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


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 @ Henry

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.

Mindfulness Meditation

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.

Critical Collaboration Session: Design Review

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.

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.


The Week Ahead @ Henry

Today is George Washington’s Birthday.

Photo by Dan Bennett

Photo by Dan Bennett


Stretch your body and your mind, get out of the cold Thursday with us at lunch time. Wondering what VIDEO//YOGA is really like? Check out this great blog post by Valeria Koulikova from Beyond the Quad, the UW College of Arts and Sciences Student Blog.

Critical Collaboration Session: Crossings

What do you get when a UW student crosses the street? Let’s find out! Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Thursday night; free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of LA Times

Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho

We are excited to welcome Amanda Ross-Ho back to the Henry to speak in the UW School of Art artist lecture series. Amanda was a featured artist in our 2010 exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture. Get tickets now for Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho.

Wish you hadn’t missed a past lecture? You can see them all here on the UW SoA’s Vimeo page.

The Week Ahead @ Henry


Art Break Tour

On Wednesday at noon join Justin Jesty, Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, for a 30-minute free tour through Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion.

installation image credit: R. J. Sanchez

installation image: R. J. Sanchez

Critical Collaboration Session: Development

We continue our Thursday night charrettes in the Test Site as part of Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora which are offered as part of a new course titled Critical Collaboration: Tools for the Contemporary Urban Environment. Check out this blog from UW Design Lab which will be updated throughout the project.

Visual Inspiration: Hugo at the Henry

Last chance to sign up for this class with Anca Szilágyi from Hugo house starting Thursday night. Read more about the class here in a recent interview with the writer. She also has a public reading coming up in conjunction with AWP, a national writers conference being hosted in Seattle in late February.

INCITE•INSIGHT: Lecture with Katinka Bock

Join Paris-based German sculptor Katinka Bock for a discussion held in conjunction with her first major U.S. exhibition, Katinka Bock: A and I, this Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Are you a Henry Patron or Contemporary member? If so, join us for a special Patron Preview at 5:30.

Artist Katinka Bock

Artist Katinka Bock

What are you wearing to the Henry Gala?

Artist Ann Hamilton suggests wearing your “white possibles” to Blank Page, White Cloth: The 2014 Henry Gala on February 8th. What does that mean to you? Be creative and have fun with it! Here are some photos from last year’s gala to inspire you. Images by Robert Wade.

Eric Frederickson & Betsey Brock

Eric Frederickson & Betsey Brock

Leo Berk & Claire Cowie

Leo Berk & Claire Cowie

Guests mingling before dinner

Guests mingling before dinner


The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Critical Collaboration Session: Transportation

We invite you to join us for our second session in our ongoing partnership with the UW College of Built Environments and our Test Site project Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora Avenue. During this session, we will explore the issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Thursday 4:30-7:30 PM and open to the public.

Artist Lecture: Stephen Vitiello


Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations have been presented internationally including at MASS MoCA, the Whitney Biennial, and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. Originally from New York, Vitiello is now based in Richmond, VA, where he is an Associate Professor in the department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. This annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice. Thursday 7:00 – 9:30 PM FREE.Follow THIS link for more information about this UW School of Art lecture series held at the Henry.

Graduate Student Happy Hour with Big Time Brewing

No matter what school, department or year, all graduate students are invited to our graduate student happy hour this Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. We invite you to enjoy the galleries and current exhibitions, go a Haiku Hunt, get personal in the Confessional Booth and help yourself to the free food and beer!

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

The final countdown to our Graduate Student Party has started: T-Minus 10 days!

While we wait for a graduate storm to descend, we hope you will join us this week for:



Worried a Polar Vortex might be headed our way? Join us for some yoga and heat up your core. Thursday at 12:30 PM.

Critical Collaboration Sessions

Discover Seattle’s Aurora Avenue with the presentation of Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora, the UW College of Built Environment will host a series of weekly design intensives. They kick off this Thursday at 4:30 – 7:30 PM. All sessions are free and open to the public.

ART 361 Lecture Series Winter Quarter

The Henry is welcoming back the UW School of Art back for another free public art lecture series, held in conjunction with ART 361 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art, in which cutting edge artists and curators discuss their work. The first artist, Allyson Vieira, is a New York City-based sculptor whose works address myth and materiality. The series starts this Thursday at 7 PM in the Henry auditorium. RSVPs encouraged.

Curator-led Tour of Jason Dodge: What we have done.

Before this exhibition closes on Jan 26th, join Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, for an intimate walk-through of the exhibition Jason Dodge: What we have done. Space is limited, so please register today.

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.

From Fall to Winter

Poets Matthew Dickman, Joshua Beckman, and Dorothea Lasky read at the opening of our latest exhibition Jason Dodge: What we have done. this past weekend.

We didn’t want you to miss out so please enjoy these poems from Beckman and Lasky, courtesy of the poets and Wave Books. Then head on in from the cold to view the exhibition (and attend our Open House tonight)!

Quit &

Joshua Beckman, from The Inside of an Apple

Quit &

The changing of the seasons is life and death seen gently

Dorothea Lasky, from Thunderbird

Hello, The changing of the seasons is life and death seen gently,
Hello there
It ebbs and flows
I saw Fall go quietly into Winter
It is not like death
Green to yellow to orange to red to black
To a final white
It is not skin to blue
Fullness to stiffness
It is not the same
As a breeze that is one day colder
Maybe just slightly colder
Until the final cold
The eye of death goes out
It is life going out
The seasons happen gently, hello
Life does not
Brash, unexpected
It happens dramatically
Hatred, love
Murder, sex
It happens in a sort of violence
The seasons are not violent
The changing of the seasons is not a storm
You there
You will not go gently
And why should you?
The seasons they happen gently
They happen gently
And why shouldn’t they?
Why shouldn’t they, I ask you?
They know they will come again

Poetry, Art, and Inspiration

This weekend we invite you to view Jason Dodge: What We Have Done and to accompany your art viewing with a poetry reading. Exhibiting artist Jason Dodge will introduce three poets who have inspired him: Matthew Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, and Joshua Beckman.

About the Poets:

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman was born in Portland, Oregon in 1975. His first book, All-American Poem, was winner of the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, published by American Poetry Review. He was also the winner of the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for that book, and the inaugural May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His second full collection of poetry, Mayakovsky’s Revolver, was published by Norton, 2012. He is also co-author of the 2012 poetry collection 50 American Plays, published by Copper Canyon Press, with his twin brother Michael Dickman.





Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of six chapbooks: Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012), The Blue Teratorn (Yes Yes Books, 2012), Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, MAKE magazine, Phoebe, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and 6×6, among other places. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and is a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. She has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.



Joshua Beckman

Joshua Beckman

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

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).