Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Offer is Over: Liz Magor

This Henry ArtCast features an insightful exhibition tour with Henry exhibiting artist Liz Magor on her exhibition Liz Magor: The Mouth and other storage facilities on view at the Henry Art Gallery through December 14, 2008. Through her familiar practice of remaking ordinary things, Liz Magor has charted a concentrated exploration of the real and the simulated. The Mouth and other storage facilities presents a recent body of work that deepens Magor's invesitigation into issues of authenticity and representation. In this episode, Magor discusses the work in the exhibition, her artistic process, and negotiating the cultural systems of display and delivery.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Present Moment: Matthew Buckingham Lecture

This Henry ArtCast features the lecture of exhibiting artist Matthew Buckingham on Matthew Buckingham: Play the Story, on view at the Henry Art Gallery through September 21, 2008. The artist discusses, in depth, the work on view as well as his unique process of unearthing and reconsidering distinct historical moments and what they have to tell us about present day concerns.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The End is Something We Don't Expect: Conversations on The Violet Hour

Jen Liu + Sara Krajewski on The Violet Hour

A conversation with Henry Associate Curator Sara Krajewski and exhibiting artist Jen Liu, whose work is featured in The Violet Hour on view at the Henry Art Gallery through October 19, 2008. Jen Liu’s videos and large scale watercolor drawings feature the “Brethren of the Stone,” a back-to-nature cult that clashes with modern industrial society. Beyond the battle between nature and technology, her work underscores issues of state power and civil disobedience, modernity and nostalgia, and a comical take on science fiction and recent pop culture. Sara and Jen discuss the exhibition’s apocalyptic themes, her work in The Violet Hour, T.S. Eliot, heavy metal music, and death.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I will show you fear in a handful of dust: Conversations on The Violet Hour

Matthew Day Jackson + Sara Krajewski on The Violet Hour

A conversation with Henry Associate Curator Sara Krajewski and exhibiting artist Matthew Day Jackson, whose work is featured in The Violet Hour on view at the Henry Art Gallery through October 19, 2008. Matthew Day Jackson, a University of Washington alumni, debuts three new works, including a sculpture consisting of a crashed race car frame lit with low rider effects and an immense wood panel “painting” depicting the constellations of the night sky, made from the coin currencies of many nations. Jackson’s work explores events in American history and envisions a future of uprisings rectifying past injustices. Sara and Matthew discuss the exhibition’s themes, his work in The Violet Hour, sculpture, history, and performance.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fantastical Imaginings, Emergent Transitions: Conversations with the MFA Students of 2008

The annual Master of Fine Arts student exhibition showcases the culmination of graduates' work at the University of Washington's School of Art. This year from May 17 - June 15, 2008, 19 artists working in ceramics, fibers, metals, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing, are on display in the North Galleries. This Henry ArtCast features interviews with Kira Randolph, Communications Student Assistant, in conversation with 10 artists about their creative processes, inspiration, and graduate studies. These students are: Nicki Sucec, Julie Alpert, Keeara Rhoades, Zack Bent, Allison Quemere, Molly Epstein, Jason Loik, Rachel de Conde, Susanne Lechler Osborn, and Noah Grossgott.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Photographic Subjects: The Work of Jean-Luc Mylayne and Family Day at the Henry

In conjunction with the exhibition of photography by philosopher Jean-Luc Mylayne showing in the North Galleries until April 27, 2008, the first segment of this ArtCast explores themes of subject matter, compositional elements, and color present in these works. This conversation with photojournalist and photographer Jill Hardy is accompanied by bird identification and commentary by local bird enthusiast Kris Lightner. The second half of this episode features children talking about art during Family Day at the Henry on March 16th. Recess Monkey played to a packed auditorium before visitors folded origami birds, jumped rope with On the Double (Dutch), and saw exhibitions by Jean-Luc Mylayne, Dawn Cerny, and Kader Attia.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Designing the Museum

