On View

Through September 22

Frye Salon

Frye Salon features nearly one hundred fifty paintings from the Founding Collection with selected works acquired since the Museum opened in 1952. The installation approximates the dramatic viewing experience enjoyed by visitors to the art gallery in Charles and Emma Frye’s Seattle home in the first decades of the twentieth century.

Through December 9

Bench Mark

A Partnership for Youth exhibition, the works in Bench Mark were developed by teens during a nine-week workshop led by teaching artists from the UW School of Architecture and Olson Kundig. Students employed design-thinking strategies to explore public architecture as a lens through which to perceive the city.

Through January 6

Group Therapy

Centering on interactive projects and immersive installations, Group Therapy convenes works by twelve international contemporary artists that comment on and/or adapt strategies of alternative medicine, psychotherapy, and the wellness industry.

Through February 3

Quenton Baker: Ballast

For his first museum solo exhibition, Seattle-based poet Quenton Baker creates an immersive text environment exploring the wake of the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole. The exhibition draws on an in-process collection of poems that amplify a sense of loss or un-speakability within fragmented historical narratives.


January 26–April 28, 2019

The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends From Foes: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian create works on paper and animations that interrogate the voyeuristic role of the mass media spectator. Their first solo exhibition on the West Coast surveys the artists’ painterly interventions in internet news imagery, which foreground the irrationality and violence underlying our mediated reality.

January 26–April 28, 2019

Tschabalala Self

In collage-paintings, sculptures, and video installations, Tschabalala Self creates multilayered “avatars” that resist reductive representations of blackness and the norms of portraiture. The artist’s first solo museum presentation on the West Coast highlights her engagement with the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, and the iconographic significance of the black body in contemporary culture.

January 26–April 28, 2019

Cherdonna Shinatra: DITCH

Combining contemporary dance, drag, and clowning, Seattle-based artist Jody Kuehner defies categorization through her persona Cherdonna Shinatra. DITCH will create an immersive environment activated by daily performances that aim to spread joy to counteract the dismal state of the world, and the continual fragmentation and subjugation of femme and queer identities.



Many internationally renowned and locally revered artists have exhibited at the Frye since it first opened in 1952. Find more information on exhibitions and artists in our exhibition archive.


Frye Publications

Catalogues are published by the Frye in conjunction with our exhibitions. Each book features photographs of artworks and installation images accompanied by essays and historical texts by scholars, art historians, and artists. Catalogues are available for purchase in the Museum Store as well as for purchase online.