Things Happening in Seattle Right Now

The rumors are true…

We are currently closed for installation! We are so excited to be working with internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton for her building-wide exhibition  the  common  S  E  N  S  E, opening October 11th.

Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.
Dick Marshall Furrier, Seattle. Woman’s coat [detail]. 1940 – 1942. Karakul fur; Wool; Silk brocade lining. Henry Art Gallery, Elizabeth Landsome Estate, 86.10-1. Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.
Hamilton’s last exhibition at the Henry was in 1992, entitled accountings. Get ready for this highly anticipated, large-scale show; it will be a big one!

In the meantime, here are a few things happening in Seattle right now/coming up that are worth checking out!

City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India, on view August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015
City Dwellers features works from a few of India’s leading artists, who are influenced by religious traditions, popular movie culture, and digital technology.

@ the Frye
Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu, on view June 14, 2014 – September 14, 2014
If you have yet to see this show, be sure to! Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes was one of the recipient of this years Neddy Award

#SocialMedium, on view September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Crowd-curated exhibition in which, by the use of social media, works from the Founding Collection were chosen by 4,000 people from around the globe. We can’t wait to see what’s been chosen!

@ Photo Center Northwest
Richard Renaldi, Touching Strangers, on view September 10, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Richard Renaldi takes portraits of random strangers in arranged poses that go beyond comfort levels.

@round Seattle
2014 Washington Cider Week, September 4, 2014 – September 14, 2014
Head on down to the third annual Washington Cider Week, and enjoy the art form that is cider.

Mad Campus
September 13, 2014 – October 25, 2014. Check out UW’s campus for public art installations. A free art walk of the work will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 11 – 3 PM.

Wynne Greenwood at the Frye

Thursday October 25, 11 am – 7 pm & Friday, October 26, 11 am – 5 pm
Mirrors and Dresser Live Video Recording with Wynne Greenwood
Frye Art Museum
Free Admission and Parking

As part of the programming for the Frye’s new exhibition, Mw [Moment Magnitude]Henry Art Gallery performance artist and Stranger Genius Award Winner Wynne Greenwood will be live video-recording a music video project called Mirrors and Dresser. In this performance, Wynne will be re-creating The Women’s Spa, an installation she originally made in 2011 to explore security, transformation and isolation. The set is intended to encourage the public performance of a private process.

The Frye is also offering anyone who identifies themselves as a Friend of the Henry a 15 percent discount on coffee/espresso drinks during Wynne’s live video recording.

If you haven’t seen Mw [Moment Magnitude] yet or even if you have, these events are not to be missed!

Here is Wynne’s Artist Statement:

About Mirrors and Dresser

 When I think of women’s spas (my own experience with women’s spas being limited to the Olympus Spa in Tacoma, WA), I think of a place to rest, and to witness rest. A space has been created whose function is to allow communal relaxation. Now, that being said, the spa costs a minimum of $35 to enter, and is limited to women who were born with female bodies. From my experience, the majority of customers are white. I mention these details and observations because I’m interested in, and concerned with, who has access to transformative processes, and why.


For Mirrors and Dresser, popular cartoon characters and mythic figures, like Pebbles Flintstone, Betty Boop and Medusa, will hang out in the women’s spa on spa maintenance day, watching each other have a body, holding space for becoming space, and praying for an end to isolation through nostalgia.


Pebbles has been a happy baby for 50 years. Medusa has been the monster for hundreds. How tiring. These are characters we insist upon, myths that we replay again and again. Why? Is it comfortable? Why do we seek comfort? Can we let our icons and our myths change? Can we let even the role or function of “icon” and “myth” change? Did you know Medusa was a mother? She gave birth out of her neck to twins, Pegasus and a giant, as she was beheaded.


I’m choosing these characters to talk about cultural exhaustion. I’m also choosing them to help me perform. To act out and then challenge my own cartoony definitions, to allow performance itself to expand by first exaggerating its boundaries and then letting them relax, stretch out, soak and rest. Not necessarily seeking comfort, but transformation and a more complicated existence.

                                                            –Wynne Greenwood

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!

Seattle Arts Symposium

Do you work for / volunteer at / love any arts organizations in Seattle? Want to connect to and learn about other organizations in Seattle? Seattle Arts Symposium is a clearing house of events, programs, professional development trainings, and anything else related to the arts education programming in the greater Seattle area. There will be a variety of events throughout the year and their inaugural event is coming up next month!

Here are the deets:

Seattle Arts Symposium Inaugural Mixer
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
6:00-8:00 pm

The Sitting Room in Lower Queen Anne (108 W Roy St, Seattle)
This is a low-key cocktail hour so come and meet other fantastic arts providers in our community! Bring materials for your organizations to share, too.

Henry Season Preview featured on King FM’s Arts Channel

King FM’s Arts Channel has featured our very own Henry Art Gallery on their radio show in an engaging interview with the Henry’s Executive Director Sylvia Wolf and Deputy Director of Art and Education Luis Croquer.

The interview starts off with a brief synopsis of the Henry’s unique history from Sylvia Wolf and continues with a description of the upcoming Fall 2012-Spring 2013 season as told by Luis Croquer. Projects discussed by Luis include an installation from artist Pipilotti Rist that is in conjunction with the SAMs, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, a special presentation from Laurie Anderson, and an exhibition centered around Seattle’s beloved artist, Jeffry Mitchell, just to name a few.

Listen in to hear more about what the Henry has cooking for the upcoming year!

Free passes to the Henry available through Seattle Public Library!

ATTENTION Seattleites! The Seattle Public Library is giving away FREE museum passes to its cardholders!

This means you are entitled to reserve a free pass to an individual museum once every 30 days upon entering your library card number, your PIN, and a date to visit the museum. You may use one pass per week to ANY of the following museums:

Burke Museum, Center for Wooden Boats, Children’s Museum, Experience Music Project, Henry Art Gallery, Log House Museum, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Print your free pass to the Henry today!




Hello there, dear Hank Blog readers,

This is a friendly reminder (I know, I know, of course you didn’t forget!) about the amazing Queer events happening at the Henry, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Space this weekend.

TONIGHT (may 11th, more details HERE)

Join us for a reception at Molly’s Cafe at the Henry Art Gallery, starting at 5:30, followed by an horizon broadening discussion (at 6:30) of current practices in queer engagement and exhibiting in art museums in the auditorium

TOMORROW (may 12th, more details HERE)

A mind blowing discussion of the future of queer in museums in the Henry Art Auditorium, starting at 10 am. There will also be a lunchtime performance by Ilvs Strauss, a Seattle performance artist. Then we will all collectively apparate (read: take the bus, carpool, bike) down to the Tacoma Art Museum for exhibition tours with Hide/Seek co-curator, Jonathan Katz and a community building workshop facilitated by Queering the Museum founders, Erin Bailey and Nicole Robert. Afterwards, come to the Space (at 8pm) for a public reception and celebration!

Not sure how to get to Tacoma? Here are some driving directions, here are biking directions and if all else fails, the #586 which picks up right outside the Henry takes you right to Tacoma!

All of the event (save the exhibition tour, which is $5) are free for UW Students!
Reserve / buy tickets: may 11th & may 12th