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A Closer look
Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection
Renoir
David Hockney
The Conversation, 1980
Acrylic on canvas
A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection explores how artists seek to convey the essence of their subjects. The artwork included span continents, cultures, and centuries. The variety of artists on display will offer something for everyone from Pierre-Auguste Renoir to Ansel Adams to David Hockney and Georges Seurat. By presenting these enduring portraits, A Closer Look will invite visitors to consider what qualities give these works their depth, power, and presence.

Portraits from a selection of Northwest artists will also be on display comprising the complementary exhibition, Implied Fictions . Featuring works by: Holly Andres, Marsha Burns, Aleah Chapin, Scott Fife, Ann Gale, Susie J. Lee, Jim Phalen, Akio Takamori, Storm Tharp, Samantha Wall, Tariqa Waters, and Alice Wheeler.

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Events Calendar
All programming takes place at Pivot Art + Culture.

A Closer Look with Susie Lee
Saturday December 17th
2:00 pm
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Implied Fictions contributing artist Susie Lee will lead you on an informal walkthrough of A Closer Look through the lens of how we see and develop narratives about The Other, in an increasingly binary and divided world.

Susie Lee, currently in residency at NEW INC in New York, is the CEO and co-founder of Siren, the personality-centric dating app. A graduate of Yale, Columbia, and the University of Washington with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, science education, and art, she's interested in the ways technology can amplify humanity.
Photography Spotlight with Michelle Dunn Marsh
Saturday January 21st
2:00 pm
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Photographic Center Northwest Executive Director Michelle Dunn Marsh will lead a tour focused on photography included in the exhibition.

Michelle Dunn Marsh is the founder of Minor Matters Books, a community publishing platform for contemporary art. She studied literature and art history at Bard College and completed an MS in Publishing from Pace University. She has lectured at Parsons/The New School, Yale University, The University of Washington, and at various regional and national photography events.
A Closer Look with Tariqa Waters
Saturday January 28th
2:00 pm
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Implied Fictions contributing artist Tariqa Waters will lead an informal walkthrough of A Closer Look.

Tariqa Waters is a contemporary visual artist, gallerist, and arts educator who recently presented a solo exhibition, 100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch at the Northwest African American Museum. In 2012 Waters established Martyr Sauce, an alternative gallery in Pioneer Square “as a platform for generating press and attention for marginalized perspectives.”
A Closer Look with Marsha Burns
Saturday February 4th
2:00 pm
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Implied Fictions contributing artist Marsha Burns will lead an informal walkthrough of A Closer Look.

Marsha Burns is a painter turned photographer, “drawn to the boundaries, to people whose existence is self-defined.” Burns is represented locally at Prographica. She studied at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts. She has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, and the Stedelijk Museum, among others.
Curatorial Tour with Greg Bell
Wednesday February 15th
2:00 pm
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Join Vulcan’s Senior Curator of the Art Collections team for a walkthrough of Pivot Art + Culture’s current exhibition, A Closer Look.

Bell will provide an overview of works and themes explored in the exhibition, as well as some behind-the-scenes insights into the ways this project came together.
A CLOSER, SLOWER LOOK WITH CAMILLE COONROD
Every Other Wednesday Beginning December 14th
2:00 pm
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Join Pivot’s newest team member Camille Coonrod for a slow viewing of Pivot Art + Culture’s current exhibition.

Coonrod will begin with an introductory overview on how to interpret portraiture and then invite participants to sit in front of selected works for 10 minutes at a time. After slow viewing, the group will reconvene to discuss realizations, personal perspectives, and connections made to their own lives and learning.

About Pivot Art + Culture
Pivot Art + Culture is a 3,000-square-foot concept space located on the ground floor of the newly constructed Allen Institute building in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It is part of Vulcan Inc. and Paul G. Allen’s mission to make art accessible to the public.


Visit Pivot Art + Culture
TUESDAY – SUNDAY
10 AM - 6 PM

FIRST THURSDAYS
10 AM - 8 PM

609 Westlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109

T 206 342-2710

E info@pivotartandculture.org

P press@vulcan.com

Daily Admission $5, Events included with purchase of admission


Parking is available in the Allen Institute parking garage located on Roy Street. Fees apply.



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