Tangled Up in Blue

SAM salutes the versatile shade with an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.
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Where would we be without blue?

Think about it. Whither the Blue Grotto? The Blue Lagoon? Blue tortilla chips? Blue Monday? Blue Man Group? Bluefin sushi? The St. Louis Blues? Blue-book exams? The red, white and blue?

With Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World, Seattle’s Asian Art Museum borrows liberally from the Seattle Art Museum’s extensive textile collection to pay homage to a primary color that, for centuries, has  created or influenced so many moods.

Using Belgian tapestries, Japanese kimonos, Nigerian cloths and blue-dyed fabric from many other sources, the exhibition constitutes the first showing of textiles from the SAM collection since 1980. 

Mood Indigo invites reflection on the natural prevalence of blue, this color that you see every day,” says Pamela McClusky, SAM’s curator of the Art of Africa and Oceania. “Blue sets a tone; it can conjure up states of melancholy, expressions of vitality or the mystique of unknown depths.” 

 

Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World
Through October 9
Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect St., Seattle; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org

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