On view until October 29, In the House: Recent Acquisitions features a selection of contemporary works recently acquired by the Honolulu Museum of Art. In order to properly care for and preserve the collection, light-sensitive materials such as works on paper and those made from natural fibers or dyes may only be displayed for a limited period of time.
Several of these fragile pieces will come off view during the exhibition and be replaced by other newly acquired paintings, drawings and prints. One such work on view from March 20 through May 19 is New York-based artist Jane Hammond’s mixed media piece All Souls (Pahala). Hammond was inspired to begin her series All Souls after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when she dreamed of a map of the Middle East covered with butterflies. The works explore cyclical themes of life and death, transformation and change, as well as ideas of diaspora and dispersion. Hammond created this new piece specifically for HoMA in honor of the late Curator of Contemporary Art James “Jay” Jensen. Hammond explains: “[Jay] came to Hawai‘i for his adult life and worked hard to show the art of many islanders to each other and to bring art from far away to the islands… It feels to me like he was all about the dispersion of energy—both bodied and beyond.”
Works by Guy Pène du Bois, Jane Hammond, Keichi Kimura, Takaya Miou, Christopher Russell, Sean Scully, Judith Shea, James Surls, William T. Wiley, and Charles Yuen will rotate into the exhibition.