Dec. 6, 2017

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Lesa Griffith

Tel: 808-532-8712

Adele Balderston
Tel: 808-532-8727


Events and programs includes a panel discussion
featuring Edward Snowden

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—This winter brings a slate of diverse programs to the Honolulu Museum of Art. People who have time off can treat themselves to new experiences. 

Unplugged: An intimate evening with DeAndre Brackensick
Tuesday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m. • $25, $20 for museum members
Tickets available online at
Singer-songwriter—and American Idol alum—DeAndre Brackensick gives an acoustic performance of music from his forthcoming album Black Denim. Fresh off concerts in Australia, the R&B singer’s trademark falsetto will dazzle in the intimate setting of the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre. Opening for Brackensick is Lina Robins-Tamure who trades in her traditional Hawaiian tunes for an R&B set list that will blow people away.

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Sunday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., activities end at 2 p.m.
The museum spreads multicultural holiday cheer. Kids can decorate a holiday cookie with frosting and sprinkles, make a wreath from felt and bells, and learn about Pasko from members of the Filipino Association of University Women. The museum’s Doris Duke Theatre will screen Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 11:10 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. for free. 

Jan. 6-11
The museum presents a public talk, workshops and films that examine the intersection between art and surveillance. The program kicks off on Jan. 6 with panel discussion with Ben Wizner, director of the ACLUʻs Speech, Privacy and Technology Project and legal advisor to Edward Snowden; artist Trevor Paglen; artificial intelligence scholar Kate Crawford; and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (via Skype). The event will be moderated by artist Hasan Elahi. See the schedule online.

AbEx in the City Bicycle Tour
Sunday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. + 9:30 a.m. • $20, $10 for museum members
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Guests can see the museum’s biggest exhibition of the year—Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West—then cycle downtown to see related public art works by such artists as Tadashi Sato, Isamu Noguchi, and Satoru Abe. It’s a great way to get a closer look at the city we live in. The tour begins and ends at the museum. People can either ride over on their own bikes, or grab a Biki from the station right across the street from the museum. 

The Metcalf Chateau: Hawai‘i’s Abstract Expressionists and Their Work
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m. • Free with museum admission
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This panel discussion is part of public programming for the exhibition Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West, and will be held in the gallery. People who love Hawai‘i artists won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the inside scoop on the islands’ most famous group of artists from people who know them and their pioneering work. On the panel will be art collector Nancy Conley (who loaned work to the show); artist John Koga; art historian and artist Marcia Morse; and HoMA deputy director of Art and Programs Theresa Papanikolas. There is a good possibility that Satoru Abe and Harry Tsuchidana will be in attendance.

Hawai‘i’s Spirits and Legends: ‘Ōlelo ‘Ino 
Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. • $15, $12 for museum members
Doris Duke Theatre, tickets available at
Master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui continues his series at the museum with this performance about curses. He tells true stories of people who have put a curse on someone and have (almost) lived to regret it.


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About the Honolulu Museum of Art

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.


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Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
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Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre: 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum)


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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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