The Week Ahead @ The Henry

The final countdown to our Graduate Student Party has started: T-Minus 10 days!

While we wait for a graduate storm to descend, we hope you will join us this week for:



Worried a Polar Vortex might be headed our way? Join us for some yoga and heat up your core. Thursday at 12:30 PM.

Critical Collaboration Sessions

Discover Seattle’s Aurora Avenue with the presentation of Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora, the UW College of Built Environment will host a series of weekly design intensives. They kick off this Thursday at 4:30 – 7:30 PM. All sessions are free and open to the public.

ART 361 Lecture Series Winter Quarter

The Henry is welcoming back the UW School of Art back for another free public art lecture series, held in conjunction with ART 361 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art, in which cutting edge artists and curators discuss their work. The first artist, Allyson Vieira, is a New York City-based sculptor whose works address myth and materiality. The series starts this Thursday at 7 PM in the Henry auditorium. RSVPs encouraged.

Curator-led Tour of Jason Dodge: What we have done.

Before this exhibition closes on Jan 26th, join Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, for an intimate walk-through of the exhibition Jason Dodge: What we have done. Space is limited, so please register today.

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Making plans for the week? Check out what’s happening here at the Henry.

Industrial Effects: Photographs from the Henry Art Gallery Collection is open now through September 1.

Over the years, photographers have traced the rise and fall of industry’s popularity, from sweeping views of skyscrapers to critical looks at industry’s effect on workers and the environment. Through a selection of photographs from the Henry’s permanent collection, Industrial Effects traces evolving attitudes toward industry from the 19th century until now. This exhibition is organized by Sylvia Wolf, Director.


Edward Burtynsky. Shipbreaking #12, Chittagong, Bangladesh. 2000. Chromogenic color print. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Dale and Leslie Chihuly.

Thursday, June 13

Mindfulness Meditation, 12:30 – 1:00. Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Thursday’s session will be held in the East Gallery which is currently showing Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque. This event is free. Please check in at the front desk.

Saturday, June 15

Public Forum: Free Market, 1:00 – 3:00. Everything must go! Toward the close of Small Change, once all of the handmade currency has been dispersed, artist Rebecca Chernow will be hosting a “liquidation sale” during which time everything that has accumulated in the space through means of trade and barter will be made available to the public.

Visitors are encouraged to empty the gallery space of its contents in this final week, exchanging real U.S. dollars (on a strictly donation basis, at their discretion) for objects of their choosing. All donations support the Henry’s mission of advancing the art, artists, and ideas of our time.

shelf with small items

Items ready for purchase in Small Change

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry!

Thursday, June 6th
4:45-6 - The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Henry Gallery Association - Come hear about what we have accomplished in the past year and what we have to look forward to in 2013-14.

7-8 - Artist Talk: Rebecca Chernow - Join us for a discussion on and around issues of labor, trade, currency, and gift economies inspired by Rebecca Chernow’s concurrent study on the topic. Small Change is a four-week presentation of research into themes of reciprocity, barter, debt, and the emergence of markets and related value systems through the creation and distribution of an invented currency.

Rbecca Chernow, artist

Rebecca Chernow works on installing “Small Change” (photo credit: Robert Wade)

Sunday, June 9th
2-3:30 – Family Sundays at the Henry! -  Family Sundays at the Henry are especially designed for adults and children to learn and create togetherJoin us as we explore Richard Elliott’s Cycle of the Sun and the influences that helped shape his work including geometry, quilting patterns and basket weaving designs.  Register at Stranger Tickets.

children making art

If you liked the Arty Party, you’ll love Family Sundays! (photo credit: Marilyn Montufar)

$mall Change: Testing a barter economy

Small Change installation shot

Artist Rebecca Chernow (center) shares her work with Henry guests. Photo credit: Dan Bennett

This post is written by Rebecca Chernow, exhibiting artist in the Test Site and UW School of Art MFA candidate.


