Gild the World: Learn to put a gold veneer on ANY SOLID OBJECT. Just think of it... Free with admission.
Sean Scully: Passages/Impressions/Surfaces: A portfolio of a dozen photographs from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland will be paired with a large-scale oil painting by the artist—who's far better known for his paintings. This time, we'll get to see what he brings to photography. $10 suggested.
UW MFA student Rebecca Chernow invites discussion about her Test Site project, Small Change, as well as connected topics like economies and labor in the arts. free with admission.
Purchase objects from the gallery (in a strictly donation-only kind of way) in this final liquidation phase of Rebecca Chernow's project,Small Change. free with admission.
Small Change: A new project in the Test Site from MFA student Rebecca Chernow that experiments with "reciprocity, barter, debt, and the emergence of markets and related value systems through the creation and distribution of an invented currency." And cigarette butts too, it seems. $10 suggested.
Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty extends New York scholar Deborah Willis’s journey to the heart of photography. This new exhibition, created in residence at the Henry and especially for the Seattle museum, looks at artistic and ethnographic photography—comparing the images collected by the Henry Art Gallery and the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections. The result is a surprise bulldozing of the distinctions between high and low, ideal beauty and medical health, sex and sales. $10 suggested.
Premonitions of the Bauharoque: Paul Laffoley makes layered, mandala-like paintings but also throws out big ideas. He attended Brown and Harvard and worked with Andy Warhol and on the World Trade Center. His best-known piece, THE KALI-YUGA: THE END OF THE UNIVERSE AT 424826 A.D. (The Cosmos Falls in the Chaos as the Shakti Orohoros Leads to the Elimination of all Value Systems by Spectrum Analysis), looks like the love child of the board game Sorry and a Pokémon card. This exhibition samples his output from 1965 to today. $10 suggested.
Sanctum: For this installation you don't even need to go indoors. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe describe them, and you'll appear on the video screens in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. You'll get a story the system thinks represents you demographically, and the voice in the speakers above modulates accordingly, too (male/female, slow/fast for older/younger). Creepy or entertaining? Free.
James Turrell’s “skyspace” Light Reign is the only thing that’s really on always-and-forever display at the Henry. It’s an outdoor room that lives like a barnacle on the side of the museum, with an opening in the ceiling so that you can sit and watch the sky go by. The experience is mind bogglingly more fascinating than you’d think, which is why Turrell has “skyspaces” all over the world. The Henry’s is furniturey, ringed with wooden bench seating. $10 suggested.