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 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 work collectively to create installations and stop-motion animations that build on their perception of life as theater. Their first solo exhibition on the West Coast surveys the artists’ painterly interventions in internet news videos, which transform found footage into fantastical allegories of the present moment.

January 26–April 28, 2019

Tschabalala Self

Across paintings, sculptures, and videos, Tschabalala Self creates exuberant, multilayered “avatars” that resist reductive representations of blackness. The artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States highlights her engagement with the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, and the iconographic significance of the black female 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 a wildly colorful, multi-textured environment activated by daily performances that aim to spread joy to counteract the dismal state of the world and the continual fragmentation of femme and queer identities.

February 16–June 2, 2019

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

Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Her exhibition will showcase a new video and series of large-scale drawings that examine constructed and deconstructed notions of the self by retracing and unfolding her own adolescence.

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.



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.