Blockbuster photography, deconstructed art, and a cabaret homecoming
The holiday season is about to kick into high gear. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and with thanks for arts and culture in mind, KUOW’s Paige Browning talked to Crosscut reporter Margo Vansynghel about these upcoming exhibits and events.
Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue, at the Seattle Art Museum These are two of the most important contemporary photographers working today. They are longtime friends. They kind of shared a similar approach in how they use photography to explore and celebrate African American history. They're really known for their black-and-white photography. So that's mostly what you'll see in the show. But within that, there's a lot of diversity, a lot of variety.
These are abstract paintings that are not really paintings anymore because what he does is he kind of destroys them. And he does this in a really meticulous way. He separates the vertical and horizontal threads. What I really like about this is that he's kind of undoing paintings and creating something new in that process. And I find them very, very moving.
For people who are not familiar with them, it's kind of a circus-comedy-cabaret-dinner show. I hope people don't take this the wrong way, or I'm not saying anything sacrilegious here, but it's a little bit like Cirque du Soleil meets drag, meets cabaret. There are people flying around on trapezes. There's a hula hoop lady, people who climb up poles — so really athleticism to the fore, but it’s also really funny. You won’t be bored!
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