Impressions: The Honolulu Printmakers at Shangri La

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March 27, 2018 - September 09, 2018
Arts of the Islamic World Gallery

Exhibition Overview

Part of the Arts of the Islamic World Gallery, which showcases works from Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, is devoted to contemporary art. Now on view is this selection of prints that have a special connection to Shangri La.

In 2004, the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design invited the Honolulu Printmakers to visit and explore. The museum had opened to the public just two years earlier following its transformation from private home of philanthropist and collector Doris Duke to a center for Islamic arts and cultures. Inspired by the experience, the Honolulu Printmakers’ 22 artists created the series of 21 prints on display in this exhibition.

That collaboration 14 years ago was a key moment in the history of Shangri La—these prints are the first-known artistic responses to the museum as a public institution, made even richer by their production by, and connections to, artists from Honolulu’s local art community. Seven years later, Shangri La established its well-known Artists-in-Residence program.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Honolulu Printmakers and this exhibition honors this early collaboration between the organization and Shangri La, and suggests how artists may enrich the self-understanding of a public institution.

The artists’ explorations of light, pattern, and color provide a wealth of narrative and interpretative voices and a visual language that highlights, explores, and continues to activate and enliven our landscapes, structures, and collections.