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July 15-28, Museum of History and Industry

Boeing Flight Path

To celebrate the centennial of The Boeing Company, MOHAI invites visitors to journey through an exploration of Boeing’s impact on Seattle over 100 years, from flying boats on Lake Union to the launch of the Dreamliner.

MOHAI visitors can travel through True Northwest and the Bezos Center for Innovation galleries and rediscover Seattle’s history through the lens of Boeing’s first century.

Special highlights showcasing the Boeing story include:

  • Vintage models of Boeing aircraft and rare images filling the Boeing Tower;
  • One-of-a-kind artifacts that reflect Boeing in unexpected ways, including a Pocock Racing Shell and a stewardess uniform from the Boeing-owned United Airlines;
  • An interactive oral history experience bringing the Boeing story to life through the words of those who lived it;
  • The legendary B-1, Boeing’s very first commercial aircraft built in 1919, soaring through the Grand Atrium;
  • Boeing patents and prototypes in the museum’s Bezos Center for Innovation;
  • And opportunities to leave behind personal Boeing memories!

Check back for special programs throughout the centennial year.


September 15 - October 23, Pivot

Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years

Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years 
Opening night reception, September 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm 
Pivot Art + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave N, Seattle 

Cornish College of the Arts and Melissa Feldman, exhibition curator and director of the Neddy Artist Awards, presents “Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years,” two concurrent exhibitions: the 2016 Neddy winners and finalists, and a 20-year selected survey of Neddy awardees who are also among the most noted Northwestern artists of our time.

Stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts since 2011, Neddy Artist Awards began in 1996 and are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington. The Neddy provides two annual gifts of $25,000 to artists working in the greater Puget Sound area. 

Congratulations to the 2016 finalists: Dawn Cerny, Nathan DiPietro*, Mandy Greer, Robert Hardgrave, C. Davida Ingram, Paul Komada, Clyde Petersen*, Kimberly Trowbridge *awardee

Artists representing 20 years of the Neddy Artist Awards include Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Claire Cowie, Victoria Haven, Eirik Johnson, Margie LIvingston, Jeffry Mitchell, Michael C. Spafford, Akio Takamori, Whiting Tennis

September 8 - October 29, Winston Wachter

Miya Ando - Tasogare/Twilight

Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle is proud to announce Tasogare/Twilight (The Time of Moonlight, Sunlight and Starlight), our premiere solo exhibition with painter Miya Ando. The title Tasogare is the Japanese word for twilight, the time of day when sunlight, moonlight and starlight work together to transform the sky. She peacefully focuses our attention on the moment at hand, and reminds us that all time is in transition and temporal. Ando pays homage to her Japanese heritage of sword making and Buddhism, creating meditative landscapes on metal, using dye, urethane and resin. The careful selection of these materials allows Ando to produce pieces, which shift in the light, changing with each angle and viewer.

Miya Ando received a bachelor degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. Ando is the recipient of many awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited extensively all over the world, including a recent show curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum. Miya Ando has produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel which is installed permanently at Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Her large-scale installation piece ‘Emptiness the Sky’ (Shou Sugi Ban) is featured in the 56th Venice Biennale, in the ‘Frontiers Reimagined’ Exhibition at the Museo Di Palazzo Grimani.

June 2 - September 25, Museum of History and Industry

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

On display at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) from July 2 through September 25, 2016, Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, chronicles the rich contemporary cultural history of toys starting with the post-World War II era of the 1950s, to the carefree 1960s, and finishing with the endearing innovations of the 1970s.

“I am delighted that the Museum of History & Industry is the first museum on the West Coast to share this fascinating and influential period in the history of toys, and present this playful exhibit from the Minnesota History Center,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s Executive Director. “Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exudes fun with its interactive playrooms filled with games and toy treasures.”

Toys are displayed in three era-specific living rooms as well as a garage. Each space serves as a time capsule containing some of the most memorable toys from each decade. Among the hundreds of items on display are Hot Wheels, Barbies, E-Z Bake Ovens, LEGOs, and other childhood artifacts. Further reinforcing the historical background, classic toy commercials air in each room, and a trivia game hosted (virtually) by the original Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick (a.k.a. Marcia Brady). Around every corner are interactive zones where visitors can immerse themselves in hands-on play.

