4 Spring Museum Exhibitions You Can't Miss in the Burien Area

March 9th, 2017 by

PaintSpring is a great time to visit Seattle’s museums, so it’s nice to know the new season comes with fresh exhibitions that always offer something new. If you’re looking to check out the latest museum exhibitions in the Burien area this spring, here’s what we recommend.

Spencer Finch at Olympic Sculpture Park

Heading outdoors is a must as the weather warms up and daylight lengthens. That’s why Olympic Sculpture Park has chosen Saturday, April 1st, as its opening for the Spencer Finch exhibition.

Spencer Finch is a New York-based American artist who studies color and light and the ways in which we perceive them. His installment at Olympic Sculpture Park consists of suspended glass panels that create an abstraction of color to mimic the sunsets over Puget Sound. The installation includes 90 square glass panels of varying sizes and will be on display as Paccar Pavilion for the next two years, giving you plenty of time to check it out!

Common Pleasures: Art of Urban Life in Edo Japan

The Japanese Common Pleasures exhibition will open April 15th in the Third Floor Galleries of the Seattle Art Museum. For those not familiar with Japan’s Edo period, the urban culture bloom spanned from 1603 until 1868 when city centers flourished under the last feudal military government.

Artwork during the Edo period depict popular pastimes and indulgences from present-day Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, including cherry blossom picnics, dancing festivals, and courtesans. Many of these paintings consist of multipanel screens created using rich color and gold.

The Seattle Art Museum’s Common Pleasures exhibit will be on display from April 15th to Oct. 22nd, 2017.

Between the Frames: The Frye Art Museum Collection After 1952

From April 29th through July 23rd, Frye Art Museum will showcase a selection of works that have been in the museum’s collection since it was first established in 1952. Most of these works have seldom been displayed, but they are among the museum’s celebrated favorites. Between the Frames provides the public a chance to view the museum’s 65-year history in chronological order through artwork.

The exhibition also aims to answer the question, “Why do museums collect?” Stop by to view the museum’s special exhibit and set aside some time for lunch or coffee in the Gallery Café.

Seeing Nature

On display now until May 23rd at the Seattle Art Museum, Seeing Nature features 39 historically significant American and European landscape paintings from the past 400 years. View The Five Senses series of allegorical paintings of the five senses by Jan Brueghel, which were created around 1617. You will also find later works by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Moran, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

If you plan to frequent the Seattle Art Museum, consider becoming a member to enjoy unlimited free admission to all SAM locations, which includes exclusive access to events.

Don’t miss these culturally significant museum exhibitions in the Burien area this spring. Whether you love art, history, or culture, Seattle museums offer a little something for everyone. Do you plan to visit?

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