A fond farewell Hank!

Well, the summer is wrapping up and so is my internship. It is time for this blogger to move on to other adventures. We’ve had some good times, Hank, and so many memories among my 40+ posts in the past 3 months.

Do you recall “Hey, Let’s Talk!” when I gave you the gift of puppies that still warms my own heart”? Or how about “‘Watching the Detectives’ – Works from the Henry featured on History Detectives this Friday” when I randomly added a live performance by Elvis Costello for no other reason than ‘Detectives’ was in the song’s title. I have to include “Salavon, Playboy Centerfolds, and Golems…Oh My!” among my favorites list simply because I got to associate Playboy and Golems with the Wizard of Oz (even though the added photo gave me quite a headache in how much it was messing with the format). All good times.  

These last three months have been great with the Henry folks, but they won’t be seeing the last of me. I’ll still be meandering around the Seattle area and promise not to be a stranger. But, for now Hank, this is goodbye and farewell! I leave you with these final words: life can never be wrong when you Google puppies.

Seattle’s Emerging Museum Professionals Kick-Off Event tomorrow!

Seattle’s new Emerging Museum Professionals chapter is holding their big, initiative kick-off party tomorrow evening, September 8, 2011.

EMP is affiliated with American Association of Museums and facilitates networking between new museum professionals within the first 10 years of their career. They offer opportunities to:
-Connect with colleagues from other institutions.
-Discover ways to increase their impact in the museum field.
-Create a forum for ideas and career development.
Visit their Facebook page here for more information about joining.

Alexander Calder. The Eagle. Olympic Sculpture Park.

Their kick-off event tomorrow is at Olympic Sculpture Park near the famous Alexander Calder sculpture, The Eagle. Come enjoy the food and festivities with your fellow museum-enthusiasts!
Here’s what you can look forward to:
-Grub from I Want Curry Now, Maximus Minimus and Street Treats
-Live music
-Opportunities to grab a drink and chat with fellow museum folk about hot topics in the field and what we want out of our Emerging Museum Professionals group
-Swapping those business cards that are burning a hole in your desk drawer

For contact information and to RSVP, click here. The party starts at 6PM. Look for the EMP sign and red balloons.

*Please note that this is not affiliated with Seattle’s Experience Music Project (also EMP). We know, it’s confusing.

Flashback: Matthew Buckingham

Back in the summer of 2008, the Henry was the proud host of Matthew Buckingham: Play the Story. Henry-goers may recall his three, historically themed video installations: Mary Wollstonecraft, an 18th-century woman of letters; Louis Le Prince, a Frenchman who invented a prototypical motion picture projector in the last decades of the 19th century; and Charlotte Wolff, an early 20th-century feminist activist exiled from Nazi Germany. Buckingham turns a critical eye towards the ways past events and characters come to be represented after being subjected to political and social influences, anecdotal conjecture, and the multiple, coincidental timelines of history. Each video was accompanied by a specific installation in order to engage the visitor physically in addition to visually.

Flash forward to today and our past Matthew Buckingham‘s installations have moved on, but this time to New York City. His In the Spirit of the Letter piece, honoring feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and her writings, particularly “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” has found a new home at the Brooklyn Museum. A mention of the opening earlier this week in the New York Times also states that “the show includes a small collection of ephemera and books documenting Wollstonecraft’s life and work, put together from objects lent by the New York Public Library.”

If you just happen to be in New York in the near future, you can catch this work again until the show’s closing on January 8, 2012.

Matthew Buckingham and Kate Miles rehearsing. Matthew Buckingham, The Spirit and the Letter. 2007. Continuous video projection with sound. Photo: Romain Forquy. Courtesy of Film and Video Umbrella

If New York happens to be a little out of your jurisdiction for the near future, Buckingham has another great show opening this weekend at the Or Gallery in Vancouver BC (only two hours away). Creative Destruction is on view from September 10 through October 22, 2011. Read more about this more local exhibition at the Or Gallery website.

Shelf Life + Songs About Books = Brainy Musical Fun

Join us in Shelf Life for an evening of Songs About Books with musical performances of by Levi Fuller, Joshua Morrison, and Led to Sea (Alex Guy). Organized by Levi Fuller and funded by a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, five local songwriters were invited to participate in the most recent quarterly compilation album from Ball of Wax titled, Songs About Books. READ MORE….

These 25 literary melodies premiered last month at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (as seen in our Hankpost “Like songs? Like books? How about songs about books?”). Check out The Stranger review of this event. We invite you to attend a lo-fi/acoustic recap of this performance at the Henry in an environment built expressly for the enjoyment of books.

