Two new exhibitions opening at the Henry

This Saturday, October 6th, the Henry invites you to the opening of two new exhibitions: Pipilotti Rist: A la belle étoile and En Plein Air.

Rist’s immersive installation, which is in collaboration with Seattle Art Museum and the exhibition Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, will transform the gallery space by projecting moving images onto the floor and setting a confusion of perspectives into motion. Rist’s work is known to be optically exuberant and engage viewers’ bodies and senses.

En Plein Air presents work culled from the Henry’s permanent collection along with the work of the young French Algerian contemporary artist Neïl Beloufa. The exhibition broadly addresses how the practice of en plein air painting richly influenced the early years of photography and the subsequent practice of the arts. The role of the artist as flâneur is crucial to the thesis of this focused exhibition which includes paintings by Boudin and Corot, and photographs from the Henry’s important holdings of French photography, including the work of Eugene Atget, Henri Lartigue, Charles Marville, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and others.

Don’t miss the openings of these two fantastic shows at the Henry!

FREE ADMISSION – Museum Day Live!

On Saturday, September 29, the Henry Art Gallery will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Visitors must download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Each ticket provides free entrance for two at participating venues on September 29th. Click here to see a list of all participating museums and cultural institutions.

Come see what the Henry has to offer for free! Exhibitions on view on Museum Day Live! include The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl, The B-Side, and In Ruin: Architectural Photographs from the Permanent Collection.

Art Discovery Family Workshop: Exploring Ruins

This upcoming Sunday, September 23rd, from 2:00pm-3:30pm, the Henry invites you and your children to participate in a family-centered workshop that includes a tour of the exhibition, In Ruin: Architectural Photographs from the Permanent Collection, followed by a unique art making activity in our education studio.

The workshops is 1 ½ hours in length and appropriate for all ages. Parents participate and make art alongside their children. Participants will look closely at a range of photographs from the 1860s to the end of the 20th century and explore the beauty in images that look at the decay and destruction of man-made structures.

Register for this event at Stranger Tickets. Hurry! Space is limited.

Admission- Member: Free * Non-Member: $10.00 (Includes admission to the museum, a guided tour, gallery activities and art materials)


Fall Fête this Friday

Shake your student body at the Henry Art Gallery’s Fall Fête!

New and returning UW students are invited to the Henry for an evening of live music, dancing, food, and activities inspired by the exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. Walk through the museum’s galleries, explore the Study Center, and sample delicious food from Molly’s Cafe. Kick off the new school year by getting acquainted with your newest old friend, Hank.

Set to take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm, this event is FREE for students and is hosted in collaboration with ASUW Arts & Entertainment and Rainy Dawg Radio.


Liner Notes: Dave Muller

Hello Henry fans! This week I will be profiling artist Dave Muller, whose works, Jake’s Top Ten (Nostalgia) 2003 and Dave’s Top Ten (03/23/09: Muller Family Favorites) 2009 are in the Henry’s current exhibition, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.

Get a sneak peek into Muller’s studio in this video made by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles:

Read this article from T Magazine, in which Muller describes what it was like to create permanent artworks for the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, of all places.

Muller discusses the music-inspired mural he created for the lobby of the Boston ICA in this article from the Boston Globe.

You can view a large selection of his works here on the Gladstone Gallery site.

Come check out Dave Muller’s works at Henry for the Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, on view until October 7th, 2012. Thanks!


Hugo to the Henry: Writing with Visual Art

In conjunction with The Richard Hugo House, the Henry recently finished up a writing workshop series emphasizing visual arts as inspiration for writing. This entailed gathering media such as photographs, paintings, sculpture, and textiles to provide stimulus for new prose projects. Students were able to workshop one short story or essay as well as take part in a variety of exercises, discussions, and readings.

We are happy to announce that two of the writings completed by students as a result of this fantastic workshop will be posted on our blog! Thanks again to our wonderful students and our instructor, Anca Szilágyi.

Scroll down to read stories written by Lauren Shea and Judith Yarrow.

The Coat Dior

A hypertext by Lauren Shea

Click here to view the story.

Christian Dior (Boutique).Woman’s coat.1957. Plain weave. Heavy fulled wool with medium weight plain silk lining. Mrs. Theodore Plestcheeff Collection, 87.4-18

This short piece was written by a student of the Richard Hugo House who attended the writing workshop at the Henry.

John Divola, Zuma #4

John Divola. Zuma #4. 1978, reprinted 2012. Pigment print on rag paper. Monsen Study Collection of Photography, gift of Joseph and Elaine Monsen, replacement print by the artist, 2012.6


by Judith Yarrow

An old friend sent me a photo of the room I lived in back then. There’d been a fire in it. Charred rubbish was piled in the center of the room. The window panes of the two big windows in the corner of the room were shattered— by the fire or the firefighters.

In that corner had been a table and two chairs. The view was wonderful at all times but especially at sunset when the dark ultramarine of the sea slowly swallowed the rose and peach of the sky. A glass of wine, the distant sound of children playing in the street, the fragrance of  frangipani. The very hint of frangipani can bring it all back to me And the dreams I dreamt then, so rich. Every night the waves lapping on the shore filled my dreams, and in the morning the roosters crowed all over the village. It was a dreamtime in my life. I was so young and hopeful and trusting. Of course it couldn’t last. The burnt husk of a relationship eventually sent me running, but that table in the corner looking out at the sea is still an icon of that time when I thought I could learn the meaning of life and capture it in poems.

This short piece was written by a student of the Richard Hugo House who attended the writing workshop at the Henry.

Mindfulness Meditation today at 12:30pm

Join us today in the Sky Space for 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation.

Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences. Extensive research has proven that mindfulness is an effective way to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. These thirty minute “drop-in” mindfulness-meditation sessions will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Registration is not required, please check in at the Henry’s front desk for location information. Meditations will begin promptly at 12:30.

Learn more about how you can be mindful in an office environment in this post from Dr. Issac Eliaz on the Huffington Post.

Henry Season Preview featured on King FM’s Arts Channel

King FM’s Arts Channel has featured our very own Henry Art Gallery on their radio show in an engaging interview with the Henry’s Executive Director Sylvia Wolf and Deputy Director of Art and Education Luis Croquer.

The interview starts off with a brief synopsis of the Henry’s unique history from Sylvia Wolf and continues with a description of the upcoming Fall 2012-Spring 2013 season as told by Luis Croquer. Projects discussed by Luis include an installation from artist Pipilotti Rist that is in conjunction with the SAMs, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, a special presentation from Laurie Anderson, and an exhibition centered around Seattle’s beloved artist, Jeffry Mitchell, just to name a few.

Listen in to hear more about what the Henry has cooking for the upcoming year!