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Recent Acquisitions

The Frye Art Museum continues to strategically build its collection through purchases and gifts, both deepening existing areas of strength and diversifying holdings to reflect the Museum’s expansive curatorial program and Seattle’s globalized present.

Acquisitions of the last ten years demonstrate the Museum’s commitment to growing and contextualizing its distinctive historical collections of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American art while broadening its holdings of contemporary works to embrace previously underrepresented identities, perspectives, and forms of expression. To some extent, acquisitions mirror the Museum’s exhibition history, creating a material record of the institution’s engagement with local, national, and international artists and commemorating the special audience connection formed through temporary presentations. Contemporary artworks chosen for the collection often respond to or complicate the narratives around mediums and genres traditionally associated with the Frye, like painting, landscape, and portraiture.

Strange Business

Rose Nestler
Two-channel digital video (color, silent): 20 min.

This Is Who We Are

Inye Wokoma
Two-channel digital video (color, sound): 16:13 min.

Dawn in Luxor

Kahlil Joseph
16mm film transferred to two-channel digital video (color, sound); 4:1 min.

Alice™ (you don’t have to think about it)

Kahlil Joseph
Digital video (color, sound); 18:41 min.


Rodrigo Valenzuela
Digital video (color, sound); 8:48 min.

Frank in the 3rd Dimension

Jim Woodring
3-D digital video (color, silent); 5:15 min.

Be the First To Review The B83

Steve Fisk
Four-channel audio installation

Eclipse Tower 1

Web Crowell and Stacey Levine
Digital video of stop-motion animation (color, sound); 3:43 min.

Tsunami Capable Tide Stations > West Coast

DK Pan
Digital video (color, sound); 38:58 min.

Avatar: Fanon & Decca

C. Davida Ingram
Digital video (color, sound); 19:23 min.


Ishmael Butler
Audio, 24:51 min.