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Hawai‘i's culture hub dedicated to creating relevant and transformative experiences through the study, preservation, presentation and creation of art.

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#museumfromhome: Check out our Gallery Activation Project resources, a new experiential initiative for our museum commun...
09/01/2020
Gallery Activation Project | Honolulu Museum of Art

#museumfromhome: Check out our Gallery Activation Project resources, a new experiential initiative for our museum community. It's a way for you to explore selected artworks and themes from HoMA's collection and exhibitions both onsite in the galleries, as well as from the comfort of home.

The project is broken down into three different types of engagement. Art in Practice focuses on explaining art techniques through video instruction and demonstration. These videos highlight individual artists and artworks in the HoMA collection through an exploration of technical tradition, experimentation and innovation. Art in Conversation pairs works of art in HoMA’s collection together as a unique way of connecting seemingly disparate works and seeking out similarities. Art in Context works to “return” or re-contextualize artworks to the time or place of origin through reflection and storytelling.

We welcome you to spend time exploring these engaging, thought-provoking video, audio, and written resources at home, and check back often—we are creating and adding new ones all the time.

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08/29/2020

#MuseumFromHome: “30 Americans,” virtually.

We may not be able to experience “30 Americans” in person right now, but allow us to suggest an alternative: explore it from your phone or Smart TV with our video series featuring selected works from this incredible exhibition. The playlist includes a look at Kerry James Marshall’s “Vignette #10,” Mickalene Thomas’s “Hotter Than July,” Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” and more from the acclaimed contemporary African American artists in “30 Americans.”

You’ll also see a video created for the museum’s A Think & A Drink member programming, featuring Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Love providing a short recap of the history of the exhibition and a deeper dive into a few of the works on view.

Check out the playlist here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxXIW1qiZsE&list=PLpnDCh1ZY9BDnWiMC1i41dJwFHSdTxX0o

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

#MuseumFromHome: Tomioka Eisen's "kuchi-e."In the 1850s and 1860s, as Japan’s two-and-a-half centuries of diplomatic iso...
08/28/2020

#MuseumFromHome: Tomioka Eisen's "kuchi-e."

In the 1850s and 1860s, as Japan’s two-and-a-half centuries of diplomatic isolation neared an end, Western innovations such as photography and copper etching flooded the market and woodblock printmaking, which seemed archaic by comparison, lost its popularity. In an attempt to preserve the artform, print designers explored new markets.

One resulting innovation was kuchi-e—a woodblock-printed frontispiece in a mechanically-printed book or magazine, such as "Snowy Morning" depicted here, by artist Tomioka Eisen. Eisen was a driving force behind the kuchi-e movement. He began publishing kuchi-e and other forms of book illustration around 1882 while working as an apprentice in Tokyo. After his teacher’s death, Eisen embarked upon a career as an independent artist, providing illustrations for various newspapers and displaying his prints at juried exhibitions. From 1895 until his own death, he illustrated the journal "Literary Club," which specialized in short stories for and about young women.

This print appears in the exhibition "Tomioka Eisen: Illustrations of Popular Literature," in HoMA's Robert F. Lange Foundation Gallery.

Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)
"Snowy Morning"
From the publication "Literary Club" ("Bungei Kurabu")
Japan, 1904
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of Philip H. Roach, Jr., 2002 (27282)

“I want to express my gratitude and happiness through music and through collaboration. I want listeners to feel the same...
08/26/2020

“I want to express my gratitude and happiness through music and through collaboration. I want listeners to feel the same way I did making it...Love inspires.” - Ohtoro

As part of our HoMA Artist Spotlight series, we asked Hawai'i musician and teacher Ohtoro—also a core contributor to the Soundshop program—to share more about his work and what has been inspiring him lately. Follow the link below for more about Ohtoro as well as some footage from last year’s Zenbu Records tour. Mahalo, Ohtoro!

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/08/beyond-the-museum/homa-artist-spotlight-ohtoro/

Pictured: Ohtoro leading a Soundshop workshop. Photo credit: Christian Richard Cook

#MuseumFromHome: two surfboards in honor of Duke Kahanamoku's birthday.Hauʻoli lā hānau, Duke! Ambassador of Aloha, sher...
08/25/2020

#MuseumFromHome: two surfboards in honor of Duke Kahanamoku's birthday.

