It’s on the UW Campus, but do not fear college kids don’t know either. I would like to invite you to visit. You’ll find out about the history and design of the museum as well as it’s permanent collection and exclusive exhibits.
This past week the video installation, A la belle étoile by Pipilotti Rist was put into place for exhibit. This work is in conjunction with SAM: Elles, it was brought over from the Pompidou in Paris and adjusted to fit The Henry. We are so happy to have it here! Pipilotti is a world recognized artist, her work in video is highly praised and admirable. Video art has been a medium for artist since the early 1960s and is more and more relevant today.
The work is a complete environment that completely surrounds you with light, images, and sound. Personally, I felt a quiet rush as I walked around the installation. I felt microscopic and lost in the space. I was comfortable and uncomfortable all at the same time. The experience of this work happens in two ways, one is through stepping into it and another is by looking at it. When you step into it, you become part of the work and eats you up. When you look at it, you see the larger picture and think that you understand. It’s tricky and confusing but all art is.
I am a tour guide for The Henry, you can find me during the Wednesday and Saturday 12-12:30pm tour. Come on!
In the photo, find me giving a tour of A la belle étoile!
-Eva Davis is TWIF’s arts blogger.