Dawn Cerny: We’re all going to die (except for you).

16 Feb

going_to_die1.jpgDawn Cerny’s elaborate narrative installations of small drawings and works on paper contemplate present day social and political issues by focusing on parallel moments in history. Studying the Henry’s collection, Cerny has selected Victorian-era mourning garments and 19th-century landscape paintings to be installed alongside her own work. The ensemble provides an extended meditation on American attitudes toward death, trauma, and war past and present. The installation will include mourning jewelry, ephemera, and journals borrowed from a private collection and seven taxidermy owls from the UW’s Burke Museum.

Cerny will be working in the open studio format during the run of the exhibition. One gallery will be outfitted as a combination of waiting room, library, and studio space.

Jan 26 – Apr 27
Henry Art Gallery


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