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Goings on this week in Tacoma:

Current Shows at Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Info: www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Selections from the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection

On view through Dec. 31

From revered collector and patron of the arts in the Northwest, see selected works by influential artists and teachers who built the Pilchuck Glass School into a world-renowned center for glass art.

Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection

On view through Jan. 7

Experience still-life masterpieces from the past 200 years, ranging from European-influenced realism and trompe l’oeil to impressionism, modernism, pop art and beyond in the newest exhibition at TAM. Relish the works of artists James Peale, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and Wayne Thiebaud, amongst others in this spectacular exhibition.

The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection

On view through Jan. 28

Take a look at the dynamic forces — both people and land — that shaped the American West.

The Art of American Framing

On view through Jan. 28

Have you ever noticed what a difference a frame can make in how you see an artwork? Since the Renaissance, framing has been an art form in itself. Carved, painted, and gilded frames not only enhance a painting, but also reflect the tastes of their time. This exhibition looks in depth at a selection of American frames from the 19th and early 20th centuries, illustrating key trends and changes which are reflected in the frames on the American still-life paintings in the galleries nearby.

Zhi Lin: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the 

Transcontinental Railroads

On view through Feb. 18, 2018

Internationally acclaimed Northwest artist Zhi Lin has refocused attention on the overlooked yet vital history of the Chinese laborers of the 19th century. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. The absence of Chinese laborers from American history books is an animating force in Lin’s work.

Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art

On view through summer 2019

Exemplary works from TAM’s collections that tell the varied and layered history of Northwest art.

Current Shows at Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St., Tacoma

Info: museumofglass.org

Michael E. Taylor, Traversing Parallels 

On view through May 12, 2018

Michael Taylor is widely-renowned for his cut and laminated glass works, geometric constructions, and fractal abstractions, which are inspired by everything from subatomic particles to music. He first used glass while attending a workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He was struck by the material’s heat and spontaneity, a dynamic opposite from the deliberate and extended processes for firing and shaping ceramics. Taylor was part of the first generation of artists to learn from the founders of the Studio Glass movement. His artistic career has been intertwined with decades as a university professor, including a more than 20-year tenure as a professor in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. His career in academia made it possible for Taylor to experiment and explore new ideas through his sculpture, instead of feeling pressure to repeat popular works for monetary sales. The academic setting also allowed Taylor to continue to explore scientific, philosophical and artistic ideas.

Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection 

Ongoing

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the American Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest, Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection celebrates the artistic innovation of Dale Chihuly and introduces Museum of Glass (MOG) visitors to his work by showcasing nine intimate examples of his work from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, including the Gibson Chandelier, acquired from a private donor in 2013. The exhibition will provide an artistic primer for visitors to learn about Chihuly’s various series and will be accompanied by photos of the artist in MOG’s Hot Shop and by a video presentation of his ambitious Chihuly Over Venice project, which resulted in “end-of-day” chandeliers like the Gibson Chandelier. Spotlight on Dale Chihuly will also feature a Chihuly in Tacoma walking tour, to connect visitors to the Bridge of Glass and Union Station Courthouse.

Complementary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley 

On view through Sept. 3, 2018

The first comprehensive exhibition to reflect on Paley’s glass and steel sculpture, Complementary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley, includes sculptures initiated during his residencies at the Museum of Glass in collaboration with Martin Blank. These works serve as the foundation of the exhibition and are supported by additional pieces from the archive at Paley Studios. Works on paper illuminate Paley’s process of incorporating glass in his sculpture and collectively the artwork demonstrates a culmination of his talents as a multi-media sculptor. To learn more about Paley and his work, visit www.albertpaley.com.

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