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January 12, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Re/frame: Illumination, 2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series: Andrea Chung, and More

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Re/frame: Illumination

January 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Online

Light allows us to perceive our surroundings, it shows us the path ahead, and it focuses our attention. It evokes emotions and sensations, bringing us comfort, highlighting tension, or provoking playfulness, to name a few. Join the Henry Art Gallery to experience and discuss the many forms and effects of light in a selection of works from the collection.
Re/frame is a recurring program that delves into the Henry’s extensive collection, highlighting a different group of objects each month. Join us for group discussions and the opportunity to see art rarely on public view.

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2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series: Andrea Chung

January 21, 12:00 PM | Online

The 2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series is organized by the School of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. The general public is invited to join degree-seeking individuals studying fine art in order to share ideas and raise questions about contemporary art. In addition to the public lectures, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in ART 361/561 interface with the speakers in additional sessions.

This week’s speaker is Andrea Chung (b. 1978, Newark, NJ), who lives and works in San Diego, California. Her recent biennale and museum exhibitions include the Addison Museum of American Art, Prospect 4, New Orleans and the Jamaican Biennale, Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the Chinese American Museum and California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Diego Art Institute. She has participated in national and international residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Free for UW faculty, staff, & students | More info

“At the Crossroads of Invisible Paths”: Russia’s Indigenous Writers in Local and Global Context

January 20, 4:30 – 6:00 PM | Online

Join the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies for the second event in the 2021-22 Public Lecture Series.

This presentation by Naomi Caffee, Assistant Professor of Russian and Humanities at Reed College, situates the indigenous literatures of Russia within broader critical discourses on indigenous cultural expression. With a focus on writers from Siberia and the Russian Far North whose careers span the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, the presentation examines the role of literature in shaping conceptions of indigeneity and practices of sovereignty in the midst of rapidly changing political and ideological circumstances. Additional attention is given to formal, stylistic, and thematic innovations of the texts themselves, particularly the ways authors write in, between, and across Russian and indigenous languages, while fusing together elements of oral and written traditions. In doing so, the presentation highlights the relevance of the Russian context to the study of indigenous literatures worldwide.

Free for UW faculty, staff, & students | More info

Queer Visibility: Dean Sameshima & Anthony White

Ongoing | The Henry Art Gallery

Viewpoints is a series that highlights works from the Henry Art Gallery collection, paired with University of Washington community contributions.

This iteration of Viewpoints brings together paintings by Berlin- and Los-Angeles-based Dean Sameshima (b. 1971, Torrance, CA) and Seattle-based Anthony White (b. 1994, Santa Maria, CA) that reflect on queer desire and visibility. Torso (Black on Silver), 2006, by Sameshima enlarges cartoonist ‘Sean’s’ creative transformation of a pornographic image into a connect-the-dots activity, originally featured in the gay leather magazine Drummer in the 1970s. The image is only complete with participation, and draws on secret codes and hidden meanings, as well as the implied necessity of such measures. In complement to the paintings, two of Sameshima’s zines are also on view, extending the artist’s merging of queer history, found imagery, and gay and personal pleasure from the expansive surface of the canvas to the intimate space of the printed page. In White’s BOYZ OF THE WILD, 2020, portraits of the artist’s undressed male friends appear amid a landscape of sticker-like brand names, layered with a digital processing symbol at the center of the composition. White’s work animated the way screen culture mediates public and private life, his figures both exalted and exposed, vulnerable while also curated amid the cultural artifacts.


Free for UW faculty, staff, & students | More info

Northwest Native Art

Ongoing | Burke Museum

What is your artistic heritage?

Six Pacific Northwest Native artists from across the region answered this question in creating the inaugural Burke Museum exhibit in the Northwest Native Art Gallery. Featuring both newly-created and historic basketry, carvings, multimedia art, and more, these women bring personal meanings to Native art while embracing the heritage of their ancestors and cultures.

In addition to future rotating exhibitions from artists, the gallery is anchored by permanent displays of monumental objects including a 35-foot canoe, welcome figure, totem poles, and house posts.

Free for UW faculty, staff, & students | More info

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