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)

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice

UW Art Lectures Poster

This quarter, the Henry is hosting ART 361, Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, in our auditorium. The class features artist lectures every Thursday night (until March 7th) at 7 pm. With sponsorship from the New Foundation, the class “lectures” are open and free to the public. That means YOU. This series is part of the new Nebula Project. The Nebula Project is a new initiative of the UW Division of Art that will support a variety of experiences to promote and expose contemporary art to our students, staff and faculty as well as to the broader arts community.   The Nebula Project has been made possible by the generous support of The School of Art, The College of Arts and Sciences, The New Foundation Seattle and the Henry Art Gallery.

Here is what you have to look forward to (Or miss out on. Your choice):

February 21st
Sam Lewitt’s practice often examines communications systems and technologies, both obsolete and cutting edge, that are central to contemporary life. For the 2012 Biennial, his subject is ferrofluid, a mixture of magnetic particles suspended in liquid that is used in a wide variety of technological applications, including computer hard drives, audio speakers, educational tools, and military aircraft. In the presence of a magnet, ferrofluid coagulates to resemble a solid mass, its contours conforming to the magnetic field yet retaining the plasticity of a liquid.

February 28th
Tamara Henderson is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. She will speak about her artwork. Read more about her on this webpage, plus she has a video posted on Vimeo. Henderson is also involved in a project in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery that involves building a bar-like structure and film set in one of the gallery rooms. Working with her will be Julia Feyrer, another Vancouver, BC, artist.

March 7th
Makan, founded in 2003, is an art space, a project and a collective based in Amman, San Francisco and somewhere in between. Alongside Samah Hijawi, the three collective members include Ola El-Khalidi and Diala Khasawnih. Ola works in the arts as an organizer, curator, and collaborator; she received an MA in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2012. Diala is an artist and a translator who likes to bring people around a table to eat and talk, and if that could be art, she is happy.

The Henry receives NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Henry is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Henry was awarded a $20,000 grant to support the upcoming exhibition Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty to be presented March 2 – July 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Out [o] Fashion will present over 90 photographs that examine historic and contemporary representations of beauty. The exhibition will include works by renowned artists Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, E. J. Bellocq, Marsha Burns, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Bruce Davidson, Fred Miller, Hope Sandrow, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, Weegee, Carrie Mae Weems, and Garry Winogrand.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Henry Art Gallery,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support may be found at the NEA website at

UW School of Art Design Lecture: Karen Cheng

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE with Museum Admission

Join us this Thursday at 7 pm in the Henry’s Auditorium for a lecture by Associate Professor Karen Cheng. Professor Cheng will discuss her professional design practice, her design research and her teaching philosophy.

This lecture is held in conjunction with our friends, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, who are currently exhibiting a show by UW faculty.

Karen Cheng received her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1997, she worked in Brand Management at the Procter and Gamble Company and studied engineering at Penn State University. Her work has been published by Communication Arts, the American Center for Design, Critique, the Society for Publication Designers, the University + College Designers Association, HOW Magazine and PIE Tokyo. She is active in the Seattle chapter of the AIGA, where she has been a board member and chair of the education committee. Her book, Designing Type, was published by Yale University Press in Spring 2006. She is currently Chair of the UW Division of Design.

Summer Symposium Time – Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization

Hi, Henry fans! I’m Marian, the Henry’s new Communications and Engagement Intern for the summer. I’m working with Betsey Brock to let you know what’s coming up at the Henry, and I’ll be posting here regularly. I look forward to your comments and meeting you at Henry events!

Are you interested in learning more about the global migration and displacement of indigenous communities as a topic of contemporary art? We have a few interesting opportunities coming up for you this summer:

In conjunction with the American Ethnic Studies Department at UW, there will be a panel discussion entitled, Art, Indigenous Communities and Migration in the Age of Globalization in the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, as well as an art exhibition entitled, Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.  It features Takeda along with filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and scholars Erasmo Gamboa (UW American Ethnic Studies) and Agustín Jacinto Zavala (Colegio de Michoacán, México),and will be moderated by UW professor Lauro Flores.

The exhibition will display 24 pieces by Shinzaburo Takeda and twelve of his most esteemed current and former students. Finally, on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm, the Henry will be having a screening of the film, 2501 Migrants: A Journey, a full-length documentary that follows the story of the artist Alejandro Santiago, who leaves his home of Oaxaca, Mexico for a brief stay in France, and upon his return finds the Oaxaca has become one of Mexico’s “leading exporters of human labor.” Deeply affected by what he sees in Oaxaca, Santiago amazingly creates 2,501 life-size figures as a commemoration to each individual who has migrated from his village. Filmmaker Yolanda Cruz will give an introduction to the film. Don’t miss these exciting and thought-provoking events which take place on June 27th, 28th, and 29th.
See the trailer for the film:

Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples
June 26-July 20

Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Art, Indigenous Communities and Migration in the Age of Globalization
Wednesday, June 27 2012 at 7:00 p.m
UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre
3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE

2501 Migrants: A Journey
Thursday June 28th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Henry Auditorium

Art Break (UW Staff Tour)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:00 – 12:30 PM
University of Washington staff, faculty and affiliates are invited to join s for FREE 30-munite guided tours of the Henry’s exhibitions. Gather your colleagues and meet at the Henry for an engaging tour. New art will be explored each month. Make it a date! Stay for lunch in our Molly’s café and keep the conversation going.

UW Students: Call for Artwork

The UW Hall Health Center has released a call for artwork from UW students to be displayed in in the building during the 2012-2013 school year. The exhibition’s intent is to promote the theme of physical and mental wellbeing.

Any size and media of work will be considered. Please provide the composition and dimensions of the work when submitting it. Each artist is limited to 2 digital submissions. The top 3 juried works will receive a $100 prize!

All work is due Friday, June 9th, 5pm. Submit work to: