Contemporary art

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Keith Tallett has a solo show at the new SPF Projects gallery in Kaka‘ako+

Did you love Keith Tallett’s banana tattooed with “watufaka” and his Flying Hawaiians gleaming, resined wood slabs emblazoned with tire...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2013 | Ryan Higa: Visual inspiration+

Someone named this plant ‘baby toes.’ Ryan Higa, one of the 11 artists who were selected to be part of...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2013 | John Ferdico: The persuasiveness of craft+

On miniature aircraft, scale modelers painstakingly reproduce things like wires and rivet heads in sizes up to 70 times smaller...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2013 | Amber Aguirre: What I’m working on now+

My work has most often focused on social commentary. As the child of a Holocaust survivor I was aware from...

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A glimpse into a day in the life of a curator+

From Curator of Contemporary Art James Jensen, who had a break from everyday curatorial duties: Usually an art museum curator’s...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2013 | John Ferdico: What I Make+

I’ve been an artist all my life, but when someone asks me, “What sort of work do you make?” I...

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Artists of Hawai‘i 2013 | Roberta Griffith: Progress on ‘Debris Contained’+

A series I am working on for Artists of Hawaii 2013 consists of five hand-sculpted, small Keraflex porcelain boxes. Titled...

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The Artists of Hawai‘i 11 meet in the director’s office+

Last October, museum curators selected out of hundreds of submissions 11 artists to be part of Artists of Hawai‘i 2013....

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Opening reception for Cox Award recipient John Koga+

Last Wednesday, the museum held a small reception for the Catharine E.B. Cox Award Exhibition. This year’s recipient of the...

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And the winners are…+

Congratulations to Ailsa Horky of Kaneohe and Tyler Dos Santos-Tam of Honolulu for winning our Instagram and Twitter contests at...

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Congratulations Keith Tallett, Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient!+

The museum is excited to learn that Hawai‘i Island–based mixed-media artist Keith Tallett, whose work was included in Artists of...

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Seeing ‘Courage and Strength’ through the eyes of soldiers+

“I like this picture because if I had to guess, he was on patrol or had a long day of...

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Update on Artists of Hawai‘i 2013+

Yesterday was the last day to submit work for Artists of Hawai‘i 2013. Jay Jensen, curator of contemporary art, and...

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Responding to ‘Courage + Strength’+

The photography exhibition Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served has been a moving experience for many visitors,...

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Garden of Reflection Week 6+

For our final week at the Spalding House, the Academy of the Pacific students and I touched up and secured...

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Garden of Reflection Week 5+

The students from Academy of the Pacific take a break after adding some finishing touches to our colored mirror and...

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Garden of Reflection Week 3+

Week 3 of our Garden of Reflection installation has produced some unexpected light effects and placement of reflective objects. Visitors...

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Garden of Reflection: Week 1+

It was a great first weekend here at Spalding House! Here I am installing the colored mirrors, which museum visitors...

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An art project E.O. Wilson would love+

Andrea Jonna Charuk completed her second weekend as Orvis Artist in Residence at Spalding House on Sunday. Her project Take...

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Tattoo legend Mike Ledger in our photo studio today+

Curators have selected 10 contemporary artists to highlight in our upcoming exhibition Tattoo Honolulu. One of them is the highly...

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Eggs hatched, ready for takeoff!+

Last month we reported that a shama thrush had laid eggs in Orvis artist in residence Eva Enriquez’s project—which just...

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The rise of the guava saplings+

Last week visiting artist Patrick Dougherty and his crew—Hawai‘i artist Leland Miyano, museum staff, volunteers—harvested a forest’s worth of invasive...

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Hawai‘i Art Now members-only opening tonight+

The first concrete sign of Hawai‘i Art Now was Eli Baxter installing her work Ascension on the staircase leading to...

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Visitors become impromptu art assistants on vacay+

The stripping of the strawberry guava saplings started on our front lawn today. Sherwood and Gerry Gwan, pictured here, are...

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The great guava harvest of 2012+

Today Patrick Dougherty started work on his installation at the museum—this meant harvesting tons of strawberry guava saplings from Ho‘omaluhia...

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Curator’s Notes: Delving into ‘Anxiety’s Edge’+

Three more days until Anxiety’s Edge opens in the new contemporary art gallery. The work is installed, the floors are...

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Curator’s notes: Update on new contemporary art gallery+

When Gallery 27 reopens on Sept. 16, one of the most prominent changes you’ll see is the addition of what...

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Curator’s notes: A new arrival—George Rickey+

Have you noticed something different about the Academy as you drive by? On Aug. 2, we welcomed a new arrival...

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Curator’s notes: More on Gallery 27 changes+

Our installation staff is busy in Gallery 27 removing temporary walls and building new ones to break up the gallery...

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Curator’s notes: Transformation of Gallery 27 starts next week+

This is the first entry for what I hope will be a series about the reinstallation of Gallery 27—where the...

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