"Seen and Heard" by Stephen NilesFor his work in Artists of Hawai‘i 2009, Stephen Niles drew one of New York artist Rirkrit Tiravanija’s cook-for-you installations in the David Zwirner Gallery. Tiravanija made his name in the mid-1990s with these events, and Niles, who lived in New York at the time, recently rendered one of them in pastels. On his blog, Niles writes of the drawing, “The image is a pastel drawing of mine titled ‘Seen and Heard’ describing itself and a scene and herd situation. … Rirkrit built a plywood box café and served Thai food for free. The group pictured seemed bright and engaged reveling in the gesture.” 

“Seen and Heard” is on view in Artists of Hawai‘i through Aug. 16. Stephen Niles, along with Russell Sunabe and Rujunko Pugh, will speak about his work at a members-only Artist Gallery Talk on July 15 at 6pm. It is the first in a new series for members that the Academy is launching. Will include wine—you get to “think and drink.” If you don’t want to miss it, why not join the museum?