An artist’s statement for You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?, a solo show from Seattle mixed-media artist Lisa Myers Bulmash, quotes political and cultural analyst Tamara Winfrey Harris: “Western blackness has its own unique flavor”—separating it, she observes, from Southern or urban Northern blackness—“and you rarely see it represented in race analysis.”
In this exhibit, Bulmash explores that aspect—“place and space as a marker of black identity”—from pioneer days up to Seattle’s current gentrification discussion, through collage that layers vintage photos, sheet music, paper money and book bindings (wittily, from Time-Life Books’ ’70s “The Old West” series, with its faux tooled-leather volume covers).
Pieces mounted on washboards recognize domestic labor, while veladoras—Mexican religious candles—honor trailblazers such as “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, the first African-American woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service. Through 4/8. Times and prices vary. Northwest African American Museum, Central District, 2300 S Massachusetts St.; 206.518.6000; naamnw.org
Plus: The museum has added two artist talks connected to the exhibit. The first -- a conversation between Lisa Myers Bulmash and Intisar Abioto, the photographer behind The Black Portlanders blog -- is Feb. 25. The second is March 18, in partnership with METHOD Gallery, where co-founder Mary Coss will moderate a conversation between Myers Bulmash ande Khadija Tarver, whose installation debuts at the gallery in April.