Women are taking over each of the SAM museum’s sites: SAM Downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, SAM Gallery and the Olympic Sculpture Park. The exhibit will run from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is a landmark exhibition of more than 130 works of art made by 75 women artists from 1907 to 2007. Organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, home to the Musée National d’Art Moderne — the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe — this exhibition is an unforgettable visual experience that will challenge visitors’ assumptions about art of the past century. This survey of daring painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and installation by pioneering women artists offers a fresh perspective on a history of modern and contemporary art.

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To expand on the Elles: Pompidou exhibition, SAM is also mounting Elles: SAM—Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists. This special exhibition of works by some 30 women artists is the first complete reconsideration of the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries since the opening of the downtown museum in 2007. Elles: SAM at SAM Downtown will bring together exceptional loans and stunning treasures from SAM’s collection (including works never seen in the Northwest) and highlight some of the inspired, and hard-fought, achievements of 20th and 21st century women artists.

In response to SAM’s exhibition Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris SAM and a host of community partners are presenting Elles: Seattle. This project will galvanize our community around art, culture and societal issues that are important to women and celebrate the contributions women have made across a variety of sectors.

You’re invited to submit your photos of important girls or women in YOUR life to Project Elles for a chance to have them projected on the wall of the museum! Photos can include an important woman or girl in your life, an inspiring woman, women that have had an impact on your life, an image that says “girl power”, etc. Submit your personal photos and selected images will be projected on the exterior of the museum on Sunday, October 12 during SAM’s Community Night Out to kick off the opening weekend of Elles at SAM. To learn more and submit your photos, click HERE.

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Also, check out SAM’s recommended reading list for Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou:
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir; The Memory Factor: Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900 by Julie M. Johnson; Artist in the Age of Revolution by Adelaid LaBrille-Gulard; Infinity NET: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama; Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim by Anton Gill; Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera; Through The Flower: My Struggle as A Woman Artist by Judy Chicago; Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin.

Bring your book club (or any group of 10 or more) to Elles at SAM and save! Email: groups@seattleartmuseum.org or call 206.344.5260!

Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them online HERE. For more details and information, visit the website at http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Exhibit hours are:
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday and Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Monday: Closed

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Seattle Art Museum Downtown is located at:
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101