Question-Phonica

Submit your Vortexhibition Polyphonica questions here. Questions for curators, staff, and other visitors are welcome. We’ll pull questions from this site and address them on Hankblog, the Henry’s blog, and in other ways throughout the exhibition. Want to answer a question that you’ve read here? Your participation on this blog is welcome.


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12 comments on “Question-Phonica”

  1. What kind of dirt is the Sasquatch in? Where can I read the artist’s Sasquatch stories

  2. I can’t find the Joseph Beuys piece that is in Vortexhibition Polyphonica when I do a Collections Search from the kiosk. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Hannah, as part of the database conversion, some records are still being cleaned up and prepared before they get pushed to the online collection search. So that’s why that Beuys work is not showing up… yet.

  3. I noticed a number of visitors this past Saturday (10/17) taking notes on works in the exhibition. Is this for a class? We’d love to know what you’re thinking about the show.

  4. Sara–I would ask Maria or Halinka for that one. By the way, do you know anything about the painting behind cracked glass in the back of Janieta Eyre’s Twin Manicurists, e.g. Did she paint it herself? Is its iconography familiar? Is it a famous painting?

  5. today i spoke to someone taking notes on the cherry bomb dress- i asked her if she was doing so for a class. she told me that she was looking specifically for textile work on display here for a “surface class” (UW) in which they are working with manipulating different fabrics.
    i thought this was great because i have never encountered a younger visitor seeking out textiles here for a class. how neat!
    i told her all about our DIG site that she could use to check out our many, MANY pieces in the textiles collection.

    -alexa

  6. That’s awesome, Alexa. Did she have anything to say about the fabric – or the strategic tearing apart of the fabric? (Would love to see the notes she took.)

  7. Are Kottler’s American Gothic plates made from scratch by the artist, or are they “readymades”?

    • Kottler combined commercial plates he bought in bulk with decals that he altered. The set in the exhibition is just one of many sets he made… other subjects included the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Gainsborough’s Blue Boy.

  8. Sara, do you know anything about the painting behind cracked glass in the back of Janieta Eyre’s Twin Manicurists, e.g. Did she paint it herself? Is its iconography familiar? Is it a famous painting?

  9. Does anyone know what the floating text talks about in the Hiroshige piece? The bombardment of text makes me wonder what kind of commentary they introduce to the action of the scene. Unfortunately, I am not a Japanese literate viewer! I can only wonder…


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