Feb. 1, 2017

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Collaborative art relationship brings POW! WOW! murals and an exhibition to the museum

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—For the third time, the museum is partnering with Jasper Wong, co-founder and lead director of POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, and Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, who together selected artists for three different venues at the museum.

POW! WOW! at HoMA • Feb 13–18
From Feb. 13 to 18, visitors can see Spanish mural artist Cinta Vidal in action in the museum's Luce Courtyard. Her mural is titled Blow, and will be a striking work that she describes as "Hawaiian elements floating, like they are flying out of the museum, like culture in movement as a concept." (And some of those elements are recognizable objects in the museum.) She wanted to depict Hawaiian culture in her mural because "for me, muralism is about the relation of the mural to its environment."

POW! WOW! at Spalding House • Feb 15–18 (start date subject to change)
At Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House in Makiki Heights, the Dutch mural duo Telmo Miel—comprised of artists Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann—will paint large wooden blocks that they'll arrange in the outdoor Surface Gallery. The blocks were made by the design collective BLKCORAL, led by Nikole Nelson. Museum goers can see Telmo Miel painting the blocks in the Surface Gallery.

In addition, Dominican-born, Florida-based street artist Evoca1 will paint a mural in the Surface Gallery.

POW! WOW! at Honolulu Museum of Art School • Feb 12–17
For the fourth year, Los Angeles–based Thinkspace Gallery presents POW! WOW! Exploring the New Contemporary Movement at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Feb. 12 to 17, with an opening reception on Feb. 12, 5 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition features close to 100 local and international artists who have created 12- by 12-inch works specially for the show.

“With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art and graffiti, the New Contemporary Art Movement is, put quite simply, art for the people,” says Hosner, co-owner and curator of Thinkspace.

About POW! WOW! Hawaii
Centered around a week-long event in Hawai‘i, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka‘ako district of Honolulu, and brings more than a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art. The festival is expanding to cities and countries such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, and Germany.


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One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i. This year marks the museum's 90th anniversary.


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