Saturday, May 12, 2007

New Seattle Art Museum opens to art community

Mimi Gardner Gates, Director, Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) held its Grand Opening on May 5 and May 6, 2007. Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works, served as lead architect on the project, which seamlessly integrates SAM's original Robert Venturi/Denise Scott Brown downtown building (opened in 1991). SAM continues to operate its original Carl Gould facility, established in 1933, as the Seattle Asian Art Museum, in Volunteer Park, along with the Olympic Sculpture Park, opened in January 2007.

A series of celebrations preceded the Grand Opening of the new downtown museum. I attended several of these events and took my camera to the Preview for the Arts Community on May 3.

View from entry area towards Brotman Forum area & Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune (detail)

View from South Hall toward SAM Taste restaurant & Brotman Forum (above)

Joseph McDonnell & SAM's Maryann Jordan

SAM's Michael McCafferty & The Suit

Ann Obery & Michael McCafferty

Michael Darling & Marisa Sanchez, SAM curators

SAM's Cara Egan & family

SAM's Sue Bartlett & Lisa Self (volunteer)

SAM Contemporary Art Council members Joyce Halldorson, Bruce Moore & Victoria Hindley (foreground)

Marlow Harris & Joyce Halldorson

Museum guests visit SAM Contemporary Art Council photo booth

Dee Dee Rainbow & Aimee Jacobson

Billy Howard, Howard House

Weldon Butler

Tom Gormally

Victoria Haven


Anonymous said...

I was wondering what you were going to do with those photos!

See you around again, I hope!

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are awesome. I haven't had a chance to make it to the extension yet but hopefully I can go next week. Have you seen the Seattle Untimely episode about it? Kind of short, but pretty funny nonetheless.

Thanks for the pics!