The Week Ahead @ Henry

In this week’s news…

Ilse Bing: Modern Photographer

May 2 — October 18
Visit the Henry for an exhibition of images by Ilse Bing, an early pioneer of photographing with the 35 mm Leica hand-held camera. A commercial photographer between the late 1920s and 1950s, she is recognized today as one of the key contributors to the development of modern photography.

Ilse Bing. Garden wire, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Yuri and Zoe Gurevich, 2012.91. © Estate of Ilse Bing.

ArtBreak: Mindfulness Meditation
Thurs, May 7, 12:30 PM
Come de-stress and soak in art during this meditation session by engaging and observing your physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Practicing mindfulness helps to promote a general sense of health and well-being. Please check in at the front desk for location information. Event is public and free.

ArtBreak: Mindfulness Meditation

2015 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition
May 23 — June 21
The exhibition will be featuring the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts and Masters of Design students from University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design.

University of Washington 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition. Installation view: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014. Photo credit: Mark Woods.
University of Washington 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition. Installation view: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014. Photo credit: Mark Woods.


This is a reminder that GiveBIG is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5th. You have the opportunity to support contemporary art and the Henry by donating online through the Seattle Foundation. Thank you for your continued support!

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

GiveBIG May 5th

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Next Tuesday is GiveBIG, Seattle’s annual day of charitable giving, and nonprofits from across the city will be asking you to give to their organizations on that day (full disclosure: we’re going to ask you, too).

Why GiveBIG is such a big deal is because during this 24-hour event, all donations made online through Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG are “stretched” by the Foundation and GiveBIG’s sponsors — meaning, they grow your gift which then makes a bigger impact on your chosen organizations.

When you give on May 5th, your dollars go farther and you can make a bigger difference for the organizations you care most about. Last year, GiveBIG inspired over 64,000 donations totaling $12.8 million for over 1,600 organizations.

We ask you to consider giving (BIG is awesome, but gifts of all sizes will make a big impact) to the Henry during GiveBIG next Tuesday. Your support of contemporary art is greatly appreciated!

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Hashtag: #GiveBIG

This is the last weekend for “the common S E N S E!”

Photo credit: Robert Wade

Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E has been on view at the Henry since this past October. Hamilton’s large-scale installments have led visitors on an immersive journey that explored her invitation to discover tangible and intangible ways of touch. Using various materials, animals and representations–fur and feather garments, scientific specimens, books, and mechanical bullroarers–Hamilton guided visitors to consider the interdependence between human and non-human animals.

The development of the common S E N S E and its accompanying events and activities provided Hamilton and the Henry the opportunity to collaborate with various partners in the local region–including Seattle Arts and Lectures, UW School of Music, the Burke Museum–just to name a few. The collaborations of the common S E N S E have supported the Henry’s commitment of advancing contemporary art, artists, and ideas.

Ann Hamilton. Photo credit:
Ann Hamilton. Photo credit: Robert Wade

Throughout the duration of this exhibition, singers, dancers, and musicians have surrounded and filled the gallery spaces with their music, footsteps, and spoken word, all in response to the exploration of Hamilton’s work. As Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E comes to an end, her work continues to inspire.

The Henry invites you to stop by this weekend before the common S E N S E closes on Sunday, April 26th.

Today’s blog post was written by Angie Yin, UW Student and Communication Assistant at the Henry.

Announcing the Seven Finalists for The 2015 Brink Award!

The Henry is delighted to announce the finalists for The Brink Award. This award recognizes emerging artists age 35 and under in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia on the “brink” of an outstanding professional career. The Brink provides financial support, increased exposure, and critical validation from an internationally recognized arts institution, with the aim of fostering the artistic and professional development of emerging artists in the region. The Brink Award was established with the generous support of longtime Henry benefactors and Seattle philanthropists John and Shari Behnke.

The 2015 finalists are:

Raymond Boisjoly, Vancouver, B.C.
Rebecca Brewer, Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Browning, Seattle, WA
Barry Doupé, Vancouver, B.C.
Julia Feyrer, Vancouver, B.C.
Jason Hirata, Seattle, WA
Evan LaLonde, Portland, OR

For the 2015 award, 57 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The 2015-16 Jury is comprised of Dan Webb, artist; Robert Snowden, Curator at Yale Union in Portland; Helga Pakasaar, Curator at Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.; Nina Bozicnik, Assistant Curator at the Henry; and founders John and Shari Behnke. The jury completed the review of artist submissions in April. Jurors will conduct studio visits with the finalists later this spring. The winner will be announced on June 12, 2015.

The recipient will be awarded a cash prize of $12,500, a solo exhibition at the Henry, and a publication. A work representative of the artist’s current practice will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

The Brink is in its fourth biennial cycle. In 2009, The Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C.; in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, Vancouver, B.C., and in 2013, to Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA.

The Brink Award complements the Henry’s role as a catalyst for the exhibition and creation of contemporary art, while simultaneously demonstrating the museum’s commitment to artists working in our region.

Our congratulations to the finalists!

Henry Contemporaries and Patron Circle members are invited to celebrate the Brink finalists at The Brink Bash on May 15!


The Week Ahead @ Henry

While you’re enjoying the sun, make sure to stop by the Henry for an art break!

