In the run-up to Asian Sensation!—the Academy’s trifecta of summer exhibitions that open in June—the Honolulu Academy of Arts launches aloHAA, its first blog. The goal is to give you an inside look at the Academy—find out what curators are doing, keep abreast of upcoming exhibitions, and get insight directly from artists. We’ll also fill you in on art-related happenings around town.

My name is Rui Sasaki and I am the exhibition manager for “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now,” part of Asian Sensation!, and have the honor of posting the first entry on aloHAA.

“One Way or Another” brings together 17 emerging artists from across the country who challenge the notion of Asian-American art. (That’s a video still from “I Want To Be the One to Walk in the Sun” by Laurel Nakadate above.) One of the best parts about working on this show is that we invited three of the artists from this exhibition to create site-specific pieces for the Academy. I will post photos and stories from and about these artists as their works unfold in the upcoming months. By the time the exhibition opens in June, you’ll know all the back story to the artwork from this blog—which will make for an even richer experience when you see the show.

Alongside One Way or Another will be two other contemporary exhibitions—a group show featuring China’s superstar artists and Hawai’i’s own Leland Miyano. But more on those later.

I’ll update the blog a few times a week—check in often. Stay tuned!

About Laurel Nakadate: Laurel Nakadate is a photographer and video artist who describes her work as a hybrid of documentary photography and pop culture. Her videos construct narratives through chance encounters with strange men she meets on the street. According to the artist, her work explores themes of voyeurism, exhibitionism, discomfort, loneliness, disconnection, longing, wishing, watching, hostility, gullibility, fear, cunning, slapstick and folly. For this exhibition she created the digital video “I Want to Be the One To Walk in the Sun.”