Mickalene Thomas Photographs and
tête-à-tête open at the Henry on July 14
The Henry welcomes artist Mickalene Thomas (U.S., born 1971) for an exhibition of her photographic images and influences. Best known for her large-scale, multi-textured paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale—a pivotal experience for her as an artist.
While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of staging and reappropriation. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. Thomas’ portraits draw equally from 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee; Édouard Manet’s odalisque figures; and the mise-en-scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé, to mention a few.
Perhaps of greatest importance, however, is that this collection of portraits and performed scenes reflects a very personal community of inspiration as well—a collection of muses that includes herself, her mother, and her friends and lovers, emphasizing the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. This exhibition and its accompanying publication are the first to gather together Thomas’ various approaches to photography, including chromogenic color prints, collages, and Polaroids.
On the occasion of the Henry’s presentation of MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, Thomas has prepared a video installation of Je t’aime (2014) and Je t’aime deux (2016), and has curated a selection of video works by the artists included in tête-á-tête. These are on view in facing galleries, in keeping with Thomas’s commitment to dialogue across communities of inspiration. The exhibition at the Henry also includes a reconstruction of the artist’s studio, a tableau depicted in many of the photographs.
The idea of communities of inspiration is further carried out via tête-à-tête, an installation curated by Thomas of work from photographers and key images that have inspired her. This includes work from older generations of artists as well as more contemporary artists who are part of her generation or younger, and may in turn find inspiration in Thomas’ own practice. Artists in tête-à-tête include Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, John Edmonds, Zachary Fabri, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Nicole Miller, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.
MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. The exhibition is supported, in part, by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc. The presentation at the Henry is organized by Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director.
Opening Weekend Events
Sat, Jul 14
11 AM – 12:30 PM SalonTalk with Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee, and Christa Bell
2 – 3 PM Conversation with Mickalene Thomas
4 – 6 PM Social Hour with a performance by The Black Tones
Drinks & conversation
Sun, Jul 15
1 – 3:30 PM ArtVenture: Tied Together
For more information and to reserve tickets, go to www.henryart.org
Friends of Waterfront Seattle has announced its 2018 waterfront summer event lineup, featuring free live music, performance, and sports for all ages. Family-friendly performances occur every Saturday and Sunday from July 7 through September 2 at Hot Spot, the event stage on Pier 58, located at 1401 Alaskan Way.
Awesome local bands kick off the Hot Spot season with the third annual KEXP Rocks the Dock concert hosted by KEXP 90.3, Seattle’s non-commercial independent radio station that produces an award-winning, innovative blend of music for a worldwide audience.
Live music by Stas Thee Boss and Nappy Nina, Misundvrstood & Gypsy Temple, Breaks and Swells, and DJ & Emcee OCNotes Summer make up the season kickoff Saturday, July 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other weekend events include reggae and surf music, soccer and music with the Seattle Sounders FC Rave Foundation at the Soccer Octagon, site-specific dance performances, K-Pop music and dance, a hip hop tournament-style competition, Blues music, Central and South American music, dance parties and competitive dance battles, and the Americana Festival. For details on the full Hot Spot schedule of waterfront events this summer, visit www.friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org/events.
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and will partner with the City to manage and program the park long-term. Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Explore the future park at our project showroom, Waterfront Space, located at 1400 Western Avenue in Seattle, and open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Creatively Speaking, Please join us this Saturday, July 14th at 2.45 pm for series of short films, presented at Blerd City Con 2018. See details below.
Blerd City Con is a conference dedicated to showcasing the multi-dimensional complexity of black nerdiness through all spectrums of creativity, invention, and innovation. We’re going to have panels, workshops, film screenings, Afrofuturism, special guests, presentations, and so much more. Visit our marketplace for gaming and comic books and take your kids to our all ages science and technology exploration center — where they can be inspired like never before.
BLERD City Con panels and workshops include:
New Avengers: Voice of a New Media
Wakanda & the Wealth of the African Diaspora
Betting Big! Tech and Business
Women in Comics
Black Males in Mainstream Media: Politics, Protest, and Sexual Misconduct
Dysfunctional Disorders of Social Media Mayhem
Code, Write, & Sip
Son of Mogh: A lecture
ZOMBIE DOOMSDAY: A fictional reading
World of Martial Arts: Does it work in Brooklyn?
