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 […]

ROMANTICALLY MODERN: PACIFIC NORTHWEST LANDSCAPES

March – June 19, 2016, Old City Hall Back by popular demand and displayed in the Old City Hall galleries, this exhibition highlights the rich legacy of landscape painting in the Pacific Northwest. All of the artworks, drawn from the collection of the Whatcom Museum, reflect the artists’ search for a spiritual experience that was often […]

FAITH IN A SEED: PHILIP McCRACKEN’S SCULPTURE AND MIXED-MEDIA PAINTING

February 27 – June 5, 2016, Lightcatcher Building Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 5 – 7 PM, Lightcatcher Building Curated by Barbara Matilsky Faith in a Seed: Philip McCracken’s Sculpture and Mixed-Media Painting surveys nature’s inspiration on one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished artists. McCracken, born in Bellingham in 1928, studied with British sculptor […]