The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, October 21, 2017


The Frye Art Museum opens first museum solo exhibition of performance artist and poet Storme Webber
Photographer unknown. Corner of South Washington Street and Second Avenue South, Seattle [I Thought You Were Taller], 1937. Courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Archives, box 524780.


SEATTLE, WA.- The Frye Art Museum is presenting Casino: A Palimpsest, the first museum solo exhibition of Seattle-based performance artist and poet Storme Webber. Through family photographs, archival records, and poetry, Webber unearths a personal history of one of the oldest gay bars on the West Coast, the Casino. As with a palimpsest, on which writing that has been erased remains visible under new script, the historical documents in this exhibition reveal some of the many histories that lie beneath Seattle’s streets.

“Casino: A Palimpsest is a love song to the Ancestors, a praise song for their survival and their ferocious loving resistance to erasure,” says Webber. “It is social history told through the lens of the stories of my own multicultural and often queer family.

It is a conversation with Seattle, Duwamish territory, where my mother and I were born. It is contemplation of the land itself and its history of theft and commerce. It’s an Indigenous tale. It’s a story of the Black Migration. It’s an untold narrative of pre-Stonewall queer community. It honors the Mothers who above all, made a way out of no way. It’s a song of workers and hustlers and multiracial poor folks. At this moment of exposed oppression by state and society, it stands in witness to ways in which our Ancestors’ survival informs and inspires our own.

It is a song of the stone that the builder refused.”

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, saloons, bars, and diners in Seattle’s Skid Row (present-day Pioneer Square) provided a haven for poor folks, lesbian mothers, urban and displaced Natives, gay servicemen, working girls, hustlers, achnucek (two spirits), butches, femmes, drag queens, and the city’s working class long before the creation of “safe spaces” for LGBTQ peoples. Establishments such as the Double Header, the Busy Bee Café, and the Casino—all located near the corner of South Washington Street and Second Avenue South—provided refuge for many, including Webber’s own family.

Webber is descended from Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) women with origins in Seldovia, Alaska, and from Black and Choctaw women from the deep south of Texas and Louisiana. They personify the perseverance displayed by Black and Indigenous peoples in all eras of history. In a city where history is vanishing daily, Webber’s work stands as a corrective witness, seeking to restore narratives that have been lost in the evolving myth of Seattle.

“This exhibition links the past to the present, in its representation of the struggles for basic human rights undertaken by Native, Black, and LGBTQ communities,” says exhibition curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis. “It’s especially important to acknowledge that, even in the progressive city of Seattle, there is a long history of backlash against vulnerable peoples who are just trying to live. The use of the artist’s own deeply personal family photographs is a powerful way to tell these bigger stories, and we hope the exhibition will invite everyone to consider the unknown stories behind their own family artifacts.”

In addition to the objects and documents on view, a series of dynamic programs, including performances, readings, and workshops occurring throughout the duration of the exhibition will incorporate the performative and collaborative aspects of Webber’s practice.

Storme Webber (American, b. 1959), a writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator, was born and raised in Seattle where she attended Lakeside School. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has performed and toured her work internationally, and consistently foregrounds the work of other marginalized artists, most recently founding Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture in Seattle. Her poetry collections include Diaspora and Blues Divine. She has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Women and Writing: The Migration of Subject, International Queer Indigenous Voices, and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry, and in the documentaries Venus Boyz, What’s Right with Gays These Days, and Living Two Spirit.

Webber received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit) is a mother, curator, artist, and author. She works to highlight and celebrate Native artists, their processes, and the exquisite pieces they create. She has taught at Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington, and the University of Washington. Belarde-Lewis holds an MA in museology and a PhD in information science from the University of Washington. She has had the pleasure of guest curating exhibitions at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, the Frye Art Museum, and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.






Today's News

August 7, 2017

Stenciled and sprayed paintings by Mario Yrisarry on view at David Richard Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens first major survey of paintings by Carlos Almaraz

Royal Academy of Arts exhibits Henri Matisse's treasured objects

"The Great Graphic Boom: Art in America, 1960-1990" on view at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Major gift of Albert Namatjira paintings celebrated in exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

Most comprehensive exhibition about comics to be held in Germany on view at Bundeskunsthalle

Exhibition focuses on artist Derrick Adams's extensive research into the archive of fashion designer Patrick Kelly

Thieves strip 'Space Invader' mosaics from Paris walls

A #nowalls cultural platform to bring modern and contemporary Latin American galleries to Los Angeles

Lacoste Gallery exhibits work by young emerging artists from the fertile ceramics state of Minnesota

Portland Museum of Art exhibition explores the complexities of youth from multiple perspectives

Temporary closure of Phoenix Art Museum galleries inspires fresh look at collection of American and Mexican art

FUTURO, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen on view in Munich

Beatriz Salinas Marambio selected as Director of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Cerrillos

Oil portrait attributed to Jean Paul Laurens will be auctioned online

Saudi contemporary artists open dialogue in the heart of Arab America

National Museum of Women in the Arts announces creation of Judy Chicago Visual Archive

Tabakalera presents first large scale solo exhibition by Eric Baudelaire in a public institution in Spain

The Retromobile tradeshow 2018: 43rd edition to be held from 7 to 11 February

The Frye Art Museum opens first museum solo exhibition of performance artist and poet Storme Webber

Exhibition traces changes in children's fashion dresses

Alexander Chinneck unveils first permanent artwork 'Six pins and half a dozen needles' at Assembly London

New, conceptual, activist artwork by Ti-Rock Moore on view at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- $37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record at Sotheby's Hong Kong

2.- Major new show at Picasso Museum focuses on pivotal year in Picasso's life and work

3.- 63 Dutch Masters return home to Holland for an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam

4.- Exhibition reveals new insights into Renoir's celebrated "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

5.- Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

6.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents 'Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings'

7.- Pristine Hermès Himalayan Gris Cendre Birkin bag sells for $112,500 at Heritage Auctions

8.- Tom Petty, heartland rocker with dark streak, dead at 66

9.- Exhibition presenting the art of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí opens in London

10.- Private collectors using online appraisal platform to get multiple estimates from top auction houses



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful