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Maja Petrić's Eyes of the Skin at the Stroum Gallery

Submitted by Jacob M Lambert on January 9, 2012 - 12:00am

The Henry Art Gallery welcomes media artist Maja Petrić (PhD candidate, DXARTS), choreographer Jennifer Salk (Associate Professor, Dance), and over 15 dancers for a 40-minute dance/mixed media installation that delves into the complex nature of tenderness.

This cross-departmental collaboration explores concepts of tenderness and fragility with a multi-sensory journey allowing viewers to experience the entire museum in unexpected ways. Upon entering the Henry viewers move through the interstitial spaces — hallways, stairwells, elevators, ramps — experiencing sound, light, and dance. These small environments create places of vulnerability, playfulness, intimacy, fragility and cruelty among a tightly knit group, choreographed by Salk.

Using light and projection technology, Petrić’s installations will appear in distinct locations in the Henry where the dancers interact. In the Stroum gallery, a large wall provides the backdrop to the main dance; it slowly “cracks” and discloses an illusion of a realm behind the wall.

*Performances are on January 26, 27, and February 2, 3 at 7:30PM and January 28, 29, and February 4 at 2:00PM. All performances are non-ticketed and free with museum admission.

*Petrić’s mixed media installation can be viewed from January 26 until February 4, 2012.

Funding for Eyes of the Skin is provided by the University of Washington Donald E. Petersen Endowment for Excellence.

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