At the core of the exhibit are reflections on the significance and silliness of childhood passions, taken from published sources and firsthand personal accounts. Learn about the inventor of the popular Cootie toy and where he took inspiration for his “bug”; hear from brothers who wished for Star Wars toys but because of the popularity of the movie got an “I.O.U.” instead; and read a memory from a woman raised in a predominantly white suburb whose parents bought her a Julia doll because it “offered at least a hint that the world is a diverse place.”

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s was created by the Minnesota History Center and is accompanied by an illustrated book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Developed in conjunction with the exhibit, the book spotlights 45 memorable toys, placing them in historical context and presenting firsthand stories by adults who revered these toys as kids. The book is written by exhibit developer, Kate Roberts, and Minnesota Historical Society curator, Adam Scher. $24.95 paperback, 208 pages, 80 color, and black and white photos; $14.99 e-book.

Generous support for Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s is provided by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Top Ten Toys, and the Hanauer Family. Media sponsors are The Seattle Times and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. The promotional partner is Visit Seattle.


(Details are subject to change, and additional programs and events may be added. Please check the website soon for updated details and information).

Academy of Play & Kids’ Club
Tuesdays, July–September 20, 6:30 – 8 pm
Academy of Play: $10 members / $12 general public
Academy of Play Kids’ Club: $8 members / $10 general public
It’s time to PLAY! Academy of Play is a chance for adults to investigate the history, science, and goodwill of toys, games, and play. No need to leave the kids at home: the simultaneous Academy of Play Kids’ Club is a chance for youth to build toys or games with Puget Sound’s most imaginative creators.

July 19: Academy of Play: The Importance of Play
Kids’ Club: Design a Craft Stick Treehouse

Aug 30: Academy of Play: 21st Century Toy Maker
Kids’ Club: Make a Light-Up Stuffed Toy

Sept 20: Academy of Play: Let Toys Be Toys
Kids’ Club: Build a MicroWorld

Toys Teen Night
Thursday, July 28, 5-8 pm
Included with museum admission, $5 with Teen Tix pass
MOHAI invites all Seattle area teens and TeenTix members to enter the vintage world of Toys from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. See origins of Barbie, GI Joe, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and stick around for a game night, craft activities, and more.

Maker Day: Toymaker’s Workshop
Saturday, July 30, 11 am – 2 pm
Included with museum admission
“Mr. Toymaker” Rick Hartman of School of Toy brings his popular, hands-on toymaker workshop to MOHAI’s July Maker Day! Use simple tools to construct an amazing wooden toy that brings out everyone’s inner scientist and inventor.

MOHAI Movie in the Park: Toy Story
Saturday, August 20, 6 – 9 pm
Watch this thrilling, playful adventure on the big screen during a special showing of Toy Story (1995, G). Arrive before the show for live music, hula hoops, games, and more!

Maker Day: Pinball Mechanics
Saturday, August 27, 11 am – 2 pm
Included with museum admission
Love the speed, interactive playfields, story arcs, and curious ways to get multiballs in this reactionary game? Wondering what makes these elaborate displays tick? Plunge into MOHAI’s August Maker Day to find out the mechanics behind pinball.

Toys Family Day
Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Say goodbye to Toys from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s in style during this fun, family-friendly day. Enjoy music, performances, craft activities, giant toys and games, and so much more!

Toys Member Closing Party
Friday, September 23, 6:30 – 9 pm
Celebrate the closing of Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s during this exclusive member event. Revel in this chance to be silly and share personal experiences while connecting with friends and fellow members during this last chance to see the exhibit.

Not a member? Join today and discover Seattle, connect with the region and its rich history, and explore future possibilities. Membership at MOHAI guarantees year-round, unlimited access to the most riveting stories from the area while preserving the artifacts and narratives that shaped Seattle. Details at


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