What do the Honolulu Museum of Art, The Drawing Center, the New-York Historical Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art all have in common? They are all up for an Association of Art Museum Curators’ Award for Excellence for Outstanding Small Exhibition.

We at the museum are all so excited about the nomination of The Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga  for the award. Have a look at the ballot.

The exhibition was co-curated by Shawn Eichman, Asian Art Curator, and Stephen Salel, the Robert F. Lange Foundation Research Associate for Japanese Art. The exhibition packed a lot of information in an accessible, user-friendly way, and used iPads to allow visitors to page through books that were under glass cases. Installation designer Larry Maruya created the engaging space, complete with sliding shoji doors to make sure under-age museum goers didn’t stumble onto the R-rated material. Graphic Designer Jared Stone designed all the exhibition graphics.

“Shawn Eichman and I are very honored that such a prestigious organization as the Association of Art Museum Curators considers Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga to be comparable to this year’s other nominees,” says Salel. “This is a time when the Honolulu Museum of Art is undertaking a variety of new, ambitious projects, and we’re delighted that those projects are being greeted with enthusiasm from both the general public and our colleagues at other art organizations throughout the United States.”

AAMC members will cast their votes for the award categories. The voting deadline is April 20. Wish us luck!