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Henry Art Gallery
Northeast Seattle, Seattle

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Exhibits at the Henry Art Gallery

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

April 27 - September 15, 2019

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, the first major United States solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist, traces Vicuña’s career-long commitment to exploring discarded and displaced materials, peoples, and landscapes in a time of global climate change.Working within the overlapping discourses of conceptual art, land art, poetry, and feminist art practices, Vicuña (Chile, born 1948) has long refused categorical distinctions, operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile. The exhibition includes sculpture, installation, drawing, video, and text-based work from Vicuña’s practice since the late 1960s, weaving together the artist’s many artistic disciplines as well as communities with shared relationships to the land and sea. Reframing dematerialization as both a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism and radical climate change, the exhibition examines a process that shapes public memory and responsibility.

Karl Haednel: Mazel Tov Group

May 11 - September 3 2019

This iteration of Viewpoints features Karl Haendel’s Mazel Tov Group (2006–7), a multi-part work comprised of drawings and a photograph arranged in the gallery according to the artist’s specifications. Known for his catalogue of found images reworked through drawing, Haendel’s installations recontextualize images culled from vernacular sources such as advertisements, frozen food labels, newspapers, sports, and celebrity images, and bring seemingly disparate content into conversation.The five framed pieces that comprise Mazel Tov Group include four intricate graphite drawings and one photograph that can be read as individual expressions, or pieced together to form networks of potential associations. The images include a photograph of Emmet Kelly, the popular American circus performer, in costume as his clown character “Weary Willie”; and drawings of the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Jokerman”, the opening track of the 1983 album Infidels; a smiling performer atop an elephant; a Jewish-American themed cartoon from The New Yorker; and a breaching whale. Rather than forming a single narrative, Haendel’s grouping of these pieces points to multiple themes—such as the culture of American entertainment or relationships between nature and culture—while ultimately inviting viewers to construct their own connections.Haendel (U.S., born 1976) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Beverly Semmes: Six Silvers

June 22 - October 13 2019

Beverly Semmes (U.S., born 1958) is a sculptor whose practice also incorporates painting, photography, and performance. These complementary elements adhere in surprising ways, probing the paradoxes and complexities of the female body and its representation.Semmes became known for her large-scale dress sculptures in the early 1990s. These oversized articles of clothing, primarily dresses, are typically altered by elongating the arms and hemming the length to extend to the floor, often filling the entire gallery. Six Silvers, the suite of dresses included in the exhibition, is a characteristic example of those works—the physical body absent, but the suggestion of presence enormous. Also included in the exhibition are four new paintings from the artist’s ongoing Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP). Here, Semmes transforms pornographic images with pools of color, shielding both viewer and subject, but also reminding us of what we cannot see. Jointly, these works highlight the alternately monumental, glamorous, grotesque, and humorous nature of Semmes’ sculptural installations.

Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso

July 13 - November 3, 2019

Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso explores the recurring themes of visibility, perception, and subjectivity across Yamaoka’s work from the early 1990s through today. It brings together her text-based explorations and chemically altered photographs centered on erasure and double meanings with her process-oriented works in reflective polyester film and resin. Conceived with the artist, the layout of the exhibition draws connections across Yamaoka’s cumulative body of work and underscores the iterative and synchronous nature of her practice over the last thirty years.

Light Reign, James Turrell Skyspace

Permanent Exhibition

The James Turrell Skyspace, Light Reign, was unveiled to the public in July of 2003. Since then, it has been the site of numerous meditation sessions, a Quaker silent meeting, a performance art piece, an audio installation by artist Steve Roden, and thousands of individual visits. Combining architecture, sculpture, and atmosphere, the work is not only a spectacular addition to the museum's permanent collection, it has become an important part of the building's architecture.
Turrell's work is meant to be taken in slowly, quietly, and over time. The Skyspace experience varies at different times of the year and different times of day. Visitors are encouraged to stop in again and again to sit back and absorb the effects of the Skyspace over the course of the seasons.Visitors are also encouraged to swing by the Henry after dark to see the spectrum of intense colors that the exterior of the Skyspace emits when lit by thousands of computer controlled LED lights embedded in its glass panels.

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