Kapulani Landgraf (Hawai‘i, b. 1966), Kahulumanu, 2011. Hand-etched silver gelatin prints on netting. Purchase, 2016 (2016-1-01). © 2021 Kapulani Landgraf

Reflect: Modern and Contemporary Highlights

April 17 – July 25

Part of the Joyful Return exhibition, Reflect: Modern and Contemporary Highlights is a presentation of significant paintings, sculptures, photographs, new media, and works on paper from HoMA’s permanent collection by iconic 20th-century artists—the majority of whom are women and artists of color. These masters of their respective mediums shattered perceptions about traditional art forms and practices and pioneered new ideas and methods of expression, often during periods of personal struggle or cultural unrest.

Featured artists include Satoru Abe, Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Varujian Boghosian, Lee Bontecou, Barbara Cooper, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Mark di Suvero, Ruth Duckworth, Helen Frankenthaler, Viola Frey, Sam Gilliam, Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Duane Hanson, Edgar Heap of Birds, Yun-Fei Ji, Donald Judd, Edward and Nancy Reddin-Kienholz, Barbara Kruger, Joseph Kosuth, Kapulani Landgraf, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Marie McDonald, Louise Nevelson, Jerry Okimoto, Dennis Oppenheim, Alfonso A. Ossorio, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Tadashi Sato, David Smith, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol.

The works of these iconic artists, rarely on view together, will encourage viewers to think more deeply about the crises and challenges that even successful modern and contemporary artists faced in their own lifetimes.

A significant aspect of the installation is the inclusion of audio and written “reflections” by eighteen Community Voices respondents from different backgrounds and professions across Honolulu, accessible through QR codes on the object labels. Individual participants were invited to interpret a work of art in Reflect from the perspective of their daily, pandemic-affected lives. The array of diverse responses underscore the infinite number of approaches and interpretations possible when considering a work of art, and reinforce the vital role of the public in broader museum conversations.

We encourage museum visitors to leave their own personal reflections or interpretations of works in Reflect. Click here to leave your thoughts. We may use selected visitor reflections on HoMA’s social media.

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Sun Frame, 1966. Acrylic on canvas. Purchase, Margaret Emerson Fund, 1966 (3386.1). © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.