I can’t get myself together for a cohesive post until I have another coffee, but I’ve been wanting to put a few things out here:
I never posted these images of Vancouver artist Khan Lee’s AMAZING paper performance in the Instant Coffee installation at Bumbershoot. Never before had a roll of newsprint combined with a Donna Summer song brought so much joy to so many people. People were making piles and diving into them, creating caves and hiding out, tossing armfuls, dancing, and laughing so hard it hurt.
Thinking about these Kienholz posts (Carolyn, at Dangerous Chunky and Regina at Art-to-go) put our Exhibitions Manager Paul Cabarga into the way-back machine. He dropped a catalog in my chair this morning to let me know that the Henry DID commission the creation of a HUGE work by Ed and Nancy Kienholz for the 1985-86 exhibition NO! Contemporary American Dada. The piece entered the artists’ collection – where it remains. It’s been included in many exhibitions since its making, allowing museum visitors all over the world to see it. The catalog is lovely: out-of-print, but available from the library.
On that note, one thing I’ve repeatedly witnessed since I’ve been at the HAG is how well the Henry does everything within its means to support artists in the creation of new work, regardless of whether those works then enter the Henry’s permanent collection. Most recently, and off the top of my head, the Henry supported the making of new works by Maya Lin, James Turrell, Steve Roden, Santiago Cucullu, Akio Takamori, Lead Pencil Studio, Axel Lieber, neuroTransmitter, and Roy McMakin. In the next few months we’ll be working with Dawn Cerny and Kader Attia on new pieces. Kim Jones will be making sculptures in the museum next week.
And in news from the unconscious world, I’ve had two very entertaining art dreams recently:
One, about an Olafur Eliasson Parade and Dance Party. In the dream, I read a press release from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery that said, “Finally Olafur Eliasson marries his break-dancing skills to his art-making practice!” The other, that Francis Alÿs is a fourteen-year-old albino girl, and we have an extensive conversation while riding in a moving camper van full of papier-mache sculptures, about Norse mythology and Fafnir, the dragon from Volsung.
Oh, yeah – and check this out: ArtsUW.org! I know it is completely bonkers that this hasn’t existed until now – but it didn’t, and now it does. One-stop-shopping for information and links about arts events that are open to the public on the UW campus. We’re there, so are the School of Music, the UW Dance Program, DX Arts, School of Art, UW World Series, Meany Hall, the Burke Museum, and the School of Drama. There’s a lot going on, too.