$mall Change is a result of my curiosity in home-spun economics and the fiscal and social systems of value, worth, cost, and price that govern our lives and dictate many of the choices that are made by individuals and nations alike.

I wanted to make my own money and cut out all the middlemen, from the bosses to the bankers to the dollar and coin-makers at the Federal Reserve. I want to know if value is something innate or if it is based solely on belief and debate, and if my time can be measured out in small hand-wrought increments by asking what price my energies fetch at open market. Can a new, cohesive economic order emerge from raw material, applied skill, and open engagement?

It has taken me three months of 40+ hour weeks of performing an extremely specific process, many kilowatts of electrical energy, 400 pounds of plaster and silica, many gallons of water, 25 pounds of wax, 25 pounds of glass, and a few ounces of copper powder to mint roughly four thousand coins at the University of Washington’s ceramic and metal arts studio. The coins—called works—are made out of glass in the likeness of the American penny. Now that that portion of the project is over, the goal is to trade every last one of these works away through bartering and exchange of commodities in the Test Site at the Henry.

This is an open call for all interested participants to trade anything handmade, ready-made, perishable, or pocket-size with me until I run out of works to traffic with. The project cannot be fully realized without the willing involvement of strangers with candy, hats, shirts, artworks, knick-knacks, etc., along with an interest to barter and bargain in the name of reciprocity and exchange. All items will be displayed with their ultimate price in the Henry Test Site for the first three weeks of the exhibition. During the final week all items will be available to the public in exchange for a suggested nominal donation to benefit the Henry.

My economy has emerged from disparate bits and volumes of resources, and so too will it disperse through the hands of every person who wishes to buy into this micro-market. There is not much time and very few limitations on this process, so please don’t be shy.

MFA+MDes Thesis Exhibition opens on this Saturday (Preview Tonight!)

Max Pethe, Henry Prep Crew, readies the Stroum Gallery for the exhibition opening on May 24.

Max Pethe, Henry prep crew, readies the Stroum Gallery for the MFA+MDes exhibition opening.

On Saturday, May 25th, the Henry’s Stroum Gallery will feature the work of 17 graduating UW School of Art Master of Fine Art and Master of Design students. The students have been in the galleries preparing their pieces for over a week, with the help of the Henry prep crew and in particular, Jim Rittimann, Henry Art Gallery head preparator and exhibition designer. Jim, a UW School of Art MFA himself, helped the students select which work to show in this culminating exhibition.

Presenting students are: Jared Bender, Phillip Carpenter, Carly Cummings, Lacy Draper, Mike Fretto, Kari Gaynor, Dakota Gearhart, Meg Hartwig, Margarita Iordache, Dave Kennedy, Stephanie Klausing, Josh Nelson, Adriel Rollins, Travis-David Smith, Melanie Wang, Marcus Watson, and Ryan Weatherly.

The School of Art will award diplomas in a private ceremony and reception on Friday evening, which will be followed by a public opening at 7 pm. Join us to celebrate the 2013 MFA+MDes thesis exhibition and to meet this new generation of artists!

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)

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry!

Wednesday, May 15th
12-12:30 - Faculty Focus Tour with UW Painting + Drawing Associate Professor Helen O’Toole.  O’Toole was born in the west of Ireland and moved to Chicago in 1987 to pursue an MFA in painting at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Provincetown, and Seattle. She will guide visitors through Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces. 

Check out this blog post from Jeremy Buben’s le Dandysme about our May 1st Staff Spotlight Tour with Feney Perez.

All day — Give Big! How can you support the Henry and be part of a dynamic community event? Participate in The Seattle Foundation’s third annual GiveBIG community day of giving this Wednesday. We would greatly appreciate your gift to help us to continue to inspire audiences of all ages with the discovery, wonder, and surprise that contemporary art provides.


