The Week Ahead @ The Henry

We are a third of the way through November so we wanted to check: How’s your novel coming? How’s your moustache coming?

That’s great! Keep up the good work!

Is this Greek to you? November hosts two great social movements: one to encourage people to write a novel called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and another to promote men’s health called Movember. We dare you start one today!

National Novel Writing Month 2013

A Weekend of Words, Writing & Music

Take a break from your NaNoWriMo writing and be inspired by Travis Jeppesen. He is a novelist, poet, art critic, and playwright currently touring the US for the release of his new novel, The Suiciders, published by Semiotext(e).

Words & Music: Travis Jeppesen and Wirekid (Philip Guichard)

This Friday, November 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Henry Auditorium see Jeppesen and Wirekid will perform live. Get tickets for the reading/performance HERE

Workshop: Object Oriented Writing

Join us the next day (Nov 16) from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for a writing workshop with Jeppesen.

Jeppesen describes the process of Object Oriented Writing as “a new form—neither poetic nor art-critical, yet retaining characteristics of both . . . [this writing] positions itself within the work of art, and [includes] all the necessary contradictions and impossibilities embedded within such an approach.”

Purchase tickets to this workshop HERE

Get Healthy with Us this Movember

Take a break from growing your Movember moustache and check out these two great events to calm your mind and get your heart racing.

Moustachery Portrait

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Extensive research has proven that mindfulness is an effective way to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

Meditations begin promptly at 12:30 on Thursday. Registration is not required, please check in at the Henry’s front desk for location information.

Circuit Training with Lacy Draper

Then on Sunday from 2-3 PM, exercise your body and mind with local artist and UW MFA alumna Lacy Draper. Part museum tour and part boot camp, each active session will focus on a single theme—such as architecture, discernment, identity, or documentation—and explore a work from each exhibition through the lens of that theme.

Space is limited, please register HERE.

Ongoing Faculty Lecture Series: Rebecca Cummins

Photomedia Associate Professor Rebecca Cummins will discuss her work at this free event from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Thursday. This lecture is part of the UW School of Art tenure and promotion process. It accompanies an exhibition of Cummins’ artwork at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery on view from November 15th.

Reserve Tickets ONLINE.

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.

Laffoley exhibition

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!

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.

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.

 

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!

reminder: QUEERING THE ART MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM!!

 

Hello there, dear Hank Blog readers,

This is a friendly reminder (I know, I know, of course you didn’t forget!) about the amazing Queer events happening at the Henry, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Space this weekend.

TONIGHT (may 11th, more details HERE)

Join us for a reception at Molly’s Cafe at the Henry Art Gallery, starting at 5:30, followed by an horizon broadening discussion (at 6:30) of current practices in queer engagement and exhibiting in art museums in the auditorium

TOMORROW (may 12th, more details HERE)

A mind blowing discussion of the future of queer in museums in the Henry Art Auditorium, starting at 10 am. There will also be a lunchtime performance by Ilvs Strauss, a Seattle performance artist. Then we will all collectively apparate (read: take the bus, carpool, bike) down to the Tacoma Art Museum for exhibition tours with Hide/Seek co-curator, Jonathan Katz and a community building workshop facilitated by Queering the Museum founders, Erin Bailey and Nicole Robert. Afterwards, come to the Space (at 8pm) for a public reception and celebration!

Not sure how to get to Tacoma? Here are some driving directions, here are biking directions and if all else fails, the #586 which picks up right outside the Henry takes you right to Tacoma!

All of the event (save the exhibition tour, which is $5) are free for UW Students!
Reserve / buy tickets: may 11th & may 12th 

Exhaustion (AND EXUBERANCE!)

To perform: (transitive verb)

1. To adhere to the terms of: Fulfill (perform a contract)

2. Carry out, Do

3. To do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual

(intransitive verb)

1. To carry out an action or pattern of behavior: Act, Function

2. To give a performance

I’ve been thinking about what it means to Perform lately- as in to PRODUCE. Or rather, to work hard for a specific outcome.  Surely, it is tied to my student status, and more specifically the fact that I will be graduating from college in approximately 36 days but man, oh man have I got some grade A performance anxiety these days.  I’m putting off what i should be doing (writing my final research paper) in order to do that which I need not do at the moment (Google image searching, see attached image) -in an attempt to move (trick?) myself in a direction or into a sense of accomplishment for producing something that is not exactly required of me.  We all do it: avoidance, distraction, frustration…

Coaching me through the highs and lows (there are many) is one of the most relevant and helpful pieces of writing that I have had the pleasure of being exposed to during my college years (big ups to Mr. Eric Fredericksen and his now no-longer, yet indispensable Art 361 course at the University of Washington) : Exhaustion and Exuberance, Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform by Jan Verwoert.  This essay, subtitled Yes/No and Other Options explores the pressures to produce and to perform in a high demand, high performance culture.  What does it mean to produce that which is asked of us in a creative environment and what happens when we renegotiate the terms of said demand, and further how do we talk about that outcome?

Whoa.

The long and short of it: I read and re-read this piece of writing every few months (sometimes as justification, sometimes as a positive channel for my own personal self-flagellation) and perhaps you should too.  For everyone in a creative field, heck for anyone in ANY field, you might find that this resonates with you too.

Share the knowledge and Happy reading.

Exhaustion and Exuberance can be found all over the internet. Like HERE.

In the meantime, go easy on yourself dear reader and remember, sometimes you just need TIME TO MULL THINGS OVER.  As my wonderful co-worker recently reminded me in an email: “Latency is of import.”

For more reading, do do do check out the old ART 361 site chock-full of gems, or this, or this.

AUTHOR AND SUBJECT: CONTEMPORARY QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY

Steven Miller / Adrain Chesser, Welcome Figure

Photo Center Northwest‘s new exhibition, Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photographyfocuses on ten contemporary queer photographers who explore ideas of identity, gender, courage, relationships, sexuality and the human form.

The exhibition features artists Adrain Chesser, Kelli Connell, Katie Koti, Molly Landreth, Steven Miller, Rafael Soldi, Chad States, Lorenzo Triburgo, Amelia Tovey, and Sophia Wallace. Join PCNW this Thursday (April 12th, 6-8PM) in in celebrating queer art and culture in Seattle. Performances by Tenderfoot and Waxie Moon, who also performed at the Henry’s Symposium, Streaming in from the Moon. Also present, Queer Youth Space, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and #1 Must Have queer zine & installation. Read more about the exhibition HERE.

Want to learn more about engaging queer culture in an art context? The Henry is hosting a two part symposium: Queering the Art Museum: How did we get here? on Friday May 11th and Queering the Art Museum: Where do we go from here?  Saturday May 12th.  Tickets sold separately, get them HERE and HERE.

Watching Paint Dry, Cinematically: Gerhard Richter Painting

GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING

at Northwest Film Forum, Mar 23 – Mar 29.

Mar 23 – Mar 29

(Corinna Belz, 2011, Germany, 97 min)

 

Seattle Premiere!
With special guest introduction by the Henry’s own Sara Krajewski at the Friday 3/23 7pm show!

Gerhard Richter, one of the most significant contemporary artists of our times, granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009 as he worked on a series of large abstract paintings. Gerhard Richter Painting offers rare insights into the artist’s process with a quiet, fly-on-the-wall perspective. The paintings themselves become the protagonists. Gerhard Richter Painting is the penetrating portrait of an artist at work—and a fascinating film about the art of seeing.

 

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“Like a whimsical astronaut, poised to leave for a less cynical plane of existence at any moment”

Tender Forever, Your Heart Breaks Tonight at Henry Art Gallery UW
posted on the Stranger’s Line Out by  on THU, JAN 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

As any liberal arts graduate will tell you, college is about exposing yourself to new ideas, broadening horizons, and generally saying ‘yes’ to things because your brain is still mush. You don’t have to be matriculated at UW to get cultured at theHenry Art Gallery on campus, and if you haven’t caught one of their infrequent shows before, here’s a chance to tap into that collegiate frame of mind with a night of music and multimedia performance. Tender Forever poses questions straight from Philosophy 101 on her latest release Where Are We From, all over effervescent electronic beats akin to fellow K Records’ artist the Blow, but with a few 8-Bit flourishes in the mix too. Opener Your Heart Breaks almost seems too fragile for this world, but not in a mopey way that the moniker might suggest. Instead, the capriciousness of YHB’s loop-pedal storytelling makes Clyde Peterson sound like a whimsical astronaut, poised to leave for a less cynical plane of existence at any moment, like the hero of his standout “God Bless John Glen.”

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!
Come early for

How to Make a One Minute Sculpture with Mike Pham

(Here’s the YHB and TF show  on the Henry website.)