The Week Ahead @ the Henry

We are super excited to offer you FOUR amazing exhibitions this summer. Yeah, we said FOUR in one summer!

Just opened for your museum-going pleasure is Ken Price: Inside/Outside.

Ken Price

Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012). Heat Wave portfolio and book. 1995. Published by Black Sparrow Graphic Arts, Santa Rosa, CA. This is number 134 of an edition of 170. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Burt and Jane Berman, 2006.43.16


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). The pieces, dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, highlight the representational drawing and narrative approach that Price practiced alongside his more widely known abstract clay sculpture. Images of private and public, interior and exterior spaces look both inward and outward.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Heat Wave (1995), a portfolio that takes modern Los Angeles as its subject and pairs Price’s visual imagery with the poetry of the celebrated underground poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski (U.S., b. Germany, 1920-1994). Price’s high-keyed color images of vacant interior spaces and the traffic-clogged, yet hauntingly still, cityscape have an eerie quality and provide a visual counterpoint to Bukowski’s acerbic poems. Characteristic of Price’s work, the pleasures and promise of the colorful images give way to deeper meditations on sometimes painful and banal realities. The works in the exhibition show how Price mined physical space for psychological affect to evoke feelings of emptiness, desire, and disappointment, while inviting viewers to discover the surreal in the ordinary.

Opening July 19:


With Hidden Noise

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch & Stephen Vitiello

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See*ing


Want to see the summer exhibitions early? We’re hosting a special Member Preview on Thursday, July 17th.



The Week Ahead @ Henry

We hope your Independence Day holiday is splendid and filled with sparklers and joy!


Yay! Wow! Look at those colors!


After the firework images fade from your retinas, we hope you will join us for the opening of Ken Price:Inside/Outside this Saturday.

Ken Price and Black Sparrow Graphic Arts. Untitled (from the portfolio Heat Wave).

Ken Price and Black Sparrow Graphic Arts. Untitled (from the portfolio Heat Wave).

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

July 5 – September 7

The Henry is pleased to present a focused exhibition of works by Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012) dating from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s from the Henry’s permanent collection. Central to the exhibition is Heat Wave, a portfolio of prints developed in conjunction with Black Sparrow Graphic Arts that illustrates a compilation of poems by prolific poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski (U.S., born Germany 1920 – 1994). The portfolio was produced in 1995, a year after Bukowski’s death and is comprised of 15 prints on paper in an edition of 170. Widely considered a cult hero, in his writing Charles Bukowski depicted the depravity of American urban life, leading Time magazine to call him “the laureate of American lowlife” in the late 1980s.

The other works included in the exhibition highlight aspects of Ken Price’s figurative production, as well as his long-standing investment in ceramics, drawing, and print-making. The pieces are tightly framed, everyday representations of urban and rural scenes, rendered in a playful and colorful manner. They recall cartoons or graphic novels, appearing familiar at first, but uncanny upon closer inspection.

A Los Angeles-based artist, Ken Price is known primarily as a sculptor and a printmaker. He is also widely recognized for his abstract large-scale ceramic sculptures.

The Road is ON with Molly Mac (part 1)

Today’s post is the first of three written by artist Molly Mac, who will be your host/tour guide/performer for “How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac.”

I’m a 31 year old woman. I live in Seattle, and I drive a 1998 Camry.

The Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam. It is the largest electric power producing facility in the United States and it irrigates 671,000 acres of farmland in Washington.

yellow voice is my normal voice
green voice gives advice
blue voice tells facts
pink voice exposes (me)

This is a tour that runs from HERE (the Henry) to THERE (the Grand Coulee Dam):



It’s looping, just like your mind (my mind) loops on a road trip.
Scan in with a QR code reader on your phone to catch a stop- there are 18 total.

I’ll explain everything.

you’ll see I have two heroes- the artist Eva Hesse and the Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard
you’ll see the inside of my Camry
you’ll see I’m concerned with electrolyte balance
you’ll see I’m trying to apply basic grammar lessons to glacial geography, shame, and my kidneys
you’ll see my Google search history
you’ll see circles crammed into squares (reduced to pixels)
you’ll see the practical driving directions
eventually you’ll see the Grand Coulee Dam.


And then you’ll actually drive there.
You should meet me at the Dam on August 2nd at 9:15pm to watch the official laser light show.

