, runs through January 15, 2017. From Steve […]

SPINELESS: PORTRAITS OF MARINE INVERTEBRATES

Photographs by Susan Middleton September 17 – December 31, 2016, Lightcatcher Building The result of seven years of fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, and showcasing the photographic techniques Susan Middleton has developed over the past three decades, this exhibition presents 50 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers. Middleton visually isolates each creature she photographs to […]

COLORFAST: VIVID INSTALLATIONS MAKE THEIR MARK

June 5 – September 18, 2016, Lightcatcher Building Guest-Curated by Amy Chaloupka “Color stimulates certain moods in us. It awakens joy or fear in accordance with its configuration. In fact, the whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This […]

JUST WOMEN

June 18 – September 4, 2016, Lightcatcher Building Curated by Barbara Matilsky In 2010, the Whatcom Museum presented the pioneering exhibition, Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists, 1800-2010, which marked the centennial of women’s suffrage in Washington State. Six years later, with the possibility of a woman becoming president of the United States, Just Women […]

BACK AT THE PARK: VINTAGE VIEWS FROM THE PHOTO ARCHIVES

Fall 2016 – January 2018, Old City Hall Curated by Jeff Jewell, Photo Archives Historian Bellingham’s parks have always been a locally loved and widely admired part of the city. This collection from the Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archives combines two previous photo exhibitions with a parks theme. The collection features historical views of Bellingham parks including […]