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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 8th 12-12:30 pm – Student Led Tour: Join a Henry Student Exhibition Guide for a 30-minute tour. All tours meet in the museum lobby.
Thursday, May 9th 12:30-1:00 pm – Mindfulness Meditation: Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Join us to recenter and relax during your busy workday.
Thursday, May 9th 7:00 pm – Paris is Burning Screening. This is a documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston that explores issues of race, class, and gender in the context of the New York City drag balls of the 1980s. This intimate and controversial film immerses the viewer in a subculture where contestants compete in categories that often skew and mimic hetero normative notions of race and gender. This film explores the notion of idealized beauty and the gendered image also explored in Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty.