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


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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!










Experience the 60′s

Life expenses 50 years ago compared to today:

1964 versus 2014

Numbers give you a reference point, but don’t share an experience.

Danny Lyon. Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Danny Lyon. Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

The exhibition Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders brings the 60′s forward in time. A decade of self expression, rebels, hippies, and activists, Danny Lyon takes us deep into his 1960′s with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club. Lyon rode with the Hell’s Angels from 1963-67 and documented their lives from the inside with photographs in the style of what is now called “New Journalism.” Objectivity is not a byword for New Journalists, these cutting-edge writers and photographers — including writers Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe — immersed themselves and participated in the life they documented.

Lyon’s first book, a photography collection titled The Bikeriders, was out of print for a decade and is now being reprinted with images from negatives he thought lost for 30 years. We invite you to visit the Henry and immerse yourself in his world (feel free to dress as your favorite character from the movie Easy Rider, which was inspired by Danny Lyon’s work).

Henry Behind the Scenes: Camera Nipponica with Guest Curator Catherine Roche

This post is written by Catherine Roche, Guest Curator for Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880-1930.

Camera Nipponica is an unusual exhibition for a museum, as it features a collection of Japanese black and white portrait photography in which neither the photographers nor the sitters are known individuals. There are no bold names in the artist line, and no high ranking figures (as far as we can tell) in front of the lens. Rather, there are simply ordinary people—brides and grooms, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers—posing outdoors or in studio settings, commemorating a moment in time. Writer W.G. Sebald, who famously inserted caption-less photographs into his masterful and uncanny literary works, once said,

I’ve always collected stray photographs; there’s a great deal of memory in them.

Photographs are reservoirs of memory, and so-called “found” or vernacular photographs are partly so compelling because they resonate with memories to which we don’t have access. We are left only to speculate, on who the subjects were, what the occasion was, what they were thinking and feeling, and what has happened to them since.

Unknown photographer. Untitled portrait in Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880-1930

Unknown photographer. Untitled portrait. 1900/1920. Gelatin developing-out paper print. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Susan Tehon


There is one photograph in the exhibition that particularly intrigues me. It depicts two girls—sisters, most likely—wearing light, summertime yukata with checkerboard patterns and bold, abstract graphics. With raised paper fans and stylized gestures, the girls seem to be performing the Bon Odori, a sort of folk dance typically performed in the heat of August to welcome the spirits of the dead. Their masklike faces are painted with thick white makeup and bold crimson lips, yet the face paint cannot conceal their distinct personalities. There is an eerie, almost Diane Arbus-like quality to this photograph that makes it memorable. What is likely simply a studio portrait of two sisters in their festival best—in one sense the most ordinary of family photos—has somehow been made strange, and thus unforgettable.

The other photograph that I keep coming back to is a portrait of a handsome group of men seated before the wooden verandah of a Buddhist temple building in the shade of an evergreen tree. The men are wearing dark kimono and white straw boaters in a mash up of Meiji Japan and the Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames. An oval inset includes the portrait of a member of their group who for some reason was absent on “picture day.” Was he merely late, was he sick, or had he died? It is unusual details like these that make these “stray” photographs worth collecting, and recollecting.

Please join us for Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930 before it closes on January 5, 2014.

Have you seen Sanctum? Has it seen you?

We’ve just completed two new videos about Sanctum, the interactive art installation located on the Henry’s facade. Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by.

The short videos include interviews with artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin, sharing their ideas and artistic process, the innovative technology they developed, and how their past work brought them to this partnership. After you view them, stop by the Henry and experience Sanctum firsthand!

 James Coupe and Juan Pampin: Sanctum


 James Coupe and Juan Pampin: The Collaboration behind Sanctum

These videos were created as a collaborative project between the artists, the Henry, and Solstream Media.

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 that are posted on signage outside the museum.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry: Open House!


Last year's Fall Open House packed the gallery. Photo by Amelia Hooning

Last year’s Fall Open House packed the gallery.
Photo by Amelia Hooning

Join us for the best house party of the season this Friday, October 25th!

We’ll start the evening at 6 pm with a special cocktail hour for our Patrons and Contemporaries. At 7 pm, Henry members get in, followed by the general public at 8 pm. Bring a date, bring your friends, bring your circuit training shoes (seriously, we have quite the night planned for you).

We are going to have tours of our five fall exhibitions with Henry guides, Poetic Interventions with Tara Atkinson of APRIL, exhibition-inspired performances from Kate Wallich of The YC, and the aforementioned Circuit Training preview with artist Lacy Draper.

And what’s a party without cold beer from Pyramid Breweries (you get two free drink tickets with admission) and a food truck named NOSH (self-host) — not to mention the best beats around with music powered by KEXP!

Tickets HERE!

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Opening this Saturday, the Henry is proud to present Berlin-based Jason Dodge’s first comprehensive North American exhibition What We Have Done and Korean-born artist Haegue Yang’s solo exhibition Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion.

Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion

The exacting process of this installation has been fascinating to watch. Join us on Saturday to see to celebrate its completion!

Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion

Starting to hang the installation early last week.

Jason Dodge: What We Have Done

In What We Have Done, Dodge will show recent work as well as debut two major new works created especially for this exhibition. The artist’s interest in literature and, in particular, poetry informs his practice. To mark the opening, we are hosting a poetry reading from 2-4 pm on Saturday featuring Matthew Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, and Joshua Beckman

Other Cool Henry Happenings this Week

VIDEO//YOGA, Thursday, Oct 17

Instructor and curator at Interstitial Theater, Julia Greenway, will lead us in a yoga class to excite the senses as video art plays on the screen as you hold the pose. Class starts promptly at 12:30; check in with the front desk for location. Bring your own mat, please.

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, Friday, Oct 18th

Discover how digital interacts with poetry at this free symposium Friday night at 6 pm. Does a tweet or Facebook post have the potential to be as impactful as a sonnet? Join us to find out.

Spaghetti Code, Sunday, Oct 20th

From 2-4 pm, artist Sol Hashemi will lead us through activities to explore photography and sculpture through the lens of computer, internet, and hackerspace. Discuss the artist’s latest Test Site Project Software Update/System Build. This event is free. 

Sol Hashemi. Untitled (Office Clutter Vol. 2).

Sol Hashemi. Untitled (Office Clutter Vol. 2).

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

We welcome fall with open arms with its pumpkin spice, changing leaves, Halloween candy, students’ return to campus, and new exhibitions at the Henry. Seeing so many students has reinvigorated the staff and we look forward to being curious and expanding our minds with you.


Quiet, please.

Speaking of minds, have you ever meditated on art? How about with art? Every second Thursday of the month we invite you to do both at Mindfulness Meditation and for a half hour bask in stillness, and learn to breathe art in and stress out. Starts at noon-thirty (check in at the front desk for this month’s location).


UW Faculty Lecture Series: Amie McNeel

On Thursday night at 6 pm, the School of Art’s 3D4M Assistant Professor Amie McNeel will discuss her work in ceramics, glass, and sculpture. Tickets are free, but they go fast. Learn more about McNeel in this Meet the Artist video from the Museum of Glass. You can reserve your seat HERE.


Friday is Fright Night with a Screening of Kwaidan (1964) 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Just in time for Halloween we bring you Japanese ghost stories! Stop in early to see the Camera Nipponica exhibition and steep in the beauty and mystery of the photographs to round out your experience. Purchase tickets HERE.




Join us this coming Sunday at 2 pm we travel through space and time during our ArtVENTURES at the Henry!

Families will be creating time capsules inspired by the work of exhibiting artists Ray Metzker and David Hartt who transform ordinary scenes and fragments from daily life into extraordinary compositions. Bring your ordinary life and go home with a message for your future self. Questions: E-mail Space is limited and advanced reservation required. Register HERE. WARNING: Dreams not provided so be prepared to have your own.


David Hartt

David Hartt. Archive. 2011. Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond. Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.



SAVE THE DATE: Poetry Reading for the opening of Jason Dodge: What We Have Done

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The Henry is delighted to open Jason Dodge: What We Have Done with a poetry reading.  Join us Saturday as Jason Dodge introduces three poets whom he finds inspirational: Matthew Dickman (Mayakovsky’s Revolver, W.W. Norton & Company, 2012), Dorothea Lasky (Thunderbird, Wave Books, 2012), and Joshua Beckman (The Inside of an Apple, Wave Books, 2013). Tickets available HERE.

Artist David Hartt Has Something to Say

 David Hartt

photo courtesy the artist

Come to his artist lecture next Thursday, September 19th at 7 pm and hear David Hartt speak on the commingling of the personal and the public, highlighting the narratives and ideologies that underlie manufactured identity and its lasting impact on society. You can reserve tickets here.

David Hartt: Stray Light, which opens on September 21, includes a group of color photographs and a video installation of the Johnson Publishing Company, which was founded in 1942 and made famous by its iconic magazines Jet and Ebony, as well as by its role as a leading arbiter of African American taste and culture during the latter half of the twentieth century.

David Hartt

David Hartt. Lounge. 2011. Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond. Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

For more images of Hartt’s work and to get a taste of what you will see at the Henry next week, check out the Corbett vs. Dempsey website.

And for a Friday afternoon boogie, may we suggest Ms. Janelle Monae?

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Hello first whole week of summer!

This week we say goodbye to the annual MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition and began prepping the Stroum Gallery for the July 13 opening of The Ghost of Architecture.

In the meantime, Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque continues to surprise viewers with its intensity and incredible detail.

Laffoley exhibition

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



Upstairs, Industrial Effects and Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty draws visitors daily through our North Galleries, the original structure of the Henry.

The big event this week? The official Bike Friday kick-off! Join us for an evening of workshops and demos, live music, and a variety of cycle-friendly arts activities.

  • Workshops and demos from Cascade Bicycle Club, 20/20 Cycle, and The Bikery
  • Free tune ups and diagnostics from Back Alley Bike Repair (first come, first served: sign up HERE!)
  • Bike-friendly brews and tasty treats from Peddler Brewing Company and Bikelava
  • 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
  • Door prizes from Bicycle Alliance, Gregg’s Cycles, Hub and Bespoke, and MORE!

Now through September 20, the Henry is offering complementary admission on Fridays to cyclists.

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