The Week Ahead @ Henry

Art, films, tours, and a whole afternoon of family fun. Just a typical week here at the Henry…

Art Break Tour
Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Joan Jonas. Mirror Piece I. 1969. Chromogenic color print. Collection of the artist. Photo: Paul Hester.

Joan Jonas. Mirror Piece I. 1969. Chromogenic color print. Collection of the artist. Photo: Paul Hester.

UW Art History doctoral student Lane Eagles will guide visitors through Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane during this art break tour. Her primary research interest concerns crossroads between magic and religion (particularly Catholicism), and the use of art objects in both miraculous legend and magical lore. RSVP is requested.

 

 

Screenings: Jellyfish Eyes by Takashi Murakami
Fri, May 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Sat, May 3, 1:00-3:00pm
Sun, May 4, 12:00-2:00pm

The first live-action feature film from writer/director Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes (2013) combines his trademark anime-inspired visual aesthetic with broader themes of social change and self-empowerment. The Henry is pleased to be one of nine art institutions and cultural venues across the United States who are hosting the film. Get tickets.

Collection in Focus: Superflat
Fri, May 2, 6:00pm FREE

Before the Friday screening of Jellyfish Eyes stop by the museum’s Study Center to see works in the Henry’s collection by Murakami and members of the Kaikai Kiki Collective (an art production and artist management company founded by Murakami) along with older Japanese prints from the Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods.

UW Associate Professor Phillip Thurtle will discuss the spatial aspects of the works on display, primarily the idea of ‘superflat.’ Murakami coined the term superflat to describe the way various forms of graphic design, pop culture, and fine arts are compressed or flattened in Japan. More information.

It's Arty Party Time!

It’s Arty Party Time!

Arty Party! Family Fun at the Henry
Sun, May 4, 1:00-4:00pm

LOOK * LISTEN * EXPLORE * LAUGH

Come spend the afternoon at the Henry with the family! Go on an ARTventure in our galleries, make art with local artists and Henry staff, and listen to a stories from a professional storyteller. You can also meet and create with filmmakers from Coyote Central, learn how to hula, and take your photo in our photo booth (with props!) hosted by the Student Henry Advisory Group. Plus more!

Ice cream treats will be available for purchase from Moonie Icy Tunes.  We are proud to have KCTS9 as a media sponsor. More information.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Imagine yourself in a futuristic urban dystopia…there is a hero, a villain, and a virtuous maiden. There is thwarted love, teeth-gnashing, and a robot. This, friends, is Fritz Lang’s marvelous 1927 German expressionist film “Metropolis” and the Henry is screening it this Friday at 7 pm in our auditorium. And if that isn’t enough, the film (also considered to be the first science fiction film) will be accompanied by a new live musical score by Seattle experimental music collective GRID. Tickets are limited (and extremely reasonably priced) – get yours now!

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Also on Friday, is a throatsinging workshop with Arrington de Dionyso. Did you catch his lecture last week? In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn more about this ancient technique and, perhaps, find your own shamanistic ecstasy.

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Plus, we’re still going strong with our summer Bike Friday program! Ride your bike to the Henry and get in FREE!

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

It’s a big week for us at the Henry — we’re gearing up to celebrate the 10th birthday of our beloved Skyspace, Light Reign!

An external view of the Skyspace. Photo credit: Dan Bennett

An external view of the Skyspace.                                      Photo credit: Dan Bennett

Join us THIS FRIDAY, July 19th for cake, ice cream, beer, and fun! Inside and outside of the Skyspace, artists, performers, and poets will explore ideas about the psychology of visual perception, celestial events, and light and optics. A display about the Skyspace will also be on view, featuring the Light Reign architectural model, a short video about artist James Turrell and the creation of Light Reign, and information about Turrell’s Skyspaces around the world.

Special Cocktail Hour for Henry Contemporaries and Patrons

Henry Contemporaries and Patrons are invited to an exclusive cocktail hour and barbecue from 5:30-6:30, before the event opens to the general public. Enjoy summery cocktails and kebabs with old and new friends. Reserve your spot here. Not a Contemporary or Patron? Become one and gain access to exclusive Henry events.

 

Also this week…

On Wednesday, July 17, Joe Milutis, Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell, will guide visitors through Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque for a tour titled Mysticism as Information Design. Drawing from sources in alchemy, theosophy, and contemporary art, he will situate Laffoley’s work in the context of the long tradition of the mystic diagram, a visual trope that may tell us as much, if not more, about the history of design than the imponderabilia it attempts to grasp.

