The Week Ahead @ Henry

Coming up this week…

Speaking, In a Sense: Discussion with Jeff Riffell
Sat, May 30, 4 – 5 PM
Combining storytelling and scientific research, Jeff Riffell, UW Assistant Professor of Biology, will lead a conversation on plants that use scents to communicate with insects. This lecture will be held at University of Washington’s Medicinal Herb Garden and Botany Greenhouse.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Riffell.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Riffell.

ArtBreaks happening this weekend…

Beck Tench
Thurs, May 28, 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Join designer and technologist Beck Tench to explore experimentation and space-making in our current exhibitions.

Photo courtesy of Beck Tench. Photo credit: Alan Levine.
Photo courtesy of Beck Tench. Photo credit: Alan Levine.

Megumi Shauna Arai
Sat, May 30, 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Photographer Megumi Shauna Arai will be digging into the themes of urban photography in Ilse Bing: Modern Photographer.

Photo courtesy of Megumi Shauna Arai.
Photo courtesy of Megumi Shauna Arai.

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.

The Henry receives NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Henry is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Henry was awarded a $20,000 grant to support the upcoming exhibition Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty to be presented March 2 – July 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Out [o] Fashion will present over 90 photographs that examine historic and contemporary representations of beauty. The exhibition will include works by renowned artists Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, E. J. Bellocq, Marsha Burns, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Bruce Davidson, Fred Miller, Hope Sandrow, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, Weegee, Carrie Mae Weems, and Garry Winogrand.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Henry Art Gallery,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support may be found at the NEA website at

Suzanne Opton’s The Billboard Project

Suzanne Opton is giving a lecture at the Henry tonight on her Soldier and Many Wars photographic series. These photographs were also part of her Billboard Project. As part of this project, Opton installed billboard across Colorado to much controversy. Here are some articles on the controversy and Opton’s response.

NPR: Suzanne Opton describing her Billboard Project in 100 words or less.

The New York Times:  The media conglomerate building owners “canceled her contract last week, having decided that the pictures sent a confusing and inappropriate message”

“Our only concern is that people driving on highways at 55 or 60 miles an hour, seeing an image like this popping out of nowhere, it could be disturbing.”

Opton’s response: “They may look troubled,” she continued, “but it’s not easy to be a soldier. Why should that be hidden from us?”

The Guardian (U.K.): “Although the artworks neither display images of violence nor are gruesome, the media company that owns the billboards said it feared pedestrians and motorists would mistake them for images of war dead.”

Susan Opton: “It’s like you see someone opposite of you with their head on the pillow. We see our lovers and our children in that pose. They look like the heads of fallen statues, and they afford the viewer an intimate look at the face of the young person whose life is at risk, and that was the point.”

You can view the photographs at Platform Gallery. 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle; Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11AM to 5:30PM, Saturday, 11AM to 5:00PM

Photo Center NW City Panorama Call for Entries

As a way to incorporate art into everyday life, to beautify the city, and to make new perspectives and ideas available to all, the City Panorama class seeks photographic artwork that will accomplish these objectives while increasing the visibility of the photographic arts in King County.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK to the City Panorama project. Photographs will be printed on 8’ x 2’ wooden panels and will remain installed in Metro shelters for up to 10 years. Submissions will be reviewed and discussed by students in the fall 2011 course City Panorama, and submitted to a panel of jurors from Metro and Photo Center NW. From the submissions, 100 images will be chosen for installation. 

HOW TO ENTER: Follow the instructions outlined on the form: INFO & ENTRY FORM – CITY PANORAMA 2011. Send the completed entry form with your labeled CD and payment (if submitting more than 2 images) to Photo Center NW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

DEADLINE: Must be received by Wednesday November 23, 5 pm.

