August 13, 2014
January 04, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
Spalding House’s academically aligned exhibition program continues with HI Society, which takes a critical look at social issues such as identity, diversity, and power here in Hawai‘i.
HI Society begins with two installations by local artists Brenda Cablayan and April Hokulani Drexel that address the question, “Who lives here?” in very different ways. Photographic portraits by Cheyne Gallarde and Shuzo Uemoto (who is also the museum’s staff photographer) touch upon issues of ethnic stereotypes and cultural identity. A multimedia collaboration between artist Edwin Ushiro and storyteller Lopaka Kapanui that explores and illustrates the role of folklore as a means of shaping ones actions and attitudes. And visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts and conclusions and participate in discourse through an interactive, intellectually safe gallery space featuring an installation by Brandon Ng.