A Call to Readers: Participate in “the common S E N S E”

“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 from readers-reading-readers.tumblr.com: Douglas Quenqua. “New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question.” New York Times, December 24, 2013.

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!

Things Happening in Seattle Right Now

The rumors are true—

We are currently closed for installation! We are so excited to be working with internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton for her building-wide exhibition  the  common  S  E  N  S  E, opening October 11th.

Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

 

Hamilton’s last exhibition at the Henry was in 1992, entitled accountings. Get ready for this highly anticipated, large-scale show; it will be a big one!


 

In the meantime,

here are a few things happening in Seattle right now/coming up that are worth checking out!

@ SAM

City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India

August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015

City Dwellers features works from a few of India’s leading artists, who are influenced by religious traditions, popular movie culture, and digital technology.

@ the Frye

Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu

June 14, 2014 – September 14, 2014

If you have yet to see this show, be sure to! Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes was one of the recipient of this years Neddy Awards.

#SocialMedium

September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Crowd-curated exhibition in which, by the use of social media, works from the Founding Collection were chosen by 4,000 people from around the globe. We can’t wait to see what’s been chosen!

@ Photo Center Northwest

Richard Renaldi, Touching Strangers

September 10, 2014 – October 29, 2014

Richard Renaldi takes portraits of random strangers in arranged poses that go beyond comfort levels.

@round Seattle

2014 Washington Cider Week

September 4, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Head on down to the third annual Washington Cider Week, and enjoy the art form that is cider.

Mad Campus

September 13, 2014 – October 25, 2014

Check out UW’s campus for public art installations. A free art walk of the work will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 11 – 3 PM.

FINAL WEEK of Summer Exhibitions!

Listen up! (please)

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a listening party with Stephen Vitiello and Steve Peters this Saturday, September 6th from 2 – 4 PM.

With Hidden Noise is curated by Vitiello, and features his work along with Peters and six other artists, who use sound as a material in distinctive ways. The listening event will be followed by refreshments and conversation with Peters and Vitiello in the Henry’s sculpture court. The post-party refreshment hour is at capacity, so we hope you RSVPed!

Last chance

As summer comes to a close (what? how?) as do our summer exhibitions. SundaySeptember 7th is the last day to check out the works of:

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

With Hidden Noise

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello.

Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E

The entire museum will be closed from September 15th – October 10th. We are so incredibly excited to have Ann Hamilton in residence as she sets up for her building-wide exhibition opening October 11th.

During the closure, we will be finishing the exhibition and preparing the museum for the exhibition opening. Please note that everyone’s favorite cafe — Molly’s  —  will be closed as of Sept 8th. You can look forward to a refreshed space when you visit in October.

Here are a few images to tide you over until the exhibition opens!

 

Borgersens Furs, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. c. 1961 – 1966. South American Spotted Cat fur; Mink fur trim; Sateen lining; Leather covered buttons. Henry Art Gallery, Mrs. Guendolen Plestcheeff Estate, 95.12-53. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

Woman’s evening coat [detail]. 1928 – 1929. Silk velvet; Red fox fur; Georgette and crepe lining. Henry Art Gallery, John Dutton Wright Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Drumheller, 85.1-258. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

Ann Hamilton. Process image: working with objects in the collection of the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Helen Igoe, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. c. 1921. Silk velvet; Colobus monkey fur; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, School of Drama Collection, Bassett Collection, 83.10-73. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Road is ON With Molly Mac (part 3)

This is our third and concluding blog post from artist Molly Mac on the Summer Field Studies project “How to Get THERE ( the dam) from HERE (Seattle).” 

 

First we ate breakfast.

Then I reminded everybody about three things:

1. How to download a QR code reader for a mobile device
2. I have two heroes: Eva Hesse & Amanda Beard
3. For the rest of the day I’ll give away my voice in 4 color-coded roles: YELLOW is normal voice (wears black and knows she is doing an art project); GREEN voice gives advice; BLUE voice gives facts; PINK voice makes confessions (after she frames a safe space to do so).

THEN I read Richard Serra’s verb list: “Actions to Relate to Oneself”
..which was dry, imperative, and kind of embarrassing, I think.

9:26am

THEN we drove from the Dam to the Security Facility (facade)

9:42am

9:44am

pink gave this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue gave this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEN we drove from the security facade to the Lake Roosevelt Boat Launch.

9:56am

green gave this (it was a BIG sticker):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEN we drove from the Lake Roosevelt boat Launch to the Crown Point Lookout.

>>pink did not have a sticker<<
http://youtu.be/HpEwY3ynZg8?t=16s

THEN we drove from Crown Point Lookout to a picnic table by Devil’s Punchbowl (Steamboat Rock State Park)

10:49am

green gave this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………. to be continued……

……click here to find the rest……..

 

The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week, 

We would love for you to take a break with us. You deserve it.

tour at the Henry

A group tours “Katinka Bock: A and I” this past winter.

Art Break!

Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Join us as UW Exhibition guide Elissa Favero walks us through Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing.

Elissa first fell in love with contemporary art as an assembly of Louise Bourgeois eye benches was installed outside her freshman-year dorm room at Williams College, and the visual arts and landscape remain at the core of her practice as a writer, editor, and researcher. After an internship at the National Park Service and a stint at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Elissa moved west for graduate studies in art and architectural history at the University of Washington.

Did you know 

That our summer exhibitions close September 7th? Be sure to catch them while you can!

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

With Hidden Noise

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week (and every week really) the Henry is busy!

As we prepare for Ann Hamilton’s exciting museum-wide exhibition a common sense coming this October, one task was to uncover the large skylights over the Henry’s South galleries.

The tarps covering the skylights were last taken off for VOLUME: Bed of Sound, in 2001… 13 years ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The open skylights will flood the gallery with natural light, changing the lighting throughout the day.

Be sure to catch our summer exhibitions which close September 7th!

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

With Hidden Noise

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

 

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Have you experienced the Henry’s current audio/visual exhibitions? Be sure to catch them before they close on September 7!

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

This exhibition pairs work by two artists who focus on the essential qualities of photography and video to frame and represent.

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman).

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman).

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

This exhibition premieres four new videos, products of a collaboration by artists Andrew Deutsch (U.S., b. 1968) and Stephen Vitiello (U.S., b. 1964). The suite of works was developed by exchanging a number of sound files via email and then processing them with the help of a Sandin image processor and other technologies.

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Trans-scape .

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Trans-scape [video still].

With Hidden Noise

Titled after Marcel Duchamp’s readymade of a ball of string held between two brass plates and containing a mysterious sound-making object, With Hidden Noise brings together sound works made from traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes.

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

This focused exhibition presents, for the first time, holdings in the Henry’s collection by the late Los Angeles-based artist Ken Price (U.S., 1935-2012).

Ken Price. Untitled.