The Week Ahead @ Henry

Get inspired by the multitude of art performances, lectures, and workshops happening this week! Also, the cherry blossoms are blooming so take the long way through the quad on your way to the Henry.

Object Narratives: Conversations With the Past – Inspiration and History
Thursday, March 19th, 7 – 8:30 PM
Join Sandra Kroupa, UW Library Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, for her presentation on how artists, researchers, and writers are inspired by connections with historical objects. The materials featured will be similar to those on view in the common S E N S E.

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.

Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.
Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.

… that language is shaped air … A performance by Juan Pampin with the Seattle Chamber Players
Friday, March 20th, 7 – 8 PM
Come listen to the Seattle Chamber Players play a piece written by Juan Pampin. This site-specific composition was inspired by the bullroarers in the common S E N S E.

Hugo at the Henry: Sense in Reading and Writing
Saturday, March 21st, 12 – 3 PM
This creative writing workshop is co-presented by the Henry and Hugo House and will be taught by Anca Szilaygi. This class invites participants to reconsider the sense of touch and our relationship with nature in response to the common S E N S E.

Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.
Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.

ArtBreak: Suzi Kozawa
Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 – 3 PM
Come see and listen to Musician Suzi Kozawa respond to the mechanical bullroarers using her invented “humbow” musical instrument!

Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit
Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

Henry Behind the Scenes: Museum Education & the UW Community

This morning, the Henry welcomed students from the UW Bothell campus for a tour of our external art installation Sanctum.

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Museum Education Coordinator Feney Perez gives a talk on Sanctum to UW Bothell students.

Museum Education Coordinator Feney Perez led the tour and discussion about Sanctum for UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Professor Carrie Bodle’s course BISIA 374: Video Art.

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Feney explains the how Sanctum was installed inside the museum’s front entrance.

“Part of the course asks these students to examine new art forms and new art experiences in relationship to body and electric technology,” Feney explained. “Sanctum was a perfect opportunity to tie in these questions alongside a larger discussion about building a narrative, developing processes from concept to completion.”

Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by. The artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin are both associate professors in UW’s DXARTS program, an interdisciplinary degree-granting center designed to support the emergence of a new generation of hybrid artists. The installation opened this past May.

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A view of the students from behind a Sanctum monitor

Following their visit to the Henry, the UW Bothell students will develop and create their own media-based project for class.

“By unpacking the art themes that are central to Sanctum, we also discussed the install and the proposal processes that began back in 2010,” said Feney. “This gives [the students] a professional development perspective, along with inspiration for their own research and representation of new ideas.”


Would you like to bring your class or group for a tour of the Henry? We offer guided tours for groups of all ages. Please contact Feney Perez at or by visiting our online application

Public drop-in tours are held every first Thursday at 7 pm and every Saturday at 2 pm.  Join us!

SANCTUM readies for a May Opening


“In an era of status updates, tweets, and check-ins, the geography of public, shared spaces needs to be reconsidered, along with our expectations of privacy in them.”
James Coupe and Juan Pampin

Have you noticed all of the changes on the façade of the Henry? We are currently installing an interactive art piece, Sanctum, created by artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin. Coupe and Pampin were chosen in 2010 from 91 applications who answered an open international call, soliciting proposals for a site-specific project to transform the façade of the museum’s main entrance and to engage the UW population and the many visitors who pass by the Henry every day.

Sanctum, which officially opens May 4th, seeks to investigate the narrative potential of social media while raising important and provocative questions about the conflicting imperatives emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace ever-more-intrusive electronic media, while still cherishing traditional notions of privacy.

From those who choose to participate in the project, Sanctum will actively gather information via sophisticated surveillance and profiling technology and match it with data drawn from social media sites to shape original plausible and implausible fictional narratives.

To learn more about the project and to contribute with narrative content, please enter here. You can also opt in by scanning the QR codes are posted on signage outside the museum.

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