Christopher Martin Hoff, 'Totem 2', 2011.

Christopher Martin Hoff
Aug 2–25, Linda Hodges Gallery

Until his passing in March, the young Seattle plein air artist was a fixture on city street corners—stationed with an easel under an umbrella, painting photorealist snapshots of graffitied buildings and Seattle’s skyline against a dense gray blanket of clouds. He died too soon; the gallery mourns the loss with a memorial exhibition of his work (some for sale, some on loan, some unfinished). 

Occupy M.I.A.
Aug 2–Sept 1, M.I.A. Gallery

Rising local filmmaker Shaun Scott co-curates a group photo exhibit about Seattle activism, past and present, covering moments of volatility (WTO), the stillness inside a mob (Occupy Seattle), and protests we might have forgotten that shaped our city. Find out more in our Fiendish Conversation with Shaun Scott.

Noah Davis: Savage Wilds
Thru Aug 24, James Harris Gallery

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl
Thru Oct 7, Henry Art Gallery

Though there’s something sad about vinyl-as-artifact, the traveling exhibit (on loan from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University) celebrates records as both inspiration and medium over a half century of modern art. Nearly 100 works by 41 artists, emerging and established, are on display—from Laurie Anderson’s hybrid violin-record player Viophonograph to Christian Marclay’s Recycled Records series.