The Week Ahead @ Henry

It’s nearly graduation time which means…

UW School of Art + Art History + Design MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design’s Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Throughout their program, students consult with academic advisers and working artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, and discuss critical issues. They emerge with a vision and direction for their own work, which is embodied in the pieces they have chosen to present.


The exhibition features the work of Maria Rose Adams, Matthew Schau Allen, Tim Coleman, Shaghayegh Ghassemian, Katherine Groesbeck, Scott Ichikawa, Morgan Mangiaruga, Coley Mixan, Ryan Moeck, Sarah Norsworthy, Krista Schoening, Abigail R. Steinem, Amanda C. Sweet, Zheng Wu, Lanxia (Summer) Xie, and Kun Xu.


MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition Patron Preview
Thurs, May 21, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Henry Contemporary and Patron Circle members are invited to preview the work of UW School of Art + Art History + Design Master of Fine Arts and Masters of Design candidates. This particular exhibition preview has long been a favorite among Henry supporters.

MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition Opening
Friday, May 22, 7-9 PM
Please join us for the public opening celebration and reception for the MFA +MDes Thesis Exhibition. This opening is being sponsored by Arts Dawgs, a program of ArtsUW. All are welcome!


2014 MFA + MDes Preview. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.
Patrons at the 2014 MFA + MDes Preview. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Thurs, May 21, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. Her immersive yoga classes are taught in accompaniment with video art and engage your senses. Event is public and free.

Julia Greenway leads VIDEO//YOGA.
Julia Greenway leads VIDEO//YOGA.

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

We’re closed on New Year’s Day, but open regular museum hours the rest of the week. On vacation? Come visit!


Artist Timea Tihanyi
Artist Timea Tihanyi

ArtBreak with Timea Tihanyi
Saturday, Jan 3, 2:30 – 3 PM
Join artist and former medical doctor Timea Tihanyi as she considers ideas of physical attraction and repulsion as they relate to Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.

Family art project
Families enjoying an art project at the Henry. Photo credit: Chona Kasinger

ArtVenture with the Burke Museum (Part Two)
Sunday, Jan 4, 2 – 3:30 PM
Part two of this join ArtVenture will be held at the Burke Museum! Bring the family to exploring familial relationships across cultures and then create a family portrait after exploring cultures presented in the Pacific Voices exhibition!

The Week Ahead @ Henry

First Thursday is this week, so stop by the Henry for a free visit!

Mark Payne: How Can Literary Imagination Help Us Engage with the Lives of Other Animals?
December 4, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Explore the relationship and connection between human beings and animals with with author and professor Mark Payne.

ArtBreak with Randy Engstrom
December 4, 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Join Randy, Engstrom, Director of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, as he discusses Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E in relation to Hamilton’s future waterfront project.

Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Chona Kasinger.
Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Chona Kasinger.

ArtBreak with Sven Haakanson
December 6, 11:00 – 3:00 PM
Come watch Sven Haakanson, Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum, demonstrate stitching of bear skin and join in on a gallery conversation exploring the garments within the Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Our administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day (the galleries are not open on Tuesdays). Molly’s Cafe will have reduced hours from 10 am -2 pm.

November 13, 12:30-1:00 PM
Come reduce some stress with art meditation!

November 15, 2:30-3:15 PM
Explore Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E with our Assistant Curator, Nina Bozicnik. Nina played an integral part in mounting this exhibition, so she’ll have some special insights for you.

Hamilton Opening
Patrons at the Ann Hamilton Opening. Photo Credit: Robert Wade.

2014 Creative Time Summit
November 14, 12:00 AM to November 15, 12:00 AM
Join us and the New York-based nonprofit organization for a weekend-long screening of international works that highlight the intersection of art and social justice.

How Should Kids Think About Snowden?

Ryan Calo
Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor UW School of Law & Faculty Director Tech Policy Lab

This blog post was written by Ryan Calo, an Assistant UW Law Professor with expertise in cyber law and privacy. 

If you ask an adult about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, you are just as likely to hear him characterized as a traitor as you are a hero. Generations previous to this one have the benefit of context in making this assessment. Baby Boomers in particular came of age amidst Watergate or the Pentagon Papers. My generation did not – though many of us were made aware of these events by our parents and other sources. We were in our twenties on September 11, 2001, some of us standing so close to the towers that we felt the heat of the second explosion on our faces.

Today’s teenagers were babies when those planes struck. They have grown up in a world of color-coded terror warnings. They have never boarded a plane without taking off their belts, never known a time when the United States did not indefinitely detain suspects. Simultaneously, and while “it’s complicated,” today’s teenagers might be hard-pressed to decide between forgoing food and forgoing Instagram in any given twenty-four-hour period.

So how would kids go about answering the question of whether Snowden is a traitor or a hero? Where can they gain the context to weigh concepts such as privacy and national security? Could you even find a teenager capable of articulating when it may be appropriate to defy authority in order to preserve liberty?

The answer is: you can find thousands. Because thousands of kids read the work of Cory Doctorow. Thousands of kids can quote to you Little Brother or Homeland by heart. Thousands of American children can see a trace of themselves in Snowden. I submit that whatever you think of Snowden and what he did, the protagonists and settings of Doctorow’s award-winning books equip young adults and others to think critically about civil liberty in this dangerous digital age.

If you know Doctorow’s work, chances are you will be excited to hear him speak at the University of Washington this coming Saturday, October 25. I encourage you to come even if you haven’t read his work yet. This is a rare chance to engage a leading public intellectual on among the most salient issues of our age, one whose audience includes the future of our republic. What will you ask?

