The Week Ahead @ Henry

Is it already the end of February? Does that mean spring is around the corner? We hope!

Come join us this week for a great line up of events.

Art Break Tour

Take a break Wednesday at noon and join us for a 30-minute lunchtime tour through Katinka Bock: A and I. This month’s faculty Art Break tour will be led by Kim England, Professor of Geography and Adjunct Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

installation image
installation image: R.J. Sánchez


Critical Collaboration Session: Natural Systems

Only a few sessions left! This Thursday we explore natural systems while using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure. Through the lens of design, attendees will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure.

Artist Lecture: Jennifer West

Thursday night artist Jennifer West will lecture on her work. West makes 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm films by manipulating the film celluloid to a level of performance. The film emulsion might be doused with perfume, alcohol, mascara, or pepper spray, skateboarded on, kissed, or dragged through tar pits. West’s practice is characteristically influenced by urban mythology, folklore, and popular culture, and often addresses issues of the body, of gender, and of self-presentation.

This annual series is organized by the UW School of Art, in  conjunction with the Nebula Project, to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice.

Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP. Doors open at 6:15 pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 pm. If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the front desk as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 minutes prior to the lecture.

Screening: Stemple Pass

Friday night is movie night – join us at 7 pm for Stemple Passthe last installment in a series of films by James Benning made in relation to cabins he built in the Sierra Nevada. His two cabins are replicas: one of the retreat described by Henry David Thoreau in Walden and the other of the hideout of Ted Kaczynski, the notorious Unabomber.

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry.

Wednesday, May 29th

12:-12:30 pm: Art Break! Join UW Exhibition Guide Corrie McQueen for a 30-minute tour through the galleries. All tours meet in the museum lobby.

Thursday, May 30th

7:00-8:30 pm: Join us for a screening of Cleopatra Jones, a Blaxploitation film staring Tamara Dobson which deals with the themes of feminism, sexuality, race, and pop culture during a transitional time in the 1970s, a social climate that saw the rise of both second-wave feminism and the Black Power movement. Show in conjunction with Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty, the screening will also feature an introduction and discussion with Sonnet Retman, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the UW.

Sunday, June 2nd

1:00-3:00 pm: In the Test Site, first year UW MFA candidate Rebecca Chernow presents Small Change, a four-week presentation of research into themes of reciprocity, barter, debt, and the emergence of markets and related value systems through the creation and distribution of an invented currency. In this first of three planned workshops for Small Change, we invite you to Gild the World. Workshop participants will learn how to gild small objects by hand using these traditional techniques. This process adds a veneer of worth to objects that might not otherwise appear valuable, making them shiny and precious in appearance. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Image courtesy the artist
Image courtesy the artist

Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces closes June 2nd. If you haven’t visited this exhibition, do it this week!

photo credit: R.J. Sanchez

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry!

Wednesday, May 22th
12-12:30 - Student-Led Tour: Join a Henry Student Exhibition Guide for a 30-minute tour. All tours meet in the museum lobby.

Thursday, May 23rd
7-8:30 – Collection in Focus: Off with the Corset. Join Kimberly Hereford, UW Art History PhD candidate, for a discussion about the key characteristics of Aesthetic attire while examining a selection of garments from the Henry’s extensive costume collection. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 21 to

Friday, May 24th
7-9 pm – May Openings: Sanctum & the 2013 UW School of Art MFA + MDes Exhibiton. Join the artists, their friends, and families for a reception at the Henry to celebrate the opening of Sanctum and the 2013 UW School of Art Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design exhibition. Please note: The preview (5-7 pm) is limited to students, faculty, and their guests. At 7 pm, the reception opens to the public.

Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty is open through Sept 1 (Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez)
Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty is open through Sept 1 (Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez)

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry!

Paris is Burning

Wednesday, May 8th
12-12:30 pm – Student Led Tour: Join a Henry Student Exhibition Guide for a 30-minute tour. All tours meet in the museum lobby.

Thursday, May 9th
12:30-1:00 pm – Mindfulness Meditation: Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Join us to recenter and relax during your busy workday.

Thursday, May 9th
7:00 pm – Paris is Burning Screening. This is a documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston that explores issues of race, class, and gender in the context of the New York City drag balls of the 1980s.  This intimate and controversial film immerses the viewer in a subculture where contestants compete in categories that often skew and mimic hetero normative notions of race and gender. This film explores the notion of idealized beauty and the gendered image also explored in Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty.

High School Exhibition Guide Program

The Edu Team is at it again! We are excited to welcome the next generation of High School Exhibition Guides to the Henry.

Year after year the Henry partners with high schools throughout Seattle to recruit, train and engage high school students in our exhibitions. This year we are partnering with Roosevelt High School and Shorecrest High School to bring over 30 high school students to the museum and provide them with a first hand look into museums, leading inquiry based tours, researching art and supporting the Education Team.

