Save your spot for our ‘Digital Eye’ tour!

Image for cover: Wendy McMurdo. Helen, Backstage, Merlin Theatre (The Glance). 1995. Pigmented inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

We still have space left for our Curator Led Tour of The Digital Eye. Join Henry Director Sylvia Wolf, curator of the The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age and author of the recent book by the same name, for a unique look at digital innovations in photographic practice.

This is our last scheduled curator tour before the show’s closing on September 25, 2011. Tickets are available at henryart.org/tickets. Students and Henry Members get in for FREE and tickets are $5 for the general public.

The tour is this Thursday, September 8, at 7:00PM. You have less than 48 hours to ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. Tickets sales will continue through noon on Thursday. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door.

Like songs? Like books? How about songs about books?

The Fremont Abbey Arts Center will host the concert premiere of Songs About Books, TOMORROW NIGHT, August 19, at 8:00PM (doors open at 7PM). The five participating songwriters, organized by Levi Fuller and funded by a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, were invited to participate in this most recent quarterly compilation album from Ball of Wax. The local songwriters each wrote and recorded songs inspired by specific books, culminating in a performance and a 15-song CD.

Paul Constant, The Stranger’s Books Editor, was given the task to assign a book to each of the songwriters involved.  In his recent Stranger article, “The Books Behind the Music,” he states, he “wanted the assigned books to play to each musician’s strengths but also stretch their comfort zones a little bit, too. Reading is a collaboration between the author and the reader, and so these songs, at best, would be duets across years and mediums.” Read more about his decision process and interaction with the musicians here.

The participating songwriters and their books:

Alex Guy (Led to Sea): Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Levi Fuller: Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
Johanna Kunin (Bright Archer): Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Matt Ruff
Joshua Morrison: The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt.

Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a vibrant community venue where people of all ages and incomes are supported in their artistic and social development through new collaborative arts experiences. Concert attendees of this event will receive a FREE Ball of Wax CD featuring the 15 performed songs (the CD will be available for sale after the date of the concert). Tickets are $12 in advance via Stranger Tickets (before noon tomorrow) or $15 at the door.

If you can’t make this performance, don’t let this hamper your quest for combining songs and books. Join the Henry Art Gallery in Shelf Life for an encore of Songs About Books on Friday, September 9, 2011, 5-7PM. This event is FREE with museum admission. We invite you to attend a lo-fi/acoustic recap of this performance at the Henry in an environment built expressly for the enjoyment of books.

Only two days left to get your tickets for Surveillance Cinema!

Don’t miss out on the Henry’s special screening and artist lecture with James Coupe this Thursday, August 11! Tickets are still available on Stranger Tickets.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Talent Show , on view from May 7, 2011 through August 21, The Henry Art Gallery invites you to join artist James Coupe for a screening and discussion of the artist’s recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ in (re)collector, Surveillance Suite, and the web-based work Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days. Read more about James Coupe and his work at the Henry’s event listing page…

You can see these video works and more at James Coupe’s website here.

Before you check out these works on the artist’s website and partake in his lecture Thursday night, check out this project overview video of Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days:

Have your interests peaked yet? If you want to participate in work like this and get some pre-insight into James Coupe’s lecture, add this Facebook app to your page. You might see something familiar on I hope to Understand‘s YouTube channel.

Finally, for all you The Talent Show fans, “like” it on Facebook for up-to-date news on its concurrent events. Please note that by “liking” this page, you consent to having your photos used in conjecture with the exhibition. We felt this was highly appropriate for the themes of our show.

See you all Thursday night!

We’ve got your Surveillance Cinema tickets

In conjunction with the exhibition The Talent Show , on view from May 7, 2011 through August 21, The Henry Art Gallery invites you to join artist James Coupe for a screening and discussion of the artist’s recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ in (re)collector, Surveillance Suite, and the web-based work Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days. Read more.

The screening will take place on Thursday, August 11, at 7PM in our auditorium. Tickets for this event are now available at Stranger Tickets. Reserve yours today!

Here’s a sneak peak of (re)collector. You can see more of the other films featured during the screening at the artist’s website.

Get your We Live in Public tickets today!

The Henry screening of We Live in Public is this Friday night at 7PM and you can now purchase your tickets at Stranger Tickets!

General Admission is $5.00. But students and members with I.D. get in for FREE! Click here to find out how you can become a member today!

We Live in Public reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of”, artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director Ondi Timoner documented Harris’ tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes hold in our lives.

This program will feature a special introduction from King of the Web CEO and online marketing pioneer, Maggie Boyer-Finch who will be discussing the launch and development of King of the Web, a site which is redefining what celebrity means in a digital world.