Spacecraft launching a space for ‘people who don’t necessarily consider themselves artists’ to create art above Broadway

A recent Spacecraft work party (Image: Spacecraft)

One of Capitol Hill’s oldest homes for creative retail spaces and restaurants is making space for a crafty new addition.

Spacecraft, a community arts and craft space targeting “screen addicted adults” and “people who don’t necessarily consider themselves artists,” is getting its final coats of paint and collecting supplies for a planned October opening in the 101-year-old Broadway Alley building.

“I’ve always been crafty, always kind of a dabbler,” Alison Cantor tells CHS. Describing how challenging it is to find space to do those things with “people living in smaller and smaller spaces,” Cantor says Spacecraft will be a place to spread your project out and work on your art somewhere better than the kitchen table.

“It’s a community where people can come and make art,” she said. Continue reading

Exhibition: Totally East

Come by Goethe Pop Up Seattle Monday-Friday from 1-7 pm to get a glimpse of life during the GDR with the exhibition “Totally East”.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Totally East is an exhibition that powerfully portrays everyday life in the GDR. Harald Hauswald’s photos hint at stories of loneliness, authority, and rebellion along with moments of endearment and serenity.

Harald Hauswald, born in 1954 in Radebeul, completed his training in photography in Dresden and moved to East Berlin in 1977, where he became a founding member of the renowned OSTKREUZ photographer agency. In the eighties, he walked the city’s streets and pointed his camera at what someone with a less discerning eye would probably pass by: lonely and elderly people, couples in love, dissidents of the punk movements, soccer hooligans, and young people in churches, standing up for peace and environmental protection.

The exhibition at the Goethe Pop Up comprises of 20 exhibition panels with a wide selection of Hauswald’s known and less known photographs accompanied by texts from Stefan Wolle, Head of Research at the GDR Museum in Berlin, who, like the photographer, grew up in the GDR. Each panel is equipped with QR codes that link to short video interviews with the photographer who reports on the historical context of the respective photograph.



Volunteer Park’s Seattle Asian Art Museum will reopen in February

(Image: Tim Griffith/Seattle Asian Art Museum)

Volunteer Park’s Seattle Asian Art Museum will reopen this winter nearly two years to the month it closed for a surprisingly controversial $54 million $56 million renovation and expansion:

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announced today that the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, February 8, 2020, following a 24-month-long renovation and expansion. The museum’s historic 1933 building closed to the public on February 27, 2017 to address critical needs of infrastructure, accessibility, and program space. Now enhanced with a design by the Seattle-based firm LMN Architects (2016 AIA National Firm Award) with landscape architect Walker Macy, the building reopens as a modern museum within an historic icon.

For visitors, the wait has been even longer — the museum closed in preparation for the construction in February 2017.

Crews broke ground on the project in March of 2018 after a long process of community meetings and neighborhood pushback over concerns plans to expand the eastern side of the art deco building into the park would encroach on Olmsted-designed green space’s natural setting.

The $56 million SAAM project was designed by LMN Architects to expand the 1933-built museum more than 13,000 square feet by extending the backside of the building 3,600 square feet into the park. The museum has added more display space to represent South Asia and India as well as addressed infrastructure issues including a climate control system and seismic upgrades while making the museum ADA accessible.  Continue reading

Natural History Illustration with Watercolors

7 Thursday Evenings, October 3-17, November 7-December 5 (No class Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 28), 2019, 6:30-9pm

Gain confidence in observing form while working with biological subjects to document and interpret what you see. An introduction to the practice of natural science illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each other’s work. Build observational and visual interpretation skills while exploring illustration using a variety of techniques, including graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor. Explore how these essential media are applied to make drawings into more refined illustrations.

The focus of this fundamental course is drawing, from gestural sketching to precision rendering of illustrations for scientific purposes. Each student is given the opportunity to render selected subjects in a variety of demonstrated techniques. This class can be taken as part of a series with the next season’s offering, which will focus on colored pencil techniques rather than watercolor.

All levels welcome.

Instructor Sharon Birzer is an artist and Natural History Illustrator. In her work, Sharon employs close observation and utilizes traditional media as well as digital tools. She teaches college art classes, school residences, as well as illustration workshops. She shows her artwork nationally and internationally. Sharon holds a BFA from Cornish College, and MFA from the University of Washington and has studied Natural Science Illustration at UW. She has created illustration work for exhibits and publications for places such as the Seattle Art Museum and The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Here’s how Kurt Cobain’s big face ended up back on a Capitol Hill wall

Last summer, the replacement of a Nagle Place mural of Kurt Cobain sparked a wave of nostalgia for a Capitol Hill that never was. First, the work had only been in place for half a year. Second, the muralist was a famed London street artist promoting a show at a Pioneer Square gallery. And third, the work was replaced with another by local artist and prolific Capitol Hill muralist Weirdo.

Nevermind all that.

Now the London artist, that Pioneer Square gallery, again, credit union BECU, and Capitol Hill’s Everyday Music have teamed up for a nostalgic flipside to the removed original. Continue reading

National ‘art machine for social change’ finds a home in the Central District

You’ve seen the posters. They feature a woman with a stars-and-stripes dotted hijab, a dreadlocked kid, or Helen Red Feather of the Lakota tribe protesting at Standing Rock. Perhaps you know that they were part of the “We The People” poster campaign that swept the nation after the election of Donald Trump and his inauguration in January 2017. Or that Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena designed them.

But did you know that a Seattle-based nonprofit called Amplifier was responsible?

