As the new school year kicks off next week, the arts come alive with an array of exhibits, lectures and performances to enjoy. The Henry Art Gallery opens two exhibits and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture goes buggy. There’s much to see and do in the next week.
Also, UW students have a number of activities to choose from as part of Dawg Daze 2013, through Sept. 28.
Exhibit: Kristine Matthews, through Oct. 4. Matthews, an assistant professor of visual communication design, shows her work as part of the tenure and promotion process in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Reception 4-7 p.m. Oct. 1. Matthews will give a lecture about her design work at 6 p.m. Sept. 26, in the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium. Read more about this series of lectures in Perspectives.
“David Hartt: Stray Light,” Sept. 21 – Jan. 5, 2014. An exhibit of photographs, and a film, about the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, the purpose-built headquarters of the African-American-owned magazines Jet and Ebony. In the Henry Art Gallery North Galleries.
“The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker,” Sept. 21 – Jan. 5, 2014. A comprehensive overview of the five-decade career of this American artist whose photographs are known for their high contrast and selective focus. In the Henry Art Gallery’s North Galleries.
“Bug Blast,” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sep. 22. Get eye-to-eye with giant walking sticks and examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke Museum of Natural History Culture’s collections at this annual family event. “Bug Chef” David George Gordon returns with new recipes from the latest edition of his “eat-a-bug” cookbook.
“Macro on Micro,” Empowering Women through Art and Action series, 7 p.m., Sep. 25. Microfinance is touted as “one of the most successful economic innovations for people living in poverty.” But is it? Global Partnerships, a local nonprofit and partner in the “Empowering Women” exhibit, asks us to think differently about microfinance and explains how their funding strategy is evolving, in this lecture at the Burke Museum.
Art by Jean Chen: “Stir Fry,” Sept. 25 – Dec. 20. Collages, photographs and paintings by an alumna of the School of Social work in the school’s gallery, first floor, 4101 15th Ave. NE. Public reception 4-6 p.m. Oct. 3, in the gallery. Full title of the exhibit is “Stir Fry: Jean Chen’s Visual Arts Feast of Nature and Cultural Diversity.”