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May 29, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: You Are Not Invited, world premier of ‘Lynch: A History’ at SIFF, last week to see ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’, Edgar Arceneaux’s Library of Black Lies, and ‘The Learned Ladies’, and more!

This week in the arts, visit one of the School of Art + Art History + Design exhibitions, attend the premier of “Lynch: A History'” – an official selection in SIFF’s documentary competition, see “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep., and more!

You Are Not Invited: A Critical Survey of Seattle Art History

 Photo: Free Sheep Foundation, Bridge Motel, 2007 Photo by Dan Hawkins

Photo: Free Sheep Foundation, Bridge Motel, 2007 Photo by Dan Hawkins Photo: Free Sheep Foundation, Bridge Motel, 2007 Photo by Dan Hawkins

May 30, 6 to 8 PM | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

This lecture is presented by Emily Pothast: In 1953, Morris Graves sent out cards reading “You Are Not Invited” to a party at his home to everyone on the Seattle Art Museum’s mailing list. When the unsuspecting crowds arrived, they discovered the moldering remnants of a feast that had been held ten days prior. Using this incident—the first “happening” in the Pacific Northwest—as a point of departure, “You Are Not Invited” traces a history of visual art in Seattle by analyzing how the phenomenon of the “uninvited guest” has manifested since the city’s founding.

Originally presented as two hour-long lectures, this densely packed survey concludes with an overview of contemporary Seattle artists whose work directly addresses themes of memory, legacy, and the stewardship of living history.

Free| More info

Stone, Paper, Tile: The Material Politics of Ottoman Architecture in the 15th Century

May 30, 5 PM | Communications Building, room 226

In the fifteenth-century Ottoman Empire, a wide range of stylistic references was employed in buildings connected to the increasingly cosmopolitan Ottoman court. Byzantine, Italian, Mamluk, Saljuq, Karamanid, Timurid, and Aqqoyunlu architectures were sources for builders while a fluid visual identity was shaped. Successful projects required the involvement of architects, tile-makers, stone carvers, and calligraphers. In addition to collaborations that took place at building sites, paper played an important role as a medium of transfer, allowing templates to be moved without their makers. Loose and shifting associations of makers –in person and by way of paper – integrated the practice of architecture into networks of ulema, Sufis, and poets connecting the Ottoman realm to Iran, Central Asia, Egypt, and Syria. This lecture will be presented by Patricia Blessing, Assistant Professor of Art History at Pomona College.

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Closing Weekend | Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

November 17 – June 2 | Henry Art Gallery

“L.A.-based artist Edgar Arceneaux’s work often takes a hard look at history, deconstructing and interrogating its figures and texts. His work is a gentle challenge to viewers, asking that they recontextualize their ideas of history, rethinking what they thought they knew.” – The Seattle Times

Free entrance for UW students, faculty, and staff | More info

Related article | The Seattle Times: Edgar Arceneaux’s labyrinthine ‘Library of Black Lies’ invites endless interpretation

The Learned Ladies

May 22 – June 2 |Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

The Parnell sisters don’t always agree. Armande is seeking a life driven by intellectual pursuits, while Henriette wants to follow her heart. Add a set of overbearing parents, some meddling relatives, and a few pompous poets, and you’ve got one of Molière’s most ridiculous satires. Jane Nichols, an internationally renowned teacher of physical comedy and Clown, directs this funny, philosophical play that pits the power of the mind against the passion of the heart. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur’s translation of Les Femmes savantes sparkles—in Nichols’ words, “every character is delicious and every scene is a pearl.”

$8 tickets for UW students| More info and tickets

Lynch: A History

June 3 & 5 | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Seattle International Film Festival presents the world premiere of Lynch: A History—84-minute film about iconoclastic NFL star Marshawn Lynch and his use of silence as a form of protest. Lynch is an official selection in the documentary competition. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, this kaleidoscopic film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.

The film was produced, written, and directed by David Shields, Milliman Distinguished Writer in Residence in the English Department at the University of Washington and New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, which Robert Lipsyte, in the New York Times, called “a risky and brilliant book” and A.O. Scott, in Newsday, called “one of the best books ever written on the subject of sport in America, which is to say a book that is about a great deal more than sport.”

More info and tickets

Related article | The Stranger: Lynch: A History Is More Than Just a Portrait of a Former Seahawks Superstar

Nina Simone: Four Women

April 26 to June 2 | Seattle Rep

UW School of Drama’s Head of Directing & Professor of Acting and Directing Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the West Coast premiere of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep (read article in The Seattle Times).

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, “Nina Simone: Four Women” immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.
$16 tickets for students | More info and tickets

Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Heri Purwanto Javanese Gamelan Music

June 4, 7:30 PM | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

The master Javanese gamelan musician Heri Purwanto from Indonesia performs with his students in this evening of music from central Java, Indonesia.  Joining Heri Purwanto and his students are guest musicians Jarrad Powell, Stephanie Shadbolt, and Jesse Snyder. Following the concert, join us for light refreshments at our post-show reception. The reception is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

$10 tickets for students | More info and tickets

2019 School of Art + Art History + Design Graduation Exhibitions

Each year we celebrate graduating Art and Design undergraduate and graduate students with a series of exhibitions in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and Henry Art Gallery.

May 25 – June 23-  MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition | Henry Art Gallery | More info  (free admission for Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff)

May 29 – June 6 – Photo/Media Seniors Exhibition | Art Building / Room 009 + The Skinny | More info

May 29 – June 8 – Honors Graduation Exhibition | Jacob Lawrence Gallery | More info and sign up

May 29 – Exhibition Reception: Painting + Drawing = MFA | Sand Point Studios + Gallery | More info and sign up

More info about all exhibitions

Inspiring arts exploration: ArtsUW website redesigned with students in mind

“We want the arts to be part of the DNA of every student’s experience.” That bold vision, offered by Catherine Cole, divisional dean for the arts in the UW College of Arts and Sciences, is getting a boost this month with the launch of an expanded ArtsUW website designed with students in mind. The website highlights an array of opportunities for arts exploration on campus, from upcoming performances and exhibits to courses in the arts. Special one-time offerings, such as free workshops with renowned visiting artists, are also featured. For those wanting to dive deeper, the site provides information about majors and minors in the Arts Division. Learn more about the vision behind ArtsUW and explore the new website.