October, November events at Tacoma Art Museum

Know More Art Lecture Series – Northwest Art, Northwest Influences: Lucinda Parker – Thursday Ignite,  October 11, 6 pm

In this lecture hear from the imaginative Lucinda Parker, featured in Best of the Northwest, as she shares her stories andinsights about her work and relationships to other Northwest artists. Cost: $50 for complete series ($35 for members), $15 per individual lecture ($10 for members, $5 for students). Preregistration is recommended. Purchase tickets here

Art Crush at Tacoma Art Museum
Third Thursday, October 18, 5 pm

Arts Crush is a month-long festival featuring opportunities to participate in theatre, music, literature, dance, visual art, film and more. Arts Crush reawakens the senses by engaging people in the arts in unique ways; through hands-on participation, peeking behind the scenes, or experiencing art in unexpected places. Cost: Free

Gala Nouveau – Saturday, October 20, 6:30 pm

Join us as we continue the successful theme of deconstructing our annual fundraising event at this year’s Gala Nouveau, a celebration of artists, their muses, and you. The evening will feature the culinary excellence of Tom Douglas, recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in the Nation. For more information, visit www.TacomaArtMuseum.org/Gala.

Día de los Muertos Exhibition Installation – Sunday, October 21, 10 am–5 pm
Observe or participate as artist Fulgencio Lazo, with help from a team of professionals and volunteers, creates two largetapetes, or sand paintings, in the museum’s lobby, while community members install altars remembering loved ones and raising social awareness. Free with museum admission.

Ale ‘n’ Altars – Thursday Ignite, October 25, 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and culture around Día de los Muertos as celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico, and leave with your own personalized skeleton figurine, or calaca, honoring a beloved family member or pet. Toast the cycle of life and death with jovial libations at this fun and festive workshop. Cost: $45 ($35 for members) includes all supplies, light Mexican fare, and a beer sampler. Purchase tickets here

Create a Día de los Muertos Bracelet with The Bead Factory – Thursday Ignite, November 1, 6 pm

Practice your jewelry making skills at Tacoma Art Museum with staff from The Bead Factory to create a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) bracelet. Explore our collection of nearly 200 jewelry works, the tapete installation (sand painting), and community altars, and make your own Día de los Muertos inspired bracelet. Cost: $30 ($20 for members), includes admission and all materials. Purchase tickets here.

Print It! – Saturday, November 3, 10 am–1 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma and create screen prints inspired by Warhol and other current exhibitions. Afterward, stay on to hear about Warhol’s design for the Tacoma Dome at 2 pm. Cost: $35 ($25 for members) covers one adult with or without child. Cost of admission for each additional child is $10. Purchase tickets here

Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival – Sunday, November 4, 10 am–4 pm

For the eighth consecutive year, join thousands of your friends and neighbors to celebrate Day of the Dead at Tacoma Art Museum with art-making, performances, and exhibitions of a tapete (sand painting) and community altars as we honor the cycle of life. Museum admission free.

Second City Concert Chamber Series: Zen Pathways – Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm

The beauty of Tacoma Art Museum and the work of esteemed photographer Michael Kenna form the backdrop for this program in partnership with the Second City Chamber Orchestra. Come “hear” Kenna’s photography as you explore the “Zen Pathways” of Japan, Russia, France, and the Northwest, expressed in music. A private tour of the exhibition Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography (on view October 6, 2012 through February 3, 2013) will be part of the event.Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

Program: Alan Hovahness: The Garden of Adonis

Sophia Gubaidulina: The Garden of Joys and Sorrows

Michio Miyagi: Haru No Umi (The Sea in Springtime)

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

Performers: Jennifer Rhyne, flute; Jeanne Rogers, viola; Catherine Barrett, harp

Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show Reception

Third Thursday, November 15, 5 pm

Come enjoy the latest installation in the Community Art Space. Meet many of the artists involved in the Senior Art Show and learn more about Franke Tobey Jones. The Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show is on view in the Community Art Space from November 14 to December 11.


Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography

October 6, 2012 through March 24, 2013

The first U.S. retrospective of Michael Kenna’s photography in more than twenty years, Memories and Meditations will explore his ongoing investigations of special locations around the world. Born in Great Britain but now based in Seattle, Kenna frequently returns to certain locales in order to record them over the course of several years. His signature style evokes a sense of timelessness that underscores the intimate connections of history and geography. Kenna captures the innate beauty in locations as diverse as power plants in central England, the gardens of Versailles, abandoned factories in Detroit, and remote islands in Japan. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection

Through March 17, 2013

Best of the Northwest features highlights from the museum’s Northwest painting collection. Long-time favorites will join new arrivals in this snapshot exhibition of some of the museum’s best work by Northwest painters. Works range in age from the early 20th century through today and include a variety of painting media and styles. This exhibition was organized to coincide with publication of the museum’s handbook of the Northwest art collection which will be available late this fall. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma
November 3, 2012–February 10, 2013
Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma explores the context and development of flower imagery in Warhol’s career, focusing on his 1982 proposal for the Tacoma Dome. Warhol’s extensive use of flowers throughout his career will be represented by early illustrations from the 1950s, series of flower prints, and numerous photographs made by Warhol and his circle that illustrate the artist’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist
Open for extended exhibition
Tacoma Art Museum’s extensive permanent collection of artwork by world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly is in a gallery of its own. Tacoma boasts more installations of Chihuly’s artwork than any other city in the world.Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.