Last week to see “Luminous: The Art of Asia” at SAM Downtown

Whether you’re an avid observer of art or simply around Seattle for the holidays, you should highly consider seeing SAM’s current exhibition – “Luminous: The Art of Asia” – at SAM Downtown before it closes on January 8th.

The exhibition was curated by Catherine Roche (JET Alum from Saitama-ken) in consultation with Korean artist Do Ho Suh. A native to Seattle, Roche has been the Interim Curator of Japanese & Korean Art at SAM for over three years. This winter, however, she will be returning to the University of Washington to complete her doctorate in Art History.


See the links (and short excerpts) below for more insight and info into the exhibition.

Luminous: The Art of Asia (SAM’s Website) – “Curated by Japanese art historian Catherine Roche, the objects in Luminous range from 1,500-year-old Buddhist fragments, dazzling golden screens and bold ink paintings to rich Tibetan mandalas, sumptuous Japanese kimonos and gossamer Korean bojagi…”

SAM’s Luminous Sheds Light on Asian Treasures (Seattle Times, The Arts Page) – “Rather than taking a chronological or geographic approach, Japanese art historian Catherine Roche, the show’s curator, decided to emphasize ‘the journeys that these objects have taken, the shifts of meaning from one context to another, one generation to another…'”

For SAM’s Liminous Exhibit, an illuminating gateway (Crosscut News) – “This vision of unity, a non-Western way of seeing art, is what Suh wants visitors to enter as they step into the exhibition, which opened in mid-October after an acclaimed tour though Japan and will run through the first week of January…”


Museum Information:

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. Wed-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Suggested admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors & military; $9 students and teens 13-17; free for children 12 and under. Free days: First Thursdays for all; First Fridays for seniors; Second Fridays for teens (13-19).


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