The Emancipated Spectator Rocks On!

THE FINAL EMANCIPATED SPECTATOR GROUP DISCUSSION HAS BEEN MOVED TO ROCK BOX KARAOKE!


This month’s Talent Show discussion group, The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality), will meet in the lobby of Rock Box Karaoke this Thursday, August 25, at 7pm.
Come embrace Karaoke culture and talk about the Talent Show.

Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a casual discussion focused around the themes of participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism explored in the recently departed exhibition, The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as inspiration, the group will discuss the following readings and films:

Reading:
Neil Gabler – Life the Movie
Walter Kirn – Little Brother is Watching

Viewing:
David Holzman’s Diary and Benny’s Video

This final gathering will be a casual meet up at Rock Box Karaoke, which we felt was appropriate as an example of the quest for momentary fame…and we love Karaoke! Rock Box is located at 1603 Nagle Place in Capitol Hill.

The films selected for this program — including selections such as David Holzman’s Diary (Jim McBride), Benny’s Video (Michael Haneke), Network (Sidney Lumet), Calendar (Atom Egoyan), France/Tour/Detour/Deux Enfants (Jean-Luc Godard), and Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (Paper Tiger Television) — were chosen by exhibiting artist and filmmaker Amie Siegel to accompany The Talent Show. Each of these films—from a mock verité sixties film diary to an epic, uncannily Brechtian series for French Television, to the macabre sensibility of Viennese feature filmmaking— consider the individual broadcast of self from private spaces, the role of media technologies in documentation, and the seemingly elastic nature of privacy and subjectivity. These films also share a key television trope that also arises in the My Way videos on view in The Talent Show, the direct address. This discursive mode is played to the viewer via product pitches, news reports, and screen tests.

Last Call for “The Talent Show”

Chris Burden, You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A; November 6, 1971, Relic: ski mask, Case: 5-1/2 x 17 x 12 inches, Collection: Gilbert and Lila Silverman, Southfield, Michigan

The Henry is starting its countdown to the closing of our The Talent Show exhibition. There’s no more time to put it off with only t-minus 5 days left!

The Talent Show examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences, and participants in light of the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment. For almost half a century, artists have modeled and exploited these desires and dramatized the complex dynamics that surround them, often engaging people to participate in their work—both with and without their knowledge.

The Talent Show is officially outa here on Sunday, August 21st! Help us bid bon voyage to this traveling display of “private performance” as it moves on to its next exhibiting home.

And, sadly, there’s only one concurring program left for The Talent Show. The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality) will conclude next Thursday, August 25th at 7PM. Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as a point of departure, the group will meet to discuss selected readings and films that deal with the complex relationships between participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism in contemporary art and media culture. Click here to view the list of films and readings and to RSVP!

Finally, this has nothing to do with The Talent Show. But after writing the title to this post, I can’t get this song out of my head.

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.

SHARK WEEK (News from the Fin): The Emancipated Spectator, Gentle Reader and The Digital Eye Public Tour

It’s another seven days at the Henry: and that means it’s time for another SHARK WEEK, the weekly feature that’s exactly like the other shark week except without sharks and instead we give you posters. Posters, that is, that go in the Henry’s Fin, which you can see in the first installment. David Herbert’s Open Studio ended last Sunday (but his exhibit is still going strong!) and Sandra Kroupa’s Book Arts talk on Sunday kicked off the monthly Performance Exhibitions series for Shelf Life. So that means THE FIN NEEDS FRESH POSTERS and this week, it’s a trilogy!

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The Emancipated Spectator continues tonight!!!

The Emancipated Spectator series continues tonight with “Broadcast Yourself, part 1 (Video and TV).” Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a casual discussion focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show.

Tonight we will be discussing David Joselit’s article The Video Public Sphere (available online via the link) and the films Network and Martha Rosler Reads Vogue.

Tonight’s group meets at 7PM in the Student Technology Lounge. This event is free with museum admission, but please RSVP online to reserve your spot!

And check out this trailer for, Network, one of the films being discussed tonight! Hope to see you all there!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Attention all who enjoy reading! The Henry has two opportunities for you this week to share your thoughts with other people…who also happen to enjoy reading!