It’s a Kpop World Sing-a-Long
This expansive cultural celebration is held at St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York on July 14 and 15. A further announcement will follow for July 13’s location. It will be a blast.
You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event and experience!
A ticket admits one adult and one child.
Pre-Registration is required for admission.
LIHI Announces Free “Upbeat on Jackson” Concert Total Experience Gospel Choir
LIHI is excited to announce a free Central District performance by the amazing Total Experience Gospel Choir, featuring Pastor Pat Wright.
The choir will be performing for The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) as part of the “Upbeat on Jackson” concert series. LIHI, a Seattle housing non-profit that has been fighting homelessness for over 25 years, is now at the forefront of the “Tiny House Village” movement, providing shelter, safety, and community to people and families experiencing homelessness.
The Concert is 7pm-9pm at Ernestine Anderson Place, located at 2010 South Jackson Street. Ernestine Anderson Place is named after the jazz vocalist legend from the Central Area and provides housing for over 65 low income and formerly homeless seniors. All are welcome to this free concert. Free dinner will be provided for all guests as well.
Under the direction of founder Pastor Pat Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir is a well-oiled spiritual machine of perpetual movement, having toured and done charitable works locally and across the country and world since 1973, winning over 150 awards. Pastor Wright is a long-time resident of the Central District, home to many other internationally known artists including Ernestine Anderson, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix.
If you want to be engulfed by a good foot tapping, multicultural, heart thumping, soul saving, gospel music extravaganza, you need to take a listen to Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.
Opening act is singer/songwriter, raconteur and well-known Pike Place busker Michael Dare.
The concert will be preceded by a live oral history interview with Pastor Wright, conducted by two-time Peabody Award winning music documentarian Steve Rowland. They will discuss Wright’s childhood in Texas, the importance of Gospel music, the heyday of the Central District music scene, and the current gentrification of the neighborhood.
Join us in the historic Central District for an evening of community and uplifting spirits honoring LIHI and its tireless work for social justice and dignity.
The UpBeat on Jackson Concert Series is funded through a Department of Neighborhoods grant.
And the Nominees are…
Nominations Are Announced for the 16th Annual
5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater
June 11, 2018 at The 5th Avenue Theatre
Proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines
The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater, the highly anticipated award show proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines.
The 5th Avenue Awards allow musical theater students from across Washington State to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2017/18 school year. This Tony Awards®-style annual ceremony was created by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry in 2003 to offer theater students the kind of support and recognition that accomplished high school athletes have received for decades.
Each year, high schools from across Washington State submit their musicals for consideration by The 5th Avenue Awards Committee. A panel of acclaimed theater professionals selected by the committee visits high school productions across the state from urban districts to rural communities as far away as Spokane, Sequim, Clarkston and Vancouver. Evaluators return in May to deliberate the nominations before the live award ceremony on June 11, 2018.
In 16 years, the program has grown in size and scope from 24 productions and 3,100 students to 119 productions at 95 schools this year, with more than 10,000 participating students. This eagerly awaited event features performances from the most talented students in the region. Celebrity guests and business leaders from the Seattle arts community will present awards to recipients throughout the evening. This year, an estimated 2,000 high school students are expected to attend the ceremony, with nominated students and schools performing excerpts from their shows. These talented students will truly get a taste of what it’s like to perform in front of a packed house.
For the 2017/18 high school musical theater season, 165 nominations and 169 honorable mentions were given in various categories. The 21 categories include awards for “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” and a variety of creative, design and offstage awards. This year, 29 special honors awards will be given for extraordinary student achievements and schools whose productions create an educational impact beyond the stage. The 5th also continues the tradition of honoring outstanding educators with special recognition. And as in years past, the recipients of the award for “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” will go on to represent Washington State at the national level for the National High School Musical Theater Awards (known as the “Jimmy” Awards) in New York City.
The 5th Avenue Awards celebrates the work, talent and commitment that students, parents and faculty devote to their high school’s annual musical productions. Over the years, multiple schools have reported back to The 5th that their involvement in this awards program has significantly helped their individual efforts to secure funding, improve curriculum and increase student participation.
The 5th could not maintain and continue a program as extensive as this one without the generous support of Wells Fargo, the long-standing sponsor of The 5th Avenue Awards for the past 14 years. In 2017, Wells Fargo invested $3.6 million in hundreds of nonprofits and schools across Washington. In addition, Washington team members personally donated $808,000 and volunteered 36,000 hours of community service. Wells Fargo has 3,500 team members in Washington who serve customers through a network of 220 banking, mortgage and investment offices, and 246 ATMs, in 80 communities across the state. See how Wells Fargo is caring for our Washington communities.
