On August 12, the Frye Art Museum will present Community Day in celebration of Casino: A Palimpsest, the first museum solo exhibition of Seattle-based performance artist and poet Storme Webber.
“A song of the stone that the builder refused.”
A palimpsest is a document where old writing has been erased and written over by a new text but still remains visible.
Webber brings those written-over narratives of Seattle to the forefront of the exhibition, honoring the Duwamish, the Black Migration, the pre-Stonewall queer community, the Mothers, the works, the hustlers, the multiracial poor folks. The exhibition links the struggles of the past with the present and stands in witness to ways “in which our Ancestors’ survival informs and inspires our own.”
“It’s especially important to acknowledge that, even in the progressive city of Seattle, there is a long history of backlash against vulnerable peoples who are just trying to live” says exhibition curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis. Webber certainly doesn’t shy away from that, using her own deeply personal family photographs to tell bigger stories from late nineteenth century Seattle and inviting everyone to consider the unknown stories behind their own family artifacts.
A Community Day for Families and All
The Frye is holding a Community Day in honor of the exhibition with activities from 11 am - 5 pm. Highlights of the day (and check out the full schedule here):
- 1-4 pm: Drop-in Art Making: Memories Map – Bring your own family photograph from home and stop by to create your own art in the Art Studio!
- 2-3:30 pm: A Space of Ancestor Honoring – Storme Webber and her cousin Valerie Rosa welcome souls and witnesses to a collaborative performance of poetic text and song.
- 4-5 pm: Gallery talk with Storme Webber and Miranda Belarde-Lewis – Storme Webber and exhibition curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis give an informal tour of the exhibition.
Frozen treats will be provided by our friends at Full Tilt Ice Cream.