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Past Event

Member Preview & Happy Hour: Akomfrah/O'Keeffe

Mar 4 2020

Seattle Art Museum

Entire Building


All SAM members are invited to the preview of both John Akomfrah: Future History and Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstract Variations.

Weaving a tapestry of empathy through the moving image, John Akomfrah’s films create an exhibition unlike any before at SAM. Future History puts three examples of his video art in conversation to present a provocative vision of the past, present, and future.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s early abstract works reveal her beginnings as a major force in American Art. Abstract Variations brings Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1—a masterpiece in SAM’s collection—and Music, Pink and Blue, No. 2 together in Seattle for the first time, alongside loans from across the country.

Exhibition Overviews
12:30 pm & 6 pm
Plestcheeff Auditorium

12:30 pm: Georgia O’Keeffe overview with Theresa Papanikolas, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art

6 pm: John Akomfrah, Future History artist

Seating for the exhibition overviews are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required.

Happy Hour
5–8 pm
Brotman Forum

Celebrate the opening of Future History and Abstract Variations with music and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail, for purchase from TASTE.

Entry to the exhibition is free for members. Guests of members are welcome and will be asked to pay full admission price unless using a Patron-level guest pass or discount pass.
Video still from Vertigo Sea, 2015, John Akomfrah, three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound, 48 minutes 30 seconds, © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.

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