The Week Ahead @ Henry

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.
A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.


Thursday, May 15, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

VIDEO//YOGA is part of a series of yoga classes taught side-by-side with video art; creating an immersive visual and yogic experience that activates and engages all the senses. Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theatre, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. FREE EVENT. Space is limited please RSVP.

Mirror Check

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm & Sunday, May 18, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, one of Joan Jonas’s earliest works, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.


Can’t wait to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our favorite street fair! Image courtesy University District Street Fair.

University District 45th Annual Street Fair

Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th

Food trucks, art, and live performances – join us in the best neighborhood party in Seattle. Look for the ArtsUW booth to win prizes and free tickets!



Museum Week Northwest and International Museum Day

From May 16 – 23, enjoy Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of our region’s museums and cultural institutions in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle. More than 55 organizations have created special programming and admission offers. Check them out!

May 18th is both International Museum Day AND Art Museum Day. We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission to the Henry and a special curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm. Join us!

Blank Page, White Cloth: The 2014 Henry Gala in Photos

We set the stage….

Photo credit: Chona Kasinger
A view of the dining room
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

We welcomed our friends….

Photo credit: Robert Wade
Lisa Romney, UW President Michael Young, Marti Young, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Michael Shiosaki
Photo credit: Robert Wade

We welcomed our guest of honor Ann Hamilton….

Photo credit: Chona Kasinger
Bill and Ruth True with artist Ann Hamilton
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

We loved your style…

Photo credit: Wade Robert
Look at those “white possibles”!
Photo credit: Robert Wade

We partied….

Photo credit: Marilyn Montufar
Tom Ackerman, Jody Taylor, and Gil Bar-Sela
Photo credit: Marilyn Montufar

We raised close to $250,000….

Photo credit: Chona Kasinger
We are lucky to have such generous supporters!
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

We danced the night away….

Photo credit: Chona
Can you name those dancers/artists/curators?
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

We are so grateful for your support – THANK YOU!

Photo credit: Marilyn Montufar
The Gala Committee: Honoree Ann Hamilton, Christine Hansen, Marshal McReal, Erica Massaquoi, Patrice Auld, Steve Hoedemaker, Barb Wright, Tim Pfeiffer, Henry Director Sylvia Wolf
Photo credit: Marilyn Montufar



The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Hello first whole week of summer!

This week we say goodbye to the annual MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition and began prepping the Stroum Gallery for the July 13 opening of The Ghost of Architecture.

In the meantime, Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque continues to surprise viewers with its intensity and incredible detail.

Laffoley exhibition
Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque is on view through September 15.                        (Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez)



Upstairs, Industrial Effects and Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty draws visitors daily through our North Galleries, the original structure of the Henry.

The big event this week? The official Bike Friday kick-off! Join us for an evening of workshops and demos, live music, and a variety of cycle-friendly arts activities.

  • Workshops and demos from Cascade Bicycle Club, 20/20 Cycle, and The Bikery
  • Free tune ups and diagnostics from Back Alley Bike Repair (first come, first served: sign up HERE!)
  • Bike-friendly brews and tasty treats from Peddler Brewing Company and Bikelava
  • Live music from Seattle bands Punishment and Pitschouse
  • Class up your bike style with fashion forward activities brought to you by Iva Jean and Hub and Bespoke
  • Door prizes from Bicycle Alliance, Gregg’s Cycles, Hub and Bespoke, and MORE!

Now through September 20, the Henry is offering complementary admission on Fridays to cyclists.

Guest Blog: Susan Robb & Sierra Stinson

Susan Robb is a Seattle based artist who has exhibited at the Henry with “Seedling” and as part of Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics. One of her most recent works includes The Long Walk. Siera Stinson is also a Seattle based independent curator who puts on Vignettes, which is a series of exhibitions that are up for one night in her apartment. They have been working in collaboration to produce  ONN/OF “a light festival” which is taking place this weekend, Jan 26th-27th.



Happy New Year, dear Hankblog readers! We here at the Henry hope that you have had a most wonderful and rejuvenating holiday and New Year! We are really excited about 2013 and hope that you will be as well!

Here are some of the upcoming events and exhibitions in store for you at the Henry in early 2013:

Graduate Student Happy Hour on January 10th.
The Reconstruction of Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring on January 11th and the rest of the Rite of Spring Series.
Now Here is Also Nowhere: Part I will be closing this Sunday, but Part II will be opening January 26th.
An Evening of Endingness on February 1st.
Henry Gala on February 9th.
Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces opens February 16th.
The Dowsing opens on February 23rd.


Student Led Tours every Saturday and Second Wednesdays at 12 noon.

Check out all of the other Henry Haps on our website or our facebook and watch out for our updated newsletter!

P.S. Stephen Sewell, who exhibited at the Henry’s University of Washington MFA Exhibition in 2012, has a new exhibition at 4Culture which opens tomorrow!

