Yes, And: SAF at the Frye | Tour

Saturday, August 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Tickets

We’re thrilled to partner with the Frye Art Museum for the first event in their new series Yes, And. Frye’s Yes, And series invites Seattle thinkers, movers, and makers to share their perspectives on current exhibitions before jumping off to a related activity.

Using Kelly Akashi’s Formations exhibition as a jumping off point, we’ll explore the unexpected parallels between Akashi’s sculptural works and architectural concepts as explained by Jessica Gentile, architect at Olson Kundig and SAF Tour Guide. Visitors will start in the Frye and discuss two pieces from Formations, as seen through the eyes of an architect. How do they identify techniques such as metalwork, glass blowing, and other formal elements present in both Akashi’s work as well as architecture? How are these materials used in both art forms to create different ideas such as fragility, strength, or history?

After visiting the gallery, attendees will continue their discussion outside, on a neighborhood walking tour of nearby buildings. Starting with the Frye Museum and venturing out to view skyscrapers, churches, medical buildings and more, the tour will examine concepts present in both the artworks and surrounding buildings such as material balance, capturing time, and bending craft.

The tour begins at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave). Participants should plan on standing inside the museum for approximately one hour and walking outside for approximately one hour. The tour will conclude at the Frye. Please be prepared for the weather-dress appropriately and bring water as it may get hot!


If a program is sold out, walk-ups are able to join a standby list on a first come, first served basis. Space available tickets will be available for a cost of $25. Exact change only please.

About the Frye Art Museum: Founded in 1952, the Frye is Seattle’s only free art museum, bringing together art and new ideas within a stunning Olson Sundberg Kundig-designed building in historic First Hill. A founding collection of turn-of-the-century oil paintings is bolstered by a wide range of modern and contemporary art holdings, reflecting our region’s evolving identity and a commitment to exploring the art of our time. Learn more at

Kelly Akashi, Figure Shifter, 2018. Steel, wing screws, cherry wood, walnut wood, stainless steel, rope, blown glass, hair, ortho litho film, bronze, cotton thread, silk thread, brass wire. 72 x 72 x 12 inches. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery. 
Thumbnail Image: Kelly Akashi, Inheritance, 2021. Poston stone, cast lead crystal, heirloom (grandmother’s ring), 6 x 8 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist, François Ghebaly Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and San Jose Museum of Art.

All proceeds support SAF’s mission of connecting the public to Seattle’s architecture, design, and history.