The Seattle Art Museum presents Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water, from March 18 to May 30. According to a press release, the exhibition explores the many ways in which artists around the world have engaged with the theme of water. The exhibit features works from the collection of SAM and three local lenders, with more than 80 works of art from 16 countries and seven Native American tribes, including videos, sculptures, textiles, paintings, ceramics and photographs. The works date from Antiquity to contemporary times, including works by 46 living artists and two contemporary works acquired specifically for the exhibition.

Our Blue Planet is a collaboration between three SAM curators: Barbara Brotherton, curator of Native American Art; Natalia Di Pietrantonio, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art; and Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art.

In the first months of the pandemic, museums and galleries around the world were hit by disruptions in the exhibition schedule; SAM began planning for a future special exhibition based primarily on its extensive global collection that would address a pressing and relevant topic, according to a press release.

According to the press release, the curators worked closely with many of the living artists on display to develop the themes and perspectives of the exhibition. Many of the artists’ thoughts will be represented by labels in the galleries. The artistic responses to water found in Our Blue Planet range from wonder and awe to anger and revelation, calling on viewers to learn, dream and empathize to create social change and environmental, according to the press release.

“We sought to present diverse perspectives on water, with works from the museum’s collection – from Durer to Hiroshige to Bierstadt – placed alongside younger artists whose work has often not been shown in the north. -western Pacific before, ”McClusky said in the press release. “Our blue planet is a reminder of the great pleasures of water while turning to artists who help us cope with the impact of our species on the planet. Indigenous artists in particular offer long-term visions of what is fair and sustainable, as we all face increasing environmental emergencies. “

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