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

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

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?

$mall Change: Testing a barter economy

Small Change installation shot
Artist Rebecca Chernow (center) shares her work with Henry guests. Photo credit: Dan Bennett

This post is written by Rebecca Chernow, exhibiting artist in the Test Site and UW School of Art MFA candidate.


$mall Change is a result of my curiosity in home-spun economics and the fiscal and social systems of value, worth, cost, and price that govern our lives and dictate many of the choices that are made by individuals and nations alike.

I wanted to make my own money and cut out all the middlemen, from the bosses to the bankers to the dollar and coin-makers at the Federal Reserve. I want to know if value is something innate or if it is based solely on belief and debate, and if my time can be measured out in small hand-wrought increments by asking what price my energies fetch at open market. Can a new, cohesive economic order emerge from raw material, applied skill, and open engagement?

It has taken me three months of 40+ hour weeks of performing an extremely specific process, many kilowatts of electrical energy, 400 pounds of plaster and silica, many gallons of water, 25 pounds of wax, 25 pounds of glass, and a few ounces of copper powder to mint roughly four thousand coins at the University of Washington’s ceramic and metal arts studio. The coins—called works—are made out of glass in the likeness of the American penny. Now that that portion of the project is over, the goal is to trade every last one of these works away through bartering and exchange of commodities in the Test Site at the Henry.

This is an open call for all interested participants to trade anything handmade, ready-made, perishable, or pocket-size with me until I run out of works to traffic with. The project cannot be fully realized without the willing involvement of strangers with candy, hats, shirts, artworks, knick-knacks, etc., along with an interest to barter and bargain in the name of reciprocity and exchange. All items will be displayed with their ultimate price in the Henry Test Site for the first three weeks of the exhibition. During the final week all items will be available to the public in exchange for a suggested nominal donation to benefit the Henry.

My economy has emerged from disparate bits and volumes of resources, and so too will it disperse through the hands of every person who wishes to buy into this micro-market. There is not much time and very few limitations on this process, so please don’t be shy.

The Week Ahead @ the Henry

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Henry!

Wednesday, May 15th
12-12:30 – Faculty Focus Tour with UW Painting + Drawing Associate Professor Helen O’Toole.  O’Toole was born in the west of Ireland and moved to Chicago in 1987 to pursue an MFA in painting at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Provincetown, and Seattle. She will guide visitors through Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces. 

Check out this blog post from Jeremy Buben’s le Dandysme about our May 1st Staff Spotlight Tour with Feney Perez.

All day — Give Big! How can you support the Henry and be part of a dynamic community event? Participate in The Seattle Foundation’s third annual GiveBIG community day of giving this Wednesday. We would greatly appreciate your gift to help us to continue to inspire audiences of all ages with the discovery, wonder, and surprise that contemporary art provides.


Thursday, May 16th
7-8 pm – Music of Today with Cuong Vu. Cuong Vu and his guest(s) will perform and discuss the avant-garde, free improvisation, and the experimentation/innovation he uses to create his forward-looking music.This performance is part of the UW’s ongoing centennial celebration of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Friday, May 17th
10 am – 4 pm – Symposium: The Mechanics of Beauty.  UW’s History of Art Department will host a one-day symposium at the Henry that will explore the means, techniques, tools and strategies behind the production of art objects. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Henry’s exhibition Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty.

6 -9 pm – The Brink Bash. Meet the six Brink Award finalists, enjoy a Hilliard’s beer, and take away an exclusive Brink Finalists publication. Tickets are available online for a suggested donation of $15 or at the door.


Get Ready for a Digital September

We’re in the final month of The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, but we still have plenty of fun programs and events remaining.

Paul Berger. Seattle Subtext: Front and Back Cover. 1982. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, September 2, is Gallery Talk: Paul Berger. Photographer and exhibiting artist Paul Berger will give an informal gallery talk on his work and the impact of photography and digital imaging on contemporary visual culture. Berger’s photographic work has always involved multiple images in structured sequences, sometimes with text. This interest in sequence and narrative transitioned in the early 1980’s to an interest in digital manipulation of electronic imagery, leading to the development of a series of digital imaging classes within the University of Washington’s photography programs in the mid-80s. Please RSVP here by the end of tomorrow (September 1st)! This program is FREE for Henry Members and Students and $5 for the general public.
And check out this recent The Stranger article “Everyday Life for Sentient Beings,” featuring Paul Berger. Beef up on your artist history, like his roots in Seattle and the beginning of his art technique, before you come listent to his talk on Friday. There’s also plenty of mention of The Digital Eye and its headlining artists and works.

Next Thursday, September 8, is our final Curator Led Tour for this exhibition. 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. We still have some spaces left! This event is FREE for Henry Members and Students and $5 for the general public. Purchase you tickets or reserve your space here!