The Henry is excited to see you this Friday, September 9th, at 7PM in our Lobby Test Site. By the way, this performance is a free with museum admission.

The songwriters and their books:

Alex Guy : Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Levi Fuller : Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
Johanna Kunin : Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Matt Ruff
Joshua Morrison : The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt.
Ryan Barrett: The Possibility of an Island

Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect:

Led to Sea at the premiere of Songs About Books

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.

Save your spot for our ‘Digital Eye’ tour!

Image for cover: Wendy McMurdo. Helen, Backstage, Merlin Theatre (The Glance). 1995. Pigmented inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

We still have space left for our Curator Led Tour of The Digital Eye. Join Henry Director Sylvia Wolf, curator of the The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age and author of the recent book by the same name, for a unique look at digital innovations in photographic practice.

This is our last scheduled curator tour before the show’s closing on September 25, 2011. Tickets are available at henryart.org/tickets. Students and Henry Members get in for FREE and tickets are $5 for the general public.

The tour is this Thursday, September 8, at 7:00PM. You have less than 48 hours to ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. Tickets sales will continue through noon on Thursday. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door.


The Henry is in the race again for the King 5 Best of Western Washington election. PLEASE VOTE FOR US AS YOUR FAVORITE MUSEUM TODAY!!!

We’re hoping to beat our past records in this competition and we need your help! Click on the ad on the side bar of this webpage or visit the Voting Poll here!

Past Awards
2010 Best of Western Washington:
Museum (11th place)

2009 Best of Western Washington:
Museum (17th place)
Art Gallery (9th place)

2008 Best of Western Washington:
Museum (9th place)
Art Gallery (14th place)

SuttonBeresCuller at On the Boards

Photo by SuttonBeresCuller

Hey Henry-goers! Do you happen to remember back to this past winter and SuttonBeresCuller: Panoptos? Well the trio continues their art installations with On the Boards, a leading center for the creation and presentation of contemporary performance. The show To Be Determined will be available for viewing September 15th through the 18th at Merrill Wright Theater in lower Queen Anne.

This performance installation was created over an intensive 2-month residency where Seattle’s leading visual art collaborative was given carte blanche to reorganize and confound the normal scheme of OtB’s theaters. Each evening audiences can grab a drink, meander through the space and see simultaneous performances allowing for the possibility of a unique experience each night. The details of when and where and how it happens will remain a mystery until then.

SuttonBeresCuller is a trio of artists (John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler) who have worked collaboratively since 2000, when they met as students at Cornish College of the Arts. Together they create ways to engage viewers through mobile sculptures, street actions and temporary site-specific installations. Their work has been shown widely in Seattle including installations at the Lawrimore Project (Three Dragon Restaurant), Henry Art Gallery (Panoptos) and Lake Washington (The Island) in addition to national exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Jose, NYC and more. They have appeared at OtB in both 12 Minutes Max and the NW New Works Festival.

Panoptos in the East Gallery

In case you forgot about Panoptos
For the Henry’s East Gallery, the three artists selected an array of paintings, prints, photographs, and other two-dimensional and three-dimensional works from the museum’s collection that the Henry team installed “salon style,” covering the walls floor to ceiling. In front of this multi-faceted presentation, a custom-made apparatus transported a high-definition camera along the x- and y-axes of this grid-like installation. At a viewing station in the Stroum Gallery, visitors could steer the camera remotely, selecting and zooming in on details of works in the East Gallery. Over the course of the exhibition, selections were tracked and recorded, to form a culminating, and cumulative, work of art.

Get Ready for a Digital September

We’re in the final month of The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, but we still have plenty of fun programs and events remaining.

Paul Berger. Seattle Subtext: Front and Back Cover. 1982. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, September 2, is Gallery Talk: Paul Berger. Photographer and exhibiting artist Paul Berger will give an informal gallery talk on his work and the impact of photography and digital imaging on contemporary visual culture. Berger’s photographic work has always involved multiple images in structured sequences, sometimes with text. This interest in sequence and narrative transitioned in the early 1980’s to an interest in digital manipulation of electronic imagery, leading to the development of a series of digital imaging classes within the University of Washington’s photography programs in the mid-80s. Please RSVP here by the end of tomorrow (September 1st)! This program is FREE for Henry Members and Students and $5 for the general public.
And check out this recent The Stranger article “Everyday Life for Sentient Beings,” featuring Paul Berger. Beef up on your artist history, like his roots in Seattle and the beginning of his art technique, before you come listent to his talk on Friday. There’s also plenty of mention of The Digital Eye and its headlining artists and works.

