July 27, 2017
October 28, 2018
A key function of art is to provide commentary and insight on the world around us. It can be critical or affirmative, and focus on the sensational or the mundane.
Ultimately, art is a visual account of our history told by the artists who make it, giving the viewer access to multiple truths and perspectives that may be absent in mainstream discourses.
The World Reflected features highlights from the museum’s contemporary art collection that touch upon current issues such as identity, ethnic inequality, colonialism, and the environment.
See works by Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Andres Serrano, Kara Walker and others.
Media sponsor: FLUX Hawaii
Murder in Hawaiian Shirts, 1989
Celastic, silkscreened fabric, painted plastic found objects
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the artist and partial purchase with funds derived from gifts of the Honolulu Advertiser Collection at Persis Corporation, by exchange (TCM.1996.57.2)
Copyright Dennis Oppenheim Estate