current exhibitions

Curator's Perspective: Magic Windows/Framing Place


  • Whatcom Museum Whatcom Museum 121 Prospect Street Bellingham, WA 98225 USA

Curated by Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art

Exhibitions often represent the personal preferences of a curator whose experience looking at works of art defines a distinct aesthetic taste. For the curator, collection shows offer both opportunities and challenges contingent on the nature of the museum's holdings. S/he tries to tease out a theme from widely disparate artworks in different styles, media, and periods. Drawing upon imagination, knowledge of art history, and willingness to experiment with unconventional groupings of work, the curator makes a selection and presents a unifying idea that hopefully engages the viewer's mind, senses, and spirit.

Originally commissioned by Safeco Insurance Company.  Safeco used to have a store downtown with circular vitrines.  Jackie Kosak, the curator at Safeco, commissioned artist to make work in the themes of home, life and auto.  I took the opportunity to make a version of my home, complete with our two apple trees and our cats.  Sadly, Safeco was bought by Liberty Mutual and I never got to see this work in the vitrine so I'm very happy it's being shown at the Whatcom Museum.