Art of Our City http://kuow.org en A 45-Foot Face: SAM Unveils ‘Echo’ Of Seattle’s Future http://kuow.org/post/45-foot-face-sam-unveils-echo-seattle-s-future <p></p><p>It's a Monday afternoon in June, and Seattle Art Museum Director Kimerly Rorschach leans on a metal railing near Elliott Bay at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park. The sun is shining, seagulls are whirling overhead, and&nbsp;Rorschach is eavesdropping. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:48:13 +0000 Marcie Sillman 37048 at http://kuow.org A 45-Foot Face: SAM Unveils ‘Echo’ Of Seattle’s Future Evoking A Linen Closet: Sculpturist Collects Blankets, Stories For New Installation http://kuow.org/post/evoking-linen-closet-sculpturist-collects-blankets-stories-new-installation <p>When we think about blankets, we usually conjure comforting images: babies swaddled in flannel wraps, colorful afghans hand knit by loved ones, puffy quilts that we snuggle under when the weather is cold.</p><p>When artist Marie Watt thinks about blankets, she sees the raw materials for sculpture. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:36:58 +0000 Marcie Sillman 36621 at http://kuow.org Evoking A Linen Closet: Sculpturist Collects Blankets, Stories For New Installation They Won't Boo This Time: An All-Stravinsky Bill At Seattle Symphony http://kuow.org/post/they-wont-boo-time-all-stravinsky-bill-seattle-symphony <p>Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky's career spanned most of the 20th century, but chances are you know him best for a piece of music he wrote when he was just starting out: "Rite of Spring."</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:03:13 +0000 Marcie Sillman 35918 at http://kuow.org They Won't Boo This Time: An All-Stravinsky Bill At Seattle Symphony Leta Biasucci: The Young Ballerina Behind The Sparkles http://kuow.org/post/leta-biasucci-young-ballerina-behind-sparkles <p>Most people see only the sparkly side of ballet: the live performances, with dancers in costume, pointe shoes tied, orchestra in the pit. Whether it’s the annual holiday production of “Nutcracker” or an edgier, contemporary work, many of the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet see performances as a reward for their hours of rehearsal. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:05:18 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 35635 at http://kuow.org Leta Biasucci: The Young Ballerina Behind The Sparkles A Last Dance For Pacific Northwest Ballet's Kaori Nakamura http://kuow.org/post/last-dance-pacific-northwest-ballets-kaori-nakamura <p>Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Kaori Nakamura remembers the day she got her first pointe shoes. Thu, 29 May 2014 21:47:58 +0000 Marcie Sillman 34985 at http://kuow.org A Last Dance For Pacific Northwest Ballet's Kaori Nakamura Ben Moore, Who Guided Seattle Rep Through Recession, Retires http://kuow.org/post/ben-moore-who-guided-seattle-rep-through-recession-retires <p>After almost three decades on the job, Seattle Repertory Theatre Managing Director Ben Moore will retire at the end of June. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:42:58 +0000 Marcie Sillman 34452 at http://kuow.org Ben Moore, Who Guided Seattle Rep Through Recession, Retires Seattle Opera Director Speight Jenkins Takes A Bow http://kuow.org/post/seattle-opera-director-speight-jenkins-takes-bow <p>Speight. That's the name that conjures Seattle Opera for tens of thousands of fans. Mon, 12 May 2014 19:47:23 +0000 Marcie Sillman 34292 at http://kuow.org Seattle Opera Director Speight Jenkins Takes A Bow Cellist Joshua Roman Teams Up With Seattle Youth Symphony http://kuow.org/post/cellist-joshua-roman-teams-seattle-youth-symphony <p>At 22, Joshua Roman became the Seattle Symphony's youngest-ever principal cellist. With his mop of curly brown hair and his baby face, Roman was a distinctive presence at Benaroya Hall.</p><p>But just two years after the young musician took up his post, Roman decided to leave the orchestra to carve out his own career as a concert performer. Thu, 08 May 2014 22:25:20 +0000 Marcie Sillman 34042 at http://kuow.org Cellist Joshua Roman Teams Up With Seattle Youth Symphony 'It’s Like Pornography': Searching For Cultural Space In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/it-s-pornography-searching-cultural-space-seattle <p></p><p>Matthew Richter has his dream job. For the past eight months, he has served as Seattle's Cultural Spaces Liaison. But when you ask him to tell you what a cultural space is, he laughs.</p><p>"That's the million dollar question,” Richter said. “It's like pornography (you know it when you see it)."</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:02:08 +0000 Marcie Sillman 33246 at http://kuow.org 'It’s Like Pornography': Searching For Cultural Space In Seattle SAM's Sandra Jackson-Dumont Leaves For New York http://kuow.org/post/sams-sandra-jackson-dumont-leaves-new-york <p></p><p>Seattle Art Museum's waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park was still a work in progress when SAM Education Director Sandra Jackson-Dumont arrived here in 2006.</p><p>"The Neukom Vivarium, that big log in the glass case, it was up in a hoist," she recalls. "It looked like some kind of living UFO." Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Marcie Sillman 32538 at http://kuow.org SAM's Sandra Jackson-Dumont Leaves For New York Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret http://kuow.org/post/exploring-seattles-vices-cabaret <p>Seattle has a nice reputation. We are squeaky clean, we compost and recycle, and rumor has it we have more people trained in CPR than most cities our size in America.</p><p>But a&nbsp;new cabaret show at Seattle's <a href="http://www.acttheatre.org/">ACT Theatre</a> aims to show the shady past underneath that shiny image. Seattle is a port city, and like every port city, it has had its share of vice, corruption and not-niceness. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:45:04 +0000 Marcie Sillman 31255 at http://kuow.org Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!' http://kuow.org/post/why-oscar-wilde-still-works-people-will-always-have-secrets <p></p><p></p><p>Oscar Wilde is one of those people: You've heard of him, even if you've never read his novels or seen one of his plays. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:39:09 +0000 Marcie Sillman 30666 at http://kuow.org Why Oscar Wilde Still Works: 'People Will Always Have Secrets!' 20th-Century Giant Joan Miró At Seattle Art Museum http://kuow.org/post/20th-century-giant-joan-mir-seattle-art-museum <p>Seattle Art Museum contemporary and modern art curator Catharina Manchanda calls Joan Mir<span class="st">ó</span><span class="st"> </span>one of the great avant-garde artists of the 20th century. But audiences on the West Coast of the United States have never had a chance to see a comprehensive exhibition of Mir<span class="st">ó</span>'s art, until now. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:30:03 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29911 at http://kuow.org 20th-Century Giant Joan Miró At Seattle Art Museum If These Velvet Walls Could Talk http://kuow.org/post/if-these-velvet-walls-could-talk <p></p><p>Across from the Seattle Center on Mercer Street, there’s a white, pre-fabricated, nondescript building with a couple of flags outside. The exterior is really camouflage for a 100-year-old velvet tent imported from Belgium. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:04:41 +0000 Marcie Sillman 29525 at http://kuow.org If These Velvet Walls Could Talk Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir http://kuow.org/post/seattle-artist-ellen-forney-finds-balance-new-graphic-memoir <p>When Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago, her first concern was for her creative future. The award-winning cartoonist prided herself on the artwork and stories she'd come up with during periods she described as manic. Right after her diagnosis, Forney was reluctant to try the drug treatments her psychiatrist prescribed for her. Would she lose her creative edge on lithium? But after a serious period of depression, Forney set out on the ongoing journey to achieve and maintain a state of mental balance.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:00:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman 3193 at http://kuow.org Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir