The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week will be an auditory adventure — full of sounds, sun, and… paddles?

 

Performance: Seattle Phonographers Union

Thursday, July 24, 7-9 PM

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.

 

 

 

Join exhibiting artist Steve Peters for a live performance and sonic investigation with the Seattle Phonographers Union in conjunction with With Hidden Noise, on view through September 7.

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective that improvises with unprocessed field recordings to explore the ways in which we recognize, differentiate, map, and navigate our sonic environment.

$5 Henry members

$10 General public

Buy your tickets HERE!

 

Summer Field Studies: Friendship Trail

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1-5 PM

 

no wake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, Summer Field Studies features an afternoon in which participants will paddle through the Lake Washington Arboretum in search of musical acts, hidden in the bushes. Led by Nautical Adventure Seeker Clyde Petersen of Boating with Clyde.

The event is BYOBoat, and will meet on Foster Island.

 

Now on view:

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

With Hidden Noise 

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

 

Upcoming events:

Thursday, July 31, 12:30-1 PM

Public Tour: Art Break!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac

Sunday, August 3, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get back THERE (Seattle) from HERE (the Dam)

Be sure to check out Molly Mac’s second post on the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Road is ON with Molly Mac (part 2)

Today’s post is the second of three written by artist Molly Mac, who will be host/tour guide/performer for “How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac.” 

 

 

So far the biggest hurdle in my project is the way we use or don’t use these silly QR codes. It only takes 60 seconds or so to download a QR code reader on your phone.  You can go to the app store or the Google play store (to get one for free – there are lots of different ones). You can also just grab a friend’s phone or something.

To scan a code you open the reader app and it looks kind of like a camera. You don’t actually take a picture. You just frame up the code in the screen and wait. When the phone recognizes the code it makes an approving sound, does a tremble buzz in your hand, and then takes you directly to a website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it possible to whisper into the shape of a shout?

I don’t know but I’m trying anyway, and I’m using my phone and my thumb and 4 color-coded voices.

 

 

That thumb above was 7:09 pm on a July (2014) Tuesday in Seattle. If you listen really closely you can hear a dog barking, and you can hear me catch my breath when the phone buzzes onto the code, and the little digital thunk-clicks my thumb makes on the screen.

It smells like mowing the lawn.  Tastes like an egg salad sandwich (again).  If I turn my head 180 degrees (west?) then it looks like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All ready to go. But there’s still the whisper-shout problem.

And also some combination of phone, and screen, and thumb, and kidneys, and Camry, and glacial geography, and heroes, and shame, and stops on Google maps, and 4 color-coded voices:

 

ADVICE

FACTS

SECRETS

and NORMAL VOICE-

which is important,

 

Because sometimes,

A fact is motivated by advice.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A fact is motivated by a secret.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A fact is just a fact.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is motivated by advice

((advice tried to duck out of the portrait:

 

 

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is motivated by a fact

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is just a secret (among facts)

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

Advice is motivated by a secret

((advice is still trying to hide from the portrait:

 

 

 

 

 

 

&sometimes (pretty often),

Advice is motivated by a fact.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

Advice is not just advice.

Look closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I know I could have just made all of this sound nice and YELLOW, but then how would you ever know the difference?

 

 

 

 

If you don’t scan or click the codes you could make up your own stories for these templates. Or just sign up to keep going with me… August 2-3. You should book soon if you want to come.

 

In the meantime, here is a low-res, color coded fan letter: I color coded it after I sent it. I blurred it before I uploaded it. I promise to explain all this on the trip.

 

 

 

 

What do you like to do in your Down Time?

 

If you want to learn how to do something, where do you go? To the internet!

Inspired by Do-It-Yourself culture and the wealth of how-to resources on the internet, our new Test Site  exploration, Down Time, is an eight-week presentation that explores free-choice learning and the pursuit of entertainment in our free time.

Most of us have gone to YouTube to watch a video on how to do [insert your favorite, tangential, and/or esoteric interest here]. Within a sea of exhibitionists, quacks, and celebrity seekers, we can also find real teachers and mentors who want to share their knowledge openly and at no cost.

And that is what we want to do for you this summer, gentle reader.

Each week,  Down Time will focus on a theme or activity in the form of video tutorials found on the web and will culminate with a  live tutorial or workshop hosted in the Test Site led by a guest local practitioner. These face-to-face learning opportunities offer an alternative to the online tutorials, allowing visitors to contrast and compare online learning with live tutorials.

The videos presented in this project were selected as a result of recommendations from specialists in each of the areas presented, suggestions from internet enthusiasts, and from Henry staff (ahem, official FYI: the video content presented in Down Time is not endorsed by Henry Art Gallery nor is it necessarily reflect the views of the institution).

Mark your calendars!

Week 1: Home Fermentation

Friday, July 5th at 4 p.m.

Kombucha demo with Chris Joyner of CommuniTea

Check out our Facebook invitation. The first 10 people to arrive on Friday, get a FREE starter kit — and if you ride your bike, you’ll get in to the museum for FREE because it’s Bike Friday!

Week 2: Extreme Makeovers  

Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.

Make-up demos with Shannon Bisconer of Vain

Week 3: Life Hacks

Friday, August 19 at 6 p.m.

Light in a Jar Demo with Ned Konz of Jigsaw Renaissance

Week 4: Yoga

Tuesday, July  – Friday, July 27 at 12 p.m.

Yoga with Julia Greenway of Interstitial Theatre

Week 5: Throat Singing

Friday, August 2 at 4 p.m.

Throat Singing Workshop with Arrington de Dionyso

Week 6: Music Video Dance Tutorials

Friday, August 9 at 6 p.m.

