There’s a lot going on as we inaugurate another week of UW arts. The Henry Art Gallery opens a new exhibit, a classical pianist performs Nirvana and Radiohead and the visiting Compagnie Marie Chouinard continues the campus celebration of “The Rite of Spring.”
Plus, the Undergraduate Theater Society opens the drama “Burn This” by Lanford Wilson and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery presents photos from the Spanish Civil War.
“Critical Issues in Contemporary Art: Jason Dodge,” 7 p.m., Jan. 24. The School of Art presents the second in a series of free public lectures in the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium. Berlin-based American artist Dodge will discuss his art. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Nebula Project; learn more online.
Play: “Burn This,” 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24 – Feb. 3. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents a drama by Lanford Wilson, directed by Mary Hubert, in the Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theater. The New York Times called the play, “the late Lanford Wilson’s love letter to bad boys and the women (and men) who crush on them.” Learn more on Facebook. Tickets $5-$10.
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, 8 p.m., Jan. 24-26. Press notes state the choreography of this Montreal artist “explores the poetics of the body in immediate and ever-surprising ways,” and the New York Times called her “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness.” The program will include Chouinard’s rendition of “The Rite of Spring” with music by the UW Symphony Orchestra. Also, “24 Preludes by Chopin,” with accompaniment by pianist Brooks Tran, a UW School of Music doctoral student. (Recommended for mature audiences; this performance contains partial nudity.) Presented in Meany Hall by the UW World Series and ArtsUW’s ongoing Rite of Spring Centennial Celebration. Tickets $38-$42. Pre-show conversation starts at 7:10 p.m.
Sandpoint Studios Open House, 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 24. Masters of Fine Arts students from the painting and drawing program open their studios in Magnuson Park to the public. Visitors can see finished and in-progress work and talk with students about their artistic process. There will be an exhibition of faculty-selected work in the adjacent Sandpoint Gallery. Free parking and refreshments provided.
“Now Here is Also Nowhere, Part II,” Jan. 26 to May 5. The second half of a two-part exhibit in the Henry Art Gallery’s Stroum Gallery that advance notes state is a “meditation and nonlinear account of how — in making artworks about ideas and intangible concepts — artists continually question and destabilize the nature of the art object.” Pieces in the exhibit “are ephemeral, immaterial, and embrace contingency; many of them are the result of orchestrated private and/or public actions. The works act as a reminder that the desire to pose questions and address issues related to mind, body and soul are central to artistic practice.”
- Henry “Art Break” tour, noon, Jan. 30: Staff, faculty and affiliates are invited to take an art break and explore the museum with a 30-minute tour. Free with admission.
Pianist Christopher O’Riley, 8 p.m., Jan. 28; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29. O’Riley, host of NPR’s classical music show “From the Top,” will perform two programs, including works by Mozart, Berlioz, Nirvana and Radiohead. NPR press notes state, “From his groundbreaking transcriptions of popular music artists to his unforgettably sublime and critically-acclaimed interpretations of the classical canon, brilliant and engaging pianist Christopher O’Riley has stretched the piano beyond conventional boundaries.”
Spanish Civil War photographs by Agustí Centelles, through Feb. 16. An exhibit in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery of 40 photographs taken by Centelles during the Spanish Civil War and captivity at the Bram internment camp. The negatives were hidden in a suitcase for decades in the French city of Carcassonne until the photographer retrieved them in 1976. Watch a video of Centelles photos.
- Next week: The Julliard String Quartet returns to Meany after 20 years.