It’s not often you get to see Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Gainsborough for free – but you can this Sunday if you hustle. Seattle Art Museum, where these treasures and more are currently visiting from Kenwood House, England, is holding a free admission day this Sunday to celebrate the launch of a new permanent art installation on the building’s façade. Advance tickets are already sold, but more will be available online this Friday for a few lucky souls.
But even if you don’t get free entry, the outdoor installation is definitely worth checking out. Created by international artist Doug Aitken, “Mirror” is a constantly-changing video installation which turns the exterior of the museum into a literal mirror of its surroundings. Like many of Aitken’s previous works – such as “New Ocean” which transformed London’s Serpentine Gallery into a lighthouse and “Song 1”, which created a 360-degree screen out of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. – “Mirror” deconstructs images from real life Seattle and surrounds, and sequences them live onto SAM’s exterior wall.
From the press release: “Hundreds of hours of footage, surfaces, locations and landscapes reduced to their essence will create a living museum exterior…Like choreography with no music, the images are left to define the composition and patterns live.”
The 6:30 p.m. event will also feature minimalist icon Terry Riley playing his famous work “In C” with members of the Seattle Symphony, plus food trucks and a speech by Mayor McGinn.
6:30 p.m. March 24. Free. Seattle Art Museum, corner of First Avenue and Union Street, Seattle. See seattleartmuseum.org this Friday at noon for tickets.