Allan Sekula at Henry Art Gallery

February 8, 2018

Allan Sekula, Henry Art Gallery

Allan Sekula, Waiting for Teargas (White Globe to Black), 1999-2000 (detail)

Allan Sekula, Henry Art Gallery

Allan Sekula, Waiting for Teargas (White Globe to Black), 1999-2000 (detail)

Allan Sekula is featured in the exhibition The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. The exhibition marks the occasion of the Henry's ninetieth anniversary with the first museum-wide showing of the contemporary collection, featuring over fifty artworks by an international roster of artists working in various media.

 

The artworks in the exhibition explore conditions and events of contemporary social and cultural life through the lens of time and place. They engage places encountered and remembered, real and imagined: from the streets of protest to a reconstructed war zone in Vietnam, from the space of the anthropological museum to the rooms of a gay bathhouse, from domestic interiors to colonized landscapes.
 

On view in the exhibtion are selections from Allan Sekula's photographic series, Waiting for Tear Gas (White Globe to Black), which documents the widespread protests set off by the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference held in Seattle from November 29 to December 3, 1999. The ten images on view, which were completed by Sekula during a residency at the Henry, are part of a larger slide show that recorded sights and activities from the streets of Seattle during those tumultuous days. The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect upon this historic moment and the nature of globalism today. 

 

The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection is on view through April 22, 2018.