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.

Design Lab: A Critical Collaborations Retrospective

Recently, in conjunction with the presentation of Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora, the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments hosted a series of weekly design intensives. Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors publicly addressed issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. The sessions were offered as part of  the new course “Critical Collaboration: Tools for the Contemporary Urban Environment” and held in the Henry’s Test Site.
Brian Brooks & Holly Schwarz standing near a drawing that mysteriously appeared with no signature during the course of the exhibition.
Co- facilitators Brian Brooks & Holly Schwarz standing near a drawing that mysteriously appeared with no signature during the course of the exhibition. If you are the mystery artist, they say “Thank you.” Photo by P.D. Keenen

Bryan Brooks and Holly Schwartz, two of the four graduate students who co-facilitated Design Lab, helped design and set the tone of the new course, creating a space as Bryan said that was:

“Ready to be colonized.” – Bryan

Students colonizing the space by placing artifacts to be used during the charrette's schedule every Thursday.
Students colonizing the space by placing artifacts to be used during the charrette’s schedule every Thursday. Installation image. Henry Art Gallery.

Each week a charrette was organized around a theme and it was up to students to bring in artifacts that would engage and drive discussion at the public events.

Holly spoke about why they were so passionate about creating this space for other students.

“A piece was lacking in our education, so we created this to fill in that gap. It was our theory — to practice connecting with other disciplines, like we would for a job.” – Holly


The piece they felt needed the most practice was collaborating, not only within their own discipline but learning to work with the different voices  — from the public  and other areas of expertise and fields.

“You don’t know the voices coming to the table and how well they will collaborate.” – Holly

Students from the transportation charrette.  Installation image. Henry Art Gallery.
Students from the transportation charrette.
Image courtesy of Henry Art Gallery.

“Collaboration starts with where you begin — it’s a guide to how you interact.” – Bryan

Students from the politics charrette. Photo by Chona Kasinger
Students from the politics charrette.
Photo by Chona Kasinger

Starting from a similar beginning mindset was of key importance to the class design, and they facilitated that mindset by having everyone take the Myers-Briggs personality quiz. Holly reflected on the importance of the test to not just get them on the same page but how it would help them collaborate with others.

“Taking the test helps you self analyze. The students learn how and if they are heard. They might discover they need to change tactics to get others to hear a message.” – Holly


By all accounts the class was a successful experiment. You can read more student reflections on their blog. From their last Facebook update though it seems all ended well, especially if you like beer and cupcakes.

From their celebratory last post on Facebook: "We've got cupcakes, we've got beer. Now we're just missing you!"
From their celebratory last post on Facebook: “We’ve got cupcakes, we’ve got beer. Now we’re just missing you!”



The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Opening this Saturday, the Henry is proud to present Berlin-based Jason Dodge’s first comprehensive North American exhibition What We Have Done and Korean-born artist Haegue Yang’s solo exhibition Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion.

Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion

The exacting process of this installation has been fascinating to watch. Join us on Saturday to see to celebrate its completion!

Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion
Starting to hang the installation early last week.

Jason Dodge: What We Have Done

In What We Have Done, Dodge will show recent work as well as debut two major new works created especially for this exhibition. The artist’s interest in literature and, in particular, poetry informs his practice. To mark the opening, we are hosting a poetry reading from 2-4 pm on Saturday featuring Matthew Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, and Joshua Beckman

Other Cool Henry Happenings this Week

VIDEO//YOGA, Thursday, Oct 17

Instructor and curator at Interstitial Theater, Julia Greenway, will lead us in a yoga class to excite the senses as video art plays on the screen as you hold the pose. Class starts promptly at 12:30; check in with the front desk for location. Bring your own mat, please.

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, Friday, Oct 18th

Discover how digital interacts with poetry at this free symposium Friday night at 6 pm. Does a tweet or Facebook post have the potential to be as impactful as a sonnet? Join us to find out.

Spaghetti Code, Sunday, Oct 20th

From 2-4 pm, artist Sol Hashemi will lead us through activities to explore photography and sculpture through the lens of computer, internet, and hackerspace. Discuss the artist’s latest Test Site Project Software Update/System Build. This event is free. 

Sol Hashemi. Untitled (Office Clutter Vol. 2).
Sol Hashemi. Untitled (Office Clutter Vol. 2).

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

It’s a big week for us at the Henry — we’re gearing up to celebrate the 10th birthday of our beloved Skyspace, Light Reign!

An external view of the Skyspace. Photo credit: Dan Bennett
An external view of the Skyspace.                                      Photo credit: Dan Bennett

Join us THIS FRIDAY, July 19th for cake, ice cream, beer, and fun! Inside and outside of the Skyspace, artists, performers, and poets will explore ideas about the psychology of visual perception, celestial events, and light and optics. A display about the Skyspace will also be on view, featuring the Light Reign architectural model, a short video about artist James Turrell and the creation of Light Reign, and information about Turrell’s Skyspaces around the world.

