Much happening this week: New installations! Parties! Workshops!
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Catherine Parr May 9 – July 26
This photographed image of the wax figure of Henry VIII’s last wife invites questions about perceptions of history and popular culture through Sugimoto’s creation of visual dissonances. Three UW faculty members’ responses to the latest piece in our Viewpoints series are on view alongside the image on our mezzanine.
The 2015 Brink Bash Fri, May 15, 6 – 8 PM
Contemporary and Patron Circle members are invited to join us to celebrate the 2015 Brink Award finalists. Meet the seven finalists at Hilliard’s Taproom while enjoying snacks, drinks, and music by KEXP DJ Larry Rose. The Brink Award supports rising regional visual artists “on the brink” of exceptional professional careers. (Wondering how you can be invited to awesome events like this?)
On Cultivation and Preservation: Growing a Summer Cocktail Garden with Amy Pennington Sat, May 16, 11AM & Sat, June 27, 12PM
Renowned author Amy Pennington offers a two-part workshop on creating a summer cocktail garden and a homemade summer amaro, a classic Italian herbal liqueur. Pennington is the author of Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable, and Seasonal Kitchen, and the host of the PBS show Check Please! Northwest.
Tickets: $15 per workshop; $25 for both. Limited space available.
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.
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 beforethe 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.
It’s Spring Break in Seattle this week. Wondering what to do with the kids? Oh, we have a few ideas!
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!
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!
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.
With just one month left of her extraordinary show, artist Ann Hamilton is in Seattle for a whirlwind weekend of activities and appearances.
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.
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!
Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster Sunday, March 29, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Join us for an encore performance by composer and UW School of Music Professor Emeritus Stuart Dempster and his specially assembled Bull Roarchestra as they respond to the atmosphere and sounds created by the Field of Bullroarers in our lower level gallery.
ArtBreak: Video//Yoga Thursday, March 19th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. The classes are accompanied by video art and occur the third Thursday of every month.
In just over a month, “the common S E N S E” will close. Don’t miss out on becoming a part of the exhibition!
the common S E N S E opened this past October and has occupied the entire museum with animal specimen images, historic garments, and mechanical bullroarers that have inspired many musical compositions. In this exhibition, Ann Hamilton explores the tangible and intangible ways of touch and the interdependence between humans and other animals.
Unlike traditional museum exhibitions where one is restricted from touching the art, Hamilton invites guests to take away newsprint images of animals from the walls of the upper galleries and become a part of the exhibition by having their picture taken in a special photo booth. The image is added to the collection of guest photos displayed on the mezzanine.
Threading throughout the museum are shelves offering excerpts of text that reference touch. Hamilton invites guests to read and take away selections of text that are significant to you as an individual. The excerpts have been submitted via the Henry’s Tumblr, Readers Reading Readers. Submissions are still being accepted.
Hamilton also invites museum-goers to become a part of the common S E N S E by signing up to be a reader/scribe. Reader/scribes read aloud to an artifact of their own choosing and use their voice as a form of touch. Check out the video below for an inside view of becoming a reader/scribe:
This blog post was written by Angie Yin, a UW student and Communication Assistant at the Henry.