The Week Ahead @ Henry

Want to find your wild side? Join us for our parties and events this week and let us help you find your wild.

Image Courtesy of Jon Gentry

MadArt in South Lake Union: A Henry Contemporaries Event

Tuesday, May 27, 6:00 pm

As well as touring the brand new Mad Art space , Henry Contemporaries committee members Jon Gentry (architect, goCstudio) and Kathleen Warren (director, Urban Artworks) will also share with us the process of creating Charred, a public art installation that revealed the new space to the neighborhood during construction. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space is limited.

Would you like to join, renew, or upgrade to a Contemporaries Membership? Click here!

Art Break Tour

Thursday, May 29, 12:30 pm

This month’s faculty tour will be led by UW School of Art Adjunct Lecturer Eric Fredericksen, who will guide visitors through The Brink: Anne Fenton.

Mirror Check

Friday, May 30, 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 31, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check — one of Jonas’ earliest works — marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.

Formulary for a new Wilderness

Saturday, May 31, 1:00 pm

Feeling Wild? Curious about the Pacific Coast Trail? Artist Susan Robb will be hiking the trail and creating new media, social media, and site responsive art in her project Wild Times. While she is hiking we will visit the Skyspace with artist Eric Olsen and psychotherapist Nicole Wiggins for 90-minute explorations into what it means to be wild within ourselves and contemporary culture as part of Wild Times. Free with Museum Admission.

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Thank You for Your Service, We Salute You

The Henry is one of hundreds of Blue Star Museums across the nation giving thanks to our hard working troops and their families. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program starts on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. Find out more here.

Behind the Scenes @ Henry: Getting Wild

There is something wild happening in the James Turrell Skyspace “Light Reignwhere conversations and art invite participants to transform. Formulary for a New Wildness is a collaboration between self and nature where Susan Robb invites you to join artist Eric Olson and psychotherapist Nicole Wiggins for 90-minutes of group exploration into what it means to be wild within ourselves and within contemporary culture.

We caught up with Eric Olson after the first of two sessions they are holding at the Henry.

The first session happened on May 10th, can you tell us some highlights?

The biggest highlight was the participants! Everyone was willing to really engage with and open up to each other. We explored a number of topics including what we mean when we say, “not in your wildest dreams,” and the element of danger in wildness. One person left me a note saying, “grief is wild and dangerous.

Photo courtesy

Photo courtesy Eric Olson

We were so wrapped up in conversation that the session flew by, leaving me excited and anxious to continue the exploration in the coming weeks.

What is it about the attribute “wild” that you want to share with participants?

A few things often come to mind when we first hear the word wild: nature, dreams, sexual inhibitions, uncharted territory. Our day-to-day lives tend to suppress the innate “wildness” within each of us. By diving deeper into personal definitions of the term, as well as our individual curiosities and fears, we hope to create a space that inspires adventuring into the wild. Whether that leads to being more open to connecting with new people or taking off for six months to walk the Pacific Coast Trail.

Where did you find your wild?

It started after finding myself in an unfamiliar place where everything I thought I wanted was nothing but illusion. From there, with lots of help, I began to build an emotional relationship with myself. It is a work in progress and probably always will be.

How did you meet your event partners?

I met Susan Robb when I participated in her project The Long Walk. We started to get to know each other better on the rolling hills of the Tolt Pipeline Trail while discussing Roland Barthes’ essay The Death of the Author and how it can relate to participatory art. The Formulary started brewing one afternoon while we were catching up with each other, and shortly thereafter, Susan reached out to psychotherapist Nicole Wiggins about co-hosting the sessions.

Why the James Turell Skyspace for Formulary?

 Light Reign is a perfect venue for the project.  The space frames the sky in a way that forces the viewer to acknowledge its ever-present wildness.  It also puts participants in a safe and sacred space for contemplation.

James Turrell. Light Reign (Interior detail).

This is Seattle and we are always curious, how do you like your coffee?

I take it black — like my heart — unless I end up at Starbucks where I have been known to order a triple tall vanilla soy latte.

Thank you for sharing this experience with the Henry. Any parting words?

We all have something to gain by embracing wildness in ourselves and our everyday lives.

Photo courtesy Eric Olson

Photo courtesy Eric Olson

 


 

The Formulary will continue at other venues, including the Frye Art Museum,  throughout the summer. Please visit wildtimesproject.com for a complete schedule and more information on the project.

Why is the Henry staff in Wolf masks? Find out more at wildtimes.com Photo by Dawn Keenen

Why are these Henry staffers in wolf masks? Find out more at wildtimesproject.com
Photo by Dawn Keenen

Susan Robb’s work is an ongoing investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It often takes its form as temporary, site-responsive, and socially-engaged projects. These projects include The Long Walk, ONN/OF “a light festival”, Parking Squid, Sleeper Cell Training Camp, and Warmth Giant Black Toobs. Robb’s work has been funded by a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Stranger Genius Award, a 4Culture Special Projects Grant, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. In 2013 she received a Creative Capital grant to produce Wild Times. Her work has been collected and shown nationally and internationally.