The 5th would also like to thank Alaska Airlines, whose support makes it possible to send the recipients of the “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” awards to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards following the awards ceremony at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
“Supporting our youth in our hometown is truly a delight and honor for us to engage in,” said Ann Ardizzone, VP of Supply Chain Management at Alaska Airlines and 5th Avenue Theatre Board Member. “We wish them the very best of luck in New York and know they will do great.”
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, customers can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines recently received the J.D. Power award for customer satisfaction for the 10th consecutive year. In 2017, the airline donated $15 million to nonprofits and community organizations.
For a full list of our nominees, visit The 5th Avenue Theatre blog.
The 5th Avenue Awards Ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety as a live webcast on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/5thave/ on June 11 to watch. A pre-show live stream will begin at 6 PM. The live stream of the ceremony will begin at 7 PM.
Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director of the Henry Art Gallery announced today that Shamim M. Momin has been appointed to the position of Senior Curator, concluding a comprehensive international search.
Momin is currently Director and Curator of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond, which she co-founded in 2009. Previously, Momin served for more than ten years at the Whitney Museum of American Art, co-curating the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and overseeing the Contemporary Projects Series. In her role as Branch Director at Altria, the Whitney’s midtown space, she commissioned more than 50 contemporary projects.
At LAND, some exhibitions of note include Jose Davila: Sense of Place (2017-2018), a city-wide sculptural exhibition initiated as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; the thematic exhibition Wasteland (2016), which took place in two disparate Paris locations; and The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project (2013-2015), a series of artist-produced billboards and activations that unfolded along Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California. At the Whitney, she curated solo exhibitions by Alex Bag, Terence Koh, Mark Grotjahn, Raymond Pettibon, Banks Violette, and Alex Katz, among others. Notable Altria projects featured artists Andrea Zittel, Rob Fischer, Sue de Beer, Luis Gispert, Mark Bradford, Dario Robleto, Ellen Harvey, Do-Ho Suh, and E.V. Day.
Momin has an extensive publications history and has lectured regularly in the US and abroad. She is a recipient of ArtTable’s New Leadership Award and the Smithsonian Foundation Ingenuity Award.
“Shamim’s vast experience in contemporary art, and decades of working with global artists and enlivening the communities she serves, will greatly benefit our region and the field,” said Wolf. “We welcome her intellectual rigor, stellar scholarship, and commitment to collections access. We look forward to working with Shamim to find new, innovative ways to engage our community.”
As Senior Curator, Momin will work closely with the Henry’s curatorial team to articulate the museum’s artistic vision, plan exhibitions and artist commissions, shape programmatic efforts and outreach, and support collections growth and management. Momin will work across departments and with senior management to develop strategies to meet artistic, strategic, and financial goals of the Henry. In Seattle and around the globe, she will embody the Henry’s commitment to being artist-centered and community-engaged.
“The Henry has long played a vital role in the artistic and cultural life of Seattle and beyond, and shown consistent support both of emerging artists and those of critical relevance to the contemporary conversation,” says Momin. “I am excited to contribute to shaping exhibitions and programming in service of that goal, and to becoming a part of the Henry team, the University, and the larger Seattle community. I hope to bring a dynamic new voice to all of these relationships.”
Momin will begin work on September 1, 2018.
ABOUT THE HENRY
A museum of contemporary art and ideas, Henry Art Gallery presents exhibitions by a multi-national roster of emerging and mid-career artists. Known for taking risks and for allowing space for uncertain outcome, we anticipate the conversations and opinions that will be important and relevant in the field.
HOURS & ADMISSION
The Henry is open 11-4 on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 11-9 on Thursdays. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Every Sunday, admission is free.
$10 general, $6 seniors (62+); free to Henry members; UW students, faculty and staff; students, and children.
The selection committee for the inaugural session of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s new musical initiative, First Draft: Raise Your Voice, has been announced. This cycle is currently soliciting submissions nation-wide from womxn, gender non-conforming and non-binary folx with a submission deadline of June 15. Comprised of a team of outstanding womxn, the selection committee includes performers, producers, directors, playwrights and thought leaders in the Seattle theater landscape: Desdamona Chiang, Lauren DuPree, Keiko Green, Allison Narver, and Sarah Porkalob, lead by The 5th’s Kelsey Thorgalsen and Bill Berry.
