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March 21, 6:30 pm, Museum of History and Industry

Capturing Bertha & the Biggest Tunnel in the World

Photographer Catherine Bassetti captured one-of-a-kind photos and videos of the SR 99 tunnel project, from hundreds of feet up in the air to hundreds of feet underground. Bassetti’s images capture the larger-than-life machinery, the rescue and return of the cutterhead, the emergence of Bertha, and the complete disassembly of the tunnel boring machine.

Along the way, she got to know the many different people who came together from around the world to work on the transportation megaproject. Bassetti will join HistoryLink’s Jennifer Ott for a discussion about the many stories she documented with her cameras and a sampling of still images and video clips.

A limited number of FM system and neck loop Assistive Listening Devices are available for this program. To reserve an ALS, please contact the Public Programs Department at programs@mohai.org.

Location: MOHAI, South Lake Cafe

Cost: Free

March 14 - April 25, Winston Wachter

Etsuko Ichikawa Vitrified

Winston Wächter Fine Art is proud to announce, Vitrified, an exhibition of works of various mediums by Seattle artist Etsuko Ichikawa.

Since 2011, driven by the devastation caused by the nuclear incident at Fukushima, Etsuko Ichikawa has explored the various impacts of human existence on our environment. By researching deeply the ancient artifacts left by her Japanese ancestors, she was struck by the contrast of what we might leave buried in the ground for future generations. In her recent body of work, Vitrified, Ichikawa uses photography, film, glass sculptures and works on paper to express the fluidity of our life sustaining elements, and the urgency to protect them.

Ichikawa has completed several artist in residence programs at the Pilchuck Glass School and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. She has been recognized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, the Henry Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum.

Vitrified was supported in part by 4Culture Art Projects Grants and the Pratt Fine Arts Center Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship. A special thanks to the Museum of Glass and Pratt Fine Arts Center.

March 21, 6:30 pm, Cuoco

Cuoco's Pasta Classes with Pasta Chef Stan

Cuoco’s intimate pasta classes are back! Each class will feature the art of making fresh, delectable pasta with our very own expert pasta chef, Stan! Stan has decided on a fun variety of pasta styles and shapes to be featured (listed below) so feel free to pick one – or a few – and become expert pasta makers and eaters! Learn about technique, recipes and partake in a hands on demonstration before returning to the dining room for a 3-course family dinner, featuring your own pasta! Wine and a take-home portion of your pasta is included.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Orecchiette
Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Cappelletti
Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Tagliarini Noodles
Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Ravioli

Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Orecchiette
Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Potato Gnocchi
Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Farfalle Noodles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018: Cappelletti
Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Tagliarini Noodles

*Pasta types (per class) are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable. No physical tickets will be sent, but upon purchase, an email confirmation will be sent. For more information, please contact Scott Whited at scottw@tomdouglas.com or 206.971.0710.

Tickets are $55/person and can be purchased here: https://www.tomdouglas.com/events/cuocos-pasta-classes-with-pasta-chef-stan

January 21 - March 24, MadArt

Reforestation of the Imagination

From January through March, 2018, MadArt welcomes a new site-specific sculptural installation by Seattle-based artist Ginny Ruffner, in collaboration with new media artist Grant Kirkpatrick. Reforestation of the Imagination combines traditional glass and bronze sculpture with augmented reality. The artists use technology to overlay digital information onto sculptural objects, portraying two disparate worlds. The installation engages viewers’ curiosity as they navigate the space using handheld devices, exposing a forest regenerating from devastation. This imaginary and potential beauty revealed through augmented reality is the forest reimagining itself, a process which is not singular to a forest ecosystem, but also inherent to human creativity.

November 18 - June 17, Museum of History and Industry

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith at MOHAI Nov. 18, 2017- June 17, 2018, is an ambitious exhibition that chronicles the African-American community in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit also provides an entry point into national discussions about the history and changing character of Seattle and its evolving neighborhoods.

Legendary photographer Al Smith was an explorer and his camera was the universal key that opened doors and gave him license to go anywhere. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, organized by Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and on view Nov 18, 2017 – June 17, 2018, gives visitors a rare peek into Smith’s historically significant collection that chronicles the African-American community during the mid-20th century in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit also provides an entry point into national discussions about the history and changing character of Seattle and its evolving neighborhoods.

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith is a retrospective of Smith’s work. It honors the collection of more than 40,000 photographs generously donated to MOHAI by the Smith family.

