April 17, 2021 – Jan 16, 2022
Join us for some unexpected, interactive fun this year!
Joyful Return is a museum-wide exhibition featuring a series of six outdoor pop-up installations and one gallery installation, each a mix of engaging, evolving, hands-on elements brought to life by museum guests and the HoMA community.
Each individual component of the multi-part exhibition will make up a fresh, fun, community-driven experience celebrating a return to shared experiences, art-making, conversations, and personal connections.
Help us bring Joyful Return to life!
Check out our schedule of hands-on guided activities to participate in the different pop-up installations!
We’re also looking for community submissions of photos, memories, and hands-on help— learn how you can get involved.
Outdoor pop-up installations
Six site-specific installations will be located in various locations around the museum, taking advantage of the museum’s open-air spaces.
April 17 – Dec 19, 2021
Location: Central Courtyard
Return is a community-sourced mural collage behind the monumental bronze figure of Penelope by Émile-Antoine Bourdelle—a long-familiar icon in HoMA’s Central Courtyard. The contemporary, colorful mural behind her is animated with museum visitors’ memories of friendship, endurance, and community.
April 17 – Jan 9, 2021
Location: Walter F. and Mary Dillingham Frear Sculpture Terrace
This garden installation is made up of community-sourced, quilted flags created by museum visitors, local students, and volunteers. Individual flags are stitched together into banners celebrating the interconnectedness of ‘ohana, community, our island, and the world.
May 15 – Dec 19, 2021
Location: Kīna‘u Courtyard
A community greenspace developed alongside Honolulu-based artist Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt. With the help of many hands, the courtyard will be transformed into a hanging garden, with bamboo benches, coconut planters, and other organic elements referencing local practices and sustainable plant stewardship.
Related community programming will celebrate plant cultivation, Hawai‘i’s environment, and biodiversity.
June 12 – Jan 2, 2022
Location: Kīna‘u Courtyard
HoMA is partnering with local mural artists Wooden Wave (Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz) to present Crossing Currents. Originally installed with a solid black vinyl surface, this obscured mural symbolizes the trials of the past year. As visitors remove the vinyl, the mural will gradually evolve into an abstracted image with increasing color and clarity.
In its final form, the fully exposed mural celebrates the strength of our community, the biodiversity of our island, and our common hopes for a brighter, dynamic future filled with joy.
July 17 – Jan 9, 2022
Location: Palm Courtyard
Wildly colorful additions to museum architecture created with community-sourced textiles.
Sept 25 – Dec 19, 2021
Location: Mediterranean Courtyard
An interactive experience amplifying and celebrating of the sounds and voices of HoMA.
Reflect: Modern and Contemporary Highlights
April 17 – July 25, 2021
Reflect is a presentation of works from HoMA’s permanent collection featuring 40 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and works on paper created by iconic 20th-century artists. This installation will include audio “reflections” on individual artworks by a diverse group of Community Voices respondents from across Honolulu.
Reflect: Community Voices
April 17 – July 25
Tune in to this series of audio recordings to hear eighteen of our Honolulu community members reflect on what individual artworks in Reflect mean to them.
Joyful Return Courtyard Map
Joyful Return was made possible by leading sponsor the Maurice and Joanna Sullivan Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Sharon Twigg-Smith, Stephen and Susan Chamberlin, and Herb and Nancy Conley. Special thanks to presenting corporate sponsor First Hawaiian Bank with additional funding from First Insurance Company of Hawaii.