After the laser show, we’ll split up and stay overnight in local hotels/campgrounds. Then on August 3rd we’ll all get up, look at the Dam again, and eat bagels together. Then we will drive back from THERE (the Dam) to HERE (Seattle), doing the tour in reverse.

I’ll explain EVERYTHING again, but backwards – and I’ll have help. A team of performers will spread out along all 18 stops and explain:

the practical driving directions
the circles crammed into squares (reduced to pixels)
the Google search history
the grammar lessons applied to glacial geography, shame, and kidneys
the concern for electrolyte balance
the inside of the Camry
the heroes- artist Eva Hesse and the Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard

And then you’ll be back in Seattle.




The event is $10. Please book your ticket to receive a more detailed timeline and travel info, and because space is limited, and you’ll need to make a plan to camp and book a place to stay soon.






The Week Ahead @ Henry

Ahead this week is sun, fun, stars, and a little bit of heartbreak. Join us as we wander the city and fall in love all over again.

Art Break Tour

Thursday, June 26, 12:30 – 1:00 pm

This month’s 30-minute tour, given by UW student guide Elissa Favero, will focus on the Henry’s architecture both the 1926 original structure and the renovation and expansion in 1997.

Speck on Speck on Speck

Friday, June 27,  9:00 – 10:00 pm

In conjunction with the Henry’s presentation of Summer Field Studies, artist Allyce Wood invites you to join her for a one-night meditation at Seattle’s Gasworks Park. Wood will lead participants in a reading and thought experiment to explore our scale against the twinkling lights of the city and stars beyond. Members of the Seattle Astronomical Society will also be present. FREE.

Image courtesy of the artist.


Workshop: Documentation in the Field

Saturday, June 28, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Discovery Park – Get tickets.

Head out into the urban wilds of Discovery Park with Portland-based artists Daniela Molnar and Lisa Schonberg to discover variable forms of observation and documentation from drawing and notetaking to field recording and music composition. Materials for documentation will be provided. See you in the field!

Image by Tessa Hulls

Heartbreak Tour of Seattle

Sunday, June 29, 11:00 – 2:00 pm

Meet at the Henry, wander Seattle. Get tickets.

Join Made at Hugo House fellow Michelle Peñaloza for a walking tour of her chapbook-in-progress, landscape/heartbreak, a literary cartography of heartbreak in Seattle. Notebooks in hand, Peñaloza will guide participants to various locations throughout Seattle stopping at landmarks of heartbreak to engage with those spaces through poems and writing sessions.

Behind the Scenes @ Henry: MFA + MDes Students on Graduation

During the installation of  2014 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, we hounded the students for news of life-to-come once their studies were done. If you want to learn more about their art, get yourself a ticket for the Art Dawgs Reception and Tour tonight from 6:00-8:00  pm and party with the exhibiting artists.

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Andrew’s sculptures will get you thinking about space and placement.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Andrew Hoeppner

Can be found on the internet or at Pike Place Market getting an espresso with cream & sugar. After graduation he is most excited about: “Freedom!”

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Bradley wants to change how you read on the internet – for the better.
 Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Bradley Trinnaman

While students don’t have a lot of free time, Bradley likes getting over to Discovery Park. He also let me in on a secret: “I’ve never been to the gum wall. That makes me want to PUKE.” After graduation he says, “It’s time for a new start!” which he will ruminate upon with a nice iced sweet tea in the sun.

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Upon peering into this piece,  expect surprises.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Hesheng Chen

Need a new perspective? Just peek into the objects on display for this MFA student. Hesheng spends his free time at the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building. When confronted with the idea of graduation he could only say: “Yahoo!”

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

You don’t want to miss this cliffhanger.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Kathryn D’Elia

After replying “Oh geez….” to the idea of graduating soon, Kat quickly moved on to topics she loved more, “I’m really into my couch, but I also love Discovery Park.” We then got to talking about the age-old debate between tea or coffee, “Sorry kids, not a fan of leaf juice. Coffee, two teaspoons of sugar, and just enough soymilk to cool it to a drinkable level.”

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Ever wondered what it was like to walk among the stars?
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Rebecca Chernow

Make sure to scan the QR code on the label in her piece for more information about the artist. After installing her artwork, she couldn’t wait to get back to “my backyard to have a coffee with cream.” Discussing graduation she says, “It’s been fun, but holy crap I’m glad it’s over!”

Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Music and technology – where do you think it will go next?
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Sandy Pawson

Find Sandy here or picking up a new brew at Chuck’s Hop Shop in Ballard. Soon he will have more time to spend there: “Graduation — The point at which I’ll get my weekends back.”

Speaking of the weekend, the 2014 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition is only open for another week! So head on over, enjoy a cool respite from the sun and see what our Huskies have made.

Exhibiting artists:

John Blalock
Hesheng Chen
Rebecca Chernow
Jonathan Cook
Kathryn D’Elia
Joe Freeman
David Gress
Jonathan Happ
Andrew Hoeppner
Abraham Murley
Haeree Park
Hannah Patterson
Sandy Pawson
Jason Petz
Bradley Trinnaman
Xinchen Xie


The Week Ahead @ Henry


Photo courtesy of Julia Greenway.


Thursday, June 19, 12:30 pm

Find the balance you need and interaction you crave with Julia Greenway every third Thursday.


Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Arts Dawgs Reception and Tour: 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00 pm- CLOSES SUNDAY

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design annual exhibition. This special Arts Dawgs event offers for a reception and tour of the exhibition. The artists will be present. The UW Alumni Association and ArtsUW have partnered once again to offer UWAA members exciting opportunities to experience the arts as an insider. Learn more about the program here. Tickets will be available at the door tonight.


Hylaeus Project, Fieldwork in Hawaii. Image Courtesy of Lisa Schonberg.

Summer Field Studies Takes to the Open Air

June 21 – September 14

Summer Field Studies is a presentation and interactive program series that invites visitors to explore contemporary art and ideas not only at the Henry, but out in the surrounding landscape.

Artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets and explorers were invited to participate in the creation of a series of interactive field guides for the Henry’s Test Site. These field guides will introduce visitors to a variety of individual and collaborative projects from in around the Pacific Northwest that deal with landscape as a means to facilitate personal reflection and as a discursive space. Projects range from outdoor residency programs, floating concerts, visits to secret gardens, and much more.

Featured artists: Meagan Atiyeh, Sara Edwards, Nat Evans, Jason Goods, Amy Harwood, Tessa Hulls, Garek Jon Druss, Joanne Lepreore, Molly Mac, Daniela Molnar, NKO, Michelle Peñaloza, Clyde Peterson, Ryan Pierce, Susan Robb, Kerri Rosenstein, Lisa Schonberg, Elizabeth Spavento, Allyce Wood

VIEWPOINTS: Sol LeWitt on view through Sept 7

LeWitt’s Squares are specifically reminiscent of faceted classification, a library development most commonly seen in e-commerce, allowing shoppers to search, browse, and filter merchandise by categories like color, size, and price. We experience such interactions every day, yet, like LeWitt’s art, we only see the surface presentation, never thinking about the work that goes into creating the rules and guidelines that make such interactions possible. — Rachel Ivy Clarke, PhD Candidate, Information School

This iteration of VIEWPOINTS features Red, Yellow, Blue and Gray Squares, Bordered By a Black Band (1989). These four aquatint prints by Sol LeWitt, are exactly as the title describes: a colored square surrounded by a black border. Prioritizing idea over craftsmanship, LeWitt saw the artist in a role similar to that of an architect; the person who designs a building but does not build it. He developed his artistic vocabulary from basic geometric structures and how they are transformed by using these fundamental elements as regular repeated modular units or in a series which explores a range of possibilities in a logical, preset sequence. LeWitt was fascinated by the multiplicity of things that can be generated by a simple idea.

From left, Rachel Clarke, PhD Candidate, Information School;  Huck Hodge, Assistant Professor, School of Music; and Jay F. Neitz, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Structure.

From left, Rachel Clarke, Huck Hodge, and Jay F. Neitz.

A rotating series, VIEWPOINTS presents new combinations of artworks and voices, emphasizing how works from the Henry’s permanent collection can inspire and provoke new dialogues and thoughts. LeWitt’s four prints are displayed alongside the voices of three UW faculty members: Rachel Clarke, Pre-doctoral Lecturer, Information School;  Huck Hodge, Assistant Professor in Composition, School of Music; and Jay F. Neitz, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology. These three were specifically selected to respond to LeWitt’s artwork based on their research and teaching interests. We believe multiple voices can help expand our understanding of a work of art, cast a new light on overlooked details, and open our minds to new ideas.

VIEWPOINTS: Sol LeWitt will be on display on the mezzanine from June 6 through September 7.

Come and read each faculty response, and then create your own!