Happy Holidays from the Henry!


2013 has been a year of unexpected connections,
conversations sparked by art, and downright fun.
Thank you for being a part of it.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Henry!

Our schedule this week:

Monday, Dec. 23: Museum Closed

Tuesday, Dec. 24: Galleries & Molly’s Cafe Closed; Administrative offices open.

Wednesday, Dec. 25: CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Thursday, Dec. 26: Museum open 11 am – 9 pm; Molly’s Cafe closed

Friday, Dec. 27:  Museum open 11 am – 9 pm; Molly’s Cafe closed

Saturday Dec. 28:  Museum open 11 am – 4 pm; Molly’s Cafe closed

Sunday, Dec. 29: Museum open 11 am – 4 pm; Molly’s Cafe closed

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Warm August afternoons are perfect for a stroll through the Henry and then relaxing with a leisurely cup of coffee and a cookie from Molly’s Cafe in our courtyard.

We invite you to come see the art and then daydream about it for a bit. Take in Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque if you really want to get your subconscious going!

Paul Laffoley. UTOPIA: TIME CAST AS A VOYAGE-HISTORY. 1974. Oil, acrylic, and vinyl lettering on canvas. Collection of Lawrence B. Benenson. Courtesy of Kent Fine Art, New York.
Paul Laffoley. UTOPIA: TIME CAST AS A VOYAGE-HISTORY. 1974. Oil, acrylic, and vinyl lettering on canvas. Collection of Lawrence B. Benenson. Courtesy of Kent Fine Art, New York.


Friday, August 16, 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Down Time Workshop — Energy Freedom Technique with Alina Frank

Tap your way  (on yourself, not with shoes) to releasing your negative emotions. Identify your own personal prime meridian and heal yourself. This demonstration is part of Down Time. 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.

Katagami in the Conference Room – I DIG it.

katagami3While working on a project in the Henry’s conference room, I  noticed a selection of textured floral prints I’d never really paid much attention to. After a closer look I found that they were not prints at all, but a series of intricately carved Japanese Katagami stencils made from mulberry paper and cured with persimmon juice. I thought I ‘d recognized them from the Henry’s online catalog and quickly ran up stairs to visit  the DIG Kiosk to find out more information. After noodling around for a while I realized that these stencils represented only a small portion of the 198 Katagami works in the Henry’s permanent collection – yikes.


After reading a little more about these 19th century stencils I started thinking about how many items in our collection we don’t often see. Though its impossible to have all works out on view all the time, it is possible to make these collections available by other means. The Henry has made their collections available for research or general public interest by providing in-house and online public access  though the Reed Collection Study Center, new online catalog, and in-house Digital Information Gallery (DIG). These resources allow students and the general public to more fully explore collections for personal or professional research. Though resources online offer general information,  DIG provides access to images and data for over 24,000 objects in the collection and can help make better use of the Reed Collection Study Center. So have at it – research, explore, expand.katagami2

Happy Birthday, Scarecrow Video!


Henry Members receive some awesome benefits, including exclusive deals with Henry Art Gallery Merchant Partners. One of our very first merchant partners was Scarecrow Video, “the largest video store on the West Coast (and maybe even the world”, and one of the U-District’s most popular destinations. And this week Scarecrow Video turns 20!

On a rainy Friday night, December 9th, 1988, Scarecrow’s founder, George Latsios, rang through 18 rentals in seven transactions, from his inventory of just over 600 movies. “Not bad for the first day” he wrote.

Scarecrow is home to about 900,000
DVD, VHS, Laser Disc, HD-DVD and was at one time the only place in Seattle that I could rent John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. One of the great things about Scarecrow is the really awesome people there who genuinely love films.


Henry Members! At Scarecrow Video, Rent 1 film and receive a second of equal or lesser rental value FREE (when you present your current Henry Membership card) Limit 1 New Release. Not valid Wednesdays or in combination with any other offer. Not a Henry member? Join NOW!

Thank you to Scarecrow Video for being a Henry Art Gallery Merchant Partner! Looking forward to the next 20 years!

Adaptation YouTube Challenge!

Henry Open House last Friday drew over 1000 visitors – who were among the first to view the exhibition Adaptation – and the monumental work on view in this exhibition (by artists Guy Ben-Ner, Arturo Herrera, Catherine Sullivan, and Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation) are the stunning results from their own video adaptations from various source material- literature and film, ballet and music, email, and classical painting.

