HI Society

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    Inset from Cheyne Gallarde's 'Wat school you wen go?' (detail). 2014.

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    April A.H. Drexel (Kanaka ʻŌiwi). 'Kupa‘a.' Digital print on acrylic sheet, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

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    Cheyne Gallarde (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'Wat school you wen go?' Digital prints on foam board, 2014 Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'Houses on the Hill.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'Raise the House.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu Hawai‘i). 'The Limousine.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu Hawai‘i). 'Pool Over Makiki. Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu Hawai‘i). 'The Red Pareo.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brenda Cablayan (American, active O‘ahu Hawai‘i). 'Under the Overpass.' Acrylic on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Edwin Ushiro (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'THIS ALL LED ME BACK TO YOU.' Mixed media on Lucite, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Brandon Ng (American, active O‘ahu, Hawai‘i). 'Talk Story'. Ambrotype with Archival Pigment Print, 2012 Courtesy of the artist.

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August 13, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House

Exhibition Overview

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.

WHO LIVES HERE? HI Society begins with two installations by local artists Brenda Cablayan and April A.H. Drexel that address the question, “Who lives here?” in very different ways.

WHAT ARE YOU? 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.

HOW YOU GONNA ACT? The multimedia collaboration between artist Edwin Ushiro and storyteller Lopaka Kapanui—Tales of the Faceless Lady—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 Talk Story, an interactive, intellectually safe gallery space featuring Brandon Ng's installation Talk Story.


Add your face and thoughts to Brandon Ng's Talk Story installation
Sept 3-Dec 15, first Wednesdays and third Sundays, 1-4pm
On the museum's free days, collaborate with Brandon Ng on his installation Talk Story. Sign up to have Brandon take your portrait using an antique photographic process known as wet plate collodion. This process yields an ethereal image of you on a glass plate that will be added to the expanding installation of portraits. Then, as your portrait is being developed, write your response to the question "what does living in Hawai‘i mean to you?" directly onto a designated space of the gallery wall—contribute to the conversation about what it means for you to live in this special place today.

Ask the front desk for photo shoot location, as it may change depending on lighting and weather conditions. Please note that this antique photographic process requires sitters to remain completely still for approximately 10 seconds. Development of the image takes about 20 minutes. Your portrait will be installed in the gallery and remain on view through January 4. Participation in this activity gives the Honolulu Museum of Art permission to free use of the portrait created for exhibition, advertising, and promotion.

This exhibition is generously supported by