Design plays a complex role in the viewer’s experience of contemporary art. Both the architectural and graphic design of the space and words surrounding works in a museum require an intricate process in order to balance the artistic, interpretive, and aesthetic components within an exhibition. In conjunction with the architecture exhibition Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, this ArtCast focuses on the design process through two conversations. The first includes excerpts from a discussion between Sam Chermayeff and Lucy Styles of SANAA Studio and Ken Tadashi Oshima, Guest Curator of the exhibition and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. The second half of the episode features the Henry Art Gallery’s graphic designers Lynn Fleming and Kristin Waldon, who discuss their work at the museum and design elements created for the exhibition Dawn Cerny: We’re all going to die (except for you).

Monday, November 26, 2007

Kim Jones: A Retrospective in Three Conversations

Kim Jones emerged from the 1970s performance art movement in Southern California, where he became widely known for his alter ego, Mudman. The retrospective of Jones’ work on view at the Henry through January 27, 2008 shows the network interconnecting his performance, drawings, and sculpture. This ArtCast episode provides an intimate look at Kim Jones: A Retrospective through three conversations. It begins with a discussion on the exhibition’s installation with Jim Rittimann, Dan Gurney and Eric Adami of the Henry's prep crew. Then, Kim Jones and the Henry’s Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown take a brief tour in one of the exhibition's galleries. The episode ends with an excerpt from a University Art Institute roundtable on the way the Vietnam War in viewed through contemporary art.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Original Objects and Abstractions: Collecting and Information Exchange in the Digital Age

This episode of Henry ArtCasts explores different aspects of collecting and information exchange through a series of three conversations. The first section includes excerpts from a discussion between Seattle collectors William and Ruth True and the Henry’s Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown that occurred in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition Mouth Open, Teeth Showing this September. Then, Curator of Collections Judy Sourakli speaks about the new Digital Interactive Galleries project for which the Henry recently received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Finally, Rebeca Bollinger discusses her current installation at the Henry and the way the digital information exchange comes into play in her work.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Performance at the Henry

In the upcoming months, performance will become a focal point for the Henry on many fronts. This ArtCast focuses on a first set of performance-oriented works and events, beginning with a discussion with Seattle designer Anna Banana on the New Look Fashion Show she hosted at the Henry on August 4th. Then, we speak with Sara Krajewski and Mike Pham about the Henry satellite exhibition Nooks: If you lived here, you’d be home by now and the role of performance in this installation. Finally, Benjamin Miller performs a spoken piece on the Henry’s monthly outlet for creativity Open Floor.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Revelry Behind the Walls: Summer at the Henry Art Gallery

The summer Henry ArtCast initiates a new format that will now be a regular part of the series. Three different sections will comprise each episode, including an interview with an artist or other arts-related personality, a conversation with Henry staff, and a moment of creativity from the Seattle arts community. This ArtCast begins with Kurt Kiefer of the University of Washington and the Henry’s Betsey Brock discussing the installation of Robert Irwin’s 9 Spaces 9 Trees on the University’s campus. Then, the Henry’s Associate Curator Sara Krajewski provides insight into Viewfinder, the new exhibition examining photography and visual literacy, which will be at the Henry through December 30, 2007. The episode ends with a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Cowboy Song”, played by Seattle marimba player Erin Jorgensen.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Shifting Media and Mentalities: Conversations with the MFA Students of 2007

The MFA exhibition hosted by the Henry Art Gallery every year is an opportunity for the public to experience the work that students created during their two years in the University of Washington's School of Art. This ArtCast explores the processes and transitions the artists encountered and worked through during their time in the program. The Henry's Marketing Assistant Erin Langner discusses these topics with five students: Andrea Giaier (MFA in Metals), Fred Muram (MFA in Photography), Celeste Cooning (MFA in Painting), Amy Johnson (MFA in Ceramics), and Kristine Veith (MFA in Ceramics).

