Making Waves

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    April Gornik (American, b. 1953). 'Tropical Drift,' 1998. Color direct gravure, spit bite aquatint. Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith (TCM.2009.23.69). Image courtesy of the artist

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    Kapulani Landgraf (Hawaiian, b. 1966). 'Pua'a Kai,' 2000. Gelatin silver print. Gift of David Dolan in honor of George R. and Nancy Ellis, 2003 (27398). © Kapulani Landgraf.

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June 14, 2018 - February 03, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

Making Waves is the first of two exhibitions highlighting the important role of women artists in the museum’s contemporary collection. In this show, the works by international and Hawai‘i-based artists all have a relationship to water. Oceanscapes, waterfalls, sea creatures, and abstractions provide multiple interpretations of water—as a force (peaceful and destructive) of nature, a symbolic or mythological character, and as a subject for formal exploration.

Water plays a fundamental role in the life of all peoples, and its protection and conservation is especially relevant in Hawai‘i. The works in this exhibition may offer creative ways to think about how we interact with this essential liquid.

On view are photographs and video works by Debra Bloomfield, Suda House, Kapulani Landgraf, Tracy Moffatt, Kenda North and Bruna Stude. Paintings and drawings include works by Jennifer Bartlett, Carol Bennett and Pat Steir. Prints by Vija Celmins, Louisa Chase, April Gornik, Agnes Martin, Ann McCoy, Judy Pfaff, Kiki Smith and Maggie Taylor; and ceramic, wood, metal, and mixed media work by Jill Bonovitz, Diane Chen KW, Melinda Fawver, Komelia Hongja Okim, Susan Rothenberg, Meridel Rubenstein and Toshiko Takaezu.