First Draft: Raise Your Voice is designed to introduce and nurture new musical theater writers from traditionally marginalized populations into a national musical theater landscape. Across an 18 month cycle, the program will shepherd writing teams representing an intentionally targeted community from a simple concept on a page through the complete draft of a show and score with an industry reading. The first cycle will solicit submissions from womxn, gender non-conforming and non-binary folx. The teams need only submit short bios and a brief description of the concept for their show. Writers need never have written a musical before, and are encouraged to submit new and original concepts not yet in development. Submissions are open here: www.5thavenue.org/firstdraft
The submissions will be reviewed by The 5th Avenue selection committee who will select 10-15 teams to be invited to The 5th for a week-long Story Summit. All submitters will receive an update on their status by July 1, 2018. During the Summit each team will work with musical theater industry leaders to develop their concept into a “pitch,” inclusive of story outline and two songs. At the end of the Summit, these pitches will be presented to a panel of established theater artists, producers and artistic directors who will select three to five teams they recommend to The 5th for a “First Draft Commission.”
The 5th will work with each team over the following year to develop a first draft of a script and score. At the end of the year long process, The 5th Avenue will produce an industry reading of each of the projects in a setting accessible to producers and industry leaders at the local and national level, indicating the completion of the cycle.
About the Selection Committee
Desdemona Chiang is a Gregory Award-winning stage director and Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Ohio Northern University and University of Washington. She has received awards including: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. www.desdemona.org/blog/
A proud Howard University alum, Lauren Du Pree was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After receiving a BFA in theatre, she began her professional career on the East Coast working at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre and the historic Ford’s Theatre. Since moving back to Seattle, she’s been seen onstage at The 5th Avenue Theatre (The Pajama Game, Ragtime, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn) and Village Theatre (Dreamgirls, String). She has also been seen on the nationally syndicated PBS show, Biz Kid$. When not onstage, Lauren does film and voiceover work, writes, produces her own content manages a blog, and works as a teaching artist. www.justdupree.com/
Keiko Green is a Bainbridge Island-based playwright/performer. She was part of Seattle Rep’s 2015-2017 Writers Group and ACT’s 2016 Core Acting Company. Honors: Outstanding New Play – 2017 Gregory Awards; Honorable Mention – Kilroys List; Finalist – Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center; Semi-Finalist – Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. As an actress, she has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, and the National Asian American Theatre Co. Keiko is currently in the process of developing the web series Maids. BFA: NYU/Tisch. www.keikogreen.com
Allison Narver is an award-winning director whose work has been seen at theaters across the country. Regional productions include Seattle Rep, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, New Century Theatre and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In New York, her work has been seen at Ars Nova, the Public Theater, the Cherry Lane Theater, New Dramatists, and the Women’s Project among others. Allison was the Resident Director for The Lion King (Director, Julie Taymor) both in London and on Broadway. Internationally she has developed new work with companies in Palestine and Nairobi.
Sara Porkalob is an arts activist, playwright, performer and director. She has been featured on City Arts’ Future List, served as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator, and was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency. Dragon Lady, her first full length work, garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award and a Broadway World Award for “Best New Play” and in 2019 she will develop and perform her Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theater. This June, she will produce a concert version of new musical The Lamplighter with collaborators Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland. www.saraporkalob.com
About The 5th Avenue Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theatre company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow’s audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit.
James and Janie Washington Cultural Center Presents “Black History Through Dolls and Dioramas”, a conversation with Mr. Calvin West.
Dr. James and Janie Washington Cultural Center Presents:
Black History Through Dolls and Dioramas
May 17, 6pm to 8pm
1816 26th Ave, Seattle
The Dr. James and Janie Washington Cultural Center is pleased to host Mr. Calvin West on May 17th from 6pm to 8pm for a conversation about his work managing the historical artwork of Sasarine “Dixie” LaCroix, the Doll Lady. The collection of dolls and dioramas was created by the gifted craftswoman Sasarine “Dixie” LaCroix in Seattle beginning as early as the 1940’s. Ms. Sasarine came to be known as the “Doll Lady” for her dedication to educating youth about prominent, talented and accomplished African Americans.
This event is part of an ongoing, monthly conversation series. Please check our website for upcoming event notices.