When the craziness of the political landscape is driving me to drink and getting me down (and how could it not?), then I turn to art and music to lift my spirits. Okay, whiskey and wine work too but art and music are better for my soul AND my health. So, off to the museum we went for a day away from the madness of politics.
After waking up just in time to witness a tweet storm of epic proportions in real time on Saturday morning when “he who must not be named” thought it would be a good idea to take on esteemed Congressman John Lewis, I felt a need to disconnect from the nightmare that is about to begin. So, taking advantage of a sunny, not-so-freezing day in Seattle, we set out to experience the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Set in a gorgeous location in Volunteer Park near Capital Hill, we were blown away by the stunning collection in the 1933 Art Deco building. Originally the site of the SAM, it now houses classic Asian art pieces and special exhibits like the contemporary Japanese artist Tabaimo Homage with thought-provoking video installations. One made me think WTF but the piece set in a women’s bathroom was interesting and the crows were subtly freakish. Art!
The more classic art pieces featured such intricate details that you could look at just one piece all day to appreciate the artistry to make it. Carvings, pottery, tapestries, etc. from ancient times to contemporary pieces are just for viewing but the cement replicas of Ming Dynasty camel statues that grace the entrance are meant to be climbed on by the kids and serve as a backdrop for fun photo ops. We didn’t take the tours offered but there were two on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. which would probably be very informative.
While you are there, cross the street and check out the water tower observation deck. Challenged by Thom, I chugged up the 107 stairs to enjoy the 360 degree view of Seattle. Gorgeous!
We are SAM members but if you aren’t, the museum is open free on the first Thursday and Saturday of each month. Tear yourself away from social media, turn your back on politics at least for a day and take advantage of the museum and the park-both gems in Seattle!