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Pu​blic Programs at SAM

There's something happening and you don't want to miss it. So jump in—ask questions, offer opinions, paint, draw, sketch, learn, listen, dance, tour, meet the artists, perform. Find the thing that's right up your alley, or try something entirely new.​

SAM Creates

SAM Creates SAM Creates

These workshops provide a forum for artists to explain the philosophies underlying their work and for you to delve into the artistic, practical, or quirky processes at work in your daily lives.​​​​​​

SAM Films

For more than 30 years, SAM has offered some of the most innovative film programming in the country. SAM screens films that explore a diverse cross-section of artists and genres.

SAM Films

Classic French Film Noir: Honor Among Thieves

​Mar 26 – May 21 2015

The French named film noir, and from country villages to Paris, men and women tempt fate scheming for love and money, wearing trench coats and driving big American cars.

Films in French with English subtitles, all 35 mm.​​​​​​​​​

Madcap Genius: The Films of Preston Sturges

​Jul 9 – Aug 13 2015

This series salutes Preston Sturges, the cinema’s foremost madcap satirist, who set a standard of comic perfection that today’s filmmakers still aspire to.

In these six 35mm films, Sturges targets everything from politics and advertising to sex and hero worship, with pungent wit and affection. His incomparable blend of quirky, richly drawn characters, impeccably timed physical comedy, and stinging, rapid-fire dialogue has never been equaled.​

COMING UP

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35325May 22 2015Black Box 2.0: Landscapes, Revisited
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35328May 29 2015Black Box 2.0: Landscapes, Revisited
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34246May 31 2015Black Box 2.0: Over Deliver Every Time
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35327Jun 5 2015Black Box 2.0: Landscapes, Revisited
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34230Jun 25 2015Asia Films: Desperately Seeking Helen
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35264Jul 9 2015Madcap Genius: Christmas in July
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35265Jul 16 2015Madcap Genius: The Lady Eve
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35329Jul 17 2015David Lynch Movie Night: Lost Highway
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35266Jul 23 2015Madcap Genius: Sullivan's Travels
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35267Jul 30 2015Madcap Genius: The Palm Beach Story
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35268Aug 6 2015Madcap Genius: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35269Aug 13 2015Madcap Genius: Hail the Conquering Hero

SAM Performs

Performs

SAM Performs features a wide range of styles, genres, and disciplines. Performances are often accompanied by discussions among artistic collaborators. 

Art of Jazz

Art of Jazz

​Every Second Thursday of the Month
Hear some of the best local and national jazz live in the Brotman Forum, plus sign up to win fabulous prizes from KPLU.

​Art of Jazz is presented in collaboration with Earshot Jazz; sponsors are Earshot Jazz and KPLU 88.5.

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

Tea Ceremony

​Third Thursdays, 5​:30 pm & Third Sundays, 2:30 pm. Note: there are no tea ceremonies in January, August, or December.

Experience chado, "the W​ay of Tea," in the superbly crafted teahouse in the museum galleries at the Seattle Art Museum. Since the 16th century, chado has provided artistic inspiration and spiritual reflection. This time-honored living art brings a fresh paradigm for thoughtful and harmonious living.​​​​

COMING UP​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35261Jun 11 2015Art of Jazz
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34132Aug 21 2015SAM Remix
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35262Sep 10 2015Art of Jazz

SAM REMIX

REMIXREMIXREMIX

Dueling bands. A silent dance party at the top of the escalators. A lone trumpet wailing in the contemporary galleries. Art making in every corner. Spoken word throwdowns in front of oil paintings. Tap and burlesque and contemporary dance. The only guarantee: no two Remixes are the same.

Held three​​ times a year (in the summer, get down in the Olympic Sculpture Park). Ages 18+.

