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Seeing In Seattle

Updated on September 6, 2017

Infinity Mirrors on View at Seattle Art Museum

Since opening on June 30, 2017, the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors has attracted throngs willing to stand in multiple lines for the opportunity to immerse themselves in Kursama’s immersive multi-reflective works. This exhibit traces Kusama’s development from the 1950s to the present with the focus on her five decades of exploration of mirrors as reflective devices.

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The five Infinity Mirror Rooms on display trace their author’s interest shifting from political liberation circa the Vietnam War to a universal harmony with the cosmos. In groups of two or three, visitors enter each mirrored space for few seconds of blissful immersion into her multi-mirrored universes filled with artifacts like balloons, LED lights, or the artist’s signature pumpkins. A range of her paintings and sculptures allow visitors waiting in line to immerse themselves in her art. Also, The Obliteration Room (2002-present) allows visitors to bridge the gap between artists and visitor by adorning the surface of an all-white staged living room with multicolored dot stickers.

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This exhibit on display at Seattle’s main museum in downtown Seattle closes on September 17, 2017. On October 19, 2017, the museum will display another visionary artist’s work when their Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect exhibit opens.

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Savoring Seattle's History with Smith Tower

For a peek into Seattle’s past, look up to the Smith Tower. In 1914, this tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. A ticket for their observatory experience enables visitors to explore the history behind this Seattle artifact. Exhibits follow a journey when Prohibition era Seattleites were grappling with the industrialization that transformed the city. The exhibit winds its way to the Observatory, where one can venture on to the balcony for a 360-degree view of the city. Then visitors can conclude their tour into Seattle’s past with a craft cocktail served in their speakeasy-inspired bar.

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See Seattle's Past and Present at the Museum of History & Industry

Those wanting to explore Seattle’s maritime and industrial past should head over to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

Situated at the southern tip of Lake Union, this museum features about 4 million objects in their collection, including roughly 100,000 three dimensional artifacts, over 3 million photographs, and around 200,000 archival holdings. Select artifacts from this collection are curated into exhibits trace the history of Seattle's early settlement circa 1850. Included in these exhibits are stories of Seattle’s crowning achievements as a center for craft and technology, as well as the darker sides of its legacy such as the explosion of the Chinese in the 19th century. After touring this museum, visitors will never view Seattle with the same eyes again.

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