I first saw Jessika Kenney's exhibit Anchor Zero at its opening reception. Less than 24 hours later I was back for a second look. Truth is, I didn't feel I had done it justice the first time, for two reasons: During my initial visit the lively atmosphere of the reception created a bit of background noise, and this is a participatory work designed to envelope one in sound and silence. The second reason was that, at the reception, I got to hear the artist's delightful welcome explaining her intentions and offering suggestions on how to experience this interactive exhibit. I wanted the opportunity to spend more quiet time at Anchor Zero with the benefit of Jessika's introduction. It was definitely worth a second trip.
Free to the public, the Frye Art Museum has been open at its home on First Hill since 1952. The museum was established by Charles and Emma Frye; their private collection of art works became the museum's Founding Collection.
The Frye hosts many exhibits (check out upcoming offerings at http://fryemuseum.org/upcoming_exhibitions/) and in addition to Anchor Zero is currently presenting the first museum exhibition in the United States of Chinese artist Pan Gongkai. Both of the current exhibits are wonderfully large-scale, with the Gongkai exhibit featuring a site-specific ink painting which extends the entire length of the museum's largest gallery.
The Frye has collaborative programs with an impressively long list of organizations. The Anchor Zero exhibit is included in the museum's Creative Aging Program. There will be a creative and relaxing afternoon at the exhibit for individuals living with dementia and their care partners as part of the Frye's Arts Engagement for Individuals Living with Dementia.
Two organizations supported by ArtsFund - Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum - are involved in Anchor Zero, but I am told there are no two-for-one deals to win the bet, so am electing to count this as the Frye visit and attend one of the Artists Trust programs later this year.