Aloha Museum Members,
On April 8, the Honolulu Museum of Art turned 92! We continue to be a vital part of Hawai‘i’s art landscape thanks to the dedication of our patrons such as you, other museum visitors, our staff, our Board of Trustees, docents, volunteers, and of course, the artists who help us all find new ways to connect to the world around us through the creative ideas expressed in their work.
Recently, the Museum’s Board of Trustees launched a global search for a new director by engaging the world-renowned search firm Russell Reynolds. We are confident that we will find the best person to lead the museum through the rapidly evolving world of art and museum offerings, particularly as we approach our centennial anniversary year. I am also pleased to announce that at their April meeting, the Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Kitty Wo as their next chair. Please join me in welcoming Kitty to the Board leadership role and in thanking outgoing chair Vi Loo for her many years of accomplishment and leadership through some challenging times. Kitty begins her tenure on July 1.
All of us involved with HoMA are proud of the superb planning and implementation of recent exhibitions and programs such as the mesmerizing exhibition Lisa Reihana: Emissaries (be sure to see it before it closes on July 14—it’s amazing!) and Marian Bijlenga’s Constellation—Drawing in Space. This year, we made an unprecedented effort to feature contemporary art by artists from Hawaiʻi and around the globe to engage the issues of our time. An overwhelmingly positive response was evidenced by the robust attendance of workshops, tours, events, sold-out film festivals, and lively galleries. Our Art School classes are well attended, and we continue to explore options for expanding offerings for the most popular classes.
Summer brings more opportunities for museum visitors to gain fresh perspectives about art. This month you can see recent works by female artists in 21st-Century Women, the evolution of light and video media in GLOW, and collection highlights by heavy hitters Lee Bontecou and Louise Nevelson. In July, the popular month-long Surf Film Festival rolls into the Doris Duke Theater. In August, our feature exhibition Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi opens after four years of research and planning. Asian Art Curator Shawn Eichman brings together iconic works by the Chinese artist. With one of the world’s most prominent Asian art collections, HoMA is excited to present large-scale contemporary art in visual resonance with our historical Chinese paintings on display in other galleries.
During this time of change, I thank you for your support of HoMA and for choosing to attend museum events. Your generosity makes the museum a thriving institution that we are proud of. I look forward to an exciting summer. See you soon at the museum.
Mark A. Burak
Board Trustee and Interim Director