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Media Sponsors​
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COMING UP​​​​

AUG 21
SAM Remix​​​​

SAM TALKS

SAM Talks

A timely and innovative forum that addresses​ pressing issues in art and society, SAM Talks bring together some of the most compelling thinkers on a given cultural subject, and include lectures by artists, critics, curators, and scholars related to the work in SAM’s special exhibitions, First Friday Lectures, and Art + Environment Panel discussions.​​​

COMING UP​​​​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34127May 31 2015Asia Talks: Silk Road Travels and the Poet Nasir Khusraw
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35263Jun 5 2015First Friday Lecture
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34206Jun 10 2015Words on Water: Writers in Conversation
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=35283Jun 11 2015My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Tours
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34232Jul 1 2015Asia Talks: Trees of Life, from India to Borneo
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34198Jul 15 2015Talk Contemporary: Joshua Sofaer
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34199Jul 22 2015Talk Contemporary: Victoria Sambunaris
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34200Jul 29 2015Talk Contemporary: Maya Lin

SAM TOURS

REMIX

Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FREE with museum admission.

People and Places at SAM: Exploring SAM's Galleries
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S collections.

In Focus Gallery Talks
These gallery discussions focus on a single gallery, allowing the visitor to experience works of art in-depth. Topics rotate regularly. 30 minutes.

My Favorite Things
Special guests—including visual artists, dancers, curators, critics, and more—are invited to select and discuss their favorite works of art in SAM's galleries. 30 minutes.

Special Exhibitions
Explore the special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum on these tours designed to illuminate exhibition themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view. 60 minutes.

ACCESS Tours​
The ACCESS program provides monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, please email us.​​

View Calendar​​

Coming Up

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=24583Feb 20 2013Public Tour: Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=24586Jun 7 2013Public Tour: New @ Noon
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=24598Jun 14 2013Public Tour: New @ Noon

School Tours​

Are you an educator? You can find school tour information here.​​​​​​

​ACCESS Tours

May 27​, 11:00–12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Jun 17, 11:00–12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Olympic Sculpture Park ​​

GARDNER CENTER

Gardner Center

Offering dynamic public programs at the Asian Art Museum, the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas hosts events to ​explore the vast diversity of Asia, its presence in the world, and the wide range of artistic expression. From history and culture to global health and urban design, we exchange ideas about challenging contemporary issues. We also invite you to experience a range of artistic expression related to Asia.

Learn More​​​​

SUMMER AT SAM

Presented by

Park Season

The rain has gone on summer-long hiatus, the sun is out, and the grass is finally green—it's summer season at the Olympic Sculpture Park! Catch live music, dance ‘til dusk, enjoy food from Seattle’s best food trucks, do yoga in the park, make art, or go on a tour. When you're ready to take it easy, sprawl out under monumental sculptures like Alexander Calder’s The Eagle or take a quiet walk with breathtaking views of the mountains and water.

Park Season

Every Thursday (starting July 9) from 6 to 8​ ​pm, experience live bands on the lawn, art-making activities geared toward all ages, and tours of the park by curators and artists. Grab a bite from some of Seattle’s best food trucks or from Taste.

Park Season

Bring your family to the park on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm to sketch outdoors. Check the calendar for special Saturday hands-on workshops throughout the summer.

Do yoga in the park on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am​. Bring your mat, and be prepared to participate rain or shine. Check the calendar for special yoga sessions geared toward families.

FREE and open to the public!​​​​​

Sponsors


The Boeing Company
Delta Air Lines


Park Benefactors

Jeffery and Susan Brotman
John and Gwen McCaw
Faye Sarkowsky
Roberta Sherman
Jon Shirley and Kim Richter
Ann P. Wyckoff
Virginia Wright

Park Partner
Stuart and Lee Rolfe​​​​

Programming at the Olympic Sculpture Park is generously supported by Maggie and Doug Walker, and Martha Wyckoff and Jerry Tone.​

COMING UP​​​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34180Jul 9 2015Summer at SAM: Kick Off
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34189Jul 11 2015Summer at SAM
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34181Jul 16 2015Summer at SAM: Eco Night
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34190Jul 18 2015Summer at SAM: Kids' Eco Day
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34182Jul 23 2015Summer at SAM
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34191Jul 25 2015Summer at SAM
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34183Jul 30 2015Summer at SAM: Dog Night
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34192Aug 1 2015Summer at SAM: Kids' DIY Day
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34184Aug 6 2015Summer at SAM: Members Appreciation Night
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=34193Aug 8 2015Summer at SAM