An Old Museum Stays Cool
Washington State’s first art museum, which opened to the public in 1927, is still one of Seattle’s hippest cultural venues. First of all, Henry Art Gallery features a permanent installation by James Turrell, one of today’s coolest contemporary artists. A master of light, Turrell created the site-specific piece, Light Reign, for the museum. Enter an illuminated cylindrical structure, sit on a bench, and gaze up at the skyscape. You’ll rethink architecture, sculpture, and atmosphere. This month, see sculptures by the cheeky Paul McCarthy or photographs by Vik Muniz, who asks viewers to consider how images are made.