YouTube, the vast repository of online videos which focuses on the user-generated experience, is quickly becoming the place where anything, and everything, is up for interpretation. Founded in 2005, YouTube allows the viewer (You!) to make your own TV, to see what you want–when you want, and in many cases (for less than 10 minutes at a time) allows for you to be the star.

YouTube asks you to ‘Broadcast Yourself’ – which can be realized in many formats: Make a photo montage set to ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ as an online vigil to Jennifer Lopez (Did you make this, Gabriel?), make a playlist with your favorite short films and animations, record your own music video, film yourself reviewing the book “Eat. Pray. Love”. Yes, it’s out there. I didn’t just make that one up. There are lots of reviews of “Eat. Pray. Love”. Lots.

Henry Associate Curator Sara Krajewski conceived and organized the Henry Art Gallery Adaptation YouTube Challenge, inviting Henry staff members to curate a short playlist of videos – with the theme of adaptation. Each playlist is featured on the Henry Website with a brief curator’s statement, and an opportunity for all visitors to select an Adaptation YouTube Challenge Viewer’s Choice playlist. It’s also featured on the Henry Art Gallery YouTube (with a link on this blog!)

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Morning scramble…

I can’t get myself together for a cohesive post until I have another coffee, but I’ve been wanting to put a few things out here:

I never posted these images of Vancouver artist Khan Lee’s AMAZING paper performance in the Instant Coffee installation at Bumbershoot. Never before had a roll of newsprint combined with a Donna Summer song brought so much joy to so many people. People were making piles and diving into them, creating caves and hiding out, tossing armfuls, dancing, and laughing so hard it hurt.

Khan Lee performance at B-shootKhan Lee Paper Performance B-shootKhan Lee at BumbershootKhan Lee at Bumbershoot

Thinking about these Kienholz posts (Carolyn, at Dangerous Chunky and Regina at Art-to-go) put our Exhibitions Manager Paul Cabarga into the way-back machine. He dropped a catalog in my chair this morning to let me know that the Henry DID commission the creation of a HUGE work by Ed and Nancy Kienholz for the 1985-86 exhibition NO! Contemporary American Dada. The piece entered the artists’ collection – where it remains. It’s been included in many exhibitions since its making, allowing museum visitors all over the world to see it. The catalog is lovely: out-of-print, butkienohz189.jpg available from the library.

On that note, one thing I’ve repeatedly witnessed since I’ve been at the HAG is how well the Henry does everything within its means to support artists in the creation of new work, regardless of whether those works then enter the Henry’s permanent collection. Most recently, and off the top of my head, the Henry supported the making of new works by Maya Lin, James Turrell, Steve Roden, Santiago Cucullu, Akio Takamori, Lead Pencil Studio, Axel Lieber, neuroTransmitter, and Roy McMakin. In the next few months we’ll be working with Dawn Cerny and Kader Attia on new pieces. Kim Jones will be making sculptures in the museum next week.

And in news from the unconscious world, I’ve had two very entertaining art dreams recently:
One, about an Olafur Eliasson Parade and Dance Party. In the dream, I read a press release from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery that said, “Finally Olafur Eliasson marries his break-dancing skills to his art-making practice!” The other, that Francis Alÿs is a fourteen-year-old albino girl, and we have an extensive conversation while riding in a moving camper van full of papier-mache sculptures, about Norse mythology and Fafnir, the dragon from Volsung.

Oh, yeah – and check this out: ArtsUW.org! I know it is completely bonkers that this hasn’t existed until now – but it didn’t, and now it does. One-stop-shopping for information and links about arts events that are open to the public on the UW campus. We’re there, so are the School of Music, the UW Dance Program, DX Arts, School of Art, UW World Series, Meany Hall, the Burke Museum, and the School of Drama. There’s a lot going on, too.

Trimpin Lecture on Friday at UW’s Suzzallo Library

In 2005, the Henry was one of the 11 venues that hosted one of the works in The Trimpin Project; the installation Pfft (and its nearly 200 wind instruments) was here from July 2-October 2  This Friday, Trimpin will be on campus to give a lecture on his work beginning at 7 PM at Suzzallo Library.  Reserved tickets are sold out, but a limited number of walk-ins will be allowed entrance at 6:30.  If you can’t make the lecture, be sure to read Jen Graves’s “Found Objects to Sound Objects” piece on Trimpin in Art in America this month for an insightful analysis of the Trimpin Project and the interdisciplinary interplay of media and concepts within Trimpin’s work.  Below is a brief video of Klompen, a coin-operated piece that was on view at the Frye from July 14, 2006-January 21, 2007.