Collections in Focus: Getting to know the Henry’s Permanent Collection

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
FREE, space is limited, RSVP required
James McNeill Whistler. Two Doorways. 1879 – 1880. Etching and drypoint on laid paper. Henry Art Gallery, Stimson Collection, gift of Dorothy Stimson Bullitt.

The Henry is launching a new program series called Collections in Focus. This public program, hosted in the museum’s Reed Collection Study Center, will feature special guests from the Seattle community speaking about specific areas of the Henry’s permanent collection. The inaugural program will focus on the museum’s print collection.

More than 1,600 objects in the museum’s collection are prints – etchings, woodblocks, lithographs, silkscreens, and more. The print collection ranges from contemporary works on paper by diverse regional and international artists, to significant collections of 19th century European and Japanese prints.

The program will begin with an introduction to the collection by the Henry’s collections staff and continue with short presentations by Universityof Washington Philosophy Professor Ronald Moore and Sidereal Fine Art Press printer Sheila Coppola.

Dr. Moore will speak about the Henry’s collection of James Whistler prints, elaborating on the major shift in aesthetic thinking brought about by Whistler’s work. Coppola will speak about the Platform Portfolio – 16 prints in the Henry’s collection by contemporary artists such as Jeffry Mitchell, Claire Cowie, and Susan Robb, and Jaq Chartier.

A reception in the museum’s café will follow the event.


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