The Week Ahead @ Henry

Join us at the Henry this week for of music-making, reading, and special art experiences.

ArtBreak with Ann Hamilton
Thursday, March 26, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Join in on an intimate conversation about the common S E N S E exhibit led by the artist herself.

Photo credit: Chona Kasinger
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

A Silent Reading with Ann Hamilton and Joshua Beckman
Thursday, March 26, 7 – 8 PM

Experience silent reading as a shared experience in this collaborative immersive one-night event with Ann Hamilton and Joshua Beckman.

ArtBreak: Sylvia Wolf
Saturday, March 28, 2:30 – 3 PM
Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director of the Henry, speaks on focused elements of the common S E N S E.

Photo credit: Robert Wade
Photo credit: Robert Wade

Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster
Sunday, March 29, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Join us for an encore performance by composer and UW School of Music Professor Emeritus Stuart Dempster and his specially assembled Bull Roarchestra as they respond to the atmosphere and sounds created by the Field of Bullroarers in our lower level gallery.

Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster performing on February 20, 2015. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit
Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster performing on February 20, 2015. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Oh man, we are just crawling out of bed after Saturday night’s fantastic Future History Gala. THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported the Henry! We couldn’t do it without you — and we wouldn’t want to.

What’s on the docket for this week? Read on!

SAL U Lectures: Thinking Animals – Species, Power, and the Politics of Care in the World
Friday, March 6, 7 – 8:30 PM
Associate professor of UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and CHID program María Elena García (who you may have been lucky enough to see at last Thursday’s ArtBreak) will be speaking on the intersection between humans, other animals, culture, politics, and how they are all intertwined.

Photo courtesy of María Elena García.
Photo courtesy of María Elena García.

ArtBreak: Robert Twomey
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 – 3 PM
Artist and UW Ph.D. candidate in DXARTS, Robert Twomey, will be exploring questions on interactive artwork and how art identity is achieved through installation and performance. Twomey has also been a vital part in creating the Field of Bullroarers in the common S E N S E. You don’t want to miss out!

ArtVenture with Jessixa Bagley
Sunday, March 8, 2 – 3:30 PM
Author, illustrator, and UW and Cornish College of the Arts graduate Jessixa Bagley will be leading an exploration on the books and stories within the common S E N S E. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event!

Jessixa Bagley
Jessixa Bagley

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INCITE•INSIGHT lecture: Kristan Kennedy
Thursday, Feb 26, 7 – 9 PM
We invite you to participate in meaningful discussion on contemporary art with artist, curator, and educator Kristan Kennedy, who, in the past decade, has focused on commissioning work for international emerging artists in the form of solo projects and large-scale, site-specific installations.

The studio of Kristan Kennedy. Image courtesy of the artist.
The studio of Kristan Kennedy. Image courtesy of the artist.

ArtBreak: María Elena García
Thursday, Feb 26, 12:30 – 1 PM
Associate professor of UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and CHID program María Elena García will explore the common S E N S E in relation to life and death.

Photo courtesy of María Elena García.
Photo courtesy of María Elena García.

SAL U Lectures: Thinking Animals – Species, Power, and the Politics of Care in the World
Friday, Feb 27, 7 – 8:30 PM
Join Louisa Mackenzie, French and Italian Studies at the UW, in exploring both the seen and unseen human and animal connections that exist within the world.

Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala
Saturday, Feb 28, 6 – 11:59 PM
Tickets are going fast for the Henry’s annual gala! We’ll be offering a handful of unique auction experiences and a raise-the-paddle in support of the Henry. The Gala starts at 6pm and Future History Party starts at 9pm. Purchase your ticket now!

Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala
Future History: The 2015 Henry Gala.

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Ever done yoga in a museum? Now’s your chance.

ArtBreak: Video//Yoga
Thursday, Feb. 19, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Engage your senses in this yoga class taught with video art lead by Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. Video//Yoga occurs the third Thursday of every month.

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Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice Lecture: Gareth Moore
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 – 8:30 PM
Gareth Moore will speak about his practice and various projects. His work has been displayed worldwide, including San Francisco, Vancouver, and Berlin. This artist lecture series is held in conjunction with the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design and the Nebula Project.

Gareth Moore. A place, near the buried canal. 2011-2012. [Installation view. 2012. dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.] Photo courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Gareth Moore. A place, near the buried canal. 2011-2012. [Installation view. 2012. dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.] Photo courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster
Friday, Feb. 20, 7 – 9 PM
Renowned composer and UW School of Music Professor Emeritus Stuart Dempster and his specially assembled Bull Roarchestra will be performing pieces inspired by the sound and atmosphere created by the Field of Bullroarers in Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.

ArtBreak with Julian Miller
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:30 – 3 PM
University of Washington Museology graduate student Julian Miller will lead an exploration on the ideas of consumerism and its relation to the common S E N S E.

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Yeah, it’s raining and it’s going to keep raining. Come to the Henry. We have art and coffee.

