[Seattle Sights] An Enthralling Experience at the Seattle Art Museum

“Art, at the dawn of human culture, was a key to survival, a sharpening of the faculties essential to the struggle for existence. Art, in my opinion, has remained a key to survival.” – Herbert Read

Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle near the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market and steps from the Starbucks Reserve and colorful bane of my germaphobe existence – the historically disgusting gum wall, the Seattle Art Museum sits surrounded by towering skyscrapers and moody skies – depending on the time of year at least. One of three sister facilities with the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Art Museum opened it’s doors in 1993 and plays host to over 25,000 unique pieces of fine art, sculpture, pottery, design and experimental immersive exhibits from around the world.

Native American Masks

Many Art Museums tend to lay their focus on the European, or Western, historic artistic influence – but one of the many wonderful things about the SAM, is their focus on art and artists from around the globe, and because of that have renowned and fantastic collections of African, Native American, Aboriginal, Oceanic and Islamic Art in addition to more traditional collections of Modern, American and European art.

I was lucky enough to go at a time where there were two fantastic exhibits – which have both catapulted to personal favorites after the Yayoi Kasuma Infinity Rooms at the Broad, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Finally, at the age of 34, I saw my first Georgia O’Keeffe collection in person and found the colors, shadows and textures mesmerizing and meditative; needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed viewing a retrospective of her body of work.

Another favorite rooms in the SAM was the Porcelain Room; an exquisite collection, immaculately laid out in a wonderfully chromatic aesthetic. Brought in from around the globe, many of the pieces on view can be dated back as far as the 17th century – and are dichotomous and beautifully paired with modern retrospective kiosks which can engage and educate you on each piece. Photos simply can’t do the room justice, either; the innocently creme and pastel colors, paired intricate attention to detail on each individual piece, makes the entire collection even more stunning to take in.

I don’t know what it is about art that works up an appetite for wine, but every time after I go to a museum – I come away with a silly cultured craving for some bubbles and snacks, and couldn’t have been more thrilled to discover Purple Cafe + Wine Bar just a hop, skip and a jump from the museum. Featuring a fantastic array of flights, it’s the perfect afternoon beverage and snack break, and they also have an incredible menu if you’re looking for a full meal.

For a sneak peak into the Seattle Art Museum, peep this fantastic new concept – the First Thursdays Virtual Art Walk hosted by the adorably engaging duo behind By The Hour.

In every corner of the country, albeit the world – there are many businesses that are suffering because they are agreeing to stay closed for the betterment of all of our health, and the preservation of our humanity – and our arts – for the future. If you are in a position to do so, please help your local art and music communities by donating where and when you can. To donate to the Seattle Art Museum, head here – and for more on the Seattle Art Museum, including proposed reopening schedules and practices – head to their socials:

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[The Audiofiles] Music Icon David Bowie Passes On After Releasing Iconic 25th Studio Album ★ (Blackstar)

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This morning, the music community stands united in mourning as we’ve learned that visionary musician, performing artist and all around entertainer David Bowie has passed on, leaving a legend of almost unfathomable depth in his wake. As of just last Friday, audiophiles, fans and musicians alike have been a buzz with the with the release of his Bowie’s latest work, ‘★ (Blackstar)’, marking a milestone of 25 studio albums.

Released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, the album stands as a tribute to his legend in one parting gift to his fans before the man who fell to earth ascended into the great beyond after a silent, 18 month battle with cancer. This morning, UK Record Imprint Rough Trade took to Twitter to announce that all proceeds from Bowie’s albums in Jaunary will be donated to the Non Profit foundation Cancer Research UK in their dedicated research for a cure.

More than a musician and recording artist, David Bowie lives on as a multi talented entertainer who touched the lives and influenced the trades of artists across musical genres, artistic mediums and generations. From starring roles in iconic films such as the ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ and 80’s cult classic ‘Labrynth’ and a cameo in Zoolander, collaborations with equally esteemed artists like Iggy Pop, Queen, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Giorgio Moroder , touring with Nine Inch Nails Bowie has left a larger than life imprint in our ears and eyes while finding a permanent place in our hearts. An enigmatic, outrageous character, Bowie perpetually pushed the boundaries of imagination with his ever evolving need to create.

 

Whether known to fans or not, his legacy has been propelled forward, forever ingrained within the fabric of the 21st century, while his legacy lives on. Bowie will be forever immortalized in the computer game Omikron that he produced the soundtrack for while Skrillex’s second artist album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is an ode to Bowie’s album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Just last Fall, Bowie premiered the incredibly well received off Broadway production of Lazarus at the New York Theater Workshop. Starring Dexter and Six Feet Under standout Michael C Hall in near perfect parallel to Bowie himself, Lazarus crossed another milestone off of Bowie’s bucketlist as the first stage show he’s scored.Lazarus runs until January 19th.And let’s not forget, Bowie received a little old thing called the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award almost a decade ago in 2006. Regardless of the last time you’ve listened to the man, no one can deny his creative genius or the lasting power of his craft. Today, the world is missing a true visionary; today, we aspire to create in his honor.

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”