Carrying Culture: Micronesia

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    A scene from 'The Land of Eb.'

March 18, 2014 - April 28, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

To celebrate the arts and traditions of a growing part of Hawai‘i’s social fabric, the Honolulu Museum of Art School presents the program Carrying Culture: Micronesia, which includes an exhibition, workshops, and the film The Land of Eb in March.

Micronesians are a part of the museum’s surrounding community, and we’re proud to get to know our neighbors and help to raise awareness of their cultures and lifestyle.

Carrying Culture: Micronesia programs

Exhibition: March 19-April 28
On view in the Art School’s Mezzanine Gallery will be a canoe, displays about the geography, cultures, arts, and traditions such as navigation, and photographs by Lynn Martin Graton taken while she was doing field research in Micronesia in the 1980s.

Also on view are works by Marshallese students from Hawai‘i Island, who have been working with instructor-artist Janine Aberg.

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 18, 5-7pm
The reception will feature food from the Kosrae Benevolent Association, Marshallese New Life Church, and Innocenta Sound-Kikku of Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic's JOIN Services; dance performances by Lale Dron of the Marshallese Women's Club, and Walu Mataw of Explore and Decorate the Ocean; and Marshallese weaver Charity Joel. Visitors can explore booths representing the Marshallese Education Day Committee, Kosrae Benevolent Association, Chuuk, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands Consulate.

Film: The Land of Eb, FREE, March 18
Kona-based filmmaker Andrew Williamson was so taken by Jonithen Jackson, whom he met through a mutual friend, that he made a fictionalized account of Jackson’s life—starring Jackson. Jonithen Jackson’s family was relocated from the Northern Pacific Marshall Islands—the site of 67 nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958, including the 15-megaton Bravo shot. The health consequences of the testing still plague Marshallese today—and is part of the story of The Land of Eb. Filmed in Kona and Ocean View—where Jackson and his family actually live—this narrative film reveals a part of Hawai‘i that even many of us who are born and raised here are unaware of. A must-see for everyone who lives in the islands. See details and trailer.
Special guest: Andrew Williamson will introduce the film and lead a Q+A after the screening.