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January 20, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Small Island Big Song: Our Island, Photograph 51, and More

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Small Island Big Song: Our Island

January 29, 7:30 PM | The Great Hall and online

In partnership with the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program, Town Hall Seattle is thrilled and honored to serve as the first stop on Small Island Big Song’s 2022 U.S. and European tour. The event will also celebrate the release of their brand new collaborative album, Our Island (releasing in late January, 2022).

Eight musicians and vocalists from Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Marshall Islands, and Papua New Guinea join us on the Great Hall stage for an extraordinary multimedia project of music, spoken word, and visuals. Despite the geographic distance of their islands, they share one unified voice of the sea; from oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads, the artists establish a musical dialogue from a region on the frontline of significant cultural and environmental challenges.

Tickets are free for youth (22 & under), and you can receive 25% off the general admission price with promo code ISLAND25.

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Simone Dinnerstein

January 27, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Grammy nominee Simone Dinnerstein is an inventive pianist “of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity” (The Washington Post), known for projects that express her diverse musical interests. Her newest recording, An American Mosaic, features a 15-movement cycle for solo piano composed by Richard Danielpour. Inspired by Dinnerstein’s Bach recordings, the composer created the work to give comfort to all who have struggled through these challenging times. This deeply affecting composition is accompanied by Danielpour’s Three Bach Transcriptions, written as a thank-you to the pianist. Dinnerstein, in turn, has commissioned new works from Joseph C. Phillips Jr., and will perform his 2016 piece Never Has Been Yet, with poetry by Langston Hughes.

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2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series: Andrea Chung

January 28, 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, 0rphan Drift, has explored the boundaries of machine and human vision, since its inception in London in 1994. The collective as avatar has taken diverse forms through the course of its career, sometimes changing personnel and artistic strategies in accordance with the changing exigencies of the time.

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Imani Winds & Catalyst Quartet: (im)migration: music of change

January 26, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Grammy-nominated Imani Winds joins Catalyst Quartet to present a bold combination of chamber music for winds and strings with (im)migration: music of change. Known for their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire, Imani Winds leads a revolution of the wind quintet while Catalyst Quartet features alumni from the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization. Performing individually and together, their program highlights the experiences of migration, built around Sergeant McCauley, a newly commissioned piece from violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery.

Photograph 51

February 2 – 6 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as pressure intensifies to produce results. Anna Zeigler’s “rich, complex, and moving” (The Chicago Tribune) play honors the monumental contribution of one scientist with two X chromosomes whom history nearly left behind. Second-year MFA director Amanda Rountree makes her UW Drama mainstage debut.


Diana Al-Hadid: Archive of Longings

Ongoing | Henry Art Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid’s work explores the interplay between the female body and the European art canon; Syrian, Muslim, and immigrant histories and mythologies; and architectural icons and the natural world. Born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Al-Hadid creates artworks that speak to her interest in the melding of cultures and the translation of disparate narratives. This monographic exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery will consist of a selection of 13 sculptural works made between 2010 and 2021 brought into interpretive grouping for the first time. Together the sculptures identify the artist’s investigation of historical, mythological, and biblical narratives of women as a fundamental through-line of her practice.

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