Hauʻoli lā hānau, Duke! Ambassador of Aloha, sheriff, actor, Olympic medalist and extraordinary waterman, he's known around the world as a surfing icon. In his honor, Curator Tory Laitila explored two different surfboards in HoMA's permanent collection—click the link below to read more.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/08/art-of-hawaii/duke-kahanamokus-birthday-and-two-surfboards/

CJ Kanuha (Hawai‘i, born 1983)
"Kai Pualena," 2016
Mango wood
Purchase, 2017 (2017-3-01)

Alphonse Pellion (French, 1796-1868)
Habitation du Gouverneur de Kayakakoi (Iles Sandwich), 1819
Pencil on paper
Purchase, 1992 (21491)

HoMA will temporarily close beginning Thursday, August 20.The health and well-being of our community is our top priority...
08/20/2020

HoMA will temporarily close beginning Thursday, August 20.

The health and well-being of our community is our top priority. To help reduce community spread of COVID-19, we are hitting the pause button on in-person visits for at least 28 days. We’ll be monitoring the situation closely, and hope to resume public hours soon. In the meantime, we’ll be bringing back #MuseumFromHome on social media and our website, bringing you engaging, inspiring, and thought-provoking digital experiences.

Stay safe, everyone, and thanks for your continued support of the museum.

This month's virtual Family Sunday, "Express Yourself" is happening now!Follow the link below for art activities designe...
08/16/2020
Family Sunday: Express Yourself! | Honolulu Museum of Art

This month's virtual Family Sunday, "Express Yourself" is happening now!

Follow the link below for art activities designed for kids of all ages: DIY weaving, a drawing challenge to celebrate places we love, and a story to go with it. If you post photos of any of your artwork, tag us @honolulumuseum. We love to see what you create!

Mahalo to the Bank of Hawaii Foundation for their generous support of HoMA’s Family Sunday programming.

#BOHFamilySunday #BOHFoundation

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It’s Pau Hana Friday at the museum! Our courtyards, galleries, and gift shop are open until 9pm, and admission is free f...
08/15/2020

It’s Pau Hana Friday at the museum! Our courtyards, galleries, and gift shop are open until 9pm, and admission is free for kamaʻāina. You can pre-book admission tickets online at honolulumuseum.org and experience the museum at night.

August’s virtual Family Sunday programming launches this weekend! While our regular Family Sunday event is on hold, we’r...
08/14/2020

August’s virtual Family Sunday programming launches this weekend! While our regular Family Sunday event is on hold, we’re presenting a digital version online, featuring at-home art activities for keiki of all ages. Our theme this month is “Be Yourself”, with activities exploring ways to express yourself through art available on the HoMA website. Mahalo to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for their support and continued partnership. Stay tuned for some creative ways to spend family time together this weekend!



And though we won’t have an in-person Family Sunday event this month, museum admission for kamaʻāina continues to be free the third Sunday of every month.



#MyHoMA #BOHFamilySunday #BOHFoundation

A dreamy summer evening #fromthevault: These are the two left sheets of a triptych depicting a group of people at a gard...
08/12/2020

A dreamy summer evening #fromthevault:

These are the two left sheets of a triptych depicting a group of people at a garden on a summer’s evening. The artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, often only depicted women in his prints—the mix of male and female figures relaxing together is unusual.

Kitagawa Utamaro
Enjoying the Evening Cool in a Garden, c. 1789 - 1801
Woodblock print (Nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
sheet size - both sheets mounted together: 14 15/16 × 19 13/16 in. (37.9 × 50.3 cm)
mat size: 20 × 28 in. (50.8 × 71.1 cm)
frame size: 21 × 29 × 1 1/4 in. (53.3 × 73.7 × 3.2 cm)
Gift of James A. Michener, 1970 (15578)

“I’m inspired by music, art, movement, food and their ability to take us to different places.” - Hawai'i artist PaizLee ...
08/10/2020

“I’m inspired by music, art, movement, food and their ability to take us to different places.” - Hawai'i artist PaizLee

We caught up with musician, artist, educator, and community organizer PaizLee, who tells us what has been fueling her creativity lately. Read on for more about PaizLee, as well as her latest experiential community project, Atlas Tea + Apothecary. Mahalo Miz PaizLee

https://bit.ly/HoMAStoriesPaizLee

Social distance along with your weekly art fix: it’s Pau Hana Friday at HoMA tonight. Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines® Bank ...
08/08/2020

Social distance along with your weekly art fix: it’s Pau Hana Friday at HoMA tonight. Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard®, admission is free for kamaʻāina from 4–9pm.

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our community, we’re offering timed ticketing in advance—book online at honolulumuseum.org. Wander the galleries, sit on the grass, enjoy refreshments at our outdoor Coffee Bar, and experience the museum under the stars. ✨

A big congratulations to the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020 award winners! Drumroll, please...Audience Choice for Best...
08/06/2020

A big congratulations to the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020 award winners! Drumroll, please...

