The Week Ahead @ Henry

Oh man, we are just crawling out of bed after Saturday night’s fantastic Future History Gala. THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported the Henry! We couldn’t do it without you — and we wouldn’t want to.

What’s on the docket for this week? Read on!

SAL U Lectures: Thinking Animals – Species, Power, and the Politics of Care in the World
Friday, March 6, 7 – 8:30 PM
Associate professor of UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and CHID program María Elena García (who you may have been lucky enough to see at last Thursday’s ArtBreak) will be speaking on the intersection between humans, other animals, culture, politics, and how they are all intertwined.

Photo courtesy of María Elena García.
Photo courtesy of María Elena García.

ArtBreak: Robert Twomey
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 – 3 PM
Artist and UW Ph.D. candidate in DXARTS, Robert Twomey, will be exploring questions on interactive artwork and how art identity is achieved through installation and performance. Twomey has also been a vital part in creating the Field of Bullroarers in the common S E N S E. You don’t want to miss out!

ArtVenture with Jessixa Bagley
Sunday, March 8, 2 – 3:30 PM
Author, illustrator, and UW and Cornish College of the Arts graduate Jessixa Bagley will be leading an exploration on the books and stories within the common S E N S E. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event!

Jessixa Bagley
Jessixa Bagley

Mellifluous Meditation in “the common S E N S E”

Today’s blog post is written by Erika VanHorne, UW senior and choir president of the UW Chorale. 

On the eve of “An Evening in the Galleries with the UW Chorale,” a special event that was held in conjunction with the Henry’s exhibition Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E, I was nervous. This experience was unprecedented for me as a collegiate choral singer – a deliberate inversion of my ossified conceptions of performance, space, and audience. Yet as the choir reverently filed into the gallery that whirred with otherworldly bullroarers, my sense of trepidation dissipated – replaced with a transfixed reverie.

Audience members expectantly dispersed themselves among the jumbled choristers – but my focus was directed at the machines that crescendoed in tandem with our voices. We moved next to the North gallery where canonical choral literature was sung among images of specimens printed on newsprint. The sheets which rippled softly as the audience quietly stepped around us and them. Next, the choir slowly dissolved and dispersed throughout the Henry – allowing singers to wander as individuals.

Photo credit: Robert Wade.
Photo credit: Robert Wade.

These improvisations took on a meditative nature – as I grasped for the names of the immured specimens through song, I induced an inner dialogue on the nature of human-derived taxonomies. In this time of independent song, a fellow chorister would occasionally sidle up next to me – intertwining a voice with mine in unexpected, sublime euphony. As the boundary between performer and gallery visitor also evaporated, I found another audience – the specimens themselves. Through lyrics, these creatures were anthropomorphized with an intimate sonic tactility – at once haunting and familiar.

Although I visited this exhibition at its opening, this event became an unexpectedly meaningful experience for me. Throughout my university experience, I have found that the most enriching experiences are those that transcend the false dichotomy within the arts and academic disciplines. In this interdisciplinary vein, artist Ann Hamilton and Dr. Giselle Wyers, director of the UW Chorale, crafted an evocative, organic experience through an unexpected fusion of song, art, material culture, and biology that challenged my boundaries as a singer and humanist.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

INCITE•INSIGHT lecture: Kristan Kennedy
Thursday, Feb 26, 7 – 9 PM
We invite you to participate in meaningful discussion on contemporary art with artist, curator, and educator Kristan Kennedy, who, in the past decade, has focused on commissioning work for international emerging artists in the form of solo projects and large-scale, site-specific installations.

The studio of Kristan Kennedy. Image courtesy of the artist.
The studio of Kristan Kennedy. Image courtesy of the artist.

ArtBreak: María Elena García
Thursday, Feb 26, 12:30 – 1 PM
Associate professor of UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and CHID program María Elena García will explore the common S E N S E in relation to life and death.

Photo courtesy of María Elena García.
Photo courtesy of María Elena García.

SAL U Lectures: Thinking Animals – Species, Power, and the Politics of Care in the World
Friday, Feb 27, 7 – 8:30 PM
Join Louisa Mackenzie, French and Italian Studies at the UW, in exploring both the seen and unseen human and animal connections that exist within the world.

Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala
Saturday, Feb 28, 6 – 11:59 PM
Tickets are going fast for the Henry’s annual gala! We’ll be offering a handful of unique auction experiences and a raise-the-paddle in support of the Henry. The Gala starts at 6pm and Future History Party starts at 9pm. Purchase your ticket now!

Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala
Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala.

Graduate Student Happy Hour Recap!

Today’s blog post is written by Julian Miller, Henry Art Gallery’s Education and Program Assistant.

For those who missed it, our third annual Graduate Student Happy Hour was a blast!

