This is the last weekend for “the common S E N S E!”

Photo credit: Robert Wade

Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E has been on view at the Henry since this past October. Hamilton’s large-scale installments have led visitors on an immersive journey that explored her invitation to discover tangible and intangible ways of touch. Using various materials, animals and representations–fur and feather garments, scientific specimens, books, and mechanical bullroarers–Hamilton guided visitors to consider the interdependence between human and non-human animals.

The development of the common S E N S E and its accompanying events and activities provided Hamilton and the Henry the opportunity to collaborate with various partners in the local region–including Seattle Arts and Lectures, UW School of Music, the Burke Museum–just to name a few. The collaborations of the common S E N S E have supported the Henry’s commitment of advancing contemporary art, artists, and ideas.

Ann Hamilton. Photo credit:
Ann Hamilton. Photo credit: Robert Wade

Throughout the duration of this exhibition, singers, dancers, and musicians have surrounded and filled the gallery spaces with their music, footsteps, and spoken word, all in response to the exploration of Hamilton’s work. As Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E comes to an end, her work continues to inspire.

The Henry invites you to stop by this weekend before the common S E N S E closes on Sunday, April 26th.

Today’s blog post was written by Angie Yin, UW Student and Communication Assistant at the Henry.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Have you experienced the Henry’s current audio/visual exhibitions? Be sure to catch them before they close on September 7!

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

This exhibition pairs work by two artists who focus on the essential qualities of photography and video to frame and represent.

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman).
Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman).

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

This exhibition premieres four new videos, products of a collaboration by artists Andrew Deutsch (U.S., b. 1968) and Stephen Vitiello (U.S., b. 1964). The suite of works was developed by exchanging a number of sound files via email and then processing them with the help of a Sandin image processor and other technologies.

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Trans-scape .
Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Trans-scape [video still].

With Hidden Noise

Titled after Marcel Duchamp’s readymade of a ball of string held between two brass plates and containing a mysterious sound-making object, With Hidden Noise brings together sound works made from traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes.

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.
Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

This focused exhibition presents, for the first time, holdings in the Henry’s collection by the late Los Angeles-based artist Ken Price (U.S., 1935-2012).

Ken Price. Untitled.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week will be an auditory adventure — full of sounds, sun, and… paddles?


Performance: Seattle Phonographers Union

Thursday, July 24, 7-9 PM

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.




Join exhibiting artist Steve Peters for a live performance and sonic investigation with the Seattle Phonographers Union in conjunction with With Hidden Noise, on view through September 7.

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective that improvises with unprocessed field recordings to explore the ways in which we recognize, differentiate, map, and navigate our sonic environment.

$5 Henry members

$10 General public

Buy your tickets HERE!


Summer Field Studies: Friendship Trail

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1-5 PM


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This week, Summer Field Studies features an afternoon in which participants will paddle through the Lake Washington Arboretum in search of musical acts, hidden in the bushes. Led by Nautical Adventure Seeker Clyde Petersen of Boating with Clyde.

The event is BYOBoat, and will meet on Foster Island.


Now on view:

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

With Hidden Noise 

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

Ken Price: Inside/Outside


Upcoming events:

Thursday, July 31, 12:30-1 PM

Public Tour: Art Break!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac

Sunday, August 3, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get back THERE (Seattle) from HERE (the Dam)

Be sure to check out Molly Mac’s second post on the blog!










Experience the 60’s

Life expenses 50 years ago compared to today:

1964 versus 2014

Numbers give you a reference point, but don’t share an experience.

Danny Lyon. Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Danny Lyon. Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

The exhibition Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders brings the 60’s forward in time. A decade of self expression, rebels, hippies, and activists, Danny Lyon takes us deep into his 1960’s with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club. Lyon rode with the Hell’s Angels from 1963-67 and documented their lives from the inside with photographs in the style of what is now called “New Journalism.” Objectivity is not a byword for New Journalists, these cutting-edge writers and photographers — including writers Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe — immersed themselves and participated in the life they documented.

