Tumble into fall this weekend with queer films, an art walk and a new SAM exhibit
The days may be getting darker and colder, but fall is when many arts events start heating up in the Puget Sound region. Jas Keimig writes about arts and culture at The Stranger. They shared weekend events picks with KUOW’s Kim Malcolm.
This year there's going to be virtual and in-person screenings, a good mix of narrative features and short film programs by, for, and about queer people. I'm really excited about a movie called Tove. It's about a Swedish-speaking Finnish artist named Tove Jansson. She was the artist behind the Moomins cartoons from the 40s. The film goes through her life and her relationship with another woman.
For those of you that aren't familiar with Wa Na Wari, it's a residential home turned into a Black art space in the Central District. Their mission is to uplift Black people, Black artists, and Black art here in the city. On Saturday, from 3 to 6 pm, they're hosting Walk the Block, a fundraising event that takes people on an art walk through the neighborhood. There will also be food and music. It's all outside. It's going to be just under a mile-long walk. I’m excited to see the work of Barbara Earl Thomas. I’ve never seen her work outside.
The show is composed of 19 post-war and abstract expressionist works by American and European painters like Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. The presentation is worth approximately $400 million. It was gifted to SAM by the Friday Foundation, which represents the collection of the late Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang, Seattle area art collectors who amassed an amazing collection of modern art.
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