Audience Choice for Best Feature goes to the film "93 - Letters from Marge," by director Heather Hudson.

The Audience Choice for Best Short goes to the film "Being Kind is Cool," by Bronson Lau from this year's Rising Tide program.

Our Jury Award goes to the film "Poisson Cru," by director Olivier Sautet.

Visit the Surf Film Festival event page for more info about these films, and mahalo to everyone who voted and participated this year! 🤙

https://honolulumuseum.org/honolulu-surf-film-festival-2020/

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Don't miss “Rising Tide with Zak Noyle 2020,” this year's Honolulu Surf Film Festival closer, on Sunday, August 2 at 4pm...
08/01/2020

Don't miss “Rising Tide with Zak Noyle 2020,” this year's Honolulu Surf Film Festival closer, on Sunday, August 2 at 4pm! We’re wrapping up the festival with a celebration of local talent, featuring a selection of shorts from Hawaiʻi filmmakers and guest curated by Zak Noyle. This event is free to the public and will be live-streamed in Hawaii Standard Time.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite films in the program for this year’s Audience Choice Awards! Find more details and a screening access link on the event page.

https://honolulumuseum.org/honolulu-surf-film-festival-2020/rising-tide-with-zak-noyle-2020/

30 years ago today, State of Hawai‘i Governor John D. Waihee III signed a proclamation designating July 31 as Hawaiian F...
08/01/2020

30 years ago today, State of Hawai‘i Governor John D. Waihee III signed a proclamation designating July 31 as Hawaiian Flag Day. It’s also Lā Ho‘i Ho‘i Ea (Restoration Day), an important holiday under the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.

We’re honoring this day by sharing a special Hawaiian flag quilt from the HoMA collection—the quilt shown here is from the early 20th century, titled "Ku‘u Hae Aloha (My Beloved Flag)". Hawaiian flag quilts originated in the 1870s, combining the artistry of patchwork and applique quilting into complex works of art. Read on for more about this delicate art form from Fashion and Textile curator Tory Laitila.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/07/art-of-hawaii/heres-to-the-white-red-and-blue-on-hawaiian-flag-day/

“I used to paint violent images linked to the war in my country of origin: ex-Yugoslavia. But since 2016, when I moved t...
07/31/2020

“I used to paint violent images linked to the war in my country of origin: ex-Yugoslavia. But since 2016, when I moved to Oʻahu, something changed in my artwork. It seems that the beauty of Hawaiʻi and its inhabitants overwhelmed me...In a way, Hawaiʻi made me understand that I don't want to be an accountant of the misfortunes of the world, I only want to devote myself to beauty from now on.”

Kosta Kulundzic, longtime teaching artist at HoMA, is a familiar face at the Art School, as well as the Department of Art at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa and the local Honolulu art scene. In advance of his upcoming solo exhibition, “Hawai’i Epiphany,” we asked him a few questions about his current practice, influences, and how the magic of Hawaiʻi became a turning point in his artistic work. Read on for an interview between Kosta and HoMA Public Programs Manager Arminda Gandara, as well as details on his upcoming exhibition.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/07/beyond-the-museum/homa-artist-interview-kosta-kulundzic/

We are delighted and honored to be the subject of a new installment of the Frick Collection video series called “Travels...
07/30/2020
Travels with a Curator: Honolulu | The Frick Collection

We are delighted and honored to be the subject of a new installment of the Frick Collection video series called “Travels with a Curator,” this one exploring HoMA’s history and collection with Frick curator Aimee Ng. Check out the video for a closer look at the history of some of HoMA’s collection highlights, including “Arrangement in Black No. 5: Lady Meux” by James Whistler and its fascinating shared history with a portrait at the Frick.

We love the way Aimee Ng explains HoMA founder Anna Rice Cook’s vision for the museum: a purpose-built museum devoted to Hawai'i's children, an ever-evolving place where kids from diverse backgrounds can learn about their own cultures, each other’s cultures, and the culture of Hawai'i. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Mahalo nui, @FrickCollection!

https://www.frick.org/interact/miniseries/travels_curator/honolulu

“I’ve been noticing people spending more time doing things that they really love and enjoy, and/or trying things they’ve...
07/29/2020

“I’ve been noticing people spending more time doing things that they really love and enjoy, and/or trying things they’ve never done before. A lot of passion projects, hobbies, or ideas that have been put on hold due to ‘being too busy’ or ‘not having enough time’ are now finally getting the attention they deserve...Seeing people do what they love inspires others to do what they love, and a world filled with people who are charged up by living a life doing things they love leads to a better planet to live on.” - Cedric Clinton

