Exhibitions

On View

Through June 2

Gretchen Frances Bennett: Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth

Working primarily in drawing, Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Her exhibition at the Frye describes, in Bennett’s words, “a shifting self,” bringing together key pieces from the last ten years with new works that reflect the artist’s ongoing search for freedom, authenticity, and interconnection.

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.

Upcoming

June 1–September 1, 2019

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It

Through her films, objects, and installations, Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith envisions a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive. With Give It or Leave It Smith proposes a new rule for a better world: creating something, offering it, and gifting it—regardless if the gesture is accepted or rejected.

June 1–September 1, 2019

Jane Wong: After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly

Jane Wong’s poems and essays unearth silenced histories, immigrant narratives, and intergenerational trauma. For her first museum solo exhibition, Wong draws inspiration from her upbringing in a Chinese American restaurant as well as her family’s experience of hunger and poverty in rural China to consider the ways we reconcile the gaps in our lives and histories.

June 15–September 29, 2019

End of Day: American Oil Painting Around 1900

End of Day presents a selection of portrait and landscape paintings by American artists from the Frye Art Museum’s permanent collection. Spanning the period between the Civil War and First World War, the images oscillate between an embrace of progress and a sense of nostalgia for what was perceived to be a simpler American era.

June 15–December 8, 2019

Recent Acquisitions: Toyin Ojih Odutola

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings, paintings, and prints question physical and sociopolitical identities as they pertain to skin color. This suite of three lithographs, recently acquired for the Frye Art Museum’s collection, demonstrates Odutola’s signature approach to portraiture, in which the sitter is seen obliquely or from multiple, unusual angles within one composition.

June 22–December 8, 2019

Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation

A Partnership for Youth exhibition, Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation showcases the results of an eight-week workshop for teens led by teaching artists from Reel Grrls, during which students develop, animate, and edit their own stop-motion film projects.

Past

Archive

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.

Catalogues

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.