“Just as a book connects the near at hand to the far away. Touch transverses our interior and exterior worlds.” — Ann Hamilton
What are you reading? Check out our new Tumblr site Readers Reading Readers — created just for this exhibition — and submit a excerpt that describes an exchange of touch. The exhibition title the common S E N S E references Aristotle’s proposition in Historia Animalium and De Anima that “touch” is the sense common to all animal species.
What should you submit? It’s up to you — a paragraph from a book, a few sentences from the newspaper, an excerpt from a letter, a magazine fragment…. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the submissions will be printed and placed around the galleries. Visitors will be able to assemble the fragments into individualized commonplace books (a commonplace book is a tool for collecting and organizing excerpts from books and other written works into one document for easy access to ideas or arguments for a variety of situations).
Become part of the exhibition! Visit our Tumblr Readers Reading Readers, and click “submit a fragment.”
Submission to readers-reading-readers.tumblr.com: Douglas Quenqua. “New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question.” New York Times, December 24, 2013.
Stay tuned for information about becoming a reader/scribe.
Reader/scribes will read out loud in the Henry galleries as they transcribe texts from the exhibition’s changing books. Over the course of the exhibition, the books will fill with each reader/scribes’ contribution, bringing the individual into a chorus.
the common S E N S E opens October 11.
Learn more here!
A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.
Thursday, May 15, 12:30 – 1:00 PM
VIDEO//YOGA is part of a series of yoga classes taught side-by-side with video art; creating an immersive visual and yogic experience that activates and engages all the senses. Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theatre, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. FREE EVENT. Space is limited please RSVP.
Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm & Sunday, May 18, 2:30 pm
In Mirror Check, one of Joan Jonas’s earliest works, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.
Can’t wait to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our favorite street fair! Image courtesy University District Street Fair.
University District 45th Annual Street Fair
Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th
Food trucks, art, and live performances – join us in the best neighborhood party in Seattle. Look for the ArtsUW booth to win prizes and free tickets!
Museum Week Northwest and International Museum Day
From May 16 – 23, enjoy Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of our region’s museums and cultural institutions in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle. More than 55 organizations have created special programming and admission offers. Check them out!
May 18th is both International Museum Day AND Art Museum Day. We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission to the Henry and a special curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm. Join us!
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.
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!
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.
Join us for thirty minutes to ease out of winter and come fully into spring. Seattle Times photographer Ken Lambert joined us last month – click on the image to see what he thought.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times
An Evening of Art and Conversation: Northwest Art and Artists
The Henry and the Junior League of Seattle bring you an evening of art and conversation about the rich history of Northwest art. Artworks by Northwest artists from the Henry’s collection will be on view in the Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center. You get tickets here.
OH yeah! It’s time to party!
Spring Open House
Music will be powered by KEXP DJ Sharlese Metcalf and each guest will receive two drink tickets with general admission (Thanks, Pyramid Breweries!). NOSH food truck will have a delicious bites available for purchase.
We invite our Patrons and Contemporaries to come for a special cocktail hour at 6 pm. At 7 pm, doors open to all! Get tickets!
A young guest at the 2013 Arty Party. Photo credit: Marilyn Montufar
ARTventures: Something Old, Something New
There will be some borrowing, some sharing, and some art-making for the whole family this Sunday inspired by the work of 2014 Brink Award Winner, Anne Fenton. Reserve your tickets now!
Stop in this Thursday to experience music from performers from the UW School of Music. Enjoy these images of past events in this Luncheonette series every third Thursday at noon.
Jazz with Haegue Yang
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen
Brass section in Katinka Bocke
Photo by Chona Kasinger
Our Spring Open House is next Friday — get your tickets now!
Finals week is here and we want to remind you of two things:
1) Yoga reduces stress
2) Molly’s has the best coffee on campus.
We have what you need to stay calm or alert (depending on your needs) so stop on by.
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Meditations begin promptly at 12:30 Thursday March 13.
This is the last session so make sure you come in to see what the College of Built Environments has done to our test space. Also, if you know who put up the mystery (no one saw who did it!), be sure to tell them thanks. The session starts Thursday at 4:30 PM.
Now Open: New Exhibitions!
Take a break from your studies and check out our two most recent exhibitions:
The Brink: Anne Fenton showcases the art of the 2014 Brink Award winner.
Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane features the selections of sculpture, photography, video, drawing, installation, and performance from these two proto-feminist performance artists.
Gina Pane. Saint Sébastien, Saint Pierre, Saint Laurent – Partition pour trois portraits [St. Sebastian, St. Pierre, St. Lawrence – Partition for Three Portraits]. 1986. Glass, copper, ink on wood, lead, chalk, photograph. Collection M.F., Bassano del Grappa, Italy. Photo: Paul Hester.
March is here and we couldn’t be more excited to be closer to spring. We invite you to come see our two new exhibitions that opened over the weekend: Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane and The Brink: Anne Fenton.
Join us in the galleries on the first Thursday of every month for a midday concert series featuring performances from solo and chamber musicians from the University of Washington School of Music.
Music fills the Henry.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen
Critical Collaboration Session: Politics
Thursday night get down and gritty in Seattle politics while using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure. Discussion will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design.
Artist Lecture: Daniel Baumann
Join us Thursday night for the latest lecture in an annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen.
Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP. Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm. If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the Henry front desk, as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 mins prior to the lecture.
To view videos of previous lectures in this series, click here.
Collection in Focus: The Problem with Objects — DATE CHANGED to 3/20
Join artist and Cornish Professor Ephraim Russell on Thursday night for a conversation about contemporary sculpture. Examining a selection of sculpture from the Henry’s permanent collection, Russell will explore how cultural expectations around utility and the function of objects define the way we value and respond to sculpture.
ArtVENTURES at the Henry: Dig In!
Bring the family this Sunday because it is time to dig into the sculptures of Katinka Bock and excavate themes of history and archeology in the exhibition Katinka Bock: A and I. We’ll explore the transformation of natural materials in an interactive way.