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 A.H. 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.
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.