First up, The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 1 (Video and TV), a casual discussion with curator Sara Krajewski focused around the themes explored in our current exhibition, The Talent Show. This month we will be scrutinizing David Joselit’s writing The Video Public Sphere as well as the films Network and Martha Rosler Reads Vogue. You can come share your thoughts and opinions with us this Thursday, July 21, at 7pm in the Student Tech Lounge. RSVP online!

Soon to follow is Gentle Reader in conjunction with our new Shelf Life exhibition. Gentle Reader is a conversation between the reader and the book. It is also a collection of essays on publication and a reading group. Gentle readers will convene monthly to discuss selected texts during Shelf Life in the Henry’s Lobby space at 2pm. This month’s meeting will be this Sunday, July 24. Click here for a list of the texts to be discussed. (Ed. note: This week our starting point will be the Preface and Chapter 1 of Samuel McChord Crother’s The Gentle Reader, published in 1903. It’s available online — see link above — or we’ve made available some photocopies that you can pick up in Shelf Life the next time you’re at the Henry.)

Hope to see you all at these two awesome programs! Enjoy this adorable little treat from us!

“Exploring the limits of privacy at Henry’s ‘The Talent Show'” on KPLU

Stranger (6) 1999 by Shizuka Yokomizo

The Henry’s current exhbition, The Talent Show, was featured on Seattle’s radio station KPLU Sunday morning. In case you missed this great broadcast, you can hear it at the KPLU website accompanied by discussed videos and photos.

Radio reporter and host Jennifer Wing ponders the themes as well as specific works of The Talent Show including questions on the new idea of privacy and professional examinations of the societal draw to the spotlight. The exhibit raises a lot of questions ranging from how much should we put on display to what happens to our images once they are out there. The reporter’s final warning is if we don’t take control and manage our social media selves, someone else eventually will.

The review includes audio snippets of several Q&As among which include curator Sara Krajewski weighing in on the exhibition’s themes and specific works, and artist Amie Siegel, who discusses her process of creation for her displayed video works, My Way 1 and My Way 2.

The Talent Show examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences, and participants in light of the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment. For almost half a century, artists have modeled and exploited these desires and dramatized the complex dynamics that surround them, often engaging people to participate in their work—both with and without their knowledge.

Some upcoming events for The Talent Show are The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 1 (Video and TV) on July 21 at 7Pm and its partner event The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Enterntainment and Reality) on August 25, also at 7Pm. Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for this series of casual discussions on readings and films focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Check out the full details and RSVP at the Henry’s website.

The documentary 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. This special film screening will feature an 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. You can join us for this event on August 5 at 7PM. Click here for admission prices and more info.

We Live in Public trailer

And last but not least, 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. Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe will be held on August 11 at 7Pm. Check out our event posting for admission prices and more info on the artist.

Sneak peak of Surveillance Suite

You have oodles of chances to see the widely talked about The Talent Show until its closing on August 21. And, in an excellent example of some of the exhibition’s themes, go ahead and like it on its Facebook page.

Seattle Times Review of “The Talent Show”

For those you haven’t come to visit “The Talent Show,” read this review of the exhibition in The Seattle Times for a good low-down. For those you have already seen it, good for you – but this review is still a worthy read.

“The Talent Show” draws heavily on found objects in its mix of images and sculptures, including the “found behavior” of people who, on video or in photographs, come under the camera’s scrutiny. Sometimes they’re aware there’s a lens pointing at them; sometimes they’re not. In several instances, they’re collaborating directly with the artist. In others, they’re deliberately sequestered from the person behind the project. Those considerations, more than any particular fine-arts aesthetic, are the operative factors in “The Talent Show.”

Curator Peter Eleey connects these works with the recent rise in TV reality shows and talent contests and social media. They’re linked, as he sees it, by what they reveal about “the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment.”And here’s some great upcoming events and opportunities to come see “The Talent Show” for yourself:

 The Emancipated Spectator:
Broadcast Yourself, part 1 (Video and TV),
July 21, 2011  RSVP Online!
Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as a point of departure, the group will meet each month to discuss selected readings and films that deal with the complex relationships between participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism in contemporary art and media culture.
We Live in Public
August 5, 2011


This program will feature a special introduction from King of the Web CEO and online marketing pioneer, Maggie Boyer-Finch.

Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe
August 11, 2011  (YES WE CHANGED THE DATE)
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.


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The Emancipated Spectator:
Broadcast Yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality),
August 25 2011   RSVP Online!
Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show.