Los Angeles–based installation artist Pae White has a thing for threads, which she stretches in sharp lines across huge gallery spaces, creating new planes, perspectives and frames. 10/24–1/24/16. Times and prices vary. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street; 206.543.2280; henryart.org.
In the new show Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, SAM fills its walls with tiny treasures: small-scale paintings by a bunch of French guys you may have heard of, such as Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir and one from the Netherlands who goes by Van Gogh. 10/1–1/3/2016. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org.
Kate Protage, "Easy Distance"
Seattle painter Kate Protage exhibits her bleary-eyed cityscapes, in which headlights and streetlamps blur into bright flares on rainy nights. Also on view at SAM Gallery: Kellie Talbot’s precise paintings of crumbling street signs and Elizabeth Gahan’s architectural landscapes. 9/10–10/22. Times vary. Free. SAM Gallery (enter through the SAM gift shop), 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org.
Shipping containers show up uninvited in local painter Mary Iverson’s unsettling post-apocalyptic landscapes, made more mysterious thanks to lines seemingly plotted by invisible draftsmen from on high. 10/16–11/21. Times vary. Free. G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S Washington St.; 206.587.4033; ggibsongallery.com.
Art AIDS America
Art AIDS America is an expansive exhibit revealing the strains of HIV that run through the veins of American art. Featuring work made in the early days of AIDS and through the present, the show includes sad and somber responses, and work that brims with outrage and daring. 10/3–1/10/2016. Times and prices vary. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.; 253.272.4258; tacomaartmuseum.org.
Ayana V. Jackson, "Prototype/Phenotype" (Mariane Ibrahim Gallery)
Ayana V. Jackson
Ayana V. Jackson brings racial tension into sharp focus with photographic portraits in which she stages herself in jarring, faux-historic scenes that question the “white gaze” upon black female bodies. 9/17–10/24. Times vary. Free. Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, 608 Second Ave.; 206.467.4927; marianeibrahim.com.
Based in Montreal, Evergreen State College grad Brad Woodfin paints deep, dark canvases in which animals linger in the shadows and beckon viewers closer. 9/3–9/26. Times vary. Free. Roq La Rue Gallery, 532 First Ave. S; 206.374.8977; roqlarue.com.
Veit Stratmann (rendering; Suyama Space)
Veit Stratmann takes over the industrial-chic Suyama Space, transforming the floor into a grid filled with bright rectangles of color. Visitors tiptoeing through the hues turn static art into public performance. 8/28–12/11. Times vary. Free. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave.; 206.256.0809; suyamaspace.org.
Exhibits, performances and gallery spaces will continually shift and morph over the course of Genius, an ode to all past winners of The Stranger’s Genius Awards. More than 60 local visual artists, choreographers, composers, musicians, filmmakers, writers and theater artists will participate, sharing some of the best creative work Seattle has to offer. 9/26–1/10/2016. Times vary. Free. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.; 206.622.9250; fryemuseum.org.
Me and My Selfie
There’s an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” vibe to the exhibit Me and My Selfie, which explores this worldwide phenomenon in the context of photographic self-portraiture in art history. Yes, you will be invited to submit your selfies! 9/10–10/31. Times vary. Free. Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave.; 206.720.7222; pcnw.org.
Terry Leness is a local artist whose mastery of light and color is evidenced in paintings so precise they appear to be photographs. Her take on unremarkable buildings, RV campers and free chairs in front yards makes the mundane marvelous. 10/1–11/1. Free. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave. S; 206.624.3034; lindahodgesgallery.com.
Using blown glass and fabricated metal, local artist Rik Allen sculpts irresistible spaceships that radiate a retro optimism and inspire a yen for exploration. 10/1–10/31. Times vary. Free. Traver Gallery, 110 Union St., Suite 200; 206.587.6501; travergallery.com.
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