KURT Cobain Exhibition At Seattle Art Museum.

It’s the talk of the town. Finally, the Seattle Art Museum has an exhibition honoring the man of the Seattle music scene — the man who, to this day, people from foreign countries are still bringing up to me when I mention that I’m from Seattle: Kurt Cobain.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Seattle Art Museum, I’ll say right now. They have good exhibits from time-to-time, sure, but what city’s art museum doesn’t? It’s in scenarios such as exhibits like this where it is important that SAM shines. Well, tonight’s the night of the opening event, and it seems like the image that’s being used the most — a 2006 sculpture by the talented Scott Fife — might be the most visually-appealing piece in the show. Photography from Alice Wheeler is also notable, as it was stems from her friendship with Cobain. Other pieces seem more interesting on conceptual levels.

Below is a video introducing the show, and you can view a slideshow here on SAM’s website to decide for yourself.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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