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Art+Science Salon at Tacoma Art Museum explores individual and species identity through eco-artist Jackie Brookner’s work

Jackie Brookner, "The Gift of Water." Courtesy image.
Jackie Brookner, “The Gift of Water.” Courtesy image.

Art and science meet next Thursday at Tacoma’s second Art+Science Salon, a panel discussion and conversation joining the two disciplines and presented by the University of Puget Sound and Tacoma Art Museum. From 6-8 p.m. on April 18 the free salon at the museum will focus on a discussion between UPS neuroscientist Siddarth Ramakrishnan and New York-based eco-artist Jackie Brookner, with a panel of faculty and students from UPS.

Brookner, a professor at Parsons New School of Design, creates large artworks in collaboration with scientists, including a current NEA-sponsored project in Fargo, North Dakota. Her sculptures are living, plant-based systems that clean polluted water and storm runoff, such as “The Gift of Water” near Dresden, Germany, a pair of giant cupped concrete hands covered in mosses that are moistened by and purify water from a natural swimming hole.

“We are very excited to have Jackie with us,” says Ramakrishnan, who is leading the UPS committee that organizes the salons. “The title of the event will be ‘Individuals, Identities and Interfaces.’ We will touch upon the collaborative process between artists and scientists, and discuss what it means to be an individual, the relation to our environment and what constitutes the ‘inside’ versus the ‘outside’. We will draw upon science and art and philosophy and brainstorm with the audience on future projects.” Read more »


Free museum admission on first weekends for Bank of America cardholders

If you have an account with Bank of America, you need to remember the first weekend of every month, when you’ll get free admission to four area museums. This weekend, present a credit or debit card from the bank to gain free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

TAM: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

SAM: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. 206-654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org

NAAM: Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 2300 S.

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Free day at Seattle Art Museum on Sunday to celebrate new Doug Aitken art installation on the façade

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

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Tacoma Art Museum and Young family resolve art donation issue; Chinese collection still to be auctioned with some items donated

A Qing dynasty surcoast and skirt, part of the disputed Young collection and estimated by Bonhams at $1,000-$1,500, may be one of the items rescued from sale next week. Courtesy photo.
A Qing dynasty surcoast and skirt, part of the disputed Young collection and estimated by Bonhams at $1,000-$1,500, may be one of the items rescued from sale next week. Courtesy photo.

After a lawsuit, a community meeting and many hours of legal wrangling, Tacoma Art Museum and the Young family came to an agreement Tuesday afternoon about the museum’s sale of a donation of Chinese artifacts by the family over three decades ago. A hearing at the Pierce County Superior Court Tuesday morning was postponed, then eventually cancelled as both parties resolved the issue outside the courtroom.

While the museum will continue with the second phase of the sale of the collection at auction at Bonhams, San Francisco on March 12, it will withdraw several items that will be donated to a Northwest institution in the near future, the joint press release said.

“We regret that the conversation between us, the museum and the community took the direction that it did,” said Al Young, son of Col. John and Mary Young who donated their collection of Qing dynasty robes and jade to the museum in 1976. “We appreciate the museum hearing our concerns and we will work together to address them.”

“(The Youngs) have a rich legacy which the museum will continue to recognize,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich. “We are pleased that all has been resolved…We regret that the Young family heirs had the impression that the museum did not value the gift of their parents.” Read more »


Art and science meet in new salon discussion series at Tacoma Art Museum

Lelavision. Photo: Peter Haley for The News Tribune.
Lelavision. Photo: Peter Haley for The News Tribune.

What happens when artists and scientists get together? You’ll find out at a new series of discussion salons organized by the University of Puget Sound and hosted at Tacoma Art Museum. The first is this Thursday; the next April 18; each will feature local artists and scientists presenting work and ideas in a fast-paced five-minute slideshow format similar to the broader-themed Pecha Kucha nights that have happened in Tacoma and around the world over the last few years. The Art+Science Salons will always occur on third Thursdays, the museum’s free admission night.

“It’s all about getting some connections happening between artists and scientists,” said Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the new chair of neuroscience at UPS, whose idea the series was. “We’re hopeful that people will be inspired by others’ work and decide to go out for a coffee and talk abut working together.”

That science and art have many collaborative possibilities has been shown already in Tacoma by the Vashon-based Lelavision, a husband-and-wife duo who combine physical theater, musical sculpture and dance to illustrate scientific ideas and theories such as epigenetics or flower reproduction. Read more »


MoG closed; TAM free to military today for Presidents Day

Have Presidents Day off? Looking for a museum? In the military? Read this:

Tacoma Art Museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today to all active military and families in honor of Presidents Day. Up now: Michael Kenna photography, Dale Chihuly and Northwest painters. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Also open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and also free to military, is the Washington State History Museum, where you can check out motorcycle exhibit “Let’s Ride!” and classic photographs from Washington history, as well as the permanent displays. 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-3500, washingtonhistory.org

BUT – the

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Annual free Northwest Native Community Celebration brings art, music, canoes and more to Tacoma Art Museum

A canoe from last year's Northwest Native Community Celebration at TAM. Photo: Janet Jensen, The News Tribune.
A canoe from last year’s Northwest Native Community Celebration at TAM. Photo: Janet Jensen, The News Tribune.

Tacoma Art Museum and local tribes once again collaborate to bring the annual Northwest Native Community Celebration to the museum this Sunday. The free festival celebrates Tacoma’s Native American heritage through art, dance, music and three canoes from the Puyallup and other Coast Salish tribes.

“The Northwest Native Community Celebration continues the relationship that Tacoma Art Museum and the City of Tacoma share with the Puyallup Tribe,” says the press release.

Among the activities are a market of local artisans from basket weavers to painters, and hands-on activities in the art studio. Music and dance performances will be given by the Sacred Water Canoe Family, Native B.R.I.D.G.E. and Chief Leschi School. Read more »


Third Thursday ArtWalk in Tacoma is now Art Mingle, run by newly renamed Tacoma Art Group

ArtMingle_LogoIt isn’t ArtWalk anymore. Nor is it called Third Thursday, at least by the folks who organize it. No, Tacoma’s monthly third Thursday evening – when museums are free and galleries open late with new exhibits – will now be called Art Mingle, and the former ArtWalk group that got the whole thing going 30 years ago is now called Tacoma Art Group, with more members than ever to spread the event over the whole city.

“We have less of a walk scenario than most cities,” explains Gary Boone, owner of B2 Fine Arts Gallery and co-president with his wife Deborah of the newly renamed Tacoma Art Group, which was officially proclaimed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland at this week’s city council meeting. “So as a fresh approach to our arts scene, we’re having more of a commingling situation. We liked the idea that Tacoma’s art was citywide, not just in the downtown core and at the museums.”

Tacoma’s ArtWalk began in 1984, when downtown was a very different place. Read more »