These students are in for a treat with the variety of exhibitions at the Henry : Now Here  is Also Nowhere, Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, Pipilotti Rist: A la belle étoile, Collected Stories: Books by Laurie Anderson. Not to mention the exhibition to come….Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing. That’s a ton of art for a ton of high schoolers!

Public tours with our UW Exhibition Guides happen on the Second Wednesday of every month!

Catch our High School Exhibition Guides in the galleries early next year!

Exhibition Guide program, featuring Chelsea Nagayama

The Henry wins things, like the Golden Apple Award in 2011. The Golden Apple Award is given to educators, programs and schools who make a positive difference in Washington. The Exhibition Guide Program at the Henry provides invaluable experiences for both visitors and students, connecting student’ to art community.

What does the Exhibition Guide Program do? Well, the program connects both and high school and university level students to lead unique exhibition driven tours of the Henry. We provide the training that allows them to gain valuable public speaking skills, research opportunities and critical thinking skills. That’s why it won the Golden Apple. What it really does is bring students 16 – 22 into the museum, giving them a really good excuse to learn and discourse about contemporary art. The 10 week course has about 12 students, allowing them to learn how to teach art, engage visitors and develop publicly speaking skills. The best part about it is the interdisciplinary nature of the guides; some are art students, some educators and others science center people who also love art. If you want more information about the guide program email

Last year there were 12 graduates from the Exhibition Guide Program and Chelsea Nagayama is a recent graduate that continues to intern at the Henry Art Gallery. As a senior at the University of Washington she is majoring in Painting and Drawing and also taking her Pre-Medicine requirements.  She originally got interested in the program because of the creative environment an art museum provides and being able to teaching kids about art. She has wanted to be a doctor since she was very young, but also feels art is a very important part of her life. She thinks who needs to choose when you can just be Leonardo DaVinci! She also likes to sing in an operatic voice to her tour groups in the Skyspace, which is a permanent installation by James Turrell that has great acoustics. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to see that and come in for a Public Tour!

Catch her on her next tour at the Henry at our Open House on October 26, 2012.

Exhibition Tour Guide Series: Guest blogger Chelsea Nagayama

Sadly, this past Sunday was the final day for the The Record and The B-Side, which exhibited art, influenced and created with records and record sleeves by local Pacific Northwest artists spanning from Portland to Anacortes, respectively. I personally enjoyed the juxtaposition between the B-Side and The Record because the B-Side showed a current perspective of the local music world’s intersection of audio and visual art, while the The Record showed the past and present influence of records on the art world.  It was super great to gain a deeper understanding of records and music culture by the programs set up during the duration of the exhibit. I got see the record cutting process and even got my own record cut by the amazing dude, Mike Dixon, who was doing a residency with his record company PIAPTK Records. Now, I have my own personal one song record cut into Plexiglas.

I led the Youth Advisory Board from the Experience Music Project (EMP), led by the program’s teacher Jonathan Cunningham, during the final week of the exhibit. The Youth Advisory Board is a program that high school aged youth are working together through their passion for music to drive the involvement of their peers at the EMP. This high school aged group was an ideal group because of their invested relationship with music and their youthful perspective of what records mean to a young viewer during the revival of records as a medium for musicians to produce their music.

The EMP student’s will be acting as tour guides for the EMP in the future and actually pulled inspiration for their video wall, which displays music videos of past and present artists. Students jotted down names of local musicians to research so they could create a local perspective for their music video wall display. A theme these bright students really understood was the aspect of time in the exhibit. Time is represented by the ephemeral quality of the record’s vinyl material, the way listeners interact with a record player and how a record must be played through, and the nostalgia and reference to the past records have.

An activity I did with this group, that I encourage you all to do, is to choose a record sleeve of an artist you have never heard before and describe what you think the artist sounds like based on the cover art. Then, play the record and compare your previous thoughts with what you hear. It’s a really interesting activity to understand and consider the dynamic relationship of audio and visual art. The EMP group chose Black Candy. The album cover is black with white messy cursive writing of Black Candy and a quintessential piece of sugary cellophane wrapped candy drawn expressively with squiggles.  The EMP group suggested it would sounds metal, maybe hardcore, and that there was definitely going to be an edge. The sound was less metal and more grunge than they imagined. Go have fun and explore the recently booming record world, or better yet find a gem from the 70’s or 80’s!

I hope you all had the chance to check out The Record and The B-Side because the Henry is sad to see it leave, but new exhibitions Now Here is also Nowhere and Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell are opening on October 26th. The Henry will be having an Open House that night from 7-10 pm for the public, so come out, enjoy art, and party on!