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Seattle Art Museum’s Night of Disguise

22 Jun

I had the pleasure of attending the night of disguise event at the Seattle Art Museum last Friday. It was a night full of arts and crafts, performances, and several guided tours.

I first checked out a performance of intense trans-like music with a screen of 3D graphic design-looking art with live motion. It reminded me of a well designed video game. It was definitely something new to me and captivating to the eye. Around the corner was an arts and crafts table for kids to explore their creative side.

As I made my way up to the exhibit, I wondered the halls to view many of the sculptures and paintings on display. They had glass sculptures from Dale Chihuly, and several other sculptures.

At the top floor was the disguise exhibit. They were having guided tours if you were interested in learning more.  Many of these masks appeared tribal. They were from parts of Africa, like Niger.



My favorite part was the colorful figures seated in a meditation pose. The detail and colors were beautiful. The faces were made with glass squares, which gave it a sparkly look.

There were also figures draped in cloth with masks covering the faces. It was kind of eerie yet one could not help but look at them. It felt as if they were real people with faces behind masks peering right back at you.


At the end of the exhibit, you could look in the mirror, while standing behind many different masks, and it would appear as if you were actually wearing the mask.


I would recommend this exhibit to anyone interested in seeing global African art that is tribal and colorful.

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art will be on display at the Seattle Art Museum from June 18th – September 7th 2015. To get your tickets, click here.

Night of Disguise

17 Jun

On Friday June 19th, the Seattle Art Museum will be kicking off their newest exhibit Disguise: Masks and Global African Art. There will be live performances, music, art and tours.

Photo by SAM website.

Photo by SAM website.

Performances by:

    • Reifying Desire: Jacolby Satterwhite creates a distorted simulacrum of reality through dance, performance, drawing, and digital media.
    • Experience traditional and contemporary pan-African dance styles with Tongo-born dancer, Al’nuzan.
    • nGangulero: Alejandro Guzman’s family of sculptures catalyze creative misunderstandings and unexpected exchanges in public spaces.
    • Hear spoken word poems form local youth poets exploring themes of identity with Youth Speaks Seattle.
    • ChimaTEK Virtual Chimeric Space: Saya Woolfalk’s installation in Disguise gets activated by The Empathics.
    • The Kissing Mask: Wura-Natashi Ogunji asks, “Who are you kissing, when you kiss a mask?”

Music by DJ Riz and Brian Tang.

Activities include:

    • Disguise in plain sight using cropped facial images and personal flare with artist Tariqa Waters.
    • Catch Nollywood movie trailers, the booming cinema industry in Nigeria.
    • Create a mask with artist Romson Bustillo that covers your mouth and encourages you to look and listen.
    • We all wear masks, whether literal or imaginary. On fabric, respond to Disguise with your experience of wearing a mask with artist Sandra Farmer .
    • Disguise Artists SAM Collection Audio Tour: Listen toDisguise artists discuss works in SAM’s collection. See what these contemporary artists have to say about art from other centuries and cultures.


Experience the galleries in new and unexpected ways with tours led by artists in Disguise:

    • Jakob Dwight
    • Emeka Ogboh
    • Brenden Fernandes
    • Alejandro Guzman

This is an all ages event so bring the family and check out SAM’s newest exhibit. For more info click here.

Pratt Studio’s Gallery 54 Exhibition and Guided Tour

23 Apr

Pratt Fine Arts Center was established in 1976 and it has given artists and students a hands-on learning and working environment ever since. Many well-known artists have started their careers in Pratt studios. This year marks their 33rd Annual Fine Art Auction displaying many works of all different kinds.The theme of the auction is 70’s inspired, along with some of the art pieces.

Studio 54 DR and MJ

The evening before this auction takes place, the Arts Center will have its exhibition tour open to the public free of charge. Micheal Monroe, Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum will be leading guided tours starting at 7:30 pm. At this exhibition, the silent auction will also begin.


You will get to see many colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, vases, photography, prints and much more created from different master artists, including Dale Chihuly. Man of these artists are locally and nationally recognized. View the catalog here.

The Gallery 54 Exhibition and Guided Tour is tomorrow April 24th from 6-9 pm.

The Pratt Studio 54 33rd Annual Fine Art Auction is Saturday April 25th.

For more info on both these events, click here.

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