A stroll down First Avenue in the heart of Seattle takes you by the Seattle Art Museum and the notable “Working Man” statue. A large poster gallery faces the avenue, featuring posters for current and coming exhibits. Recent posters are for exhibits on Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Kurt Cobain, and Pablo Picasso.
In case you’re keeping score that’s two for Grays Harbor, one for Pittsburg, and one for Spain.
Alexander Calder hailed from Aberdeen in the 1920’s, and is considered by many as the most innovative sculptor of the 20th Century. The large red “Eagle” in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is one of Calder’s works. According to a 1971 interview with the Smithsonian Archives of American Art he worked in local logging camps for about four years, and lived in Aberdeen with his sister Peggy, and her husband Kenner Hayes. The same interview goes onto say, “Calder finds a job as a timekeeper at a logging camp in Independence, Washington (near Oakville). Inspired by mountain scenes and logging camps, Calder is compelled to paint.” The exhibit is on display until April 11, 2010. When you visit it you will see how much of his work resembles logging rigging used during the time he was working on the Harbor.
The other Harborite of course is Kurt Cobain. The Cobain Exhibit runs from May 13, 2010 through September 16, 2010. It’s interesting how Seattle claims him. We need to do something about that . As songwriter and lead singer for the musical group Nirvana, Cobain revolutionized rock music in 1992, with what came to be known as “grunge music.” John Hughes, former editor of the Daily World often said that “clearly, he was the most famous person in the history of Aberdeen, Washington” In the cover story of Newsweek Magazine, October 28, 2002, “Nevermind” was referred to as the ”album that would sell more that 10 million copies, and revolutionize rock and roll.”
(photos and narrative submitted by Tom Quigg)