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August 17, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Lux Aeterna, A Gee’s Bend Quilt, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend gallery exhibitions, watch recorded events, and more. While you’re enjoying summer break, connect with campus through UW live webcams of Red Square and the quad.

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

A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Mary L. Bennett

Through October 3 | Henry Art Gallery

This iteration of Viewpoints features “Housetop”—nine-block variation (1975) by Mary L. Bennett (b. 1942), a quiltmaker from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Since at least the second half of the nineteenth century, women from this small and geographically remote community of mostly slave decedents have made quilts using a range of available materials. The pattern variations are also markers of cultural continuity as the practice of quilting is passed down through generations, illustrating a rich history of resistance to and survival within the realities of economic and racial oppression. One of the most enduring patterns in Gee’s Bend is the “housetop,” which features blocks of fabric pieced in concentric formation around a central patch. In Bennett’s nine-block variation, she creates a dynamic composition that emphasizes her individual expression within a shared, collective history and quilt-making tradition.

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Lux Aeterna

Through August 28 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery + Northwest Film Forum proudly present Lux Aeterna, an exhibition featuring 16 local, national, and international artists working in a wide variety of media to explore the mutability of media made and consumed using ever-evolving platforms.

This exhibition considers how technological, economic, and cultural forces shape the ways we produce, share, and experience media — and how that media in turn influences our aesthetics and values. In tracing the currents of technical migration and image circulation, the exhibition raises timely questions about ownership and fidelity. It experiments with media as a tool for empowerment at a time of existential uncertainty. And it wonders whether media, like light, might outlast humanity, forever sending forth a message.

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On Your Own Time

Looking for more ways to connect with the UW? Check out this recorded and asynchronous content that can be accessed anytime.

Bugs & Beasts Colloquium: What documents constrain, narrate, or liberate subjecthood?


Documented processes that are prescribed and enforced by official and state methods can limit, if not erase, who we are, and, in doing so, they lend insight into how we render persons as subjects and as legible.
This colloquium includes Dr. Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University), Dr. Dan Berger (UW Bothell), Alex Fisher (UW Seattle, Pre-Doctoral Student), Dan Paz (UW Seattle), and Dr. Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky (UW Seattle).

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Curator’s Voice: Shamim M. Momin on In Plain Sight artists Tom Burr and Sadie Barnette


Join Shamim M. Momin, the Henry’s Senior Curator, for the first chapter in a series of videos highlighting the work, processes, and ideas of the fourteen international artists represented in “In Plain Sight.” This museum-wide exhibition, Momin’s debut show at the Henry, engaged artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined).

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ArtsUW: On Demand 


Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up. 

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Looking for more?

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