Henry and Burke’s Excellent Adventure!

Posted on June 04, 2014, 11:59 am
2 mins

The inaugural “Museum Week Northwest” and AAM conference successfully brought together visitors and museums throughout the Seattle region. As part of the festivities, The Henry Art Gallery and The Burke Museum hosted a joint celebration for AAM members–featuring a variety of activities, treats and artifacts.

The event kicked off at The Burke Museum on the University of Washington’s campus at 7:30. Even with my fashionably late arrival, the event was in full swing with a packed house. The event provided visitors with access to all of the museums exhibits, and most excitingly, a peek into the collections room. One item to note that was on display: the mammoth tusk recently found in South Lake Union.

Over at the Henry Art Gallery, the party continued. Desserts were served along with tours of the exhibits and ongoing performances of Mirror Check. Artists, such as James Coupe, James Pampin, Anne Fenton, and Wynne Greenwood, were also available for visitors to chat with.

Overall, Henry and Burke’s Excellent Adventure was a fun and creative way to celebrate both the AAM community, as well as two of Seattle’s leading museums.

A peek at one of the Burke's exhibits. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner

A peek at one of the Burke’s exhibits. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner

Behind-the-scenes in the Collections center. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner.

Behind-the-scenes in the Collections center. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner.

AAM visitors in the James Turrell Sky Space. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner.

AAM visitors in the James Turrell Sky Space. Image courtesy of Claire Reiner.

Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.