Contemporary art

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Artists of Hawai’i 2015 update: Apps and pastry wrappings+

Regular blog readers may remember that earlier this month, curator of contemporary art James Jensen visited Lauren Trangmar, Emily McIlroy,...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Lauren Trangmar on her research process+

Curiosity is the desire to uncover what lies beyond our present understanding of the world. Alongside wonder, which was traditionally considered...

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Find out what Giant Robot artist Yoskay Yamamoto has in store for #ArtShop+

The upcoming massive exhibition at Contempo #ArtShop at Spalding House, opening June 18, includes a pop-up gallery from the juggernaut...

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Ayad Alkadhi on ‘I Am Baghdad XV’+

  The exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art includes work by contemporary Islamic artists who have...

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Staff Picks: Katherine Love+

“I like to support and promote women artists, because sometimes I feel like they get overlooked,” says curatorial assistant for...

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Maya Lea Portner+

“I want to pin each piece to the wall,” said artist Maya Lea Portner, holding a strip of white-painted board...

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‘Artists of Hawai‘i 2015′ update: Three studio visits with James Jensen+

With the opening of Artists of Hawai‘i 2015 less than two months away, many of the artists are in the...

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The process: In dialogue with artist Reem Bassous and curator Healoha Johnston+

Opening in December is the exhibition Beyond the Archive: Paintings by Reem Bassous. That may seem miles away to you,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Andy Graydon: Phase 2 of ‘Fig. 1,’ opening Feb. 27+

Andy Graydon arrived in Honolulu on Feb. 17, and has been preparing nonstop for his sound installation Fig. 1 (these...

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Crotchet artist Olek: Ocean preservation, sisal, and skulls+

Now hard at work on the museum’s front lawn, as part of a Pow! Wow! Hawaii project, is Olek, the...

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James Jean: Organic characters and fractals+

Last night, artist James Jean started work on his mural going up in Luce Pavilion, projecting his detailed sketch on...

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Pow! Wow! Hawaii expands to museum and Art School this week+

Last year, Pow! Wow! Hawaii, in collaboration with Los Angeles gallery thinkspace, held its first Exploring the New Contemporary Movement...

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Origami artists Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander: Paper and polygons+

Opening at Spalding House on Feb. 4 is Less=More, an exhibition of works by internationally recognized and local artists that...

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People watching: George Segal’s ‘Japanese Couple’+

George Segal (American, 1924 – 2000) Japanese Couple Against a Brick Wall, 1982 Plaster, wood, paint, faux brick Gift of...

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Artists of Hawai’i 2015: Alison Beste on what lies beneath+

In the last year, I’ve become intrigued by the ubiquitous and iconic sunset image in travel media depicting Hawai‘i. You...

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Art Spotlight: Two newly acquired photographs by Man Ray+

On view in Recent Acquisitions is a smallish cubical display with two photographic works by famed 20th-century artist Man Ray. The gift...

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Manga star Erica Sakurazawa talks ‘Love Vibes’ and teaches a workshop at the museum+

Honolulu’s manga community got an end-of-year frisson when manga artist Erica Sakurazawa came to the museum last month as part...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2015 | Emily McIlroy: Wild Flesh+

In her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World, author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams defines “bewilderness” as “the place...

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See a different view of ‘Land Division’ through Jan 4+

In an unorthodox move, the museum has repositioned the two elements of the installation Land Division: An Installation by Sean...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Ready, steady, go!+

Last Tuesday, the eight artists selected for Artists of Hawai‘i 2015 gathered in museum director Stephan Jost’s office for an...

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Experience a sound-and-sketch session on Feb. 28+

Opening Feb. 27 is a whole new experience at the museum—Andy Graydon’s sound installation Fig. 1. We’ve designed a workshop...

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