The Week Ahead @ Henry

There’s only three weeks left to see Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E — visit now!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Rice.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Rice.

ArtBreak: Jeff Rice
Sat, April 11, 2:30 – 3 PM
Come join Jeff Rice, wildlife sound recordist and editor at the Puget Sound Institute of the University of Washington, as he uses the voices of two endangered species–howling mice and musical moths–to examine the commonalities between wildlife sound recording and art.


Save the Date!


Get ready for the Henry’s annual Arty Party! Bring your whole family April 19th to experience a fun and educational art-filled afternoon. Click here to preview the exciting events. Get your ticket today!

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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Fall Fête this Friday

Shake your student body at the Henry Art Gallery’s Fall Fête!

New and returning UW students are invited to the Henry for an evening of live music, dancing, food, and activities inspired by the exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. Walk through the museum’s galleries, explore the Study Center, and sample delicious food from Molly’s Cafe. Kick off the new school year by getting acquainted with your newest old friend, Hank.

Set to take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm, this event is FREE for students and is hosted in collaboration with ASUW Arts & Entertainment and Rainy Dawg Radio.


Roy McMakin: Untitled

Check out the Henry’s newest video!

This video focuses on an untitled work in the Henry Art Gallery’s collection by contemporary artist Roy McMakin. UNTITLED is a semi-permanent, site-specific installation that is often overlooked by visitors to the Henry because it seamlessly blends in with the museum’s architecture. The work consists of a digital print covering a transom window above the door in the entrance rotunda of the original 1927 Carl Gould-designed Henry Art Gallery building. The print simulates an ideal view through the same window it covers.

ROY MCMAKIN: UNTITLED is the second of a suite of five videos highlighting the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors to the Henry can quickly and easily access the videos through their mobile devices by scanning QR codes printed on the museum’s wall labels. The video series is a collaborative project between the Henry and Solstream Media.

To Learn more about Roy McMakin, check out the Henry’s Digital Interactive Galleries (DIG).

Architecture Symposium – May 19 and 20


On May 19 and 20, visit the UW Campus for a two day exploration of the intersection of materials (steel, glass, wood, etc) and building/fabrication technologies (computer aided design, digital fabrication,etc.)

Local, national, and international presenters include closing lecturer Matthias Kohler, of Gramazio & Kohler, the LMN Architects Tech Studio, and many more will explore the role their work plays in pulling building traditions forward. Kohler’s closing lecture on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 pm in Arch 147 will focus on “Digital Materiality in Architecture.”

To register and learn more about the visit

The event is free and open to the public.

Symposium co-sponsored by the UW Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments and the Swiss Consulate.

Interested in this topic? Be sure to visit related events in the AIA WhichCraft series at

Curating the City: Art and Popular Culture in the Urban Age

Hosted by the University of Washington College of the Built Environment,
part of the 2010-2011 Beholding Context Lecture Series.
Curating the City: Art and Popular Culture in the Urban Age

Monday, February 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Kane 120
Register here.

Derrick Cartwright
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum

Christina Orr-Cahall
CEO and
Director, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Stephanie Stebich
Director, Tacoma Art Museum 

Sylvia Wolf
Director, Henry Art Gallery

Through the lens of their institutions, four of our region’s leading museum directors examine the forces that shape twenty-first century urban experience. Within the unique programs, facilities, collections, and curatorial projects of the Seattle Art Museum, EMP, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, directors Cartwight, Orr-Cahall, Stebich, and Wolf explore the changing roles and responsibilities of cultural institutions in the life of the contemporary city. Moderated by Dean Daniel Friedman.

Registration Link:

Speaker bios after the jump….

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Animalia at the Open House!

As part of the patron and member preview (6-8 PM) at tomorrow’s Open House, Animalia, an exhibition of work from the museum collection curated by University of Washington student Natasha Lozanoff, will be on view in the Reed Collections Study Center. The exhibition, a survey of our evolving estimation of animals–tool to companion to symbol–was selected by Henry staff from a group of virtual exhibitions produced by Ellen Garvens’ Art 342 class. Class members used the museum’s online Collections Search to select and curate a virtual show on themes of their choice. Many, like Lozanoff, incorporated their own work into the exhibitions.

In addition to Animalia, all of the exhibitions created for the class will be on view in the Study Center in the form of student-designed posters.
Exhibition concepts by Danielle Comeaux, Amanda Kirk, and Joana Stillwell received honorable mentions.

Check in next week for photos from this event and more information on the class projects.

The Moving of Cunningham Hall

Cunningham Hall out the window

Cunningham Hall was DOWN the hill from the Henry yesterday and earlier today.
It’s Imogen Cunningham Hall. It was originally built as the Women’s Building for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition to showcase women’s art and to provide hospitality to visiting women.  It then served as a center for campus and community women until 1916, when it was put to other use. After the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution granted women the right to vote in 1920, younger women thought they had gained full equality with men and that they no longer needed a strong women’s network. They gradually forgot about the building. Decades later, a resurgent feminist movement sparked its rediscovery. Women reclaimed the building in the early 1980s and named it Cunningham Hall for Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), the pioneering artistic portrait photographer who graduated from the University of Washington in 1907. Cunningham Hall houses the Women’s Information Center and the Northwest Center for Research on Women.

Tomorrow Cunningham Hall will be UP the hill from the Henry.
I can’t describe how strange it is to see a BIG building in an unusual, new place.  The way it is currently sitting – on the wheels of a giant trailer, on the hill that leads up to the plaza around the George Washington statue, makes me totally dizzy. Its’ moving up the hill now. Very, very slowly.

Here’s what it looks like from the Henry’s conference room window:
Cunningham Hall out the window (3)

more building moving drama, after the jump.

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Heat Wave (The Henry is COOL)

I should refrain from communicating publicly on behalf of the Henry today – as I haven’t had a real night’s sleep in many days.  (Hot tip – put your pillow in the freezer.)
Non-Seattleites – we are experiences a real candystorm of sunshine here in “rainy, gray, gloomy” Seattle.  Just wanted to let YOU know, despite yesterday’s UW power outage  – the Henry opens at 11:00 AM this morning – and the AC feels great. I wish I could sleep here.