“That was a historic moment in our American history, and creating imagery that represented the demographics the Trump administration was most violently attacking (…) really shook people. You could tell it awakened them. It resonated and went viral around the world,” says Isabella Sisneros, Amplifier’s operations manager.

A Kickstarter campaign to print and distribute the posters raised more than 1$ million in a week thanks to over 23,000 donors.

“We broke a Kickstarter record for the most small donors,” says Amplifier’s deputy director Cleo Barnett, sitting in one of the brand-new looking couches of Amplifier’s recently opened Central District art lab and offices.

Describing what, exactly, Amplifier does is tricky, because it can easily sound vaguely artsy. Take their website language: “A design lab that builds arts experiments to amplify the voices of grassroots movements”  and “art machine for social change.”  Continue reading

Seattle Design Festival @ Goethe Pop Up Seattle: City Life Balance

Survey on the quality of living in Seattle at the Capitol Hill Design Crawl

Join Goethe Pop Up during the Capitol Hill Design Crawl at the Seattle Design Festival and explore how urbanism, architecture, and design can advance justice, ecology, and community. This year’s theme, Balance, asks, for example: How can design thinking foster a society that balances the needs of all its people and the planet?

At the Goethe Pop Up, and in collaboration with German architect Kira Jungfleisch, we take the questions further to investigate city life more closely. How livable is our city? What factors determine the quality of city life? And what keeps it all in balance? At this year’s Capitol Hill Design Crawl, we want to hear from you. Globally, Vienna tops the ranking of the annual Mercer Quality of Living Report, closely followed by Zurich, the runner-up, and Munich (No. 3), Düsseldorf (No. 6) and Frankfurt (No. 7). Seattle only made No. 46 of most livable cities. How do you feel about Seattle’s city life balance?

While we certainly want to hear your thoughts on four designated topics – traffic, nature, housing, and society – we also invite participants to physically express their opinion (through yoga poses or handstands, for example). We capture these embodied expressions on camera in our photo booth and add them to a photo exhibition that visualizes a citizen-based opinion barometer about the quality of living in Seattle.

All participants enter our giveaway for a chance to win two tickets to the show “A Duet Evening” by German-American dance company FLOCK who will perform on the same day at 7:30pm at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill

A Duet Evening with FLOCK

Goethe Pop Up Seattle invites you to the premiere of „A Duet Evening,” featuring two duets choreographed and danced by FLOCK, a German-American dance company founded by Alice Klock and Florian Lochner in 2017.

FLOCK’s “Duet Evening” explores honest communication, stronger connections, and a healthy connection with the natural world. At its root, the entire evening is about listening, collaboration, and the belief that one can build new and beautiful things when working together.
The show runs 50 minutes and includes one intermission. A Q&A follows the dance performance to enable the audience to dig deeper into the work and to ask any question about the pieces and FLOCK.


FLOCK is a co-choreography company founded in 2017 by Florian Lochner and Alice Klock.

Alice Klock was trained at numerous ballet company schools, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Alonzo King’s Lines BFA program. Florian Lochner trained at Ballettschule Malsam in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, where he was the recipient of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation scholarship. As FLOCK, they create and perform their own work, teach as a team, create new works at schools and companies, and produce their own shows in the US and abroad with international dance artists to offer their audiences a wide variety of dance styles.

Film Screening: Emerging Artists Vol. 4

Contemporary Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany

Short films must be seen!
Goethe Pop Up Seattle is excited to partner with Northwest Film Forum Seattle (NWFF) for two screenings of a short film series of experimental work by young and upcoming artists, presented in its fourth year by AG Kurzfilm and German Films.
Screenings on both August 30 and 31 at 8:30pm!
In January 2019, the program publicly premiered during the 32nd Stuttgart Filmwinter. The 4th edition’s jury consisted of Sarah Adam (A WALL IS A SCREEN, European Film Festival dokumentART), Marie-Thérèse Antony (DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film), Carsten Aschmann (filmmaker and representative of Film- und Medienbüro Niedersachsen) und Alice Kögel (curator, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart).

The current edition includes the following short films:

THE DIVINE WAY (2018) by Ilaria Di Carlo
BEYOND BEACH (2018) by Clara Winter and Miguel Ferráez
UMBRA (2019) by Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell
THREE CASUALTIES (2018) by Jens Pecho
FOSFENO (2018) by David Gómez Alzate
EINE KNEIPE AUF MALLE (A Bar on Majorca, 2017) by Marian Mayland

While some of the shorts deal with optical phenomena, others explore boundaries and question hierarchies. Together, these daring works display the creative potential of the cinematic short form.


Community Perceptions of Homelessness

Join internationally renowned artist and sculptor Trimpin and PATH WITH ART artists for an evening of poetry, visual art, and music. Together, they explore their collaborative work Hear & Now, currently on display at the Goethe Pop Up Space in Capitol Hill. This sound sculpture — mobile, tumultuous, kinetic – speaks to the immediacy of the homelessness crisis in Seattle. Those experiencing homelessness often report feeling unseen, unheard. The sculpture screams to be seen and heard, pulls focus, demands your attention. The artists creatively convey the experience of living without a place to call home, with the intention of building empathy across social and cultural boundaries. Hear & Now is thus a metaphor for being in constant transition and attempts to translate the chaos of living in homelessness.

Attendance is free, but space is limited so we kindly ask everyone to register in advance via Eventbrite.

The event is co-presented with PATH WITH ART.