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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 »


Critic’s Picks: Poetry launch and reading at Anthem, songs of love at UPS, Gig Harbor Art Walk and Eric Carle at Tacoma Art Museum


Gig Harbor Art Walk

Check out art in the harbor at Gig Harbor’s first Saturday Art Walk, voted one of the five top Art Walks. Venues include Ebb Tide Gallery, Gallery Row, Kit Kuhn jewelry, Water’s Edge Gallery, Peacock Hill Gallery, Full Moon Art Gallery, the Gig Harbor BoatShop and the Harbor History Museum. 1-5 p.m. April 6. Free. Various locations along Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-851-8136, gigharborguide.com

Wrist poetry reading

April is National Poetry Month, and to kick it off local poets Tammy Robacker and Maria Gudaitis are teaming up with new literary mag Wrist to produce the

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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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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

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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 »


Critic’s Picks: First Night at night and during the day, Tacoma Art Museum dance party and Seattle Symphony on New Year’s Eve and

The 2012 dragon meets the 2011 rabbit in the parade at last year's First Night. Photo: Lui Kit Wong, The News Tribune.

First Night at night

The place to be in Tacoma on New Year’s Eve is in the theater district, where First Night offers plenty of arts-based, alcohol-free family fun to ring in 2013. Best picks look to be the Shortest Parade (6:30 p.m. along Broadway from 7th to 9th Streets) with Mayan snake boats and more, a new crystal art installation in the middle of an “ice walk” Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets), outdoor stages along Broadway and performers like the Mud Bay Jugglers inside theaters. 6 p.m.- midnight Jan. 31. Buttons $10 advance/$14 on day allow inside access (free for kids), outside activities free. Theater District, downtown Tacoma. firstnighttacoma.org

First Night during the day

For littlies that can’t see the new year in at midnight there are plenty of day options. With a $10 button (free for kids) you’ll get all-day access to the Museum of Glass and the Children’s Museum, where there’ll be art activities and, at the CMT, parading in the new year at noon. Your button will also get you free skate rental at the Polar Ice Skating Plaza on Pacific Avenue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31. $10 adults, free for kids. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org. Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-6031, playtacoma.org; firstnighttacoma.org

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