Lyon’s first book, a photography collection titled The Bikeriders, was out of print for a decade and is now being reprinted with images from negatives he thought lost for 30 years. We invite you to visit the Henry and immerse yourself in his world (feel free to dress as your favorite character from the movie Easy Rider, which was inspired by Danny Lyon’s work).

Henry Behind the Scenes: Camera Nipponica with Guest Curator Catherine Roche

This post is written by Catherine Roche, Guest Curator for Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880-1930.

Camera Nipponica is an unusual exhibition for a museum, as it features a collection of Japanese black and white portrait photography in which neither the photographers nor the sitters are known individuals. There are no bold names in the artist line, and no high ranking figures (as far as we can tell) in front of the lens. Rather, there are simply ordinary people—brides and grooms, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers—posing outdoors or in studio settings, commemorating a moment in time. Writer W.G. Sebald, who famously inserted caption-less photographs into his masterful and uncanny literary works, once said,

I’ve always collected stray photographs; there’s a great deal of memory in them.

Photographs are reservoirs of memory, and so-called “found” or vernacular photographs are partly so compelling because they resonate with memories to which we don’t have access. We are left only to speculate, on who the subjects were, what the occasion was, what they were thinking and feeling, and what has happened to them since.

Unknown photographer. Untitled portrait in Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880-1930
Unknown photographer. Untitled portrait. 1900/1920. Gelatin developing-out paper print. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Susan Tehon


There is one photograph in the exhibition that particularly intrigues me. It depicts two girls—sisters, most likely—wearing light, summertime yukata with checkerboard patterns and bold, abstract graphics. With raised paper fans and stylized gestures, the girls seem to be performing the Bon Odori, a sort of folk dance typically performed in the heat of August to welcome the spirits of the dead. Their masklike faces are painted with thick white makeup and bold crimson lips, yet the face paint cannot conceal their distinct personalities. There is an eerie, almost Diane Arbus-like quality to this photograph that makes it memorable. What is likely simply a studio portrait of two sisters in their festival best—in one sense the most ordinary of family photos—has somehow been made strange, and thus unforgettable.

The other photograph that I keep coming back to is a portrait of a handsome group of men seated before the wooden verandah of a Buddhist temple building in the shade of an evergreen tree. The men are wearing dark kimono and white straw boaters in a mash up of Meiji Japan and the Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames. An oval inset includes the portrait of a member of their group who for some reason was absent on “picture day.” Was he merely late, was he sick, or had he died? It is unusual details like these that make these “stray” photographs worth collecting, and recollecting.

Please join us for Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930 before it closes on January 5, 2014.

Have you seen Sanctum? Has it seen you?

We’ve just completed two new videos about Sanctum, the interactive art installation located on the Henry’s facade. Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by.

The short videos include interviews with artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin, sharing their ideas and artistic process, the innovative technology they developed, and how their past work brought them to this partnership. After you view them, stop by the Henry and experience Sanctum firsthand!

 James Coupe and Juan Pampin: Sanctum


 James Coupe and Juan Pampin: The Collaboration behind Sanctum

These videos were created as a collaborative project between the artists, the Henry, and Solstream Media.

To learn more about the project and to contribute with narrative content, please enter here. You can also opt in by scanning the QR codes that are posted on signage outside the museum.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry: Open House!


Last year's Fall Open House packed the gallery. Photo by Amelia Hooning
Last year’s Fall Open House packed the gallery.
Photo by Amelia Hooning

Join us for the best house party of the season this Friday, October 25th!

We’ll start the evening at 6 pm with a special cocktail hour for our Patrons and Contemporaries. At 7 pm, Henry members get in, followed by the general public at 8 pm. Bring a date, bring your friends, bring your circuit training shoes (seriously, we have quite the night planned for you).

We are going to have tours of our five fall exhibitions with Henry guides, Poetic Interventions with Tara Atkinson of APRIL, exhibition-inspired performances from Kate Wallich of The YC, and the aforementioned Circuit Training preview with artist Lacy Draper.

And what’s a party without cold beer from Pyramid Breweries (you get two free drink tickets with admission) and a food truck named NOSH (self-host) — not to mention the best beats around with music powered by KEXP!

Tickets HERE!