WAM@20 is celebrating 20 years of collecting by featuring 400 objects collected since the museum moved into the Gehry building in 1993. Broken into four exhibitions, the current show (which ends in a few days) is called Choice. It features sets of 20 objects grouped by 20 themes like the oldest object accessioned each year (including an ancient Japanese landscape on silk) and the smallest objects (including a number of charming little pots) or by a specific person or group of people (director’s choice, tour guides’ choice, etc.). There are beautiful pieces by familiar artists (an exquisite George Morrison painting, a striking Annie Leibovitz photograph of Bruce Springsteen, pottery by Warren MacKenzie, an Alexander Calder painting, a Gauguin woodcut) and many more by artists new to me. It makes for an oddly charming mix.
There is also a display featuring a few pieces from the museum’s Korean furniture collection – mostly elegant boxes and other storage pieces.
You have to act quickly to catch this segment of the WAM@20 Choice show, as it closes January 5, 2014. If you miss it, you aren’t completely out of luck – the next exhibit in the series Paper will open in March. It’s sure to offer a new set of treats.
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