Honolulu Exhibitions. The East Meets West Concept by Masami Teraoka At Honolulu Museum Of Art.
Nowhere does the phrase “east meets west” have more relevance than in Hawai‘i. Just one look at our food, our culture, and our people offers enough evidence to make this claim undeniable. The east-meets-west concept is one that artist Masami Teraoka has explored in his work, and this month, the museum’s monthly art party focuses on his new exhibition in ARTafterDARK: Culture Clash.
Visitors can be among the first on island to see Feast of Fools: The Triptych Paintings of Masami Teraoka, sponsored by MetroHNL. The large-scale paintings by the Waimānalo-based, internationally known artist’s The Cloisters Last Supper—Triptych Series “address Catholic clerical sex abuse,” explains Teraoka. “I see an authoritative institution trying to dictate individuals’ sexual relationships, gender and morality. To bring out such compelling cultural issues and put them on the Last Supper table may be an appropriate place to start a dialogue to investigate the nature of these abuses.” Visitors can take part in a docent-led discussion about the moral and cultural issues that Teraoka puts under the microscope in this 18+ exhibition.
Guests can watch local body-art specialist Chanel Tanaka—known for her contemporary Asian silhouette style of painting—paint a model live in Central Courtyard while enjoying the masterful mixes of Super CW. Meanwhile DJ Delve delivers his distinctive deep cuts in Luce Pavilion. In the museum shop guests can learn the Japanese playing card game of hanafuda with Helen Nakano, the owner of Hanafuda Hawaiian Style.
In Kinau courtyard, local performance group Bento Rakugo performs their modern brand of traditional Japanese comedic storytelling. Then guests put their kendama skills to the test with the help of Razor Concepts before watching battles and performances by kendama professionals. Guests can also put their singing skills to the test at the karaoke station in Palm Courtyard provided by Hoku Entertainment.
Street Grindz presents Tokoname Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Their themed menu will be posted on honolulumuseum.org. Free Spirits Mobile Bartenders provides drinks.
WHAT: ARTafterDARK: Culture Clash. WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015, 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art. PRICE: $10, free for museum members . INFO: 808-532-8700, www.artafterdark.org.