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Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, program begins at 6:00pm

Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Avenue – Free and open to the public

Program presented by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture:
Artist Martha Rosler will introduce her video series Seattle: Hidden Histories (1991), followed by a conversation with artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam), who participated in the making of the videos, and Waterfront Seattle artist Qwalsius-Shaun Peterson (Puyallup).

Hidden Histories was commissioned by the Seattle Arts Commission as part of its ambitious public art exhibition In Public: Seattle 1991. Rosler created the set of 11 one-minute public service announcements through interviews with local indigenous persons, including historians, linguists, and tribal leaders. Subjects include the preservation of Salish languages and traditional stories, the politics of tribal recognition, and urban Indians. The work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Intended for local television, Seattle: Hidden Histories never aired in Seattle, making this their first local presentation.

Martha Rosler has recently been awarded the The New Foundation Seattle’s inaugural 100K Prize, a biennial award presented to an influential, U.S.-based woman artist in honor of her exemplary artistic achievements and enduring commitment to her practice.



Throughout the spring, Friends of Waterfront Seattle hosts The Source series, a sequence of community open house events celebrating our waterfront as a source of heritage, creative inspiration, and appreciation for the natural world. This series also celebrates Waterfront Space, the project showroom for Waterfront Seattle, a source for project information and community engagement.

All evening events will include food and wine from Pike Place Market, beer from in-kind sponsor The Pike Brewing Company, and a brief program presenting new perspectives on our waterfront’s history, ecology and art.

The Source: History | March 10

The Source: Ecology | April 14

The Source: Art | May 12