Nicole Wiggins holds an MS in Communicative Disorders from California State University Northridge, an MA in Existential Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University, a graduate certificate from University of Washington in Infant Mental Health, and is currently in Psychoanalytic Training at Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Eric Olson is an artist and engineer who currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. He earned a BS in computer science from Seattle University in 2004 and studied human computer interaction at Columbia University. His recent project SEAWORTHY is an artist-run space dedicated to creative practices that value collaboration, experimentation, and social engagement. Through projects, discourse and exhibitions, SEAWORTHY nurtures emerging artists and provide an environment to incubate new ideas.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

All of our friends are in town and we couldn’t be more excited! The American Alliance of Museums annual conference is being hosted right here in Seattle! Dear readers, you know how we love to party. So it should be no surprise that we are inviting all of them over to our place for…

Henry and Burke’s Excellent Adventure

On Tuesday evening, we’re co-hosting, with our buddies at the Burke, a special private event for our museum peers. We’re inviting them to explore cultural artifacts, natural history specimens, contemporary art and watch live performances, plus there will be lots of food and drink — and dancing!

We museum people know how to have fun.

From the 2013 preview, be the first to se ethese amazing artists. Photo by Dan Bennett.

From the 2013 preview, be the first to see these amazing artists. Photo by Dan Bennett.

2014 UW School of Art MFA + MDes Public Opening & Reception

Friday, 7:00 -9:00 pm – Public Opening and Reception.

Hosted by the UW School of Art, this event is open to the general public. No RSVP required. Come celebrate the 2014 UW School of Art Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Design candidates!

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

 

Spring Open House, Arty Party, and A Thank You

We have been busy the past month with parties and partings. While we are excited for the upcoming 2014 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, it’s always hard to say goodbye to exhibitions like Katinka Bock: A and I and Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders. We had a great month – just check out all the happy party people.

Spring Open House

 

Photo by Marilyn Montufar.

Our signature drink that night was a big hit.  Photo by Marina Pirkle.

Photo by Marilyn Montufar.

Music in the galleries made us feel homey.  Photo by Marina Pirkle.

Photo by Marilyn Montufar.

The great conversations we didn’t want to end.  Photo by Marina Pirkle.

Check out more photos in the Henry photo album: Awkward Spring Open House Photobooth.

Arty Party

 

Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Making music at Arty Party with party cups!!  Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Sharing secrets in the James Turrell’s Skyspace.  Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Of course we made art with our guests, too! Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Photo by Chona Kasinger.

We even danced the Hula!!  Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Check out more photos in the Henry photo album: 2014 Arty Party Photobooth.

 Thank you for joining us in celebration – we can’t wait for next time.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.

VIDEO//YOGA

Thursday, May 15, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

VIDEO//YOGA is part of a series of yoga classes taught side-by-side with video art; creating an immersive visual and yogic experience that activates and engages all the senses. Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theatre, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. FREE EVENT. Space is limited please RSVP.

Mirror Check

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm & Sunday, May 18, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, one of Joan Jonas’s earliest works, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.

 

Can’t wait to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our favorite street fair! Image courtesy University District Street Fair.

University District 45th Annual Street Fair

Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th

Food trucks, art, and live performances – join us in the best neighborhood party in Seattle. Look for the ArtsUW booth to win prizes and free tickets!

 

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Museum Week Northwest and International Museum Day

From May 16 – 23, enjoy Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of our region’s museums and cultural institutions in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle. More than 55 organizations have created special programming and admission offers. Check them out!

May 18th is both International Museum Day AND Art Museum Day. We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission to the Henry and a special curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm. Join us!

Henry Behind the Scenes: Interview with Nina Bozicnik

We are happy to introduce the newest curatorial staff member Nina Bozicnik, our new Assistant Curator. After she finished (mostly) unpacking from her cross-country trek, we caught up with her for a quick chat.
Nina Bozicnik ready to show you what the Henry has to offer.

Nina Bozicnik is ready to show you what the Henry has to offer.

What do you like about Seattle so far?

Moving from the East Coast, I’m consistently awed by the proximity of snow-covered peaks and the sea. On clear days, when I’m walking home and look out toward downtown and Elliot Bay and see the mountains appear to meet the water, I am moved to stop and take in the view. I am a fan of the early (if shifty) Spring—the Cherry Blossoms on the University of Washington’s quad were a delight and a contrast to a New England landscape still buried in snow. Other civic and cultural standouts for me include curbside food scrap collection, King County Metro Transit bus drivers, the Olympic Sculpture Park, On the Boards, Gas Works Park, and Long Provincial Vietnamese, at which I think I could eat at daily without my taste buds getting bored.

