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Grand Openings Meets You at the Corner of the Rainier Room

In 2011, the Henry hosted a satellite at the annual Bumbershoot music festival to celebrate performance in contemporary art. Grand Openings, a New York-based performance collective consisting of Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin utilized the Rainier Room at Seattle Center as a site of meta-performance. A large E-shaped stage was the place where anything, everything, and nothing will take place. During the festival, there were workshops by Grand Openings and their friends, including Hisham Mayat of Sublime Frequencies, Daniel Menche, Lee Williams, and K8 Hardy. The room's usual function as a conference room inspired the seminar-like approach to the artists activities.

Grand Openings' one-of-a-kind performances challenge our expectations and the presumed roles of performers, producers, directors, and observers. The actions of the final performance will develop organically over the course of the festival weekend in a highly collaborative manner. Grand Openings also features videos produced by members of Sublime Frequencies concentrating on obscure festivals and styles of music from around the world; documentation of previous Grand Openings performances; and other examples of multi-disciplinary performance art. These video programs are also organized by Grand Openings.

Grand Openings was founded in 2005. They have performed at Performa05 at Anthology Film Archives (New York); magical Artroom (Tokyo); Echigo-Tsumari Triennial 2006 (Nigata, Japan); and MUMOK (Vienna). Their videos have been exhibited at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Kunsthalle Zürich Parallel; and Tbilisi 3 and Tbilisi 4 (Tbilisi, Geogia).

The Henry Art Gallery satellite exhibition was curated by Betsey Brock, Associate Director of Communications and Outreach and Sara Krajewski, Associate Curator.
In 2011, the Henry hosted a satellite at the annual Bumbershoot music festival to celebrate performance in contemporary art. Grand Openings, a New York-based performance collective consisting of Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundbl...
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