The Henry is experimenting with a new way of exhibiting work in this fluid, constantly shifting exhibit: "Henry curators will select distinctive objects to act as conceptual 'hubs.' These anchoring works will establish topics around which a constellation of other objects will orbit." It's eclectic, weird, and unusual, but don't call it random.
The Gift Shop
Oh, it's so much more than a gift shop. “The Henry museum shop has been in deep hibernation since last year, an inaccessible space of institutional dreaming, a snoring lacuna in the museum’s lobby—but not for much longer. Beginning the last week in August this project will turn up the temperature, transforming the shop into a hot house, a catalyst, an incubator for Northwest artists. Exhibitions will fall like dominoes: a cascading cavalcade of adventurous, collaborative, celebratory artistic energy. How do artists work together? What can an art exhibition do? What is an audience? Who are you? What can we learn from each other? I hope you’ll join us.” -Matthew Offenbacher
Robert Mapplethorpe Polaroids
Before Robert Mapplethorpe was Robert Mapplethorpe, he took some polaroids of his friends. These are the pictures that, if he took them today, might have ended up on facebook. Instead, they sat in boxes for years until they were found and brought to light and hung on the walls of the Henry. Go look at them.
The Henry Art Gallery
11:00-9:00 Thursday, Friday
11:00-4:00 Saturday, Sunday
Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday