Sept. 21, 2017

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Guests experience America’s celebrated art movement at museum's monthly evening event 

WHAT: ARTafterDARK: Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017; 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., between Victoria Street and Ward Avenue
COST: $25, free for museum members
INFO: 808-532-8701, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—Yes, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s long-running ARTafterDARK is a party, but the museum’s goal for the event has always been to turn new audiences on to art. This month ARTafterDARK focuses on the museum’s highly anticipated new exhibition Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West. The exhibition, which normally has an additional $10 fee, is included in ARTafterDARK's $25 admission fee. As always, museum members attend ARTafterDARK for free. The event is sponsored by First Insurance Company of Hawaii, which is also an exhibition sponsor.

Art nerds are spending a lot of time in front of the works in the exhibition—it is a rare opportunity to be able to see paintings by New York School stars Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning in Honolulu. Even rarer is the chance to see these works alongside those artists’ Hawai‘i contemporaries such as Satoru Abe, Isami Doi, Jerry Ochikubo, Tadashi Sato, and Harry Tsuchidana. 

Abstract Expressionism is America’s great mid-century art movement. To get into that era’s mood, guests can bebop til they drop to the jazz of Mike Lewis and his ensemble. Hawaii Jitterbugs will teach a short class and give a swinging demo.

The museum invites guests to come up with expressive new titles for their favorite artwork in the exhibition. They can either Tweet the new title or type it into the “social” tab on the museum’s app to see it projected on the big screen. The most creative name will win a limited-edition Abstract Expressionism T-shirt.   

Guests can purchase delicious dishes from EAT Honolulu and the night’s specialty cocktail from Free Spirits Mobile Bartenders.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii contest
People who become a museum member between Sept. 25 and 29 will be entered to win a gift basket that includes a $100 76 Gas gift card, a Baggalini bag, a Bobble Presse, and other First Insurance Company of Hawaii goodies.

See full event schedule.    

Time savers: Guests can buy tickets online in advance or become a member
The museum now offers advance tickets to ARTafterDARK online at, saving people check-in time. People who come to ARTafterDARK throughout the year can save money and bypass the line by purchasing a one-year Basic membership—for $30, people can attend ARTafterDARK all year long, which would cost $250 à la carte. A Basic membership grants free admission to ARTafterDARK, the museum, and Spalding House for a full year.

Mobile check-in
Members who download the HoMA app can skip the line and glide right into the event using their digital membership card. All they have to do is search “Honolulu Museum of Art” in the Apple App Store or Google Play, download the app, and go to “My account” to log in and view their already activated digital membership cards.

About ARTafterDARK
Launched in 2004, ARTafterDARK is the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art.    


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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.


Honolulu Museum of Art: 900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu Museum of Art School: 1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center: 999 Bishop Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre: 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum)


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Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: Tues–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun noon–4pm

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$20 general admission; $10 Hawai‘i residents and active duty military living in Hawai‘i; children 18 and under are free.

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