The Week Ahead @ Henry

It’s Spring Break in Seattle this week. Wondering what to do with the kids? Oh, we have a few ideas!

Image courtesy of Jennifer Salk.
Image courtesy of Jennifer Salk.

ArtBreak with Jennifer Salk
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 – 3 PM
Watch Jennifer Salk, Associate Professor and Director of the UW Dance Program, perform a series of intimate and animal-like solos and duets in the gallery spaces of the Henry. These pieces respond to and were inspired by Ann Hamilton’s exhibition, the common S E N S E.


Arty Party
Sunday, April 19, 1 – 4 PM
Come to the Henry for our third annual Arty Party! Join us for an afternoon filled with fun activities including drawing, dancing (music by KEXP DJ Larry Rose), and storytelling. Bring your whole family to engage in some hands-on art activities. Tickets are available in advance here.

P.S. Been meaning to buy or renew a membership? Your ticket price can be applied to the membership cost!

Arty Party Is (Almost) Here!

Come to the Arty Party for an afternoon filled with fun and educational activities: music, drawing, stories…and more art!

On Sunday, April 19th, from 1-4pm, the Henry invites you and your whole family to partake in an eventful afternoon. We will be hosting various hands-on activities led by a variety of artists including teaching artist Rebecca Joy Mohrlang from the Seattle Symphony and Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge.


This afternoon will consist of a multitude of diverse activities that will engage your senses of hearing, sight, and touch. Click here to view a complete preview of the events being hosted!


Here are some pictures from last year’s Arty Party taken by photographer Chona Kasinger to get you excited for this year’s party:





Don’t miss out and bring your whole family for this all-ages event! Get your ticket here today!

This blog post was written by Angie Yin, a UW student and Communication Assistant at the Henry.

The Week Ahead @ Henry


An Evening with Ann Hamilton
Monday, March 30, 7:30 – 9 PM
As part of the Seattle Arts & Lecture series, artist Ann Hamilton speaks at Town Hall about her work, her exhibition at the Henry, and her upcoming commission for Waterfront Seattle. Tickets have been flying out the door. Purchase yours here.

INCITE•INSIGHT lecture: Suzanne Bocanegra
Thursday, April 2, 7 – 9 PM
Join us for the last lecture of the INCITE•INSIGHT series, our partnership with Cornish College of the Arts. Suzanne Bocanegra shares her journey of becoming an artist with an evening that is part artist’s talk, part performance, part cultural history, and part sound installation. This is the premiere of  When a Priest Marries a Witch, an Artist Talk by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Paul Lazar.

Image courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the artist.

ArtBreak: Melia Watras & Luke Fitzpatrick & Romaric Pokorny & Emmeran Pokorny
Saturday, April 4, 2:30 – 3 PM
Explore the connections between music and the common S E N S E with UW School of Music viola professor and chair of strings Melia Watras and her students Luke Fitzpatrick, Romaric Pokorny, and Emmeran Pokorny.

Image courtesy of Melia Watras.
Image courtesy of Melia Watras.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Join us at the Henry this week for of music-making, reading, and special art experiences.

ArtBreak with Ann Hamilton
Thursday, March 26, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Join in on an intimate conversation about the common S E N S E exhibit led by the artist herself.

Photo credit: Chona Kasinger
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

A Silent Reading with Ann Hamilton and Joshua Beckman
Thursday, March 26, 7 – 8 PM

Experience silent reading as a shared experience in this collaborative immersive one-night event with Ann Hamilton and Joshua Beckman.

ArtBreak: Sylvia Wolf
Saturday, March 28, 2:30 – 3 PM
Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director of the Henry, speaks on focused elements of the common S E N S E.

Photo credit: Robert Wade
Photo credit: Robert Wade

Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster
Sunday, March 29, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Join us for an encore performance by composer and UW School of Music Professor Emeritus Stuart Dempster and his specially assembled Bull Roarchestra as they respond to the atmosphere and sounds created by the Field of Bullroarers in our lower level gallery.

Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster performing on February 20, 2015. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit
Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster performing on February 20, 2015. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Get inspired by the multitude of art performances, lectures, and workshops happening this week! Also, the cherry blossoms are blooming so take the long way through the quad on your way to the Henry.

Object Narratives: Conversations With the Past – Inspiration and History
Thursday, March 19th, 7 – 8:30 PM
Join Sandra Kroupa, UW Library Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, for her presentation on how artists, researchers, and writers are inspired by connections with historical objects. The materials featured will be similar to those on view in the common S E N S E.

ArtBreak: Video//Yoga
Thursday, March 19th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. The classes are accompanied by video art and occur the third Thursday of every month.

Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.
Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.

… that language is shaped air … A performance by Juan Pampin with the Seattle Chamber Players
Friday, March 20th, 7 – 8 PM
Come listen to the Seattle Chamber Players play a piece written by Juan Pampin. This site-specific composition was inspired by the bullroarers in the common S E N S E.

Hugo at the Henry: Sense in Reading and Writing
Saturday, March 21st, 12 – 3 PM
This creative writing workshop is co-presented by the Henry and Hugo House and will be taught by Anca Szilaygi. This class invites participants to reconsider the sense of touch and our relationship with nature in response to the common S E N S E.

Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.
Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.

ArtBreak: Suzi Kozawa
Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 – 3 PM
Come see and listen to Musician Suzi Kozawa respond to the mechanical bullroarers using her invented “humbow” musical instrument!

Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit
Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

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.