Behind-the-scenes news from the Honolulu Museum of Art

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George Rickey sculptures receive some TLC+

The kinetic sculptures of George Rickey are mesmerizing. Found on the lawns of both museum locations, these engineering feats perform...

Read More+ Monday, April 27, 2015
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Peter Helto’s steampunk side revealed in this Staff Pick+

Have you ever left home without your phone? Many of us feel lost when the aggregate of all human understanding...

Read More+ Monday, April 27, 2015
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Museum outreach: Students use art to communicate the science of Mānoa stream+

In February, Honolulu Museum of Art School instructors took students from Prince Kuhio Elementary and Ala Wai Elementary to Mānoa...

Read More+ Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spend Mother’s Day at the museum because why wouldn’t you?+

Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day and the museum is making arrangements for you and Mom to make the most...

Read More+ Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Something is taking root at Spalding House+

Since last Friday the Spalding House Café chef Susan Lai Hipp has been able to source local ingredients at a...

Read More+ Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Alison Beste’s Oil Tanker Sunsets—musings on the process+

  Alison Beste is an artist featured in the upcoming Artists of Hawaii 2015, opening July 2. Below is her...

Read More+ Friday, April 17, 2015
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Deb Nehmad’s ‘Wasted’ opening at Kim Foster Gallery April 9+

“It was literally my dream come true,” says Deb Nehmad about being at the opening of her first solo exhibition...

Read More+ Friday, April 17, 2015

9 ways to make Mom feel special+

Mother’s Day arrives in two weeks—are you ready? No? Leaving it til the last minute? The Honolulu Museum of Art...

Read More+ Friday, April 17, 2015
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Paradise found: The Garden Club of Honolulu’s Shangri La flower show+

Hawai’i is relentlessly referred to as a paradise—but what does that word really mean? “Paradise” is actually an old compound,...

Read More+ Monday, April 13, 2015
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Behind the scenes: Curator James Jensen visits Masami Teraoka’s studio+

Last week, curator James Jensen visited Masami Teraoka’s studio in Waimānalo as we enter the homestretch to the May 30...

Read More+ Monday, April 13, 2015
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Museum staffers’ HIFF Spring Showcase picks+

The Hawaii International Film Festival is the cinema partner of the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre—we love what each other does....

Read More+ Monday, April 13, 2015
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Security officer Cyril Ruthenberg on his wild photographic recognition+

In February, part-time security officer Cyril Ruthenberg received news that one of his photograph had placed in the top 50...

Read More+ Friday, April 10, 2015
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Theater news: Admission is FREE for kids+

Since March 3, the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre has offered free admission for visitors age 17 and...

Read More+ Monday, April 6, 2015
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Museum hands seven Indian antiquities to Homeland Security Investigations+

Back in September we reported that a special agent from Homeland Security paid the museum a visit. He informed director...

Read More+ Monday, April 6, 2015
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We will not forget Dr. Irv Schatz+

Museum staff were very saddened Friday to learn about the passing of our highly respected and loved docent Dr. Irv...

Read More+ Friday, April 3, 2015
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Central Courtyard’s well-earned renovation+

The grand Central Courtyard—the first thing visitors see upon entering the museum is getting a “groundbreaking” makeover throughout April. The...

Read More+ Friday, April 3, 2015
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Art School’s second celebration of Micronesian culture a hit+

The crowd erupted in whoops and children stuffed dollar bills into dancers’ waistbands as the Palauan troupe Mem Doloik shook...

Read More+ Friday, April 3, 2015
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Andy Graydon’s ‘Garden Paths’: Performers could ‘see’ with words+

In March, I helped organize visiting artist Andy Graydon’s public performance Garden Paths, which was a companion piece to  his...

Read More+ Friday, April 3, 2015
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Museum hires Samuel Gelfy as curator of millennial culture+

Over the past decade the museum has taken steps to better engage younger audiences. By many measures the museum has...

Read More+ Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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First Sundance ShortsLab: Honolulu—fostering talent and building community+

“A film set is a rolling ball of chaos and imminent failure,” said visiting filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean at the...

Read More+ Monday, March 30, 2015

Hamid Rahmanian: His four-year journey into ‘Shahnameh’+

Since the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art opened in February, the museum, in tandem with...

Read More+ Monday, March 30, 2015
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Local artists sure to shine at Contempo #Artshop+

Collecting art is a life-enriching experience, and Contempo #Artshop is sure to set young collectors on the right track to...

Read More+ Monday, March 30, 2015
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‘D’Arranged Marriage’ finds comedy in intergenerational conflict+

Fresh off the first Hawai‘i Sketch Comedy Festival, the museum keeps the funny coming April 9 and 10 with D’Arranged...

Read More+ Monday, March 30, 2015

Stephan Jost: What should our museum look like in five years?+

To mark #MuseumWeek, which runs March 23 to 29, the UK newspaper The Guardian asked directors of British museums: “What...

Read More+ Friday, March 20, 2015

New at Spalding House Shop: Contemporary jewelry by Carly Wright+

You’ll find New York–based jewelry designer Carly Wright’s new nature-inspired creations at the Spalding House Shop this spring. Her singular...

Read More+ Friday, March 20, 2015
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Shahzia Sikander on her Shangri La installation ‘Unseen’ and contemporary Islamic art+

Artist Shahzia Sikander has been busy the last few years. In 2012, the U.S. State Department honored her and four...

Read More+ Friday, March 20, 2015
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Three ‘ie toga mats go on view for the first time+

On view through Aug. 9, Shifting Values of Plaited Power highlights the weaving traditions of the Pacific with skillfully crafted...

Read More+ Monday, March 16, 2015
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Kimee Balmilero guarantees you’ll LOL your pants at the first Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival+

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Kimee Balmilero’s professional credits include the Emmy-nominated Discovery Kids series Hi-5, the original Broadway cast...

Read More+ Monday, March 16, 2015

Museum Shop: The place for special things+

Along with its great selection of art books, jewelry, accessories, notecards, journals and fun, arty novelty gifts, the Museum Shop...

Read More+ Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Beyond the museum: Ice Cream Party 2015 exhibition at Arts at Marks Garage+

Ice Cream Party 2015: Oh Sweet Goodness! Arts at Marks Garage • on view through March 28 Ceramic magician Daven...

Read More+ Wednesday, March 11, 2015