Special Cocktail Hour for Henry Contemporaries and Patrons

Henry Contemporaries and Patrons are invited to an exclusive cocktail hour and barbecue from 5:30-6:30, before the event opens to the general public. Enjoy summery cocktails and kebabs with old and new friends. Reserve your spot here. Not a Contemporary or Patron? Become one and gain access to exclusive Henry events.


Also this week…

On Wednesday, July 17, Joe Milutis, Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell, will guide visitors through Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque for a tour titled Mysticism as Information Design. Drawing from sources in alchemy, theosophy, and contemporary art, he will situate Laffoley’s work in the context of the long tradition of the mystic diagram, a visual trope that may tell us as much, if not more, about the history of design than the imponderabilia it attempts to grasp.

Laffoley exhibition
Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque is on view through September 15.               Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez

Relax with DOWN TIME

Have you checked out our summer show Down Time in the Test Site? This week we are featuring “Life Hacks.” Join us for a demonstration and workshop with Ned Konz of Jigsaw Renaissance, who will teach you how to make light and capture it in a jar. Inspired by do-it-yourself culture and the wealth of how-to resources on the internet, Down Time is an eight-week presentation that explores free-choice learning and the pursuit of entertainment in our “down” time. This Friday, July 19th, 6 pm.

And what else could possibly be happening on Friday? BIKE FRIDAY! Ride your bike to the Henry and get in FREE every Friday, all summer long.

See you at the museum!

What do you like to do in your Down Time?


If you want to learn how to do something, where do you go? To the internet!

Inspired by Do-It-Yourself culture and the wealth of how-to resources on the internet, our new Test Site  exploration, Down Time, is an eight-week presentation that explores free-choice learning and the pursuit of entertainment in our free time.

Most of us have gone to YouTube to watch a video on how to do [insert your favorite, tangential, and/or esoteric interest here]. Within a sea of exhibitionists, quacks, and celebrity seekers, we can also find real teachers and mentors who want to share their knowledge openly and at no cost.

And that is what we want to do for you this summer, gentle reader.

Each week,  Down Time will focus on a theme or activity in the form of video tutorials found on the web and will culminate with a  live tutorial or workshop hosted in the Test Site led by a guest local practitioner. These face-to-face learning opportunities offer an alternative to the online tutorials, allowing visitors to contrast and compare online learning with live tutorials.

The videos presented in this project were selected as a result of recommendations from specialists in each of the areas presented, suggestions from internet enthusiasts, and from Henry staff (ahem, official FYI: the video content presented in Down Time is not endorsed by Henry Art Gallery nor is it necessarily reflect the views of the institution).

Mark your calendars!

Week 1: Home Fermentation

Friday, July 5th at 4 p.m.

Kombucha demo with Chris Joyner of CommuniTea

Check out our Facebook invitation. The first 10 people to arrive on Friday, get a FREE starter kit — and if you ride your bike, you’ll get in to the museum for FREE because it’s Bike Friday!

Week 2: Extreme Makeovers  

Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.

Make-up demos with Shannon Bisconer of Vain

Week 3: Life Hacks

Friday, August 19 at 6 p.m.

Light in a Jar Demo with Ned Konz of Jigsaw Renaissance

Week 4: Yoga

Tuesday, July  – Friday, July 27 at 12 p.m.

Yoga with Julia Greenway of Interstitial Theatre

Week 5: Throat Singing

Friday, August 2 at 4 p.m.

Throat Singing Workshop with Arrington de Dionyso

Week 6: Music Video Dance Tutorials

Friday, August 9 at 6 p.m.

Workshop with Kate Wallich


This Week Ahead @ the Henry


School’s out! Come hang with us at the Henry!

Wednesday, June 19th

Public Tour, 12:00 – 12:30 pm:  Seattle artist and newly-minted UW MFA Dave Kennedy will lead a tour through Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty. Dave’s work shares themes of passion, self-doubt, inner struggle, and introspection with the works exhibited in Out [o] Fashion. Recently awarded a solo show at 4Culture in April of 2014, Dave’s work has been shown at GGibson, Photo Center Northwest, and Seattle Art Museum’s Gallery.

Thursday, June 20th

ArtsDawgs Series: MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition and Reception, 6:00-8:00 pm: You are invited to the final ArtsDawgs event of the year! After a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 pm, take a walk-through of the UW MFA + MDes thesis exhibition. Buy your ticket here or at the door (only $8; unless you are a Henry member, then you are FREE)!

What’s an ArtsDawg? The UW Alumni Association and ArtsUW have partnered to offer UWAA members an exciting opportunity to experience the arts at UW as an insider. With just a click of your mouse and a flash of your member card, you can attend select performances and exhibitions, indulge in exclusive pre-show receptions, and hear from knowledgeable artists and faculty.


Closing this Sunday!

You have just a week left to see the 2013 UW MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition. Seventeen burgeoning artists all in one gallery: visit now so you can say you saw them when. Small Change by first year MFA candidate Rebecca Chernow also ends on Sunday. Have you checked out her wares? Traded or bartered anything? Everything must go!

MFA + MDes Opening
MDes Candidate Mike Fretto (right) talks with visitors. Photo credit: Dan Bennett