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Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Erick Swenson’s sculptures look so real, they make people gasp.  You simply do not expect to see a life size seven point buck, flayed, its flesh peeling back from bones, lying, surprised, on a gallery floor.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Swenson mixes animals and humans too, so you begin to think maybe some odd looking creatures really exist.

Mark Ramelb
Mark Ramelb

Contact Hawai’i is proving to be Honolulu’s most intellectually and visually stimulating annual art exhibition.  The 2018 show opened with multiple installations in Waikiki and continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the jurors’ combined perspectives yielded a show with energy and insight.

Matt Shallenberger
Matt Shallenberger

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, intriguing ideas are the seeds for resonant works of art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, some interesting   ideas inform a ceramist and a photographer whose works  are on view now at the First Hawaiian Center downtown.

Sailing into 2018,  we all wish each other an easy, pleasant year, free of hardship and struggle.  There are some, however, who relish adversity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports printmaker Charles Cohan does things the hard way, and the evidence of struggle is invigorating to behold.

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Sometimes a few moments of quiet contemplation can really boost productivity.  That’s what the Honolulu Museum at First Hawaiian Center is for.  Right now, three exhibitions there at the corner of King and Bishop, offer some of Hawai‘i’s finest artists in new combinations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended the opening of Abstractions in Paint, Wood, and Fiber.

Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato
Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato

A new Abstract Expressionist exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art is highlighting connections between Hawai‘i artists of the 1950-s and ‘60’s and their brash counterparts in New York.  The storied “Chateau Metcalf” cadre of local artists experienced America’s mid-century avant garde, then went on to shape Hawai‘i’s art and esthetics.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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For those who saw it in 2012, artist Kaili Chun’s twenty four hour pop up installation of fifty 8-foot steel cells on Waimānalo Beach was a testimony to the mute power of art.  Right now, her installation of fishnets at the Honolulu Museum and hundreds of copper fish at the Prince Waikīkī nicely bookend Chun’s ideas about global systems and the importance of place.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Taiji Terasaki
Taiji Terasaki

This year, the Contact Hawai‘i show at the Honolulu Museum of Art School asked artists to envision our islands a thousand years from now.  Some artists came up with post-apocalyptic scenarios, a giant white tiki carving is bound by ropes on the front lawn, while others explored tourism, climate change, relationships, and more.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one artist’s vision of Hawai‘i as a bountiful Eden.

Medium White Tee: A Shirt Shack Fit For a President

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GRT Architects
GRT Architects

These are President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office. After eight years in the White House, many are preparing to bid farewell to the 44th President. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one person who’s showing her appreciation in an unexpected way.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Hawai‘i has a strong clay culture, and much of it is community based.  The Hawai‘i Potters’ Guild, the Volcano Village Artists, Hui No‘eau, the Lāna‘i Arts Center, and Kaua‘i Community College all play crucial roles keeping ceramics alive on their respective islands.  Recently, the Moloka‘i Arts Center jumped in too, for people love to work with clay.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first statewide juried ceramics exhibition.

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Successful artists today must Tweet incessantly, they do Instagram and Pinterest, they collaborate and interact with their audiences all day long.  Other artists, like those of the past, work alone for long periods, on art which often is not seen beyond their studio walls.  

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Call it coincidence as many do, but April has a reputation for violence among terrorism experts.  Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in April, as was Abraham Lincoln.  Hitler was born April 20, 1889.  Patriots’ Day, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, is April 19.

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  The Pu‘uhonua Society’s annual CONTACT exhibition opens tonight at the Honolulu Museum School.  This year, artists across the state were encouraged to dig for personal reflections on the theme of “Foreign and Familiar.”  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa stopped by after the selection process to get the jurors’ thoughts on the show.

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  Painter Reem Bassous was born in Beirut, Lebanon where a civil war raged from 1975 to 1990.  It’s estimated almost a million people fled the country, and up to one hundred fifty thousand were killed.   Though the war was officially over twenty six years ago, many, like Bassous, are struggling to come to terms with what they’ve been through.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Beirut is a crazy kind of Beautiful.”

Painter Reem Bassous says Beirut is cosmopolitan in ways we can’t imagine, with trendy discos for example, alongside a two thousand year old Roman bath.

Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media
Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media

  Twelve groups of dancers from across Micronesia, craft demonstrations, a little marketplace, a Chamorro food truck, you will get an immersion in Micronesian culture tomorrow, 10-4, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  It's all part of the Celebrate Micronesia! Festival and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

bluewaikiki.com / Flickr
bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

Some change is in the works at Honolulu’s largest art museum.