Voicing Cage

This Friday in the Henry Auditorium, Stacey Mastrian and Stephen F. Lilly will present selections from John Cage’s vast and tremendously diverse output that employ the voice in its many facets. This is the final event in our public programming series commemorating the 100th birthday of the iconic American composer-musician-artist-philosopher-poet John Cage.

Soprano Stacey Mastrian is a Fulbright Grantee, Beebe Fellow, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient whose performances have been broadcast internationally. Her repertoire ranges from late Renaissance to contemporary, and she specializes in 20th-century Italian vocal music, as well as the works of John Cage and Morton Feldman.

Stephen Lilly is a composer, new music performer, bass player, audio engineer, educator, and published theorist. Much like Cage, Lilly highlights aspects of musical performance that are often ignored or taken for granted. He is a full time faculty member at the Art Institute of Washington and has taught courses in recording, mixing, mastering, post production, and broadcasting.

Friday, November 30, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
$5 Students, Henry Members, and UW Staff & Faculty 
$10 General Audience
Get your tickets HERE.



The Henry Open House is teeming with fun, excitement, and art! Not only are we opening two new exhibitions, Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell and Now Here is also Nowhere: Part I, but we are also throwing a museum-wide party! Come dressed in your conceptual best for the Student Henry Advisory Group’s Conceptual Costume Contest. Enjoy the sweet music of the UW Mariachi Band, Fainting Goats, and FBDC ~ ФБДЦ; Check out the FAN CLUB in the Study Center; eat some delicious babycakes courtesy of Cupcake Royale and enjoy libations from Pyramid Breweries. All of that PLUS installations of Public Health Poems by Rachel Kessler!

Rachel Kessler will premier her new poem cycle on public health posters installed in The Henry’s restrooms by sinks and in bathroom stalls.  Kessler will lead groups in hand-washing poetry usage, demonstrate hand washing technique, recite bathroom stall limericks, and sing sea shantys.  Each poem lasts approximately 30 seconds, the amount of time the department of health recommends lathering hands for.


About the project:

Remember how your preschool teacher instructed you to rub your soapy hands together for the entirety of the Happy Birthday song?  Now there is a poem for that.  While scrubbing in like surgeons, our minds and mouths deserve something more than that same old dreary song.

Rachel Kessler, a poet of the everyday, has composed a new poem cycle that will appear on bathroom stall doors, above urinals, and next to sinks in public restrooms. Posing as Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work signs and stall door advertisements, these poster poems will provide entertainment while imparting a useful earworm of knowledge.

She began writing her first anonymous protest poems on the bathroom stall walls in seventh grade, and has long been fascinated by graffiti art. Inspired by a collaboration several years ago with poet Pete Miller and their collective LOCCAL: League of Citizens Concerned About Literature, her work with homeless adults, and as a preschool teacher and parent, began trying her hand at School House Rock style poems for her kids to recite while scrubbing their hands at the sink.

Determined to put poetry in unlikely and non-traditional venues, her work explores the function and origin of poetry, not only as a mnemonic device, but as a way to reflect on the mundane, daily activities that comprise the majority of our hours. After a short residency in Rome researching ancient public health works, she collaborated with graffiti, nursery rhyme, fairy tales, health department propaganda to compose poems for hand-washing, poems for toilet use, poems for dental hygiene, poems for bathroom stall decisions.  Like the “Talking Fountains” of Rome, defaced statues where poets post anonymous political commentary, bathroom stalls are the original online comments.  Public restrooms, like phone booths, are one of the few public-private spaces where a citizen can find respite in a public place.

This project was funded by a City Artists award from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.


About the Henry event:
Several Public Health Poems will be installed in the Henry restrooms by sinks and in bathroom stalls. Rachel Kessler will lead individuals and groups in handwashing-poetry usage in the restrooms via demonstrations, in impromptu bathroom stall limerick recitations, and in other public health poetic concerns.  Sea shantys will be sung in bathroom stalls.



Rachel Kessler, co-founder of poetry-performance collaborations Typing Explosion and the Vis-à-Vis Society, is a writer and performer from Seattle.  Passionate about presenting poetry in non-traditional venues, she has performed interactive poetry in parks, on buses, in phonebooths, hair salons, and abandoned motels. She is visiting faculty and writer-in-residence at Centrum, a Whiteley Center Fellow with the University of Washington, a Jack Straw Writer, and senior writer-in-residence with Seattle Arts & Lectures.  She has performed at multiple times at the Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot, Night School at the Sorrento, Galapagos Art Space and Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.  Her poems have appeared in Tin House and the Monarch Review, and her text-based visual art is featured in The Open Daybook and Sea-Cat.

In summary, she’s a pretty rad lady. Make sure to spend some time in the loo at the Open House!