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Exhibits at Tacoma Art Museum

Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest

September 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Seen as artistic radicals in their time, the French Impressionists found their way into premier public and private Northwest art collections impacting American artists for decades.

Bart at TAM: Animating America's Favorite Family

July 20, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family is an unauthorized and in-depth look at the process and teamwork needed to create America’s longest-running primetime animated television show. Set in the fictional town of Springfield, The Simpsons explores the life of a working-class family through parodies of American culture and society, television and the human condition.

Metaphor Into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School


Founded in 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School, co-founded by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly, emerged as a world-renowned center for glass art in the 1980s. The artists who are involved with the Pilchuck Glass School continue to expand its reputation as one of the most significant opportunities for artistic innovation. Metaphor into Form showcases the breadth of creativity that has been nurtured by the Pilchuck Glass School. Showcasing a wide range of forms and techniques, this exhibition highlights how artists have responded to the possibilities of the material properties of glass as a metaphor for the human experience and the creative impulse. From the delicacy of intricately exquisite goblets to the illusion of remnants of ancient civilizations, the artworks included will illuminate how glass has become an indispensable material for contemporary artists.

Debora Moore: Arboria


Debora Moore: Arboria premiers the artist’s new monumental sculptures exploring the beauty and awe of seasonal change. Inspired by mountainous trees tenaciously clinging onto boulders and traditional Japanese bonsai forms, Debora Moore represents the most beautiful moments of each season through a proliferation of colors, and textures. With roots wrapping around boulders to sweeping branches laden with delicate blossoms, Moore looks to the power of nature as symbols of resilience, dignity, and strength. Arboria encourages the viewer to linger under the boughs of an ever-blooming forest and contemplate their place within the natural cycles.

Mary Van Cline: Selections from the Documenta Project


Known for her role as one of the first generation of innovative glass artists, Mary Van Cline has often included her photography in her work. With her recent series of portraits, Van Cline documents the leading figures who helped to ensure that the studio art glass movement would thrive, including artists, curators, gallery owners, and collectors. Van Cline began the project with her interest in documenting the iconic artists who established their international reputations beginning in the 1970s and 1980s. Because of her close relationship with her subjects, Van Cline captures the unique personalities that propelled the studio glass movement.

All the Rivers Flow Into The Sea: Introducing Martin Blank's Current


Martin Blank created Current for a commission by Melvyn Poll for his offices in downtown Seattle. For his response to the historic architectural space, Blank looked to the myriad of waterways of the Pacific Northwest for inspiration. He translated his observations of the interconnected streams, rivers, and Puget Sound into sweeping curves of cast glass that meander gracefully between reclaimed timbers from the Poll Building. Currentwill be installed in the museum lobby.

Key to the Collection

December 22, 2018 - January 5, 2020

Treasured favorites from our legacy collection of European paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and American modern art.

Immigrant Artists and The American West

February 3, 2018 - June 14, 2020

How art relates and responds to personal and political issues around immigration.

Native Portraiture: Power and Perception

February 10, 2018 - March 3, 2020

What is communicated when an outsider portrays someone from another culture?

Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art

May 13, 2017- Summer 2019

Exemplary works from TAM's collection that tell the varied and layered history of Northwest art.

Places to Call Home: Settlements in the West

February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2020

From Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and San Antonio to pueblos and towns, settlements in the West have a vitality that is represented in art.

Winter in The West

February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2020

A selection of paintings from the Haub family collection that celebrates the winter season.

Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze


Wild mustangs and majestic bison are symbols of the American West. However, many other creatures also live in the diverse habitats west of the Mississippi River. This exhibition features all kinds of wildlife that inhabit the West and the artists who have captured their likenesses in bronze.

Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum


Celebrating world-renowed glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly, we have given our permanent collection of Chihuly glass a gallery all its' own.

Richard Rhodes' Untitled: An Architectural Installation


Stone wave sits at the heart of the museum.

Outdoor Sculptures at TAM


Adding to the excitement of November 2014, Tacoma Art Museum unveiled two new outdoor sculptures: Julie Speidel’s Kinetic Repose, and Marie Watt’s Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek. A third outdoor sculpture, Scott Fife’s Explorers, was installed in June 2015. All three sculptors are well-known to the community through previous exhibitions and works in the museum’s permanent collection. These commissions activate the spaces around TAM, inspire visitors and the community, and begin TAM’s ambitious new outdoor sculpture program.

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