Henry Art Gallery

University of Washington


15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195


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Collection in Focus: The Problem with Objects

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Reed Collection Study Center
RSVP by March 18 to

Michael Gonzalez. Shelf with Nothing On It.

Join artist and Cornish Professor Ephraim Russell for a conversation about contemporary sculpture.

In our built environment, it’s hard to identify an object that is not, in one way or another, in service within its culturally determined role. The overarching utility of objects, and our expectation of acting out that utility, seeps into the content and perception of contemporary sculpture.

Examining a selection of sculpture from the Henry’s permanent collection, Russell will explore how cultural expectations around utility and the function of objects define the way we value and respond to sculpture.

Join us to discuss the material, process, and aesthetics linkages between utilitarian and non-utilitarian objects and how those linkages disorient the perception of sculptural objects, and redefine notions of authenticity and use value.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by March 18 to

Michael Gonzalez. Shelf with Nothing On It. 1991. Aluminum shelf with aluminum bottles Gift of Eileen and Peter Norton