Here is a short list (shortlist*) of reasons why I like the Seattle Art Museum….

Inopportune: Stage One

Inopportune: Stage One

-the art (of course)  It begins outside the building, with the Impressive Hammering Man sculpture. In the foyer is the attention grabbing installation, Inopportune: Stage One by Cai Guo-Qiang.  It never ceases to amuse, thrill and entertain me.  All this wonderful art work, and you haven’t even paid for your ticket…..

reasonable membership rates   An annual membership (couple, or family, or individual) is under $100.

Perfectly garnished for the Miro exhibit!

Perfectly garnished for the Miro exhibit

the cafe   Taste features delicious food, and very good service, in an attractive room.

a gift shop (SAM Shop) AND a separate book shop (SAM Books)

Across the street from the SAM

Across the street from the SAM, viewed from Taste cafe

-location  It’s right downtown, with easy access for visitors, and, apparently, neighbours with a sense of humour

the name  Just like the WAG (Winnipeg Art Gallery) or the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), SAM is a comfortably familiar name to toss around…..”Goin’ to the SAM”

 

*the short list (shortlist) inspired by Jian Ghomeshi in his memoir 1982

 

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