ArtBreak: Corrie Befort and Ensemble
Sat, April 25, 2:30 – 4 PM
Peruse the galleries of Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E with dancers and choreographers of Corrie Befort and Ensemble as they create a sensory experience  for you.

Image courtesy of Corrie Befort.
Image courtesy of Corrie Befort.

There’s less than a week left to experience Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E!

Come visit before it closes April 26th.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

It’s Spring Break in Seattle this week. Wondering what to do with the kids? Oh, we have a few ideas!

Image courtesy of Jennifer Salk.
Image courtesy of Jennifer Salk.

ArtBreak with Jennifer Salk
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 – 3 PM
Watch Jennifer Salk, Associate Professor and Director of the UW Dance Program, perform a series of intimate and animal-like solos and duets in the gallery spaces of the Henry. These pieces respond to and were inspired by Ann Hamilton’s exhibition, the common S E N S E.


Arty Party
Sunday, April 19, 1 – 4 PM
Come to the Henry for our third annual Arty Party! Join us for an afternoon filled with fun activities including drawing, dancing (music by KEXP DJ Larry Rose), and storytelling. Bring your whole family to engage in some hands-on art activities. Tickets are available in advance here.

P.S. Been meaning to buy or renew a membership? Your ticket price can be applied to the membership cost!

Arty Party Is (Almost) Here!

Come to the Arty Party for an afternoon filled with fun and educational activities: music, drawing, stories…and more art!

On Sunday, April 19th, from 1-4pm, the Henry invites you and your whole family to partake in an eventful afternoon. We will be hosting various hands-on activities led by a variety of artists including teaching artist Rebecca Joy Mohrlang from the Seattle Symphony and Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge.


This afternoon will consist of a multitude of diverse activities that will engage your senses of hearing, sight, and touch. Click here to view a complete preview of the events being hosted!


Here are some pictures from last year’s Arty Party taken by photographer Chona Kasinger to get you excited for this year’s party:





Don’t miss out and bring your whole family for this all-ages event! Get your ticket here today!

This blog post was written by Angie Yin, a UW student and Communication Assistant at the Henry.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

There’s only three weeks left to see Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E — visit now!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Rice.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Rice.

ArtBreak: Jeff Rice
Sat, April 11, 2:30 – 3 PM
Come join Jeff Rice, wildlife sound recordist and editor at the Puget Sound Institute of the University of Washington, as he uses the voices of two endangered species–howling mice and musical moths–to examine the commonalities between wildlife sound recording and art.


Save the Date!


Get ready for the Henry’s annual Arty Party! Bring your whole family April 19th to experience a fun and educational art-filled afternoon. Click here to preview the exciting events. Get your ticket today!

The Week Ahead @ Henry


An Evening with Ann Hamilton
Monday, March 30, 7:30 – 9 PM
As part of the Seattle Arts & Lecture series, artist Ann Hamilton speaks at Town Hall about her work, her exhibition at the Henry, and her upcoming commission for Waterfront Seattle. Tickets have been flying out the door. Purchase yours here.

INCITE•INSIGHT lecture: Suzanne Bocanegra
Thursday, April 2, 7 – 9 PM
Join us for the last lecture of the INCITE•INSIGHT series, our partnership with Cornish College of the Arts. Suzanne Bocanegra shares her journey of becoming an artist with an evening that is part artist’s talk, part performance, part cultural history, and part sound installation. This is the premiere of  When a Priest Marries a Witch, an Artist Talk by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Paul Lazar.

Image courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the artist.

ArtBreak: Melia Watras & Luke Fitzpatrick & Romaric Pokorny & Emmeran Pokorny
Saturday, April 4, 2:30 – 3 PM
Explore the connections between music and the common S E N S E with UW School of Music viola professor and chair of strings Melia Watras and her students Luke Fitzpatrick, Romaric Pokorny, and Emmeran Pokorny.

Image courtesy of Melia Watras.
Image courtesy of Melia Watras.

Hamilton is in the House!

With just one month left of her extraordinary show, artist Ann Hamilton is in Seattle for a whirlwind weekend of activities and appearances.

ann hamilton
Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

Today at 12:30, Ann will be leading an ArtBreak through her exhibition. Over the course of the exhibition, many guest artists, scholars, and community members have been invited to share their thoughts on the common S E N S E. We are thrilled to now have the artist herself here.

Tonight, Ann Hamilton and poet Joshua Beckman will host “A Silent Reading” in the galleries. This collaboration between the artists focuses on silent reading as shared experience. Tea will be served.

On Saturday at 2:30, Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director and organizer of the common S E N S E will lead an ArtBreak and share her perspective on mounting a show of such scope and significance to both the artist and the Henry. It was nearly five years between the time that Ann and Sylvia started talking about what we could do together and the opening of the common S E N S E.

Stuart Dempster and his Bull Roarchestra return with an encore performance on Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The Field of Bullroarers will be filled with the sounds of bass drums, hand bullroarers, and didgeridoos.

Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster performing on February 20, 2015. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

Capping off the weekend, Ann is the featured speaker at Town Hall Monday night at “An Evening with Ann Hamilton.” She’ll speak about her exhibition at the Henry and about her upcoming public art installation on Seattle’s waterfront, commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Rumor has it there are less than 50 tickets left — get yours now!

Join us for a fantastic weekend!