Thursday, May 16th
7-8 pm - Music of Today with Cuong Vu. Cuong Vu and his guest(s) will perform and discuss the avant-garde, free improvisation, and the experimentation/innovation he uses to create his forward-looking music.This performance is part of the UW’s ongoing centennial celebration of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Friday, May 17th
10 am – 4 pm – Symposium: The Mechanics of Beauty.  UW’s History of Art Department will host a one-day symposium at the Henry that will explore the means, techniques, tools and strategies behind the production of art objects. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Henry’s exhibition Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty.

6 -9 pm – The Brink Bash. Meet the six Brink Award finalists, enjoy a Hilliard’s beer, and take away an exclusive Brink Finalists publication. Tickets are available online for a suggested donation of $15 or at the door.


Bocanegra and McDormand perform “Bodycast” tonight

In her artist lecture “Bodycast,” Suzanne Bocanegra (right) details her struggle with a body cast to treat scoliosis during her teenage years and how it influenced her artistic process. It will be performed indirectly with actress Frances McDormand (left) taking on Bocanegra’s persona.

Actor Frances McDormand and artist Suzanne Bocanegra

Tonight at the Henry, we welcome artist Suzanne Bocanegra who, with Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, will tell a multimedia story of Titian, girls’ drill teams, rose queens, scoliosis, and the history of how artists are taught to make art, and how all of us are taught to look at it. The performance is sold out.

Based in New York, Suzanne Bocanegra’s work  involves large-scale performance and installation, frequently translating two dimensional information, images and ideas from the past into three dimensional scenarios for staging, movement, ballet, and music. Bocanegra’s work has been seen in exhibitions in the United States and abroad, in such venues as the Serpentine Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hayward Gallery in London, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. Her theatrical, video, and film work has been presented at the Bang on Can Festival, the New Haven Festival of Art and Ideas, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and as part of the Wordless Music series in New York.

Bodycast is organized by the Henry and presented in partnership with the UW School of Drama. The School of Drama investigates the art of theatre and performance — its practice, history, meaning — and fosters a spirit of inquiry by providing artists and scholars with tools for critical and inventive thinking and opportunities for practical application. Check out their 2012-2013 Season HERE.

Photo credit: Hammer Museum

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Check out this week’s offerings at the Henry!

Wednesday, April 17th
12-12:30 – Faculty Focus Tour: Carrie Bodle is a visual and sound artist who creates immersive installations that explore the relationships between art and science, translating inaudible or invisible phenomena into sensible experiences. Carrie will guide visitors through Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II.

Thursday, April 18th
7-8 pm - Bodycast, an Artist Talk by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Frances McDormand. This event is sold out.

Sunday, April 21st
2-3 pm – Join Deputy Director of Art and Education Luis Croquer for a  Curator Led Tour of Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II. This exhibition closes May 5th, so we encourage you to come see it soon!18-NowHere2-9666-Henry-bx

SANCTUM readies for a May Opening


“In an era of status updates, tweets, and check-ins, the geography of public, shared spaces needs to be reconsidered, along with our expectations of privacy in them.”
James Coupe and Juan Pampin

Have you noticed all of the changes on the façade of the Henry? We are currently installing an interactive art piece, Sanctum, created by artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin. Coupe and Pampin were chosen in 2010 from 91 applications who answered an open international call, soliciting proposals for a site-specific project to transform the façade of the museum’s main entrance and to engage the UW population and the many visitors who pass by the Henry every day.

Sanctum, which officially opens May 4th, seeks to investigate the narrative potential of social media while raising important and provocative questions about the conflicting imperatives emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace ever-more-intrusive electronic media, while still cherishing traditional notions of privacy.

From those who choose to participate in the project, Sanctum will actively gather information via sophisticated surveillance and profiling technology and match it with data drawn from social media sites to shape original plausible and implausible fictional narratives.

To learn more about the project and to contribute with narrative content, please enter here. You can also opt in by scanning the QR codes are posted on signage outside the museum.

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