We had a fabulous turn-out: over 1,100 people came and we were expecting 700 people. Although the beer ran out early, there was still plenty to do including art activities, a photo booth, a raffle and chance to munch on some delicious Bánh Mí sandwiches! If you were there, congratulations! You got to experience the fun! For those who were unable to make it, here are some photos from our photographer Chona Kasinger to recap:



The energy was high and we were stoked to have people who may not normally go to contemporary art museums in attendance. We even witnessed a statistical analysis of the probability in winning the raffle (you know who you are). If you’re around next year, make sure you come back again! We plan on having more beer, more food, and more activities!

Grad Night Photobooth.
Grad Night Photobooth.

Don’t forget, the Henry is always free for University of Washington students!

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Welcome to February at the Henry! It’s a short month, but PACKED with events and programs. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Exhibition Orientations for University Faculty and Educators
Wednesday, Feb 4, 4 – 6 PM
Come discuss the central concepts in Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E and discover ways to incorporate the exhibition into your teaching curriculum. This event is open to K-12 educators and faculty from any discipline.

Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Dan Bennett
Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

ArtBreak with Haruko Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl of Degenerate Art Ensemble
Thursday, Feb 5, 6 – 6:30 PM
Gain a new perspective about the common S E N S E by joining co-founders and co-directors of Degenerate Art Ensemble, Haruko Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl. Combining music, theater, and dance, their punk-symphonic style performances challenge the perception of art and reality.

 ArtBreak with Emily Zimmerman
Friday, Feb 6, 2:30 – 3 PM
Join the Henry’s brand new Associate Curator of Programs, Emily Zimmerman, as she leads discussion on the skins and various other materials used in relation to the common S E N S E.

ArtVenture: Imagining Animals, Drawing by Sounds
Sunday, Feb 8, 2 – 3:30 PM
Bring the whole family to explore music in the common S E N S E with Emily Doolittle, Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts.


Past ArtVenture. Photo courtesy of the Henry.
A recent ArtVenture! Photo courtesy the Henry.

Things Happening in Seattle Right Now

The rumors are true…

We are currently closed for installation! We are so excited to be working with internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton for her building-wide exhibition  the  common  S  E  N  S  E, opening October 11th.

Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.
Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.
Hamilton’s last exhibition at the Henry was in 1992, entitled accountings. Get ready for this highly anticipated, large-scale show; it will be a big one!

In the meantime, here are a few things happening in Seattle right now/coming up that are worth checking out!

City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India, on view August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015
City Dwellers features works from a few of India’s leading artists, who are influenced by religious traditions, popular movie culture, and digital technology.

@ the Frye
Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu, on view June 14, 2014 – September 14, 2014
If you have yet to see this show, be sure to! Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes was one of the recipient of this years Neddy Award

#SocialMedium, on view September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Crowd-curated exhibition in which, by the use of social media, works from the Founding Collection were chosen by 4,000 people from around the globe. We can’t wait to see what’s been chosen!

@ Photo Center Northwest
Richard Renaldi, Touching Strangers, on view September 10, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Richard Renaldi takes portraits of random strangers in arranged poses that go beyond comfort levels.

@round Seattle
2014 Washington Cider Week, September 4, 2014 – September 14, 2014
Head on down to the third annual Washington Cider Week, and enjoy the art form that is cider.

Mad Campus
September 13, 2014 – October 25, 2014. Check out UW’s campus for public art installations. A free art walk of the work will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 11 – 3 PM.

The Week Ahead @ Henry


Photo courtesy of Julia Greenway.


Thursday, June 19, 12:30 pm

Find the balance you need and interaction you crave with Julia Greenway every third Thursday.


Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.
Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Arts Dawgs Reception and Tour: 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00 pm- CLOSES SUNDAY

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design annual exhibition. This special Arts Dawgs event offers for a reception and tour of the exhibition. The artists will be present. The UW Alumni Association and ArtsUW have partnered once again to offer UWAA members exciting opportunities to experience the arts as an insider. Learn more about the program here. Tickets will be available at the door tonight.


Hylaeus Project, Fieldwork in Hawaii. Image Courtesy of Lisa Schonberg.

Summer Field Studies Takes to the Open Air

June 21 – September 14

Summer Field Studies is a presentation and interactive program series that invites visitors to explore contemporary art and ideas not only at the Henry, but out in the surrounding landscape.

Artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets and explorers were invited to participate in the creation of a series of interactive field guides for the Henry’s Test Site. These field guides will introduce visitors to a variety of individual and collaborative projects from in around the Pacific Northwest that deal with landscape as a means to facilitate personal reflection and as a discursive space. Projects range from outdoor residency programs, floating concerts, visits to secret gardens, and much more.

Featured artists: Meagan Atiyeh, Sara Edwards, Nat Evans, Jason Goods, Amy Harwood, Tessa Hulls, Garek Jon Druss, Joanne Lepreore, Molly Mac, Daniela Molnar, NKO, Michelle Peñaloza, Clyde Peterson, Ryan Pierce, Susan Robb, Kerri Rosenstein, Lisa Schonberg, Elizabeth Spavento, Allyce Wood