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!

Henry + Frye

 

Last week, the Frye’s new exhibition , Mw [Moment Magnitude] opened. This exhibition explores process across a multitude of platforms from contemporary Seattle artists. One of the artists featured is Jeffry Mitchell, who’s Like a Valentine exhibition, opens next Friday at the Henry Open House.

This Sunday, the Frye is hosting an event, John Cage and Friends: An Afternoon of Music and Film, in celebration of Cage’s 100th birthday. The program begins with a performance by Jarrad Powell of 4’33” (1952), Cage’s most well-known and controversial work. Following the performance, film critic Robert Horton hosts a screening of films that introduce the wide-ranging work of Cage and his circle. The event starts at 2 pm and you can find more information, including ticket information, here.

The Henry will also celebrate his centennial on November 2nd with a performance of 33 ⅓. This participatory score, which features a room full of interactive turntables and vinyl records, was conceived of by John Cage during a residency at the University of California at Davis in 1969. For this work museum visitors are encouraged to take on the role of DJ and create a musical composition by freely playing records to perform the work. Speaking of, do you have a portable record player (with built in speakers) that we could use during the performance of John Cage’s 33 ⅓ on November 2nd? Let us know! We will hook you up!

Girl meets (Game) Boy at the Henry

Leeni, in all her 8 bit sound pop nostalgia, will be playing a super awesome Chiptune show with Circles, Fighter X, Spamtron, McFiredrill and KGHB,  on Wednesday, April 8th at The Vera Project, a local All-ages music venue here in Seattle!

picture-15And once you’ve rekindeled your love for retro-pop sound you can see her play AGAIN at the Henry Open House on April 17th, 2009 before experiencing the future with the opening of Ann Lislegaard:2062. All our exhibitions will be open – along with an open bar – and the announcement of this years Brink Award.

picture-26Member and Patron Preview: 6-7:30PM  FREE to Henry Members General Admission: 7:30-10PM

How awesome was the Henry Open House?

A whole six (plus) galleries full of sailors, paper dresses, cardboard cut outs, and raccoons awesome. We had well over 1,000 people show up Friday and it looked like most of them were having a great time. I’ll post more pictures when they come in – but in the mean time here are some of the photos you were all so kind to post to our flickr account – p.s. if you have any more, feel free to post them.open-house-03

Costume contests – food – spirits – photo booth-  and amazing new exhibitions.

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and if you didn’t get to make it to Open House, don’t worry.

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You can still drop by the Henry and check out Adaptation, Magor, Misrach, and More. There is much to see.

Call them Ishmael…

Courtesy of University Week:

Photo by Kathy Sauber

Photo by Kathy Sauber

From left, Erin Weible, Whitney Ford and Karyn Gregory pose with one of the props available in a photo booth at this Friday’s Henry Open House at the Henry Gallery. Weible and Gregory are recent UW alumni who work for the Henry, and Ford is a member of SHAG, the Student Henry Advisory Group, the photo booth’s sponsor. It’s just one of the activities planned for the Open House, which participants are encouraged to attend in costume. Find out more at www.henryart.org

Henry Open House Preview | Catherine Sullivan in Adaptation

Image credits: Catherine Sullivan, Still from multi-channel installation Triangle of Need, 2007. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Metro Pictures, New York.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Wednesday freebie winner ERIC A.!

1) Name one of the three organizations that co-commissioned Triangle of Need (2007).

A Foundation, Liverpool; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

More information on Catherine Sullivan after the jump!

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