The Honolulu Museum of Art has been hosting PechaKucha Honolulu at its Art School since 2008. The fast-paced quarterly event gives speakers the chance to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, about a current creative project.

This month’s theme is “muse,” and for the second time it takes place at Spalding House in Makiki Heights (you can get there only via free shuttle bus from the Art School—more info below) this Friday, May 5. Through kismet, many of the speakers are museum professionals from around the island. Representing HoMA are director Sean O’Harrow and archivist and Lending Collection coordinator Dawn Sueoka.

O’Harrow will give a taste of the museum’s big fall show. “In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West, I am speaking on the topic of Jackson Pollock and new ways to look at his art,” he reveals. Sueoka will talk about another source of artistic inspiration—the museum’s Lending Collection, and how using handleable art objects in art education can be a real muse for students.

“Each object in the lending collection has a story to tell about how people adapted to, made sense of, and moved through the world around them,” says Suekoa. “Because of this, objects are a really tangible way of exploring a wide range of topics and issues. I’ll be focusing on some specific objects from the Lending Collection, and sharing the ways that individual objects have been used to support learning in a variety of subject areas.”

O‘ahu students interacting with works in the museum's lending collection.

O‘ahu students interacting with works in the museum’s lending collection.

Joining them are three Bishop Museum staff members—historian DeSoto Brown, exhibition designer Michael Wilson, and zoologist and ichthyologist Dr. Rich Pyle.

Other speakers include:
Matt Ortiz, Michael Ceballos, and Mary Hattori: Animation Inspiration
Peiling Kao + University of Hawai‘i Dance students: Improvisational dancers
Joseph Stanton: Art historian, poet, UH Mānoa American Studies professor
Shareen Murayama and her poetry students

PechaKucha Muse: May 5, 7–9pm
The event is free with RSVP.
Go here to RSVP.

Things to know:
• This event is at Spalding House. A courtesy shuttle will run between the Art School and Spalding House every 15 minutes. The first shuttle departs from the Art School at 6:30pm, with the last return shuttle departing from Spalding House at 9:30pm.
• The event will be held outdoors, with some tent-covered seats available.
• Flyin’ Ahi will provide food available to purchase at the event. Drinks are free.