Cherdonna Shinatra: Clock That Construct
This spring, the Henry hosts Seattle-based dance artist Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra for a month-long, private residency followed by a series of public performances in the galleries titled Clock That Construct. Through the persona of Cherdonna, Kuehner draws on traditions of feminist and queer performance using her body as a canvas to confront and confuse the social and cultural tropes that constitute the feminine. During her time at the Henry, Kuehner will experiment with new possibilities for her alter ego, exploring Cherdonna as baby and the potential of play to re-imagine social relationships.
Thursday, May 18, 7-8:30 pm
Friday, May 19, 1-2:30 pm
Saturday, May 20, 1-2:30 pm
Sunday, May 21, 1-2:30 pm
Free with museum admission.
FREE: Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff; students, and children.
$10 General Admission
This event is public.
Henry Art Gallery is accessible to all visitors. Please notify the staff of any special needs or concerns when planning to attend this event.
Outside of these scheduled performances, the gallery-cum-stage set is open for visitors to enter Cherdonna’s imaginary world and explore the material traces that have accumulated during her performances in the space.
Clock That Construct at the Henry aggregates Cherdonna’s performance materials and serves as an active, generative site for exploring new possibilities from within her performance history. Clock That Construct supports Cherdonna’s current two-year, three-part project, one great, bright, brittle all togetherness, realized through a unique partnership between Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center (lead presenter partner) and On the Boards, with generous support from the National Dance Project. Part II, Clock that Mug or Dusted premiered at Velocity in 2016, and the culminating Part III premieres at On the Boards in October 2017.
In conjunction with Clock That Construct,
a selection of work from the Henry’s collection
that addresses the performativity of identity and the individual and collective weight of cultural scripts and expectations will be on view April 15 to May 21. This presentation features work by Tamy Ben-Tor, Candice Breitz, and Aneta Grzeszykowksa, among others.
Clock That Construct is organized by Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Programs, and Nina Bozicnik, Associate Curator, in collaboration with Tonya Lockyer, Artistic + Executive Director of Velocity Dance Center. The presentation of selections from the collection is organized by Bozicnik and Krista Schoening, Graduate Curatorial Assistant.