Nearly 40 years ago, much of the Pacific Northwest was blanketed in snow-like ash. Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington had exploded, spewing 520 million tons of ash into the atmosphere and transforming an otherwise sunny spring morning on May 18, 1980, into a dark doomscape. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, the MAC has curated an exhibit chronicling the history and locals’ memories of the volcanic eruption. Featuring material artifacts, film, photography, recordings and other accounts, Critical Memory also explores how knowledge is passed down through generations. Starting in February, the exhibit runs concurrently with the traveling exhibit Pompeii: The Immortal City, examining the devastating 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Through July 2020; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm; third Thu until 8 pm • $5-$10 • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org • 456-3931
— Chey Scott