We caught up with O’ahu-born musician, surfer, and artist Cedric Clinton—also a core facilitator of the innovative Soundshop program, a collaboration between local musicians and the Honolulu Museum of Art—who tells us what has been inspiring his creativity lately. Click the link below to read more, and to check out some of his newest musical projects.

https://honolulumuseum.org/stories/2020/07/soundshop/homa-artist-spotlight-cedric-clinton/

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020 continues this Saturday with an exciting double feature screening of Émerger + Unsu...
07/25/2020
Émerger + Unsurfed Afghanistan | Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020 continues this Saturday with an exciting double feature screening of Émerger + Unsurfed Afghanistan! Don't miss the stories of surfers Khadjou Sambe of Senegal and Afridun Amu of Afghanistan as they both work to spread the joy of surfing in their home countries. The program will be live streamed on Saturday, July 25 at 4pm with special introductions from the filmmakers and surfers. Learn more and catch the screening here: honolulumuseum.org/honolulu-surf-film-festival-2020/emerger-unsurfed-afghanistan/

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Tomorrow, July 25, we’ll be closing at 4pm as a safety precaution due to the possible effects of Hurricane Douglas. We’l...
07/25/2020

Tomorrow, July 25, we’ll be closing at 4pm as a safety precaution due to the possible effects of Hurricane Douglas. We’ll remain closed through Sunday, July 26, and will reopen on Thursday, July 30.

But we’re still open tonight for Pau Hana Friday! And we have just the thing for a summer evening at the museum: meet the HoMA Coffee Bar’s new wine spritzers, Mango Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, and Peach Bellini. HoMA will be open until 9pm, with free admission for kamaʻāina.

You can pre-book museum tickets online here: https://honolulumuseum.org/plan-your-visit/

07/22/2020

Sun’s out, surf’s up, and the museum is open again!

Before you visit, consider renewing your museum membership. If you renew at any level in the month of July, you’ll receive a members-only trucker hat featuring a special design by local artist Shar Tuiasoa, aka @PunkyAloha. When you wear your hat, show your HoMA pride and post a photo! Tag us at @honolulumuseum so we can share the love.



Join or renew your membership here: honolulumuseum.org/join-give/membership or by calling 808-532-8700. This offer expires July 31, 2020 or while supplies last.


A big mahalo to our incredible museum community for your support—you make Hawai‘i a better place to live.

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This month's virtual Family Sunday, "Views of Lēʻahi," is inspired by HoMA’s "Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji" exhibition and the Hon...
07/20/2020

This month's virtual Family Sunday, "Views of Lēʻahi," is inspired by HoMA’s "Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji" exhibition and the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020, happening now!

Follow the link below for art activities designed for kids of all ages: DIY kapa stamping, custom surfboard design, and a story to go with it. If you post photos of any of your artwork, tag us @honolulumuseum. We love to see what you create!

https://honolulumuseum.org/family-sunday/family-sunday-views-of-leahi/

Get ready: virtual Family Sunday launches this weekend! Our regular Family Sunday event at the museum is on hold, but we...
07/17/2020

Get ready: virtual Family Sunday launches this weekend! Our regular Family Sunday event at the museum is on hold, but we’re thrilled to present a digital version online, featuring at-home art activities for keiki of all ages. Our theme this month is “Views of Lēʻahi,” inspired by the “Hokusai's Mt. Fuji” exhibition, and the Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020—activities will explore and celebrate how much we love living in these beautiful islands.

Digital Family Sunday programming will be accessible to everyone on the HoMA website starting Saturday, thanks to the continued support of Bank of Hawaii Foundation. Stay tuned for some fun ways to spend creative time with your family this weekend!

And though we won't have an in-person Family Sunday event this month, museum admission for Hawai'i residents continues to be free the third Sunday of every month. Mahalo to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for its generous support.

#MyHoMA #FamilySunday #ViewsofLeahi

We’re kicking off the 2020 festival Saturday night with a special online event featuring Hawai’i-based world champion su...
07/17/2020

We’re kicking off the 2020 festival Saturday night with a special online event featuring Hawai’i-based world champion surfer Carissa Moore, star of the new film, “RISS”. Start watching “RISS” at 7pm to catch the live Q+A with Carissa Moore and accomplished junior surfer Pua DeSoto at 7:45pm.

The film screening and Q&A are free to attend. Find the access link on the film event page on our website, at this link:

https://bit.ly/RissEventHoMA

Read more about Carissa, Pua, and the film “RISS” on the event page!

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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!
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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.
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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.