June 25–September 13, 2009
Seattle Art Museum

Target Practice is an international, historical survey of the attacks that painting endured in the years following World War II. For the artists in the show, painting had become a trap, and they devised numerous ways to escape the conventions and break the traditions that had been passed down to them over hundreds of years. This phenomenon occurred in all parts of the world, and the exhibition will document why artists felt compelled to shoot, rip, tear, burn, erase, nail, unzip and deconstruct painting in order to usher in a new way of thinking.

This exhibition will show that such ideas were of concern to well-known artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and also introduce lesser-known peers who were making equally challenging work. Comprised of more than 70 objects including documentary photographs and video, Target Practice will present a compelling way to appreciate the breakthroughs made by a new generation of artists in the fertile years between 1949 and 1978.

–Michael Darling, Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

An audio tour featuring multi-media performing artist Laurie Anderson and SAM curator Michael Darling is free with museum admission. Produced by Acoustiguide and the Seattle Art Museum. Listen now!

Educational Resources
To explore this exhibition a little deeper, attend some of the related programs and events for kids, teens and adults.

Richard Jackson: SAM wall painting

This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. Generous support is provided by The Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday & Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Monday: closed


Suggested Fees

Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949–78

June 25–September 7, 2009

  • $15 adults
  • $12 seniors 62 and over, military with ID
  • $9 students with ID, youth 13-17
  • FREE for children 12 and under
  • FREE for SAM members

Fees include the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Remembrance
as well as all SAM collections and installations. SAM Audio, the
permanent collection audio guide, is free with admission (available on a first-come, first-served basis).

Teen Tix

SAM is part of Teen Tix, a free arts access pass that allows teenagers to purchase $5 rush tickets to theater, dance, music and visual arts events. Teens must present this pass in person to get a $5 ticket at the SAM Ticketing Desk. To get your pass, sign up at

Free Days

All free day programs include access to special exhibitions as well as all SAM collections and installations.

  • First Thursdays: Free to all
  • First Friday: Free to seniors (age 62+)
  • Second Fridays, 5–9 pm: Free to teens (ages 13–19) with ID

Members are always FREE. Join SAM.


Open on the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2009
  • Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, 2009
  • Easter, Sunday, April 12, 2009
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2009
  • Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2009
  • Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2009
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2009

Closed on the following holidays:

  • Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2009
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2009
  • Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2009
  • Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2009
  • New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2009
  • New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2010


The new museum entrance is located on First Avenue on the corner of Union Street.

Heading North: I-5 to Seneca Street exit (#165), west on Seneca Street to First Avenue, and turn right (north).

Heading South: I-5 to Union Street exit (#165B), west (toward Puget Sound) on Union Street to First Avenue.

From I-90: Heading west, merge onto I-5 North, take Madison Street exit (#2C). Turn left on Madison and right on First Avenue.


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Where is SAM in relation to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park?

Use this map of the galleries (PDF) to design your own tour of the Seattle Art Museum.


Special Parking Offer

WaMu Center Garage is offering a $5 special afternoon and weekend parking rate.

WaMu Parking Garage

Entrance is below the SAM building on Union Street between First and Second Avenues.
Monday–Friday: 6 am–midnight
Saturday: 9 am–midnight
Sunday: 10 am–10 pm
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This is an ADA-accessible garage; it has an elevator that will leave you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum.

Drop-off areas for visitors with special needs, other paid parking lots and metered parking are available near the Seattle Art Museum.

Bus Information

The museum is easily reached by using the Metro bus system. Detailed rider information is available by callingMetro at 206.553.3000, Sound Transit at 206.398.5000 orCommunity Transit at 206.353.7433.

Visitors with Disabilities

Museum facilities are wheelchair accessible and we offer a variety of services for the visually and hearing impaired.More Information…


Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday & Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Monday: closed

The SAM SHOP is located in the new North Building on the First Floor next to the new SAM TASTE Restaurant. Visitors can enter from the street level on First Avenue or from Sarkowsky Hall at the new museum entrance. Gifts inspired by the current special exhibit are available at the special exhibition shop, located on the Fourth Floor.

Museum members receive a 15% discount at all SAM SHOP locations. Contact the store at 206.654.3120.

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TASTE Restaurant

Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner
Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
Sunday: 10 am–6 pm
Monday: closed
Make a reservation online

TASTE Restaurant at the Seattle Art Museum features simple yet upscale, reasonably priced foods created with“fresh from the market” ingredients. You will enjoy a seasonally changing assortment of small and large plates from its sustainable-focused menu, created by executive chef Craig Hetherington and award winning artistic desserts by pastry chef Elise Fineberg, and a list of excellent Northwest wines and beers. SAM members receive a 10% discount.

Visit the TASTE website for the restaurant menu and seasonal recipes.

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Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library

Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–5 pm

Although primarily geared to support the museum staff, docents and educators, the library is open to members and the general public. The library offers a number of resources to aid you in your research or educational endeavors.

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Free Public Tours

Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Visit SAM’scalendar for a schedule of upcoming tours. Tours are free with museum admission.

  • Highlights of the Collection
    On this 60-minute highlights tour, visitors are encouraged to view and discuss outstanding works of art from across SAM’s collection. From a spirited masquerade to a sixteenth-century Italian Room, discover the art that makes SAM unique.
  • In Focus Gallery Talks
    These 30-minute gallery discussions focus on a single gallery, allowing the visitor to experience works of art in depth. Topics rotate regularly.
  • My Favorite Things
    Special guests—including visual artists, dancers, curators, critics and more—are invited to select their favorite works of art in SAM’s galleries to discuss during these 30-minute tours.
  • Special Exhibitions
    Explore the special exhibitions at SAM Downtown on these 60-minute tours designed to illuminate exhibition themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view.

Private Tours

SAM offers docent-led tours for private groups of 10–60 people upon request. Private tour groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Tours are 60 minutes in length and must be scheduled four weeks in advance. To schedule a private tour for your group, please call 206.654.3123 or email [email protected].

Are you an educator? Learn more about our school tour program.

Group Rates

Planning to bring a crowd? Groups of 10 or more get a discount with advanced reservation. Call 206.344.5260 or email [email protected]. Please visit ourrates page for more information.

Plan an Event

Plan your next event at the Seattle Art Museum. A variety of stunning spaces are available to serve small and intimate gatherings as well as large gala celebrations.
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Lost and Found

Do you think you may have lost something at the Seattle Art Museum? Report your lost article using this form, and we will let you know if it turns up.

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Planning a visit to Seattle? Take advantage of air and hotel discounts.

For Artists

Slide Review by Curators
SAM curators regularly review artist submissions in the form of slides and DVDs. Materials may be sent to the Curatorial Department, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101-2003. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your material returned. Due to the volume of submissions received, please allow at least 6 weeks for a response.

Learn more about the art councils and council events.

The Annual Betty Bowen Memorial Award Competition takes place each spring, juried by the Betty Bowen Committee, which includes local artists and SAM curators.

Links to art-funding resources.


Photography is not permitted in any galleries. Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only at the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Asian Art Museum Fuller Garden Court, and the Seattle Art Museum North Building Brotman Forum and the Art Ladder in the South Building. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed (including publication on the Internet) or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. The use of a flash or tripod is prohibited. Movie and video cameras are prohibited.

For press and other special photography, including filming and videotape projects, please contact the Public Relations office at [email protected]. For images of works of art owned by SAM, please see Image Rights and Reproductions.

SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.