Seattle Art Museum celebrates the opening of Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan and Levi Collection—and says farewell to Theaster Gates: The Listening Room, now in its final month—with another late-night Remix bash June 1. Ancestral Modern focuses on the artistic renaissance of the Aboriginal people beginning around 1970; the collection of paintings come to life with vivid earthy colors and geometric patterns. Meanwhile, the Listening Room attempts to capture the spirit of defunct Chicago record shop Dr. Wax (with hundreds of records in tact). So, to recap: spirited Australian art + funk and soul in the Listening Room + partying at the museum till midnight.
Additional highlights include:
—DJ J-Justice spinning records all night long.
—“My Favorite Thing: Highly Opinionated Tours” will be led by Brenda Croft, Australian artist and curator at the University of South Australia, and a host of other experts.
—Local writers and actors battle in three rounds of Storytelling Spoken Word Slam (8:45, 9:30, 10:15).
—A DJ will spin records from the collection in the Listening Room.
—The Seattle Phonographers Union will be in the Native American and Aboriginal galleries remixing ambient sounds from the museum into a live soundscape.
—Cellist Paul Rucker provides "sonic interpretations" in the Ancestral Art Gallery at 9:15 and 10:30.
—The Listening Room offshoot, the Record Store, returns with listening sessions and other activities.
—Hopefully some Australian beer??
Those not wanting to pick up a ticket need only to dress the part: The first 50 people wearing rainbows will get in FREE.
Tickets are available now at seattleartmuseum.org.
June 1, 8–midnight, $12–$25 (18+), Seattle Art Museum