Stephan Jost is stepping down as the director of the Honolulu Museum to lead Canada's largest art gallery the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Over the last five years he oversaw the rebranding of the museum’s different locations including the Spalding House on Tantalus and the historic Doris Duke estate on the slopes of Diamond Head.

Jost is credited with balancing the museum’s budget as well as increasing the museum’s attendance, programs and membership.

Hawaii Craftsmen
hawaii craftsmen

    The annual Hawai‘i Craftsmen Exhibition is known for its superb workmanship and commitment to statewide representation.  This year, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports an esteemed juror spurred a wider range of submissions, breathing fresh life into this annual exhibition of excellence in Hawai‘i craftsmanship.

The 48th Annual Hawai‘i Craftsmen Juried Exhibition runs through November 20th at the Honolulu Museum School Main Gallery.  

Oct. 27 - Nov. 20, 2015
Free for public viewing

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Noe Tanigawa

 

  

  

  

   A little over a year ago, 249 artists from all over Hawai‘i submitted portfolios  hoping to be included in the Honolulu Museum’s Artists of Hawai‘I exhibition.  Eight artists were chosen, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the show, now on view.  

Artists of Hawai‘i continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through October 25th.  Artists featured in the exhibition will gather for an informal discussion in the Doris Duke Theatre  August 11, 6pm.  

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  An expansive and enjoyable sale of primarily local contemporary art is underway for just a few days at Spalding House in Makiki, the former Contemporary Museum.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended the Contempo #Artshop opening to peruse the inventory.

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  Maui-born Andy Graydon has shown internationally in the emerging field of sound art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Graydon is among a growing number of artists linking imagination and sound.

Andy Graydon’s installation, “Figure 1 (these things we know)” remains on view at the Honolulu Museum through May 31st.

Find out more on the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit, “Figure 1 (these things we know)”

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    The second annual “Contact” show is living up to its goals of both breaking new ground and providing points of convergence.  Offerings range from films, group discussions, even an ‘ukulele sing along, to the exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The “CONTACT” curators, Noelle Kahanu and Ngahiraka Mason, host a discussion tonight, and there are related events into next week.  The exhibition runs through Sunday April 12.   Upstairs, the Ancient Hawai'i exhibit funs through April 30th.

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  The 7th annual Surf Film Festival is underway at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art.  The selection spans a wide range of the surfing world, from historical films, to documentaries about the future of the sport.

Abigail Algar is the curator. She says that the films are more than just a collection of surf movies, instead it’s more about the impact surfing has on the community.

The festival continues till the end of the month.

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   In the art world, private collectors are key to our sense of cultural history.  According to Art Market Monitor, the majority of artworks in museums were acquired with the help of private collectors.  Here,  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two Hawai'i collectors who are sharing their photographs with the public.

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    Some of Honolulu’s most engaging art exhibits have been created around the education focus at Spalding House in Makiki, the site of the former Contemporary Museum.  With a newly refurbished café and gift shop, Spalding House is an especially fun discovery for families.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a tour through the current exhibit, “Inquiring Finds: the Science Behind Art”.

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  A small exhibit at the Honolulu Museum School  is highlighting a growing component in Hawai’i’s social fabric.  “Carrying Culture: Micronesia” takes a look into the culture of those western Pacific islands via coconut baskets.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Carrying Culture: Micronesia” continues through April 28th, at the Honolulu Museum School mezzanine gallery.  

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Georgia O’Keeffe is renowned for her paintings of skulls and flowers in northern New Mexico. Ansel Adams is best known for his majestic photographs of Yosemite. Both artists were commissioned for projects in Hawai’i, and they created visual time capsules of their visits here. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the O’Keeffe/Adams exhibit on now at the Honolulu Museum.

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This Friday night, a dozen of Honolulu ‘s best restaurants are teaming up with a wine purveyor for a night of fun at the Honolulu Museum of Art.   Budding collectors, there’s a  special reason you won’t want to miss this.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s all to benefit art education.

August Moon, a benefit for art education, happens at the Honolulu Museum of Art this Friday, August 2nd, from 6 to 9pm.   12 eateries, including Chef Mavro, Morimoto's, Salt, and the Pig and the Lady will be participating.  Fifty three wines will be available for tasting and sale.