Your assignment for a blog post this week is to write a review of Kindred, but I’ve already reviewed it several times, so I’m taking off on a different subject. Museums. I love museums. I like historical museums, cultural museums, natural science museums, but most of all, I love art museums. I have never been to an art museum and not found something to fall in love with.
We have some amazing museums here in Seattle. The main public museum is the Seattle Art Museum, or the SAM. It’s located on 1st Ave. between Union St. and University St. I like the Seattle Art Museum, but it is not my favorite. It has a broad collection of periods and regions represented, but the focus is on modern works. The museum often hosts amazing temporary exhibitions.
My favorite museum is the Frye. It is tucked away on the corner of Cherry and Terry on First Hill. It’s a small museum; you can see every piece of art on display in one trip. The permanent collection, mostly amassed by the original founders – the Fryes – is amazing but traditional. There are a few pieces that are usually on display that have become old favorites to me, and I always look for them whenever I go. But next to the traditional art, the curators at the Frye bring in amazing exhibits, often featuring artists who I had never heard of but came to love. I’ve seen some great things at the Frye, and it’s always free to the public.
I also love the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Located in Volunteer Park up on Capitol Hill. It has a great setting, wonderful views of Seattle, and magnificent Art Deco architecture. This was the site of the original Seattle Art Museum, which was founded on the collection of the Fullers, local collectors who primarily collected Asian art although they also had modernist and post-modernist pieces. When the SAM outgrew the space, they moved downtown and left the Capitol Hill site as the SAAM, the Seattle Asian Art Museum. I’ve seen some amazing exhibits there, and I’m always impressed by the ages of some of the pieces.
The Henry Art Museum is located at the edge of the UW campus on 15th street at 41st. The Henry is free to all student with an ID, even if you don’t go to UW. They often feature contemporary art, so you can get an idea of what is going on in the art world. They also have an amazing photography collection. Every major photographer is represented and then some.
Here are links to the local museums’ websites so you can see what’s currently on view. Don’t forget to check out the hours/days they are open before you go.
Remember that the SAM and the SAAM (Asian Art Museum) are free on the first Thursday of each month. The Frye and the Henry are always free, and the Bellevue Art Museum is free on the first Friday of the month, and the Tacoma Art Museum is free on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
I can’t wait to read your impressions of your museum visit next week. I hope you enjoy your visit to an art museum as much as I always do.