UW News

March 17, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Joff Hanauer Honors Lecture Series, Museums on a Mission?, and More

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online. 

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Joff Hanauer Honors Lecture Series: Seattle/PNW History

March 23, 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Online

Daniel Bessner, Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies invites us to learn more about the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Bessner will convene a group of local historians to give multiple five-minute presentations on the region, helping Seattleites (and “transplants”) get grounded in unexpected facts and stories about our culture.

Museums on a Mission?

March 25, 10:30 AM | Online

This talk, sponsored by the School of Art + Art History + Design, will explore the personal journey of Dr. Straussman-Pflanzer, Curator and Head of Italian and Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, as a caretaker for Old Master art in a range of museums in the United States — from the civic to the academic and back again. Foregrounded will be efforts to diversify these collections through acquisitions and exhibitions. Two case studies of exhibitions, one focusing on early modern Italian women artists and the other on early modern race will be considered. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Exhibit: Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline

Through May 2 | Burke Museum

Be prepared to look at the world in a whole new way—through the eyes of a walrus- and ammonite-obsessed scientist and an artist with a fondness for cheeseburgers, ratfish and trilobites—in this exhibition on West Coast fossils with highlights from Washington state and the remarkable stories that fossils reveal.

Uncover the diverse fossil bouquets of Republic, Seattle’s ice age make-over, and more. Curated by paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray TrollCruisin’ features life-size sculptures and models, images of prehistoric creatures and real fossils along with paintings, drawings and a light and audio installation. Step into a world where fossils come to life.

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Crossing North Podcast


Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture. Episodes feature interviews with authors, performers, and leaders from Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as discussions with faculty in the Scandinavian Studies Department and Baltic Studies ProgramCrossing North is produced and hosted by Assistant Teaching Professor of Scandinavian Studies Colin Gioia Connors, with Visiting Lecturer of Danish Kristian Næsby.

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Plural Possibilities & the Female Body

Through May 9 | Henry Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the gendered construction and deconstruction of the female body and its representation. Across painting, photography, and sculpture and a range of artistic strategies from abstraction to documentary, the exhibition aims to create a counterpoint to persistent myths and reductive ideas about femininity and gender norms. The artworks included wrestle with questions of power and self-possession in relation to pleasure, desire, and acts of looking, as well as challenge traditional Western conceptions of beauty and a fixed gender binary.

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Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.