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Upcoming Exhibitions
 Northwest in the West: Exploring Our Roots
May 10, 2014—Fall 2015

Are there really connections between Northwest art and western art? Northwest in the West draws from the museum's Northwest art collection to look at how the character of the western United States has shaped regional artistic responses. Though geographically part of the West and an important chapter in the story of the American West, the Northwest has developed a distinct identity in part through adopting, adapting, or reacting against these western roots, a constantly shifting relationship reflected at the heart of
the work of a number of the region's artists. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.
Matika Wilbur's Project 562 at Tacoma Art Museum May 17 through October 5, 2014 

Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur's Project 562
May 17, 2014—October 5, 2014

Matika Wilbur, Seattle artist and member of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, has taken on the prodigious task of photographing every federally recognized indigenous nation in the United States. Wilbur states her goals clearly: “build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.” Project 562 is one of the only contemporary photographic projects of this magnitude to be completed exclusively by a Native photographer, and the only large-scale effort to capture the vibrancy of contemporary Native culture through interviews and the collection of stories.

By exposing the tenacity and richness of contemporary Native life, Project 562 will educate beyond the stereotypical images of Indian identity and encourage a shift in the consciousness toward Native Americans. The portraits will be matched with audio clips from interviews by Wilbur and each sitter. Each conversation begins with Wilbur asking the proactive question: what does it mean to be an Indian? The stories will illuminate the richness and complexity of contemporary Indian identity and highlight the cultural duality that the tribal members navigate in their daily lives. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

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Barbara Robertson, Ceria 4, 2002 

Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest
June 7—November 9, 2014

During the last few decades the print arts in the Northwest have flourished from the founding of a number of influential fine art presses and organizations to university and other educational opportunities and the thriving regional communities of letterpress and book artists that have come together. Ink This! surveys this rich and varied body of work and explores the expanding definition of what it means to be a print artist in the Northwest. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

You can also read summaries of past exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum.

Images, top to bottom: Sherrie Wolf, Birds with Domes of Yosemite, 2008. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the artist. Matika Wilbur, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Barbara Robertson, Ceria 4, 2002. Mixed media and pigment print on paper, 9 1/8 x 7 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Safeco Insurance, a member of the Liberty Mutual Group, and Washington Art Consortium. 


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