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Past Event

Poke in the Eye: Member Preview & Happy Hour

Jun 20 2024

Seattle Art Museum

Entire Building


SAM members are invited to tune in to an alternative art history at the Member Preview & Happy Hour of Poke in the Eye: Art of the West Coast Counterculture, before it opens to the public.

Poke in the Eye celebrates offbeat ceramics, paintings, and sculptures from West Coast artists of the 1960s and '70s to today. During this time, artists primarily in Seattle and the Bay Area offered a rebellious alternative to East Coast aesthetics, creating works bursting with bold color, craft traditions, and irreverent humor.

As a SAM member, you get access to exclusive programming throughout the day, including:

Exhibition Overviews* | 12:30 pm & 6:30 pm | Plestcheeff Auditorium
Get an in-depth look at the exhibition with Carrie Dedon, SAM Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

Art-Making Activity | 12-7 pm | Brotman Forum
Create your own offbeat art inspired by the exhibition.

Happy Hour with Music | 4–8 pm | Brotman Forum
Toast the exhibition's opening alongside fellow SAM members while enjoying live 60's and 70's music by the Still Got It Band. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

All galleries, SAM Shop, and MARKET Seattle will be open.

*Seating for the exhibition overviews will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall. Separate tickets are not required for these auditorium programs.

Red Hot Pot, 1969, Patti Warashina, American, born 1940, ceramic with glaze, 11 x 19 1/4 x 19 in. (27.9 x 48.9 x 48.3 cm), Gift of Lucy and Herb Pruzan, 2023.23.3 © Patti Warashina. Photo: Scott Leen

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