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Vortexhibition Polyphonica

Stroum Gallery

October 3, 2009March 13, 2011


Image 1 / 6: Walead Beshty. Four Sided Picture (RBMY), January 12, 2007, Valencia, CA.

Image 2 / 6: Robert Sperry. Spirit of '76.

Image 3 / 6: Clayton George Bailey. Pitcher of the Artist.

Image 4 / 6: Victoria Haven. Supermodelcity (installation view).

Image 5 / 6: Vortexhibition Polyphonica. (installation view).

Image 6 / 6: Vortexhibition Polyphonica. (installation view).

Beginning in January 2011, the Henry presents the fourth installment of the lively collection exhibition experiment Vortexhibition Polyphonica. The concept behind Vortexhibition Polyphonica emphasizes three dynamic ideas. Different voices “intervene” or add new points of view to the exhibition at periodic intervals. Surprising or unexpected, as well as unknown, works from the permanent collections are featured. The guiding principle is uncovering relationships between the works of art themselves rather than explicating information or theoretical concepts. Opus I, II, and III took the shape of a “call and response” between Curator Sara Krajewski and Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown. Sara’s initial exhibition created groupings around significant works of art; Liz’s response built upon those groups intuitively, creating new viewing experiences by changing configurations within the gallery; in Opus III Sara emphasized the relationship between previously and newly installed works of art by displaying keywords as loose titles for zones in the show. Opus IV continues to explore the rich relationships that can arise between objects and ideas as it blends the first three versions with a range of newly installed art works. Echoes of the previous iterations form the constant thread with which the new choices resonate. In Opus IV, Sara incorporates a number of recent acquisitions from the collection of Safeco Insurance, a member of the Liberty Mutual Group, and the Washington Arts Consortium. Additionally, as part of the polyphonic intention of the exhibition, Curator of Collections Judy Sourakli includes a selection of aprons from the Costumes and Textiles Collection. Together these additions will round out this final iteration of Vortexhibition Polyphonica.

Lend your voice, learn more, and ask questions on the Vortexhibition Polyphonica Creative Commons site.

This exhibition is organized for the Henry by Curator Sara Krajewski and Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown with support from Artsfund, The Boeing Company, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Washington Art Consortium.
Image 1: Walead Beshty. Four Sided Picture (RBMY), January 12, 2007, Valencia, CA. 2007. Photogram on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Henry Art Gallery, Henry Contemporaries Acquisition Fund purchase, 2008.177.
Image 2: Robert Sperry. Spirit of '76. 1975. Slab and hand-built earthenware with underglaze, glaze, and lusters. Henry Art Gallery, purchased with funds from Evelyn Howie, PONCHO and the National Endowment for the Arts, 77.40.
Image 3: Clayton George Bailey. Pitcher of the Artist. 1971. Wheel-thrown and hand-built earthenware with underglazes and China paint. Henry Art Gallery, Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection, 2004.45.
Image 4: Victoria Haven. Supermodelcity (installation view). 2000. Ink and tape on vellum, insect pins, and shadows. Henry Art Gallery, Henry Contemporaries Acquisition Fund purchase, 2003.4.
Image 5: Vortexhibition Polyphonica. (installation view). 2009 - 2010. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol
Image 6: Vortexhibition Polyphonica. (installation view). 2009 - 2010. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol