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“Rio,” by Sam Gilliam, is one of the artist’s “drape” paintings, which exist on the border between painting and sculptur...
06/06/2020

“Rio,” by Sam Gilliam, is one of the artist’s “drape” paintings, which exist on the border between painting and sculpture. A pioneering, experimental artist, Gilliam is recognized as the first to introduce the idea of a draped, painted canvas when he created his first drape painting in 1965. ⁣

Often referred to as a lyrical abstractionist, Gilliam is associated with the 1960s Washington Color School of abstract painters, and in 1972 was the first African American artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale.⁣

In “Rio,” Gilliam explores the three-dimensional possibilities of painting by removing the canvas from the constraints of the stretcher bars. His ethereal color mixtures rely partially on chance and imperfection and are formed by pouring layers of pigment onto the raw canvas where they are allowed to flow and mix freely. The arrangement of the paint echoes the drape of the canvas, creating an overall impression of lyrical movement and fluidity.⁣

“Rio” is currently part of the exhibition “Presence,” featuring works by eleven modern and contemporary African American artists from HoMA’s collection.⁣

Sam Gilliam ⁣
Born 1933. Lives and works in Washington, D.C.⁣
“Rio,” 1970⁣
Acrylic on canvas⁣
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of James Jensen (TCM.2007.34.5)

We are heartbroken by the events of the past week, and are hoping for the unity, healing, and change that our country de...
06/02/2020

We are heartbroken by the events of the past week, and are hoping for the unity, healing, and change that our country desperately needs. HoMA stands in solidarity with the Black community as we mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others.

We believe that amplifying the voices of Black artists during this time is crucial, and that art can offer understanding, empathy, and solutions. We owe a profound debt of gratitude to the African American artists in the “30 Americans” exhibition that present critically important narratives, truths, and histories. Right now, “30 Americans” is available as a virtual exhibition on the HoMA website as well as our YouTube channel. We encourage everyone to engage with the works and the artists' perspectives. These essential voices help us understand how and why we must all do better, for ourselves and our communities.

Tomorrow, we’ll be joining art institutions throughout the country in taking a pause on social media in order to free up space for these vital conversations. We remain committed to education, supporting organizations that work for positive change, and providing a platform for diverse voices, art, stories, and viewpoints.

See works from "30 Americans" online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxXIW1qiZsE&list=PLpnDCh1ZY9BDnWiMC1i41dJwFHSdTxX0o

05/31/2020

10 in 5/20

This digital exhibition features work by ten current and former Hawaii-based artists as they navigate our rapidly changing social, cultural, and physical landscape. Katherine Love, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, describes how these artists use introspection, humor, and creativity in their works to explore a diverse set of ideas, each one responding to life at the present moment. Mahalo to each and every one of the artists:

Pratisha Budhiraja
Christopher Edwards
Dorothy Ries Faison
Sally French
Yumiko Glover
Diana Nicholette Jeon
James Knudsen
Chenta Laury
Nisha Pinjani
Matt Shallenberger

#museumfromhome #MyHoMA

05/29/2020
HoMA Soundbites Episode 3

Our latest mini-podcast features Dr. Kathryn Takara, an award-winning, Hawai'i-based poet and public scholar of African American and Minority Group Politics, Culture and Critical Race Theory. In this episode, Dr. Takara uses the form of spoken word to explore and describe the transformative relationship between art and life.

#museumfromhome #HoMASoundbites

It’s time for refreshments. In our humble opinion, the HoMA Café makes one of the best versions of an Arnold Palmer out ...
05/27/2020

It’s time for refreshments. In our humble opinion, the HoMA Café makes one of the best versions of an Arnold Palmer out there, with tropical iced tea floating atop house-made ginger lemonade. Follow the link below learn how to whip up the Café's signature icy, spicy Ginger Lemonade Arnold Palmer at home.

http://blog.honoluluacademy.org/homa-cafes-arnold-palmer-with-ginger-lemonade-2

#museumfromhome #HoMACafé

Giovanni Battista Moroni, Portrait of a Man (with Arnold Palmer), 1553, oil on canvas, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2982.1)

These days, we are masters of dressing to stay in. Many in Edo period Japan were also fans of the "infit", donning sumpt...
05/27/2020

These days, we are masters of dressing to stay in. Many in Edo period Japan were also fans of the "infit", donning sumptuous, brocaded inner layers and dressing to impress just a select few. Follow the link below to read more from Asian art curator Shawn Eichman—including a surprising use for fancy undergarments.⁣⁣
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For more on the cultural history of the infit, check out additional stories by HoMA curators Tory Laitila and Stephen Salel on the museum blog at http://blog.honoluluacademy.org.⁣⁣
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#museumfromhome #dresstostayin⁣⁣
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Kaigetsudō Ando (active early 18th century), Courtesan (detail) Japan, Edo period, c.1705–1710, Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on paper, Purchase, 1956 (2238.1)

On Memorial Day, the Honolulu Museum of Art joins the rest of the country in remembering our nation’s heroes who sacrifi...
05/25/2020

On Memorial Day, the Honolulu Museum of Art joins the rest of the country in remembering our nation’s heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom, while serving the country they loved.

Wherever you are today, don’t forget to pause for a moment of silence at 3pm for a National Moment of Remembrance to recognize and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Joseph Stella (American, 1877 - 1946), “Abstraction”, 1919
Pastel on paper
26 x 19 1/2 in.
Purchased with funds from the John Levas Fund, 2009 (31433)

Today is officially World Goth Day, commemorating the global Goth scene. Goth fashion has spread across the globe, inclu...
05/22/2020

Today is officially World Goth Day, commemorating the global Goth scene. Goth fashion has spread across the globe, including Harajuku, Japan, so today we're highlighting (or showcasing in the dark limelight) an ensemble from the museum's textile collection: "Black Angel Gothic Lolita Outfit" by Atelier Pierrot. Click below to read more about the origins of Goth fashion from Tory Laitila, Curator of Textiles and Fashion.

http://blog.honoluluacademy.org/may-22-world-goth-day/

And as we head into the weekend, remember to wear sunscreen -- essential for maintaining the ideal Goth pale complexion.⁣

#worldgothday #museumfromhome #wearsunscreen⁣

Atelier Pierrot (Japan)⁣
Black Angel Gothic Lolita Outfit, 2014⁣
Costume ensemble; cotton and polyester⁣
Purchase, 2016 (2016-24-010 to 013)

National Rescue Dog Day was *technically* yesterday, but it’s doggie day every day over here. We rounded up some pups fr...
05/21/2020

National Rescue Dog Day was *technically* yesterday, but it’s doggie day every day over here. We rounded up some pups from the museum’s collection in honor of all of the shelter dogs out there waiting to be adopted, and those who have already found forever homes. Hat tip to the team at @hawaiianhumane for their incredible work connecting furry friends with new families.⁣

#MyHoMA #nationalrescuedogday #everydayisdogday⁣

Pieter de Hooch, A Musical Conversation, 1647⁣
Oil on canvas⁣
Purchase, 1971 (3798.1)⁣

Kumon Kikusen, Trendy Five Men: Kawakami Sankichi, 1904⁣
Color woodblock print⁣
Gift of Philip H. Roach, Jr., 2005 (28214)⁣

Asada Benji (Tangyū), Dog, 1931⁣
Woodblock print; ink on paper⁣
Gift of Philip H. Roach Jr., 2014 (2014-21-07)⁣

Standing Dog, 4th-6th Century, Indonesia⁣
Bronze⁣

Gift of The Christensen Fund, 2001 (10627.1)⁣

Kojima Seiho, Black Dog, early 20th century⁣

Painting; ink and color on unmounted silk⁣
Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (29714S)

Happy Birthday, Bruddah Iz! An ambassador of aloha and Hawaiian music to the world, he would have been 61 today.The port...
05/20/2020

Happy Birthday, Bruddah Iz! An ambassador of aloha and Hawaiian music to the world, he would have been 61 today.

The portrait of IZ by Yan-Mei Ping on view in HoMA’s Arts of Hawai'i gallery is a favorite of many. Read on for more from HoMA Curator Tory Laitila about this remarkable painting.

http://blog.honoluluacademy.org/happy-birthday-bruddah-iz/

“NATURE: It feels more vibrant, clear, beautiful and with the volume turned up. If only we could come out of this experi...
05/20/2020
HoMA Artist Spotlight: Heather Giugni | Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

“NATURE: It feels more vibrant, clear, beautiful and with the volume turned up. If only we could come out of this experience listening to what Nature said during this time… and make the change to be better partners with our Planet.” - Heather Haunani Giugni

We’ve been asking artists in the community to share what’s been inspiring them lately. Read on for more about filmmaker Heather Giugni of the Uluulu archives, also a producer of the award-winning Hawaiʻi-based series Family Ingredients. (Also: serious #vegetablegardengoals.)

Pictured: Heather Giugni, Heather’s great-grandfather, Judge Samuel Hoʻokano, and Heather and her sisters sporting Inouye campaign fashion in 1960

05/18/2020

Make your very own hand-drawn flipbook!⁣⁣
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Here's what you'll need: ⁣⁣
-Stack of index card or white card stock⁣⁣
-pencil, pen or thin marker⁣⁣
-a large binder clip, or thick rubber band⁣⁣
-light source for tracing( i.e. a light table, a bright white monitor screen, or a window with good light source)⁣⁣
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Steps: ⁣⁣
1. Start with a sketch of your idea on one of the index cards. This is for reference and to make sure your final image will fit. Tip: Keep your image toward just one side of the index card.⁣⁣
2. On a new card, draw the image of the first page. ⁣⁣
3. Then, place a new blank card over the previous card and trace over. Tip: Rest the cards on the light source to see. ⁣⁣
4. Remove the bottom card. Start the flipbook pile by setting it aside facing down.⁣⁣
5. Now, place another new blank card over the previous card to trace again, and you can change a little by either adding or shifting the position of the previous image. ⁣⁣
6. Remove the bottom card and place it facing down on top of the last drawn card to continue the flipbook pile. ⁣⁣
7. Repeat Step 3 through 7 with the rest of the blank cards. Tip: The change should be very gradual from one page to the next. ⁣⁣
8. When finished, keep all the cards in order and bind with a binder clip or rubber band. ⁣⁣
9. Voila! You have your very own flipbook.⁣⁣
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#museumfromhome #readysetcreate #MyHoMA #flipbooks

05/17/2020

A #readysetcreate challenge tailor-made for a sunny Saturday in May: make a portrait using only twigs, leaves, and blossoms!

If you post a picture of your work, tag us @honolulumuseum. We love to see what you create.

#museumfromhome #MyHoMA

In the spirit of our COURAGE theme this week, here’s a #FBF to the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2018, when we screened th...
05/16/2020
Adapt Your Mind

In the spirit of our COURAGE theme this week, here’s a #FBF to the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2018, when we screened the film “Adapt Your Mind." The film features the incredible adaptive surfing community and local organization AccesSurf, whose mission is to empower anyone with a disability to enjoy the water as independently as possible.

Cara Short, Executive Director of AccesSurf, shared her thoughts on courage with us: “Courage comes in many forms—internal personal growth, overcoming physical and emotional barriers, and even the simple act of helping someone else all take courage. AccesSurf volunteers, staff, participants and their families are the definition of courage in my book, as they go above and beyond to reach goals and help others.”

#accessurf #oceanofpossibilities #courage #museumfromhome

"Adapt Your Mind," 2016, directed by Thiago Theo, 13 minutes 46 seconds

Synopsis: This film brings surf as a social inclusion tool and transforming agent for the characters win their limits and overcome adversity of life. The sea acts…

05/15/2020

Foraging Basics with Gaye Chan.

Gaye is back! This time, teaching us (and Jenna) the basics of foraging in your backyard or neighborhood for edible weeds, how to identify weeds you can eat, and what to watch out for.

#museumfromhome #nanogallery #freestore #edibleweeds

@uhmanoa_freestore @gaye_chan @foraged_in_entirety @marlenesiu

We've asked artists in the community to share what's inspiring them during these unprecedented times. Here's what’s fuel...
05/14/2020

We've asked artists in the community to share what's inspiring them during these unprecedented times. Here's what’s fueling multi-talented filmmaker/actor/writer ʻĀina Paikai’s creativity right now.

“Life in my bubble is straight ʻohana. Beautiful, frustrating, bliss and pure exhaustion. The surrounding circumstances are so sad, yet I canʻt help but feel blessed to have the closeness of family and this forced order to slow down and be together. Indeed, my creative energy, productivity and income have slowed down as well, however it's my family that fuels me and inspires me at the moment....

I'm especially proud of and inspired by Hawai'i's farmers and fishermen, who have been fighting to feed us for a long time. They truly embody our traditional interdependent native Hawaiian lifestyle. These essential workers, risking their health so that we can eat, breathe, and live, are what's really inspiring.” – ʻĀina Paikai

Read more on the HoMA Blog, including details on ʻĀina's film "Hawaiian Soul," an upcoming project inspired by Hawaiian musician and activist George Helm: https://bit.ly/HoMASpotlightAinaPaikai

Pictured: Artist ʻĀina Paikai, ʻĀina blocking an upcoming scene with Lead Actor Kolea Fukumitsu (📸: Courtesy Evan Loney), and the artist's image of inspiration⁠—George Helm carrying a sprouted coconut to the island of Kahoʻolawe. A symbol of rebirth and healing to the land and its people (📸: Courtesy of the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana).

#museumfromhome #hawaiiansoulmovie #downonthesidewalkfilm

“30 Americans” Virtual Tour⁣⁣⁣⁣“I wanted it to feel like there was a chaotic conversation happening in a very serene env...
05/12/2020

“30 Americans” Virtual Tour⁣⁣
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“I wanted it to feel like there was a chaotic conversation happening in a very serene environment—which goes back to my understanding of self in this paradise as a child and the confusions I felt about who I was and what that meant in conjunction with being in one of the most beautiful places in the country, if not the world."” – Janiva Ellis ⁣⁣
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⁣Thrill Issues, 2017⁣⁣
Oil on canvas⁣⁣
Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami⁣⁣
© Janiva Ellis and 47 Canal⁣⁣
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#museumfromhome #HoMA30Americans #JanivaEllis⁣⁣
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“30 Americans” is organized by the Rubell Museum, Miami. @ Honolulu Museum of Art

05/11/2020
Login – LivestreamFest

Mahalo to everyone who joined us Saturday night for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020! A special thank you to Halau Ku Mana - A New Century Pcs eighth graders, who curated this year's powerful film selection. If you missed a portion of the program, you can access the rewatch link for the next four days here: https://livestreamfest.com/cinematiq-events/steo4m7-halau-ku-mana/

If you haven't already registered, please do so here: https://livestreamfest.com/registration/halau-ku-mana-registration/

#museumfromhome #wildandscenic2020

To our mothers and those who have anchored us, guided us, and loved us unconditionally: Mahalo nui loa 💝 Wishing everyon...
05/10/2020

To our mothers and those who have anchored us, guided us, and loved us unconditionally: Mahalo nui loa 💝 Wishing everyone a beautiful Mother's Day today. 🌺⁣⁣
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Ikeda Shūzō (1922–2004)⁣⁣
Mother and Child⁣⁣
Japan, 1981⁣⁣
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper⁣⁣
Gift of Philip H. Roach, Jr., 2005 (28236)

Happy Mother's Day! Stephen Salel, Curator of Japanese Art, penned this blog post in praise of mamas everywhere. Wishing...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! Stephen Salel, Curator of Japanese Art, penned this blog post in praise of mamas everywhere. Wishing everyone a beautiful day today. 🌺

http://blog.honoluluacademy.org/in-praise-of-mothers/

Ikeda Shūzō (1922–2004)
Mother and Child
Japan, 1981
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of Philip H. Roach, Jr., 2005 (28236)