Next Thursday, September 8, is our final Curator Led Tour for this exhibition. Join Henry Director Sylvia Wolf, curator of the The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age and author of the recent book by the same name, for a unique look at digital innovations in photographic practice. We still have some spaces left! This event is FREE for Henry Members and Students and $5 for the general public. Purchase you tickets or reserve your space here!

Jason Salavon. Every Playboy Centerfold, The 1970s. 2002. Pigmented inkjet print. Collection of Timothy and Leslie Fichtner. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

Explore the intersection of art, technology, and geography in this project workshop with Digital Eye exhibiting artist Jason Salavon. Participants will use their smartphones and digital cameras to gather photographs and location data, tracking their paths in time and space as they explore and document the area around the UW campus. Using geolocation technology, and a few other tools, participants will reconvene with Salavon to cross reference and assemble the visual and location data into visual representations of their activity. Click here to read more about Field Work with Jason Salavon, on Wednesday, September 14 at the Henry. This event is held in partnership with Photo Center NW. The fee is $55 for Henry and PCNW Members and $65 for the general public. Register at PCNW.org.

And we have even more Jasan Salavon for you! In conjunction with his workshop, the artist will give a lecture on September 15 at the Henry. Join Henry exhibiting artist Jason Salavon (The Digital Eye) for a talk about his work exploring topics ranging from population statistics and intelligent software to the evolution of soft-core pornography. Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Read more. This lecture is open to the public and is also part of a photography workshop, on September 14th. This program is FREE for Henry and PCNW Members and Students and $5 for the general public. Find out how to register at PCNW.org.

And your final opportunity to bid adieu to The Digital Eye is on September 25th when the show will be closing.

Salavon, Playboy Centerfolds, and Golems…Oh My!

Jason Salavon. Every Playboy Centerfold, The 1970s. 2002. Pigmented inkjet print. Collection of Timothy and Leslie Fichtner. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

One of the Henry’s own currently-exhibting artists, Jason Salavon, and The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age was featured in a recent Stranger SLOG posting! Click here to read the full article…

You can see Salavon’s Every Playboy Centerfold, The 1970s in The Digital Eye until the exhibition’s closing on September 25th.

“Jason Salavon scanned every Playboy Centerfold from January 1960 to December 1999, and outputted a mean image representing each decade in the form of a 5-foot-tall, ghostly photograph. Over time, the women got skinnier, blonder, and whiter.”

“Salavon makes all kinds of digital images. At the Henry Art Gallery now, in addition to one of these centerfolds, is one of the 100,000 convincingly expressive abstract paintings that Salavon printed out en masse. He calls them Golem. A golem, in Jewish folklore, is a living creature made of inanimate matter.”

And check out henryart.org soon for updates on the Jason Salavon Gallery Talk on September 15th at 7PM. He’ll also be at Photo Center NW the day before, September 14th, for a special workshop.

The Emancipated Spectator Rocks On!


This month’s Talent Show discussion group, The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality), will meet in the lobby of Rock Box Karaoke this Thursday, August 25, at 7pm.
Come embrace Karaoke culture and talk about the Talent Show.

Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a casual discussion focused around the themes of participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism explored in the recently departed exhibition, The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as inspiration, the group will discuss the following readings and films:

Neil Gabler – Life the Movie
Walter Kirn – Little Brother is Watching

David Holzman’s Diary and Benny’s Video

This final gathering will be a casual meet up at Rock Box Karaoke, which we felt was appropriate as an example of the quest for momentary fame…and we love Karaoke! Rock Box is located at 1603 Nagle Place in Capitol Hill.

The films selected for this program — including selections such as David Holzman’s Diary (Jim McBride), Benny’s Video (Michael Haneke), Network (Sidney Lumet), Calendar (Atom Egoyan), France/Tour/Detour/Deux Enfants (Jean-Luc Godard), and Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (Paper Tiger Television) — were chosen by exhibiting artist and filmmaker Amie Siegel to accompany The Talent Show. Each of these films—from a mock verité sixties film diary to an epic, uncannily Brechtian series for French Television, to the macabre sensibility of Viennese feature filmmaking— consider the individual broadcast of self from private spaces, the role of media technologies in documentation, and the seemingly elastic nature of privacy and subjectivity. These films also share a key television trope that also arises in the My Way videos on view in The Talent Show, the direct address. This discursive mode is played to the viewer via product pitches, news reports, and screen tests.