Since Seattle is the caffeinated capital, how do you take your coffee?

Hot and black. On random celebratory occasions and mornings spent waking up around a campfire, I add a bit of Bailey’s or Jameson.

How long have you been curating and what drew you to the profession?

I came to the field professionally in 2008 as a curatorial fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. I was inspired by the opportunity to be surrounded by art, artists, and those motivated by the social and cultural value of artistic activity and the questions it elicits. Generating dialogue with the public around works of art was a key motivation, which guided me away from a strictly academic environment. While there are many ways to enable such dialogue within organizations and independently, too, a curatorial position has a proximity to works of art that I greatly value. I’m also a person motivated by daily conversations and brainstorming with colleagues and the ecology of a group work culture, so an organization such as the Henry is where I find the most meaning.

What inspired you to become a curator?

I was inspired early on by a belief that art and artists are integral to a healthy society. Being a curator is one role that allows me to help realize this belief. This core value sometimes gets buried underneath the functions of day-to-day work. But, what keeps me professionally and personally invested in curatorial work is the privileged opportunity I have to champion the roles of artists and arts and cultural organizations in the intellectual and cultural vitality of a community.

What are you excited to be working on?

Over the last two months, I’ve been getting acquainted with who the Henry is and how it operates, and its role in the cultural ecology of the University, Seattle, and its impact beyond the city, too. It’s thrilling and challenging to consider how all these factors will shape the future exhibitions program and collections-based initiatives. Most immediately, though, I’m excited to be working with Ann Hamilton as part of the exhibition project team for her upcoming exhibition at the Henry, opening in October. Ann is collaborating with thinkers, makers, and doers of many kinds across the University and Seattle, from UW Special Collections and the Music Department to Olson Kundig Architects and Wave Books. I’m also working as part of a group tasked with mapping the Henry’s collection and developing a strategy for future acquisitions. The idiosyncratic collection and the Henry’s contemporary-focused mission invite interesting questions about the purpose of collecting and how it functions within the context of the Henry.

Do you consider yourself to have an artistic nature?

I do not practice a particular craft, such as making photographs or playing an instrument. And while I’m not an art maker, I do value asking questions of art and facilitating others to realize their artistic visions. Perhaps this inclination to serve a supporting role to artists and telling a story of art objects through written words could be described as my artistic nature in action.

What was the first museum you ever went to?

It’s fascinating what we remember from our past experiences. I have distinct memories of visiting The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida near where I grew up, and an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures and installations at my local art museum. I also remember early on being transfixed by the work of Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo. Although my interests and understanding continue to develop over time with opportunities to see and experience a diversity of work and to gather knowledge from a history of thinkers and conversations, my early experiences still resonate. They launched my interest in the ways works of art can affect us—individually and collectively, and emotionally and intellectually.

What piece of art stole your heart?

An experience as a young adult still fresh in my mind is a trip to the Museo de Reina Sofia in Madrid to see Picasso’s painting Guernica—the artist’s 1937 memorial to the tragic bombing of Guernica, a town in northern Spain, during the Spanish Civil War. Spending time with that monumental painting of bodies in tortured poses confirmed for me that art offers a unique opportunity to reconsider history and human experiences.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

GIVE BIG STARTS AT MIDNIGHT!

 

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GROW YOUR GIFT TO THE HENRY

The Seattle Foundation’s Give BIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. Each donation made to the Henry on The Seattle Foundation’s website by midnight on Tuesday, May 6 will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds. The foundation will “stretch” all donations up to $5,000 per donor, per organization to grow your gift.

WIN A GOLDEN TICKET

During Give BIG, individual donors will be drawn at random to win a Golden Ticket! The winner will have an additional $1,000 added to their donation, and will also receive a $100 Starbucks gift card! Everyone wins!

Donate to the Henry here!

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, May 8, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Give us thirty minutes and just see how stress melts away in the face of art and being still. These 30-minute “drop-in” mindfulness-meditation sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month. Meditations begin promptly at 12:30. Free and open to the public.

Mirror Check

Sunday, May 10, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check — one of Jonas’ earliest works — marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.

Formulary for a New Wildness

Saturday, May 10, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Feelings (Wonderland Trail).

Feeling Wild? Curious about the Pacific Coast Trail? Artist Susan Robb will be hiking the trail and creating new media, social media, and site responsive art in her project Wild Times. While she hikes the PCT, we will visit the Skyspace with artist Eric Olsen and psychotherapist Nicole Wiggins for 90-minute explorations into what it means to be wild within ourselves and contemporary culture. Free with Museum Admission.