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020 starts tonight at 6PM HST! We’re hosting the festival for the seventh year in partn...
05/10/2020

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020 starts tonight at 6PM HST! We’re hosting the festival for the seventh year in partnership with Hālau Kū Māna school, and this year’s film selection was curated by Hālau Kū Māna eighth graders. Viewers will see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures.⁣

To join, register at this link and follow the instructions to create an account: bit.ly/wsff2020registration. A virtual waiting room will be open at 5:30pm and the show will start promptly at 6pm. You should login at least ten minutes beforehand to make sure you don't miss the start of the show. For more information and the full film lineup, check out the event page on Facebook at bit.ly/WildScenic2020⁣

@wildandscenicfilmfestival @halaukumana @ Doris Duke Theatre

05/09/2020

“30 Americans” Virtual Tour⁣

“I struggle not just to engage but to haunt the viewer…. There’s a strength in the absence of presence that I’m interested in.” – Gary Simmons⁣

This powerful installation is composed of stools arranged in a circle, topped by what appear to be Ku Klux Klan hoods. A rope fashioned into a noose hangs in the center. Simmons’s piece confronts the viewer with the tragic history of lynching in America. Throughout the late 19th century, racial tension grew throughout the United States. According to data from the NAACP, from 1882–1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black, accounting for 72.7% of the people lynched.⁣

Referencing a children’s game, the piece encourages the viewer to think about how racism is learned and passed down through generations, as well as to remember the men, women, and children who lost their lives in these brutal acts of violence.⁣

Gary Simmons (b. 1964)⁣
Duck, Duck, Noose, 1992⁣
Wood, cloth, metal and hemp⁣
Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami⁣
© Gary Simmons.⁣

#museumfromhome #HoMA30Americans #GarySimmons⁣

“30 Americans” is organized by the Rubell Museum, Miami.

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Your page is filled with beautiful art and I love how your museum cherishes all forms of art. Lately, I have been broadening my appreciation for art by watching independent films through a streaming platform called Film Festival Flix. This streaming platform is hosting film festivals that can be stream from across the nation. I’m excited to tune in to the Ashland Independent Film Festival that is going on now because I wouldn’t have been able to travel to Oregon to attend this film festival, but since it’s being streamed I can watch it from my home. If you want to expand your appreciation of art through cinema Film Festival Flix is a great place to start!
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution(溶解) Work 2019 12_1 Dissolution(溶解) Arrows. Sounds. Various-3 (12 pieces of works) Canvas size F3 http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp
Pictures taken at Honolulu Museum of Art during East West Centre Senior Journalists Seminar.
This museum has a very unique collection of art derived from different regions all around the world. If one is interested in art and sculptures from various regions such as Japan and the Philippines (including much more), this is the place to go.
Amazing place of art and community
This is a 24" X 36" poster in a frame (sorry for the blurry photo). Copyright 1986 Honolulu School Of Art. Robert Delauney 1885-1941. Rainbow; 1913. I have never seen another poster like this on the internet.
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution (溶解) http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp Dissolution (溶解) Work 1996 B & W system- Ship (77 sheets) Dissolution (溶解) Work 2007 Red system-Ship (79 sheets)
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution (溶解) http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp Work 2018 10.19 Dissolution(溶解)-52 5/? (Installation)
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution (溶解) http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp Work 2018 8.13 Dissolution(溶解)-52 4/? (Installation)
Does anyone has two extra tickets for Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Doris Duke Theater honolulu art museum August 25 6 pm? Would love to attend and it’s a sold out event. If you know someone who has an extra tickets or won’t be able to attend please let me know. Thank you!
#RunningforGrace is coming to the Dole Cannery theater July 20th-27th! Such an amazing film that does an incredible job showing off the true beauty of Hawaii, and a history seldom seen.
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution (溶解) http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp Work 2018 6.17 Dissolution(溶解)-52 3/? (Installation)