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Frye Art Museum announces MW [Moment Magnitude]

Frye Art Museum presents MW [Moment Magnitude] a cross-platform project of visual art, performances, readings, concerts, dance, rehearsals, and specially designed arts engagement programs, on October 13, 2012 to January 13, 2012.

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This groundbreaking exhibition poses the question: What is the magnitude of this moment? The concluding event in the Frye’s 60th Anniversary celebration, MW [Moment Magnitude] is a large-scale project conceived and curated by a collective of five distinguished artists, musicians, writers, and curators: Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott. Numerous leading Seattle artists will take part in MW [Moment Magnitude]; the list of participants and programming will be announced in late summer.

MW [Moment Magnitude] takes its name from the moment magnitude scale used by seismologists to measure the size of all modern, large earthquakes in terms of the energy released.

MW [Moment Magnitude] will focus on Seattle as a global epicenter of creative activity. The exhibition will be in constant motion and transformation, a dynamic, living presentation that spreads throughout the Frye, including the Café and Museum Store, and overflows into additional venues in the city. A specially designed, shape-shifting environment for live music, time-based art, art production, and rehearsal will be created in the Frye’s largest gallery space.

MW [Moment Magnitude] will continue the Frye Art Museum’s inquiry into the role of the museum in the 21st century, in which the museum spills into the city; supports artistic production as well as exhibits it; and is committed to a multiplicity of voices, including those of artist- and citizen-curators. These ideas are central to recent exhibitions at the Frye, including The Seattle Project (2010), Isaac Layman – Paradise (2011), Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition (2011-12), and the multidisciplinary surveys of Implied Violence (2010-11) and Degenerate Art Ensemble (2011).

The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free. –

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