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Welcome back to the Henry!

“Ann Hamilton: the Common S E N S E” opening day. Courtesy of Robert Wade.

Ann Hamilton: the common SENSE
The artist  writes, “To touch is always to be touched in return.” Ann Hamilton illustrates how touch is not only mere physical contact–when we touch anything, it also touches us back, leaving an imprint. Performances through singing and reading will animate your experience as you wander through the galleries. Participation is encouraged–add your own image to the portraits of visitors along our wall and take home a newsprint image of an animal to remind you of your experience of the common SENSE.

A Reader/Scribe addresses an object. Photo courtesy of Robert Wade.

Call for Reader/Scribes
As you peruse Hamilton’s works, you will notice individuals reading aloud throughout the exhibition. Reader/scribes are volunteers who read from a specially chosen book and transcribe the text into a project log. The reader/scribe becomes the conduit for a physical record of the collective activity. If you are interested in participating in the common SENSE as a reader/scribe, sign up here.

Cory Doctorow. Photo credit: Jonathan Worth.
Cory Doctorow. Photo credit: Jonathan Worth.

Special Lecture: Cory Doctorow
Kane Hall
October 25, 7:00-8:30 PM

This lecture is a preview to Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice, a multi-day seminar held November 20-22, discussing issues relating to privacy and surveillance. In a lecture titled, “Alice, Bob and Clapper: What Snowden taught us about privacy,” author and activist Cory Doctorow will address issues on social activism, copyright, surveillance, and privacy.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Exciting things are coming up this week!

First things first:



 Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 6:00 -8:00 PM 

Henry members are invited to join us for a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibitions.

On view will be:

Rineke Dijkstra & Thomas Struth: See•ing

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman.
Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)


Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.
Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.

 Electro-Dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch & Stephen Vitiello

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Twilight Zone . 2014. Single-channel video (color, sound); 8:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.
Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Twilight Zone [video still]. 2014. Single-channel video (color, sound); 8:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.
 With Hidden Noise

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.
Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.


Ken Price: Inside/Outside

Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012) Untitled [from the Heat Wave portfolio]. 1995 Screen print on Arches paper 6 5/8 x 5 5/16 in. (16.8 x 13.5 cm) image size; 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) sheet size Published by Black Sparrow Graphic Arts, Santa Rosa, CA Henry Art Gallery, gift of Burt and Jane Berman, 2006.43.9
Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012)
Untitled [from the Heat Wave portfolio]. 1995

Be sure to RSVP to Ashraf Hasham by Friday, July 11th at or 206.221.3244.

Want to renew your membership or become a member? Click here!

Also coming this week:



Friday, July 18th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Garek Druss is a Seattle-based artist and musician. This live performance will sonically guide visitors from the Henry to the Center for Computer Science & Engineering. Meet at 7:00 PM at the Henry to join in on this exciting new sound adventure from Garek Druss!


Summer Field Studies is an interactive Test Site program that explores our relationship to landscape through a series of field guides developed by artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets, and adventure seekers. This week Summer Field Studies features:



Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Join Joanna Lepore for a garden tour of the Greenway neighborhood in Beacon Hill, which will all lead to a tour and refreshments at the Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project. Meet at Cal Anderson Park at 11:00 AM to partake in this free and open to the public event.



Sunday, July 20th, 2014, 10 AM- 7 PM

Join Seattle-based conceptual artists Sara Edwards and NKO for an unplanned and unmediated journey through Seattle ending with Happy Hour at a secret location. Meet at Henry at 10 AM for coffee and instructions. This event is free and open to the public!



Members Preview and Opening: Gary Hill; glossodelic attractors

Friday, March 30th, 5-8pm
Café, Mezzanine, Sculpture Court, Stroum Gallery
FREE for Henry Members

Be the first to view the exhibition, raise a glass with fellow Henry members! Need to join, renew, or upgrade your membership? Do so HERE.

This special event for Henry members marks the opening of the exhibition Gary Hill: glossodelic attractors. For over four decades Gary Hill has produced highly experiential works, both rigorous and sensual, that defy convention and expand consciousness. glossodelic attractors, the broadest sampling of works from the artist’s career to be assembled in over a decade, includes over a dozen works that investigate how visual and verbal communication are experienced at the phenomenological level.

Live music by Hooves and Beak, remarks at 7:00PM


Don’t forget to get your tickets for glossodelia: A performance by Gary Hill & George Quasha. It’s NOT to be missed. Buy your tickets here

glossodelia is a performance by Gary Hill & George Quasha for multiple cameras, microphones, video projectors, computers, electronic drums (Roland Octapad), Serge Modular, assorted effect boxes, Kinect, software programs Max/MSP/jitter, Process and others all manifesting towards self-reorienting language/sounds/rhythms/images (“axials”), paper and acrylics, and human bodies on the verge.

What are glossodelia? To answer this question beyond the literal meaning of the word—“revealing tongues”—Gary Hill and George Quasha enter into a state of co-performative inquiry by way of what they use for language. This includes just about anything that can be generated in real (and hyperreal) time, such as sound, image, word, gesture, and a range of semi-definable electronic phenomena (“electronic linguistics”). What they generate through various instruments (“psychotropic languaging vehicles”) becomes a field of strange attractors (“dynamical lingualia”) with a pull toward possible language realities (“lingualities”). They have called it “a pulsational conversation with stepped-up intensity in which Real Time is invited to show its other side.”