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Henry Art Gallery
Northeast Seattle, Seattle

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Below you will find information for exhibits at Henry Art Gallery. Click here for the most up to date exhibition information.

In Plain Sight
November 23, 2019 - April 26, 2020

This group exhibition engages artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined). The presenting artists approach the exhibition’s theme from a range of directions, varying across all media as well as aesthetic and conceptual contexts. Works encompass deliberately activist endeavors and direct documentation; the unpacking of individual histories excluded due to race, ethnicity, or class; explorations of coded language for protection, secrecy, or both; the illumination of invisible or covert systems of labor, exploitation, and capitalist control; and translation through surreal, oblique, or fantastical frameworks.The exhibition expands into the entire museum, including interstitial/transitional spaces, and activates external sites through programs, performances, and community partnerships. Site becomes a material through which what we have heretofore considered the complete, authoritative story is expanded and retold. Read more here.

These are Their Stories By Samantha Scherer
December 07, 2019 — March 08, 2020

Samantha Scherer (U.S., born 1970) is a Seattle-based artist, whose work often explores themes of loss and conflict. These Are Their Stories is an ongoing series of black watercolor drawings on small squares of lightly tinted paper depicting victims from the television crime drama Law & Order. Rendered from video stills of the post-crime scene, each drawing is numbered according to the season of the series and episode. This catalogue of images examines the artist’s personal fascination with vulnerability and loss, as well as the larger cultural enthrallment and the role of media in feeding this fascination. All thirty-five works from the series in the Henry collection will be on view. Read more here.

Math Bass
July 11, 2020 — February 07, 2021

Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass (U.S., born 1981) will create a site-specific installation featuring a commissioned series of paintings, kinetic wall work, and sculptures directly inspired by the Henry’s architecture. Bass' painting and sculptural practice has evolved from their initial work as a performance and video artist, where the tracking of the body's motion and transit through the world is central. The intersection of sculpture, painting, and architecture becomes important as well: delimiting spectators' progress through the installation, Bass brings forth the idea of piercing, projecting through, and resisting space. The artist is particularly interested in responding to the theatrical possibilities and multiple perspectives offered by the Henry's East Gallery. Bass has referred to their sculptural pieces as "props," foregrounding the performative interplay among art, artist, and viewer inherent to their installations. Read more here.

Diana Al-Hadid
July 25, 2020 — February 07, 2021

Diana Al-Hadid’s work explores the interplay between the female body and the European art canon; Syrian, Muslim, and immigrant histories and mythologies; and architectural icons and the natural world. Born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Al-Hadid creates artworks that speak to her Arab, Muslim family background in concert with an interest in the melding of cultures and the transmogrification of traditional and artistic narratives. This monographic exhibition will consist of a selection of 10-15 large-scale sculptural works made between 2010 and 2020—including one major new commission and several newly created bronze sculptures—brought into interpretive grouping for the first time. Together, the sculptures identify the artist's investigation of historical, mythological, and biblical narratives of women as a fundamental through-line in her practice. Read more here.

Bambitchell: Bugs and Beasts Before the Law
August 08, 2020 — January 10, 2021

Bugs and Beasts Before the Law (2019) is an experimental essay film by Bambitchell, the artistic collaboration of Sharlene Bamboat (b. 1984, Pakistan; lives and works in Canada) and Alexis Mitchell (b. 1983, Canada; lives and works in Scotland). The artists’ single-channel film, shot in 16mm color and HD video, poses questions about the administration of justice and rights under the law. Read more here.

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. Read more here.

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