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Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque is on view through September 15.               Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez

Relax with DOWN TIME

Have you checked out our summer show Down Time in the Test Site? This week we are featuring “Life Hacks.” Join us for a demonstration and workshop with Ned Konz of Jigsaw Renaissance, who will teach you how to make light and capture it in a jar. Inspired by do-it-yourself culture and the wealth of how-to resources on the internet, Down Time is an eight-week presentation that explores free-choice learning and the pursuit of entertainment in our “down” time. This Friday, July 19th, 6 pm.

And what else could possibly be happening on Friday? BIKE FRIDAY! Ride your bike to the Henry and get in FREE every Friday, all summer long.

See you at the museum!

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

 

BIKE SUMMER. BIKE HENRY.

With the days getting longer and the evenings getting warmer now is the perfect time to hop on your bike, trike, or extra-cycle and head to the Henry! We’re happy to announce our Bike Friday summer program with a special kick-off event on June 28th! All summer long we are  offering complementary admission on Friday’s to all cyclists. Ride your bike and get in FREE! Image

Join us on the 28th for an evening of workshops and demos from Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Back Alley Bike Repair and The Bikery. Enjoy bike-friendly brews from Peddler Brewing Company and dance to live music from Seattle bands Punishment and Pitschouse. Class up your bike style with fashion forward activities brought to you by Iva Jean and Hub and Bespoke.

Cant wait to participate in bike-friendly summer fun? Then visit our friends over at the Bikery TONIGHT from 7-11pm for their Housewarming Party in the Artspace Hiawatha Lofts. Enjoy snacks, drinks, a raffle and Sponsor-A-Tool table, live music, faces old and new, updates on what’s new around the Bikery, and lots of good times.

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Who: The Bikery, Bikery friends and neighbors, cyclists and cycling advocates, and community members and advocates
What: Bikery Housewarming Party
When: This Friday, June 14th, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Where: Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle

Voicing Cage

This Friday in the Henry Auditorium, Stacey Mastrian and Stephen F. Lilly will present selections from John Cage’s vast and tremendously diverse output that employ the voice in its many facets. This is the final event in our public programming series commemorating the 100th birthday of the iconic American composer-musician-artist-philosopher-poet John Cage.

Soprano Stacey Mastrian is a Fulbright Grantee, Beebe Fellow, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient whose performances have been broadcast internationally. Her repertoire ranges from late Renaissance to contemporary, and she specializes in 20th-century Italian vocal music, as well as the works of John Cage and Morton Feldman.

Stephen Lilly is a composer, new music performer, bass player, audio engineer, educator, and published theorist. Much like Cage, Lilly highlights aspects of musical performance that are often ignored or taken for granted. He is a full time faculty member at the Art Institute of Washington and has taught courses in recording, mixing, mastering, post production, and broadcasting.

Friday, November 30, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
$5 Students, Henry Members, and UW Staff & Faculty 
$10 General Audience
Get your tickets HERE.

 

JOHN CAGE’S 33 1/3 at the Henry

Today, in celebration of what would have been John Cage’s 100th birthday year, we are staging his score, 33 1/3. participatory score, which features a room full of interactive turntables and vinyl records, was conceived of by John Cage during a residency at the University of California at Davis in 1969. For this work museum visitors are encouraged to take on the role of DJ and create a musical composition by freely playing records to perform the work.

We have records generously on loan from UW Libraries Special Collections and records that were part of the B-Side. The performance will continue on throughout the day until right before the museum closes at 9 this evening.

Check out some pictures of what you are missing by not being here now!

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Open House TOMORROW

The Henry Open House is teeming with fun, excitement, and art! Not only are we opening two new exhibitions, Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell and Now Here is also Nowhere: Part I, but we are also throwing a museum-wide party! Come dressed in your conceptual best for the Student Henry Advisory Group’s Conceptual Costume Contest. Enjoy the sweet music of the UW Mariachi Band, Fainting Goats, and FBDC ~ ФБДЦ; Check out the FAN CLUB in the Study Center; eat some delicious babycakes courtesy of Cupcake Royale and enjoy libations from Pyramid Breweries. All of that PLUS installations of Public Health Poems by Rachel Kessler!

Rachel Kessler will premier her new poem cycle on public health posters installed in The Henry’s restrooms by sinks and in bathroom stalls.  Kessler will lead groups in hand-washing poetry usage, demonstrate hand washing technique, recite bathroom stall limericks, and sing sea shantys.  Each poem lasts approximately 30 seconds, the amount of time the department of health recommends lathering hands for.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH POEMS
About the project:

Remember how your preschool teacher instructed you to rub your soapy hands together for the entirety of the Happy Birthday song?  Now there is a poem for that.  While scrubbing in like surgeons, our minds and mouths deserve something more than that same old dreary song.

Rachel Kessler, a poet of the everyday, has composed a new poem cycle that will appear on bathroom stall doors, above urinals, and next to sinks in public restrooms. Posing as Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work signs and stall door advertisements, these poster poems will provide entertainment while imparting a useful earworm of knowledge.

She began writing her first anonymous protest poems on the bathroom stall walls in seventh grade, and has long been fascinated by graffiti art. Inspired by a collaboration several years ago with poet Pete Miller and their collective LOCCAL: League of Citizens Concerned About Literature, her work with homeless adults, and as a preschool teacher and parent, began trying her hand at School House Rock style poems for her kids to recite while scrubbing their hands at the sink.

Determined to put poetry in unlikely and non-traditional venues, her work explores the function and origin of poetry, not only as a mnemonic device, but as a way to reflect on the mundane, daily activities that comprise the majority of our hours. After a short residency in Rome researching ancient public health works, she collaborated with graffiti, nursery rhyme, fairy tales, health department propaganda to compose poems for hand-washing, poems for toilet use, poems for dental hygiene, poems for bathroom stall decisions.  Like the “Talking Fountains” of Rome, defaced statues where poets post anonymous political commentary, bathroom stalls are the original online comments.  Public restrooms, like phone booths, are one of the few public-private spaces where a citizen can find respite in a public place.

This project was funded by a City Artists award from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

 

About the Henry event:
Several Public Health Poems will be installed in the Henry restrooms by sinks and in bathroom stalls. Rachel Kessler will lead individuals and groups in handwashing-poetry usage in the restrooms via demonstrations, in impromptu bathroom stall limerick recitations, and in other public health poetic concerns.  Sea shantys will be sung in bathroom stalls.

 

BIO:

Rachel Kessler, co-founder of poetry-performance collaborations Typing Explosion and the Vis-à-Vis Society, is a writer and performer from Seattle.  Passionate about presenting poetry in non-traditional venues, she has performed interactive poetry in parks, on buses, in phonebooths, hair salons, and abandoned motels. She is visiting faculty and writer-in-residence at Centrum, a Whiteley Center Fellow with the University of Washington, a Jack Straw Writer, and senior writer-in-residence with Seattle Arts & Lectures.  She has performed at multiple times at the Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot, Night School at the Sorrento, Galapagos Art Space and Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.  Her poems have appeared in Tin House and the Monarch Review, and her text-based visual art is featured in The Open Daybook and Sea-Cat.

In summary, she’s a pretty rad lady. Make sure to spend some time in the loo at the Open House!

FREE contemporary art all night long at Push Arts New Media Festival

On August 24th, from 7pm to 3pm, South Lake Union will transform itself into a giant hub for site-specific experimental art and media. Community residents will have access to a slew of  video installations, interactive performances; light, sound installations, image mapping, real time media based projects, and interactive game play.


Starting at 7pm with a panel on Innovation in the Arts, the Festival will include a Kick-Off Party at 415 Westlake with music by DJ WD4D, an interactive dance performance from Anna Czoski, an artist presentation by Robert Twomey, a light installation from RSVR Visual Research, hands on learning workshops with Hackademia and littleBits Lab, and much more!

Finish your night while participating in Miko Kuro Midnight Tea: an immersive tea ceremony featuring video and light installations.

If all that was not enough, Lake Union park will be packed with multiple food-truck vendors selling delicious eats.

Head on down to South Lake Union on August 24th for an all-night experience of contemporary art and media.

That’s all for now,

Marian

CHANGES.

Hi All,

 School is out (old news), campus is pretty quiet, and as of ten minutes ago, the rains are back.  Despite the generally slower pace of the University in the summer months, things here at the gallery are speeding up as we get ready to install our next big show, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl opening on July 13th.  The MFA show came down last week and once again, our gallery walls are white.  A few days ago 32 giant art crates arrived, and the anticipation of unscrewing those lids is nearly killing me!

Keep an eye out for some excellent public programming coming out of the Henry’s Test Site in conjunction with The Record, including performances by the likes of Slashed Tires and The Hive Dwellers, listening parties, workshops and diligent online coverage from our best and brightest guest blogger/coordinator/go-to-brainiac Olivia McCausland (see her work here).

As for now, take a peek at these naked walls…

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Always an exciting sight…

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YESYESYES!

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Check back soon to see what’s inside!

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buh-bye.

Talk soon,

Alexa.