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.
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.
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.
Numbers give you a reference point, but don’t share an experience.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
Opening this Saturday, the Henry is proud to present Berlin-based Jason Dodge’s first comprehensive North American exhibition What We Have Done and Korean-born artist Haegue Yang’s solo exhibition Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion.
In What We Have Done, Dodge will show recent work as well as debut two major new works created especiallyfor this exhibition. The artist’s interest in literature and, in particular, poetry informs his practice. To mark the opening, we are hosting a poetry reading from 2-4 pm on Saturday featuring Matthew Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, and Joshua Beckman
Other Cool Henry Happenings this Week
VIDEO//YOGA, Thursday, Oct 17
Instructor and curator at Interstitial Theater, Julia Greenway, will lead us in a yoga class to excite the senses as video art plays on the screen as you hold the pose. Class starts promptly at 12:30; check in with the front desk for location. Bring your own mat, please.
Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, Friday, Oct 18th
Discover how digital interacts with poetry at this free symposium Friday night at 6 pm. Does a tweet or Facebook post have the potential to be as impactful as a sonnet? Join us to find out.
Spaghetti Code, Sunday, Oct 20th
From 2-4 pm, artist Sol Hashemi will lead us through activities to explore photography and sculpture through the lens of computer, internet, and hackerspace. Discuss the artist’s latest Test Site Project Software Update/System Build. This event is free.