The Top Design Happenings in the PNW, May 8–14

A queen-focused fashion exhibition, mid-century modern design aplenty, and a nighttime stroll among neon lights.
Installation view: David LaChapelle, Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen & Omar Victor Diop. Photograph by Roman Alokhin.
Installation view: David LaChapelle, Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen & Omar Victor Diop. Photograph by Roman Alokhin.

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes
Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle

More than 100 works of fashion, photography, and video from designers including Alexander McQueen, Selam Fessahaye, Iris van Herpen, and Chanel explore feminine archetypes via six personality types of a queen—Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine, and Thespian—to address the relationship between dress, society, and shared history. (May 11–September 2; prices and times vary)

 

Monica Gewurz and Farahnaz Samari, “All That Light”
Lipont Place, 4211 No 3 Rd., Richmond, BC

The latest paintings by Vancouver-based artists Monica Gewurz and Farahnaz Samari connect visitors with the physical and spiritual aspects of nature through the use of light. (May 11–June 7; prices and times vary)

 

SAM Talks—Revealing Ruth Asawa, Artist And Advocate
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle

Cultural historian, curator, and educator Daniell Cornell along with Seattle writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa will discuss the life and works of the late artist Ruth Asawa. Asawa is known for her hanging looped wire sculptures, as well as prints, paintings, and installation art. (May 8, 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; $10)

 

Mid-Century Modern Design Series
The Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside St., Portland

The sixth-annual two-day event highlights all things mid-century modern, including a self-guided tour of five sensitively updated homes from Portland architects such as Pietro Belluschi, Robert Rummer, and Day Hilborn; a lecture panel at The Jupiter Hotel on best practices for preserving retro homes; a preservation pop-up featuring vintage goods; and an post-tour party. Proceeds benefit historic preservation organization Restore Oregon. (May 10–May 11; times and prices vary)

 

Electric Letterland: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Historic Neon Signs
Various Portland locations

Stroll through Portland’s historic streets at night and see some of the city’s most iconic neon signs alongside tour guide and graphic designer Kate Widdows, cofounder of the preservation group PDX Neon. Expect a lesson on how neon signage works and learn about their connection to Portland’s past. (May 11, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; $25)

The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. For additional events, visit our calendar.



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