Exhibition Dates: July 14 - August 28, Tues - Sat, 12-5pm
Reception and First Friday: August 7, 6-9pm
The ARTS at Mark’s Garage
1159 Nu’uanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817
CONTACT is an annual juried exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of “contact” as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences. In its second year, CONTACT 2015 was originally presented at the Honolulu Museum of Art School in April 2015 and is now being reinterpreted at The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, open from July 14 - August 28.
The exhibition was curated and juried by Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, former Bishop Museum curator and current specialist at University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s American Studies department, and Ngahiraka Mason, Indigenous curator, Māori Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa. The 2,000 sq. ft. exhibition will featured an array of new two and three dimensional works, as well as site-specific installations on the front area of the School lawn, around the construct of CONTACT.
Artists were been asked to respond to this “americanization” period in Hawai’i from the 1890s through the 1930s. The writings of John Dominis Holt, a native Hawaiian Ali’i, writer, publisher, philanthropist, art collector and philosopher, were considered by artists as a source of insight and inspiration. In particular the seminal monograph, On Being Hawaiian, dissects some of the intensity of “contact” from this period.
During this pivotal, post Hawaiian nationhood period, the course of island history had been set; a self-anointed provisional government took over leadership of the Hawaiian Islands, the Territory of Hawaii had an appointed Governor, the US military built a dozen installations, hotels bloomed in Waikiki as visitors flocked to the islands, and no tariffs on “imports” to the continent made Hawai’i the capital of sugar production in America. This time period marked an intense period of contact around heritage, history, continuity, resilience, resistance, integration and change.
The exhibition will feature works by CONTAT 2015 artists: ʻImaikalani Kalahele, Marika Emi, Kalani Largusa, Solomon Enos, Drew Broderick, Hanale Hopfe, Jerry Vasconcellos, Charlton Kupa’a Hee, Nanea Lum, Kahi Ching, Kauʻi Chun, Harinani Orme, Debbie Young, KC Grennan, Duane Preble, Momi Greene, Jan Becket, Charlie Dickson and Les FIlter Feeders.
CONTACT 2015 was generously sponsored by the Maoli Arts Alliance (MA’A) an initiative of Pu‘uhonua Society, Na Mea Hawai’i, WCIT Architecture, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of the Native Hawaiian community.