Friday 15th Sep 2017
– Saturday 16th Sep 2017
Saturday, 10am–2pm and 8–11pm
Put on by The Seattle Asian Art Museum
More Info / RSVP: Remembering and Creating Art & Dance of India
More Info / RSVP: Community Day
More Info / RSVP: After Dark
The Seattle Asian Art Museum will host a free two-day community celebration in its now-empty historic building. The art is off the walls as the museum prepares for an upcoming renovation and expansion, so SAM has invited local artists to create installations and performances the whole community can experience in this beloved landmark. The Asian Art Museum closed its doors in February 2017 to prepare for its renovation and expansion, which will address critical infrastructure issues, increase ADA accessibility, add much-needed education and gallery space, and create a better connection to Volunteer Park. The improved museum is scheduled to reopen in 2019.
Friday, September 15, 7–10pm: Off the Walls: Remembering and Creating Art & Dance of India
RSVPs for this event are no longer being accepted as the event is at capacity; limited tickets will be available at the door. Reflect on the art and dance of India with talks by two leading scholars. Nalini Balbir, Universite Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris), will speak about Jain manuscript culture and communities in 15th-century North India. Ayla Joncheere, Ghent University (Belgium), will speak about and perform a demonstration of Rajasthani Kalbeliya dance, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. A reception follows to celebrate the museum’s future, with Bijli, an electric Indian fusion band. Enjoy beats by DJ Anup Shastri along with the intoxicating sounds of sarod and tabla by Brandon McIntosh and Chaz Hastings.
Saturday, September 16, 10am–2 pm: Off the Walls: Community Day
Enjoy performances and take part in art-making both inside and outside of the museum at this free, family-friendly community day. See live art installations, create art with teaching artists, experience performances, enjoy snacks from food trucks and look for a special appearance by SAM mascot, Sammy the Camel.
Saturday, September 16, 8–11pm: Off the Walls: After Dark
Music, dancing, and art-making take place all evening during this free, unique art experience for one night only. This event is 18+ with a cash bar. Space is limited; the event is first come, first served.
See live art installations, show your signing chops with karaoke, and dance to musical stylings spun by DJ MissTANGQ.