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Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up.

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School of Art + Art History + Design

  • Lecture: Voices+Voids: Reclaiming and Transcoding Our Data as Performance (Nov. 20, 2020)
    A moderated discussion and online performance about an artistic collaboration between Afroditi Psarra (DXARTS), Audrey Desjardins (Design), and Bonnie Whiting (Music), organized by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and curated by Emily Zimmerman.
  • Lecture: Ilana Harris-Babou & Jessica Lynne in Conversation (Nov. 12, 2020)
    What happens when we think about artists and critics as co-thinkers? As collaborators? How can the Black artist-critic relationship generate more ethical, just ways of producing knowledge in academic arts institutions? Harris-Babou and Lynne discuss these questions in a conversation hosted by the Black Embodiments Studio (BES) and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.
  • Lecture: Maurice Woods: Being the Change, Inneract Project (Oct. 29, 2020) 
    Mo Woods (BFA, 1995 | MFA, 2005) discusses his journey in becoming a designer, his work at Yahoo and Microsoft, and his founding of the Inneract Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower the next generation of Black and Latinx designers. 
  • Demonstration: Make Fine Art with a UW Professor, from His Kitchen to Yours (Sept. 1, 2020)
    Curt Labitzke, chair of UW's Printmaking Program, designed a popular new class during the pandemic, stamping out doubt about how effective remote learning can be.
  • Exhibition: Lux Aeterna (Aug. 19, 2020 - Aug. 28, 2021) 
    How do technological, economic and cultural forces transform image production and perception over time? Lux Aeterna is a year-long online research platform and exhibition that traces and troubles the currents of technical migration and image circulation.

School of Music

The Henry Art Gallery

  • Series: Bugs & Beasts Before the Law Colloquium (Autumn, 2020)
    Leveraging the power of art to reframe what is familiar by engaging multiple disciplinary perspectives, UW faculty and graduate student discussants, as well as invited guest scholars and artists, will interrogate how the question of which bodies have equal protections and rights under the law continues to be contested, but has the possibility to be reimagined through the creative tools shared by scholarly, artistic, and pedagogic praxis.
  • Lecture: Curator's Voice: Shamim M. Momin on In Plain Sight artists Tom Burr and Sadie Barnette (May 22, 2020) 
    This group exhibition engages artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined).
  • Lecture: Monsen Lecture with Catherine Opie (Nov. 12, 2021)
    Artist Catherine Opie discusses her body of work.
  • Series: Unpacking Form and Function (Summer 2021)
    Associate Curator of Collections Dr. Ann Poulson hosts a variety of experts for a closer look at some fine examples of the design and decorative arts in the Henry’s permanent collection. In each episode, an expert presents works of their choice from the collection, examining them from their unique perspective. A question and answer session and casual discussion follows each presentation.
  • Lecture: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas in Conversation (Oct. 2, 2021)
    On the occasion of the opening of Packaged Black, artists Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas engage in a dialogue moderated by artist and Wa Na Wari Co-founder/Curator Elisheba Johnson. Adams and Thomas share stories about the multi-year and cross-country exchange that eventually became Packaged Black, adding their insights and reflecting on the constellation of relationships, identities, and artistic and cultural practices that are represented in the exhibition.

Arts Across the UW

  • Lecture: The National Humanities Center: Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice with Arts Dean Catherine Cole (Feb. 24, 2021)
    Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice reveals how the voices and visions of artists in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo can help us see what otherwise evades perception from the injustices produced by apartheid and colonialism. Examining works by contemporary performing artists Brett Bailey, Faustin Linyekula, Gregory Maqoma, Mamela Nyamza, Robyn Orlin, Jay Pather, and Sello Pesa, Cole demonstrates how the arts are “helping to conjure, anticipate, and dream a world that is otherwise.”
  • Lecture: Conversation with Professor Shawn Wong (Oct. 20, 2020)
    “You face failure every day as a writer,” says writer and professor Shawn Wong. In this wide-ranging conversation, Wong cracks open the door to the creative process and lets us peek in to understand the importance of representation in literature and why he teaches his students to tell the truth, not the facts.