Jason Salavon. Every Playboy Centerfold, The 1970s. 2002. Pigmented inkjet print. Collection of Timothy and Leslie Fichtner. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

Explore the intersection of art, technology, and geography in this project workshop with Digital Eye exhibiting artist Jason Salavon. Participants will use their smartphones and digital cameras to gather photographs and location data, tracking their paths in time and space as they explore and document the area around the UW campus. Using geolocation technology, and a few other tools, participants will reconvene with Salavon to cross reference and assemble the visual and location data into visual representations of their activity. Click here to read more about Field Work with Jason Salavon, on Wednesday, September 14 at the Henry. This event is held in partnership with Photo Center NW. The fee is $55 for Henry and PCNW Members and $65 for the general public. Register at

And we have even more Jasan Salavon for you! In conjunction with his workshop, the artist will give a lecture on September 15 at the Henry. Join Henry exhibiting artist Jason Salavon (The Digital Eye) for a talk about his work exploring topics ranging from population statistics and intelligent software to the evolution of soft-core pornography. Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Read more. This lecture is open to the public and is also part of a photography workshop, on September 14th. This program is FREE for Henry and PCNW Members and Students and $5 for the general public. Find out how to register at

And your final opportunity to bid adieu to The Digital Eye is on September 25th when the show will be closing.

University Coverage of the Henry

University Week | Art enchances medicine: Learning to look more closely : featuring the University of Washington School of Medicine and Henry Art Gallery course, Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth

The UW Daily | Henry Art Gallery takes a new direction: Jacob Dahlgren exhibit opens on campus : A look at Henry exhibition Jacob Dahlgren: Forward, Back, Right, Left on view now!

the Spectator at Seattle University | Henry merits journey into Huskies territory : a Seattle University student’s experience of visiting the Henry! All students receive free admission with student ID!

100 Reasons to Support the Henry Art Gallery

BUY TICKETS NOW!SEE LISTEN TASTE FEEL will be a unique art experience that exemplifies what the Henry Art Gallery presents at the museum all year round: exciting, challenging, thought-provoking contemporary art. Proceeds from ticket sales to this event will provide essential support for Henry Art Gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, and community arts programs.

Too general for you? Well, I’m going to put the money where my mouth is and name 100 reasons – 100 amazing exhibitions, programs, and events at the Henry this past and upcoming year (in no particular order) – that’s $1 for each reason = 1 ticket to the SEE LISTEN TASTE FEEL party. Show your support for the Henry and and buy a ticket to the PARTY OF THE YEAR for the Henry Benefit on January 31.


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Visual Thinking Strategies | UW Medicine at the Henry

Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times
Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

Check out this awesome article in The Seattle Times featuring former Henry Curator of Education Tamara Moats and the UW School of Medicine and the Henry Art Gallery’s unique class: “Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth”.

Additional information on the course:

University of Washington School of Medicine and the Henry Art Gallery present new course on medical diagnosis: Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth

The UW School of Medicine and the Henry Art Gallery announce a dynamic new collaborative project. Beginning in the 2008 academic year’s Fall Quarter they will jointly present a course for first- and second-year medical students that uses art to develop medical diagnostic skills.

Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth, will be taught by Tamara Moats, former Curator of Education at the Henry Art Gallery and adjunct faculty in art history in the UW Museology Program, and Andrea Kalus, MD, assistant professor, UW Department of Dermatology. They will weave sessions at the Henry Art Gallery and other museums together with medical observations, slides and discussion. Moats will instruct students in the Visual Thinking Strategies method of looking deeply at original works of art, a technique that expands observational and critical thinking skills and encourages open-ended observations to problematic situations similar to those found in medicine.

Following in the footsteps of similar innovative courses offered at the Yale School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Medicine, Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth teaches students new ways of assessing patients with a broad range of disorders. These skills are directly applicable in many medical disciplines that rely heavily on visual input. The close visual observation necessary in analyzing art and diagnosing patients is very similar. As studies at both Yale (Dolev et al, 2001) and Harvard (Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2008) have demonstrated, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) improves medical students’ diagnostic skills in clinical situations.

VTS is a trademarked museum education method developed by psychologist Abigail Housen and former Museum of Modern Art Director of Education Philip Yenawine. It is a cognitive, structured approach to the study of art designed to improve observational and critical thinking skills when looking at all kinds of art, designed to teach students how to look carefully and at length at a work of art, verbalize their observations, and actively build on the observations of others. VTS organizes analysis by evidence and develops critical and creative thinking skills. Looking at and analyzing art is considered particularly useful to the medical disciplines, as the practice of medicine similarly demands the ability to work with complex and often ambiguous visual information, emphasizes visual recognition as an important source of information, and develops collaboration with peers in both diagnosis and treatment.

Tamara Moats is a colleague of Philip Yenawine, and has trained with him on numerous occasions over the last 15 years. She used VTS in her work at the Henry, and now incorporates it into her teaching of art history. Andrea Kalus, a dermatologist, will present and discuss clinical material in collaboration with the artwork discussions and consider medical applications of the VTS strategies.

Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth is an academic collaboration between the Henry Art Gallery and the UW Medical School. The Henry will host most of the sessions, and the course will also meet at the Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum.

For more information about VTS and VTS programs in Washington State please visit