The City Panorama Project started when Dale Cummings, a representative of King County Metro approached Photo Center NW in the spring of 2010 looking for a way to expand on past mural projects in Metro bus shelters through photography. A grant from 4Culture was awarded for this project in summer 2010. Over 100 photo murals were installed in in the first half of 2010, and the project was a resounding success. The project enters its second year with another grant from 4Culture during the 2011-12 academic year. As a way to incorporate art into everyday life, to beautify the city, and to make new perspectives and ideas available to all, the City Panorama class seeks photographic artwork that will accomplish these objectives while increasing the visibility of the photographic arts in King County.

Winning Mural from City Panorama 2010 by Christopher Bachmann


Virna Haffer at the Tacoma Art Museum

One of the highlights in our recent exhibition Shadows of a Fleeting World  introducing local audiences to the stellar photography of  Camera Club member Virna Haffer.
Now Seattle and Tacoma audiences have a chance to see MORE of her work.

Recently shown in the Henry exhibition "Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club": Virna Haffer. His First Growth. 1924. Gelatin silver bromide print. Randall Family Collection.

The Tacoma Art Museum is presenting the work of photographer Virna Haffer in their exhibition A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, showing now through October 16, 2011.One of the most inventive Northwest artists of her time, Virna Haffer was an internationally recognized and respected Tacoma photographer who has slipped from both regional and national art history books.

In a career spanning more than six decades, Haffer found success as a photographer, printmaker, painter, musician, sculptor, and published writer, though she is known first and foremost as a photographer. Self-taught, she began her ambitious career in the early 1920s, both running a successful portrait studio (where she photographed the likes of the Weyerhaeuser and Chihuly families) and also exhibiting her unique artistic images around the world.

Read more about this exhibition and its concurring events here.

Celebrate Photography during LONG SHOT 2011 in support of Photo Center NW

Support the Henry’s partner Photo Center NW in their 24-hour marathon fundraising event LONG SHOT June 17-18!

LONG SHOT is an event that celebrates photography, creativity, and our greater community, while raising funds for education and outreach programs at Photo Center NW. It’s a fun event for photographers to hit the streets and capture a theme, community, or subject of their choice. Just a few dollars per hour can help us bring new tools to the Photo Center, keep our doors open 7 days a week all year, and support public programs, outreach, and exhibitions

The event is open to everyone, using any camera, anywhere. At least one image from each participant will be featured in the LONG SHOT exhibition at Photo Center NW on July 23, 2011.

Milton Rogovin dies at age 101 in NY

AP Article via the Seattle Times:

Photographer Milton Rogovin dies at age 101 in NY – Seattle Times Newspaper.

From the New York Times’ Lens blog:

Milton Rogovin, an empathetic social documentarian who — like Jacob Riis — put a face on the faceless poor, died Tuesday, a month after celebrating his 101st birthday. Benjamin Genocchio has written the obituary for The New York Times. Mr. Rogovin himself narrated an audio slide show of his pictures, “The Compassionate Eye,” which appeared in April 2009 on Lens, accompanying “Voices Silenced, Faces Preserved,” with text by Randy Kennedy and pictures by Fred R. Conrad, in the Arts & Leisure section.

Museum visitors may recall that we celebrated Milton Rogovin’s 100th birthday last year, with this exhibition.
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Installation View of I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith. Photo by Richard Nichol.

The Kiki Smith show I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, is a must-see. It is beautiful. I could not quit thinking about it for days after seeing it. The art, the photographs, the sculpture, it’s all fabulous. The thing that most impressed and completely floored me is the way the photographs are hung. The way the show is presented. When I walked in and looked around the first gallery, I was blown away. It is amazing. The style in which it is hung compliments the way the art is cropped and framed so completely. From the Sirens perched up near the ceiling on the molding – to the row of small photos along the baseboard. There is a LOT to look at and take in, but again, the way it is presented and the way the pictures are hung, the rooms, the light, the beauty – the whole experience allows you the space to absorb and feel what this show is about. I love the photographs – but there is so much more than photos here. I look forward to seeing and staring at it all again.