Workshop with Kate Wallich

 

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.

Guest Blog: Molly Mac

Molly Mac  is a moving image and sound artist who lives and works in Seattle, has worked with the UW’s Center for DXARTS and has been exhibited on both coasts as well as internationally. Next month, Molly and Wynne Greenwood will be leading a workshop on Immersive Video and Public Dialogue at the Henry with Reel Grrls

Without further ado, I give you Molly Mac:

Five Alarms Greenwood Lit CrawlI’m excited.

Five Alarms Greenwood Lit Crawl curators Greg Bem, Aaron Kokorowski & Graham Isaac have created a really important platform at a really important time.

A Quintet of Quays

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An Interview with Carrie Ahern

I had the pleasure of being able to talk to Carrie Ahern, who is an independent dance and performance artist based in New York City. Next week, she will be performing Borrowed Prey here in Seattle.

Would you tell me how you came to be a dance and performance artist?
I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I was dancing/training as a teenager at Milwaukee Ballet School. On Saturdays we had a jazz teacher who had us improvise—improvising gave my first taste of creating movement. Then I decided to move to New York City to pursue a dance career when I was 19. So I came at my career a little differently. I didn’t go to college for it. I had very little experience with modern dance before New York City.  And then by age 20—–I made my first dance at someone’s suggestion.

Where did the idea for Borrowed Prey come from?
I had this idea or this thing that was bothering me for a while. Just that you go into a grocery store, especially in an extreme urban environment such as New York and the meat there is on a Styrofoam tray with plastic wrap over it. At the same time I felt that people were talking a lot about sustainable food. I felt I didn’t really know what that meant and so I wanted to find out. I wanted do my own first hand research about food–specifically in terms of meat, in terms of animals.

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Holiday Popup Shop

Check out this interview with Tova, the Director of Favorite Art Projects, who is running the Henry Holiday Popup Shop. The Henry Holiday Popup Shop is held in conjunction with Like A Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell. The artists featured in the Popup have contributed work inspired by Jeffry Mitchell and his work. Tova said that the Popup shop came about organically with contributions from Northwest Artists who are inspired by the work of Jeffry Mitchell. Tova asked the artists to contribute work that is outside of their normal bailiwick and the result is an amazing amalgamation of art with a Northwest feel. Check out Tova talking about some of the art here:

The physical shop is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12 to 4
Thursday and Fri: 12 to 8
The virtual shop is always open.

Great for last minute gifts!

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 arts.gov.

Faculty Focus: Claire Cowie

Come to the Henry tomorrow for this month’s Focus Tour! The 30 minute tour will be led by UW School of Art faculty and artist Claire Cowie who will guide visitors through Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell. The tour starts at 12 and will leave you with enough time to grab a sammy at Molly’s all within your lunch hour!

From painting to sculpture to photogravure, the work produced by Seattle-based artist Claire Cowie conjures up a bizarre menagerie, replete with composite creatures and exotic locales. Haunting disembodied figures populate her landscapes; they appear at once otherworldly and familiar as they beckon the eye and the imagination. Her collages, watercolors, and prints recall Chinese and Japanese landscape painting traditions. Using a minimum of strokes she achieves deep spaces, producing dreamlike landscapes that recede into the distance. Claire received her BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997, and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington in 1999. She is locally represented by James Harris Gallery.

In summary:
Claire Cowie Faculty Tour of Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell
wednesday (november 21) at 12:00 – 12:30
Henry Art Gallery

See you there!

The Rest is Just Noise: John Cage Programming at the Henry

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As many of you know, this year is the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth. Many arts and cultural institutions across the country are celebrating with John Cage programming, and the Henry is partaking in our own unique way. Within the past week we have staged a performance of Cage’s 33 1/3 Performed by the Audience on Friday. Read more about the performance HERE.

Earlier today we held a sold out workshop on mushroom cultivation at home, Fungus Among Us. You might be wondering “how this is a John Cage related program?” John Cage was an amateur mycologist during his 80 years. Don’t let the adjective “amateur” fool you though, Cage founded the New York Mycological Society with a small group of other mycologially-inclined people over 40 years ago. He also amassed a mycology collection during his lifetime which includes “correspondence, journals, newsletters, pamphlets, ephemera and realia related to mushrooms.” Cage gifted this collection to Special Collections at the University of Santa Cruz, where it can be researched and perused at the McHenry Library. Honoring the music John Cage composed during his lifetime is obviously necessary in a celebration of his life, but so is mycology. You can thank our Public Programs Coordinator, Whitney Ford-Terry, for such inspired programming honoring John Cage as the multidimensional man that he was.

Fungus Among Us was a workshop held at the Henry which was an introduction in cultivating your own edible mushrooms at home. We provided shiitake Grow-At-Home kits from Sno-Valley Mushrooms for the participants and helped them with their first step, rehousing the logs. Then Pacita Roberts with Hildegard Hendrickson from the Puget Sound Mycological Society gave a fantastic presentation on foraging for mushrooms. See pictures above.

If you are sad that you missed out on these two events, you have another chance to celebrate Cage’s multifaceted legacy in a unique way at the end of this month. On November 30th, the Henry is celebrating Cage’s vast and tremendously diverse output by hosting a performance by Stacey Mastrian and Stephen F. Lilly who will present selections that employ the voice in its many facets. These range from the simple, ethereal “Experiences No. 2” for solo voice with text by e e cummings, to readings from Cage’s prolific body of written work, such as Lecture on Nothing and Indeterminacy. Add the Henry to your calendar for November 30th, 7-9 pm, and buy your tickets here.