Curated by Howard Giske, MOHAI’s Curator of Photography and a long-time friend of Al Smith, this important exhibit uncovers a collection as unique as the man who created it. ”It is one person’s work but it says a lot about Seattle and its people,” said Giske. “Al was as comfortable in church on Sunday morning as he was in a nightclub on Saturday night.”

For more than half a century, Smith documented the African-American community life in Seattle. During that time, he amassed thousands of prints and negatives (taken between 1940 and 2005), which he stashed in drawers and cabinets and grocery bags in his home.

“Al Smith’s photography chronicled his life as an active, vital member of Seattle’s African-American community,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s Executive Director. “With great warmth and intimacy he created thousands of remarkable photographs of life in the neighborhood where he was born and where he raised his family—the Central District. Smith’s brilliantly expressive documentary photography captures a community in transition, and subtly raises issues of social equity and inclusion; a topic of great significance today.”

As a teenager, Smith went to sea as a steward with the American President’s Line, sailing to Hawaii, Japan, China, and the Philippines. During his last trip to Asia in 1937, Smith bought a German-made Ikoflex camera and made up for lost time. He began to take his hobby seriously, although he modestly claimed in a 1992 interview that he was “doing nothing special, just shooting pictures…”

“Al wasn’t just somebody with a camera. He was a photographer. And that was his introduction,” said Jackie Lawson, Historian and founding member of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.

MOHAI’s relationship with Smith goes back to 1986 when Smith volunteered in the MOHAI darkroom. For more than a decade, Smith helped the museum preserve its vintage-photo collection of Seattle history.

Seattle Times jazz writer and author of Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle Paul de Barros, describes Al Smith’s work as “extraordinary.” de Barros said, “When you look at Al’s photographs, you don’t feel like a visitor, but more like a participant, partaking in the joy revealed by his camera.”

Structured in a combination of six thematic sections, Seattle on the Spot takes visitors back in time.

An introduction/background of Al Smith is the first section and acquaints visitors to a humble, but driven photographer. This section provides an outline and background of Smith’s life.

From the introductory area, step into Smith’s Darkroom and explore his workspace—a captivating hands-on area where visitors can look at proof sheets, faux negatives viewable through a loop and a display of the cameras Smith used.

The next section is an immersive Nightclub. Here, visitors step into a theatrical nightclub-like atmosphere that breathes life into scenes of Seattle’s jazz scene of the 1940s immortalized by photos Smith took as a young man. This area includes a video, dance floor, music, interactives, games and artifacts on display.

Moving from the nightclub, visitors explore a more formal presentation of Smith’s work in the Nightclub Gallery section. Smith’s best-known work is from Seattle nightclubs in the Jackson Street district during the early 1940s capturing the musicians as well as reveling patrons, to whom he sometimes sold souvenir photographs. This was a heroic period for Seattle jazz—a wartime scene that ultimately spawned such internationally known artists as Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson.

The final section focuses on the Retrospective Space. This section brings the discussion of Smith’s work to the present day and highlights the changes in the communities that Smith documented. Visitors will explore how communities are remembered today and have a chance to reflect and add information to Smith’s photos and stories to the oral history station.

“Al Smith just enjoyed people,” said Carol Peoples-Procter, President Black Heritage Society of Washington State. “I think he enjoyed life.  And he wanted to capture it through photos.”

Seattle on the Spot will be supported by unique programing including an exciting opportunity for a group of pre-selected high school students in the Central District to hone their photography skills, and develop personal aesthetic and narrative perspective. Students will curate their work for display in Seattle on the Spot from April – June 2018. Pieces will be on display in the exhibit and posted to MOHAI’s website.

MOHAI has gathered the city’s most influential leaders including former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, Carol Peoples-Proctor, Jazmyn Scott and Al “Butch” Smith Jr. to advise and collaborate on program development for this unique and ambitious exhibition.

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with contributions by Jacqueline E. A. Lawson, Howard Giske, Al “Butch” Smith Jr., Paul de Barros and Quin’Nita Cobbins. The catalog is co-published by the Museum of History & Industry and the University of Washington Press.

Generous support for Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith is provided by National Endowment for the Arts, The Boeing Company, Laird Norton Wealth Management, MOHAI Exhibits Fund, Mike Repass, 4Culture, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, ArtsFund, and Gordon & Celia Bowker.

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