ArtBreak: Mindfulness Meditation
Thursday, Feb 12, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Alleviate your stress in this calm meditation session.

Object Narratives: Plumage and Pillage–The Millinery Fashion Trade — SOLD OUT
Thursday, Feb 12, 7 – 8 PM
Milliner Wayne Wichern discusses the power and authority of bird plumage in this presentation in our Reed Study Center. Feather garments from the common S E N S E and feather hats from the Henry’s collection will be featured. Want to get on the waiting list? Email Emily Schmierer at emilys@henryart.org.

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice Lecture: Mitch McEwen
Thursday, Feb 12, 7 – 8:30 PM
Mitch McEwen, principal of McEwen Studio and member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? speaks as part of this winter lecture series in partnership with the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design and the Nebula Project.

Mitch McEwen. Study for Life in a Box. 2014. Courtesy of McEwen Studio
Mitch McEwen. Study for Life in a Box. 2014. Courtesy of McEwen Studio

SAL U Lectures: Thinking Animals–Species, Power, and the Politics of Care in the World
Friday, Feb 13, 7 – 8:30 PM
University of Washington instructor Kathryn Gillespie, whose research focuses on power dynamics and human/animal connections of U.S. animal agriculture, speaks on the dairy industry in the Pacific Northwest and the ways in which cows are intimately embedded in global structures of political economy and power.

Bang on a Can: Animal/Mineral
Saturday, Feb 14, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Bang on a Can All-Stars David Cossin and Robert Black respond musically to the common S E N S E. A discussion with the audience follows.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Welcome to February at the Henry! It’s a short month, but PACKED with events and programs. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Exhibition Orientations for University Faculty and Educators
Wednesday, Feb 4, 4 – 6 PM
Come discuss the central concepts in Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E and discover ways to incorporate the exhibition into your teaching curriculum. This event is open to K-12 educators and faculty from any discipline.

Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Dan Bennett
Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

ArtBreak with Haruko Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl of Degenerate Art Ensemble
Thursday, Feb 5, 6 – 6:30 PM
Gain a new perspective about the common S E N S E by joining co-founders and co-directors of Degenerate Art Ensemble, Haruko Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl. Combining music, theater, and dance, their punk-symphonic style performances challenge the perception of art and reality.

 ArtBreak with Emily Zimmerman
Friday, Feb 6, 2:30 – 3 PM
Join the Henry’s brand new Associate Curator of Programs, Emily Zimmerman, as she leads discussion on the skins and various other materials used in relation to the common S E N S E.

ArtVenture: Imagining Animals, Drawing by Sounds
Sunday, Feb 8, 2 – 3:30 PM
Bring the whole family to explore music in the common S E N S E with Emily Doolittle, Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts.

 

Past ArtVenture. Photo courtesy of the Henry.
A recent ArtVenture! Photo courtesy the Henry.

Object Narratives: Fur and Fashion

This week’s blog post is a preview of “Object Narratives: Fur and Fashion” coming up on January 29th. Clara Berg, Collections Specialist for Costumes and Textiles at MOHAI is our speaker and the author of today’s post.

Clara Berg. Photo credit: Kathleen Knies / MOHAI.
Clara Berg. Photo credit: Kathleen Knies / MOHAI.

I love the deeply personal nature of clothing. Clothing has an intimate, sensory relationship with the body, and every object has an intriguing history.

Ann Hamilton’s exhibition the common S E N S E includes more than forty garments from the collections of the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The garments are made from animal materials: fur, feathers, skins, guts. Depending on the piece and your sensibilities, you may find the idea of wearing the clothing repulsive or enticing. You may be passionately opposed to any kind of animal suffering, and recoil at the idea of wearing their skins on your body. Or you may find the materials interesting and inviting, and wish to experience their luxurious textures against your skin. Either way, there is something visceral about viewing these garments.

Clothing is also personal because it is full of stories. There is the story of the material itself—where it came from and how it was manipulated and changed. Then there is the story of how a garment was pieced together and shaped. Something hand-stitched takes hours of care and precision, but even the most industrialized clothing factory still requires human labor. You can’t put a bolt of fabric in a machine and have it spit out a pile of shirts. Human hands put pattern pieces together, guide sections through the sewing machines, and clip loose threads. Commercial garments also have the story of the seller—the person or people running a business which builds relationships with clients and promotes a certain aesthetic or lifestyle. Finally you have the wearer (or perhaps a succession of wearers) who take the garment out into the world—wearing it in daily life or only for special occasions.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories of the garments on display in the common S E N S E (and others from the Henry collection which are usually in storage) I’ll be giving a program on January 29th about the history of fur and fashion in Seattle. Who were the people and businesses involved in the industry here? Who were the clients who bought furs and where did they wear them? What did fur mean to the people of Seattle? I’ll talk about those histories, take a close look at some garments in the Reed Collection Study Center, and then tour the garments in the exhibition. For me, learning those historical stories increases that visceral experience of the garments. In addition to your own feelings about the materials and style of the garments, you can add a connection to the people who created, touched, and cared for the objects in the past.