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tangled Chains and Empty Shopping Bags

Richard Block, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington, discusses Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne. His talk focuses on the ideas of constructed identity and false promise, in relation to German history. Three pieces from the exhibition are examined in terms of these themes: Josephine Pryde's Chains, Lucy McKenzie's Kulaks, and Merlin Carpenter's Make Your Own Life.

Friday, April 06, 2007

From the Archive: Richard Andrews Tours Maya Lin's Systematic Landscapes

Director of the Henry Art Gallery Richard Andrews takes listeners on a tour of Systematic Landscapes, Maya Lin's exhibition at the Henry in 2006. As Andrews walks through the galleries, he brings out the complex relationships between mind, body, landscape, and technology embedded in each piece.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Close Look at Make Your Own Life with Sara Krajewski

The late 1980s and early 90s scene of Cologne, Germany captured by the Henry's current exhibition Make Your Own Life is one recent enough that many of its ideals continue to permeate art created today and yet distant enough that the question of its meaning is becoming a focus of discussions. In this podcast, Associate Curator Sara Krajewski examines some of the important themes of Make Your Own Life through Martin Kippenberger's Input-Output and Josef Strau's The Cologne-In-Review-Reading-Lamp.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Beyond the White Cube: Programming at the Henry Art Gallery

Fionn Meade, the Henry's Assistant Curator for Public Programs, and Erin Langner discuss the ideas behind the two series Artists' Cinema and Framing the View and how museum programming contributes to the creation of an actively engaged community.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Podcast of neuroTransmitter Interviewing neuroTransmitter About Podcasting

In reference to its abilities to provide the public with a voice that can be heard across the Internet, podcasting has been called "the new pirate radio" on multiple occasions. The artist team neuroTransmitter has used the theme of pirate radio to examine ideas such as activism and corporate and governmental control in many of their projects. In this podcast, Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez, the artists comprising neuroTransmitter, discuss their views on podcasting and its relationship to their work.

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Conversation with Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell

Artists Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell and Betsey Brock of the Henry Art Gallery examine Nakamura and Campbell’s experiences creating Floating Plaster/City Motion for the New Works Laboratory residency program. This discussion integrates plaster of Paris, Paris, Ile de la Cite, Google Earth, and the artistic implications of these topics that combine within their multimedia collaboration.

A Close Look at The Biographical Landscape with Paul Berger

Photographer and University of Washington professor Paul Berger provides a close analysis of two pieces from the exhibition The Biographical Landscape: the Photography of Stephen Shore. By examining the details and making a comparison between Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California, August 12, 1979 and West Market Street & North Eugene St., Greensboro, NC, January 23, 1976, Berger provides insight on how, embedded within the banality of his subject matter, Shore creates complex compositions that stimulate both the eye and the mind of his viewer.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

A Conversation with Stephen Shore

Photographer Stephen Shore and Henry Art Gallery Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown discuss Shore's work, from his bold submission of photographs to the Museum of Modern Art at age 14 to his most recent books inspired by New York Times banner headlines.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A Conversation with Eugenie Tsai

A tour of Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004 with exhibition curator Eugenie Tsai. This exhibition was at the Henry Art Gallery from July 8 through September 17, 2006.

A Conversation Between Cat Clifford and Sara Krajewski

Recorded during the exhibition And Deer and Trees and Things, a collection of three videos by Clifford, this conversation examines the relationships between video and landscapes, the presence of personal gestures, and the evasion of excess, all while inside the Henry elevator where the videos were installed. The exhibition included Clifford's To Walk Like a Deer, I Knew a Buck, and Sitting With Tree and was at the Henry Art Gallery from June 20 through August 20, 2006.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Drinking Sake and Celebrating the Universe

A discussion between artist Akio Takamori and Henry Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown in the galleries containing Akio Takamori: The Laughing Monks. This exhibition included new ceramic sculptures by Takamori, as well as selections of ceramics, photographs, costumes and textiles he chose from the Henry Art Gallery’s collection in relation to his work.