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SAMnews: Last Chance to See Peru!


SAMnews December 16-31

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the MoonPeru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon closes January 5! Make your way to the Seattle Art Museum for this rare chance to discover wonders of the ancient world. 

“Seattle may be cloudy this time of year, but an impressive collection of Peruvian art and artifacts is providing some sparkle,” writes Rachel Chase of Peru this Week.

With gold and silver from royal tombs, colonial oil paintings, modern folk art—and the real-life archeologist who inspired the creation of Indiana Jones—this exhibition offers marvels for the whole family and makes for a great holiday adventure. 


We're Open on New Year's Day!

Start the New Year off right with a visit to SAM and all the beautiful wonders of the art world—all 3 locations are open on January 1.

Holiday Parking for Less

Save on parking downtown with our great discount at the 3rd and Stewart Garage: up to four hours of parking for just $6!

Just request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk. Enter from Stewart Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The DNA of Japanese Design

The DNA of Japanese Design

Plants and animals of exceeding beauty and technical intricacy appear throughout Japanese design. The natural world is so deeply rooted in the DNA of Japanese design that it is transmitted down through generations.

Nature and Pattern in Japanese Design, a new installation of Japanese art, celebrates these motifs in folding screens, fan paintings, hanging scrolls, ceramics and lacquerware from SAM’s collection.

On view at the Seattle Art Museum starting December 21.


Give the Gift of Art

Give the Gift of Art This Holiday Season

Give your friends and family an exciting year of incredible art and culture at SAM! Gift Memberships arrive in a special gift packet with a personal note from you.

A SAM membership allows your friends, family members, and business associates to enjoy a year of outstanding artistic programming and unlimited FREE admission, including to special exhibitions such as Miró: The Experience of Seeing (opens February 13, 2014).

Purchase online, in person, or by calling 206.654.3210. To ensure delivery before December 25, your purchase must be made by December 15. Purchases of 3 gifts or more receive 20% off (please call or purchase in person). 


Invest in SAM

Invest in SAM, Invest in Community

This holiday season, consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to SAM in honor of a friend or loved one. Your donation helps SAM continue to provide vibrant cultural and artistic life to our community. 

Please consider making your donation before December 31 to support SAM’s most immediate needs. Donate online now or call 206.654.3210.



SAM Shop

Gifts for Art Lovers 
Shop SAM Books, Shop, and Gallery for an unforgettable holiday season. 

At SAM Shop you’ll find uncommon objects, contemporary design for your home, toys for kids, handcrafted artisan gifts, and jewelry by local artists. 

For the culture-lover and art historian in your life, SAM Books offers the best art and design selection of titles in the city.

Treat yourself by brightening your home with original artwork from contemporary Northwest artists at SAM Gallery.

Visit SAM Books on the main floor of the museum; and SAM Gallery and Shop on the street level just off 1st Avenue. 

Charles Edenshaw

A Very Family Affair

If you love Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse, you'll also want to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to see their exhibition of Charles Edenshaw, Davidson’s great-grandfather and an iconic figure in Northwest Coast Haida art. This first major survey of his work includes over 200 pieces and is on view through February 2, 2014.

SAMnews subscribers receive $2 (Canadian) off admission between now and January 5th, 2014. Simply provide the Vancouver Art Gallery Admissions’ team the discount code “SAMHoliday.” Not valid online or with any other offer. 

IMAGE CREDITS: Forehead ornament with feline head and octopus tentacles ending in catfish heads (detail), 100-800, Peruvian, Mochica, North Coast, possibly La Mina, gold, chrysocolla, shells, 11 1/4 x 16 5/16 x 1 3/4 in., Museo de la Nación, Lima, Photo: Daniel Giannoni. Photo: Laurel Fried. Coat (hanten), ca. 1930-40, Kyoto, Japanese (Showa period, 1926-1989), silk cloth with freehand paste-resist decoration (yuzenzome), 36 5/8 x 50 3/8 in., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Virginia and Bagley Wright, 89.163. Poem Scroll with Deer (detail), Momoyama period, 1573-1603 - Edo period, 1603-1868, 1610s, Tawaraya Sotatsu, Japanese, 1576–1643, Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese, 1558–1637, Handscroll; ink, gold and silver on paper, 13 7/16 x 366 3/16 in., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Donald E. Frederick, 51.127, Photo: Seiji Shirono, National Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo. Photo: Catherine Anstett. Photo: Laurel Fried. Sea Bear Bracelet, Charles Edenshaw, late 19th century, silver, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Purchase 1974, 1987.108.1, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery. 

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