Category Archives: Curatorial

Ordinary Men—Extraordinary History: A Proud Pullman Porter

In these days of near super-sonic air travel, getting around by “snail-rail” (train) is nearly all but forgotten. However, for the African-American community, rail travel is held in great regard because it  was once a way of achieving something akin to middle-class status. To truly appreciate this fondness for the “snail-rail,” perhaps a bit of … Continue reading Ordinary Men—Extraordinary History: A Proud Pullman Porter

Kenzie Jones Reflects on The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

At the age of 14, I started to learn more about the reality of the world we live in. I began actively posting and speaking on my social media accounts to bring awareness to the multiple brutalities happening to my people. I’ve always been a person who doesn’t put up with these things. I speak … Continue reading Kenzie Jones Reflects on The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

Moe’Neyah Holland Reflects on The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

I had never thought of art as having physical qualities that could be transferred to the viewer — until I had worked with The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection. I thought art was only for the eyes. There are others that believe that art completely overrides the sensory experience. Yet, I believed this … Continue reading Moe’Neyah Holland Reflects on The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

Studio Jewelry Artist Spotlights – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

The Christopher and Alida Latham Display showcases a wide variety of works from the museum’s important Northwest studio jewelry collection. A generous donation from the Lathams enabled us to reimagine how these small artworks can be more prominently and effectively shown to highlight their technical and creative artistry. The collection of studio art jewelry at … Continue reading Studio Jewelry Artist Spotlights – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

Studio Jewelry Artist Spotlights – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

The Christopher and Alida Latham Display showcases a wide variety of works from the museum’s important Northwest studio jewelry collection. A generous donation from the Lathams enabled us to reimagine how these small artworks can be more prominently and effectively shown to highlight their technical and creative artistry. The collection of studio art jewelry at … Continue reading Studio Jewelry Artist Spotlights – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

Studio Jewelry at TAM – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

The Pacific Northwest is celebrated as a pivotal center for the birth and growth of the contemporary studio glass movement. However, the region’s history as a key hub for studio art jewelry is not as well known. Through the advocacy and support of artists, collectors, and others in the jewelry community, TAM is fortunate to … Continue reading Studio Jewelry at TAM – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

Connecting Kinsey and TAM: A History of the Exhibition

The arrival of The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the Tacoma Art Museum at the end of July will be a banner event for the Museum, Tacoma, and the Northwest. The exhibition tells an untold story and explores the “myth of absence” – the myth being that African American art and culture … Continue reading Connecting Kinsey and TAM: A History of the Exhibition

In Memoriam – Benjamin Moore

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Benjamin Moore, who was an important figure in the Northwest’s glass community as well as an internationally celebrated glass artist. He received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts under Marvin Lipofsky and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design under Dale Chihuly. He later moved to Venice, Italy to further his understanding of classic … Continue reading In Memoriam – Benjamin Moore

Recent Acquisitions – Grafton Tyler Brown “Untitled (Columbia River Scene)”

“Provenance” is the museum term for the ownership history of an artwork. We’re interested in knowing this information because it can offer insights into the artist’s life and career as well as provide details on the stresses and strains a work may have experienced that could affect its condition. It is also important, of course, … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Grafton Tyler Brown “Untitled (Columbia River Scene)”

Recent Acquisitions – Marvin Oliver “Raven with Salmonberry”

When I see Marvin Oliver’s Raven with Salmonberry it reminds me of the artist. Much like how Raven brought light to the world, Marvin carried with him histories and practices that made the world a better place. Marvin was a ray of light each time I saw him. Beaming with stories and ideas, I hoped … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Marvin Oliver “Raven with Salmonberry”