Sept. 12, 2017

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Legendary artists Satoru Abe and Harry Tsuchidana will be on hand to see kids make art based on their work

WHAT: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Abstract Expressions
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., activities end at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
COST: Museum admission free; admission to special exhibition Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West is $10 for visitors age 19 and up
INFO: 808-532-8701, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The museum’s biggest show of the year—Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West—is on view and is the focus of the next Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Abstract Expressions.

Artists Satoru Abe and Harry Tsuchidana, whose work is included in the exhibition, will be at the event. The day’s two art activities are based on their work and they want to see what kids create. At one station, kids will use cardboard painted to look like bronze to fashion sculptural trees inspired by Satoru Abe’s stylized bronze trees. At another station, kids will use colored paper to create collages inspired by Harry Tsuchidana’s abstract paintings.

In the Doris Duke Theatre, families can watch free screenings of Kid Flix 2017, a selection of shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Showtimes are at 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m..

The museum invites visitors to enter the popular monthly drawing contest for children age 17 and under. The museum gives contestants a theme and drawing supplies. The winner receives a Supporting-level membership to the Honolulu Museum of Art ($100 value), and his or her artwork is used to create the following month’s event brochure and is posted on the museum website. Last month’s winner was Natalie Rasmussen, age 12, of Kaimuki—and her abstract drawing is on the cover of the program for this month’s event.

See the full schedule.

Families can ride the museum’s free shuttle up to Spalding House, where the museum has more free art fun. After exploring the new exhibition The World Reflected, kids can create collages out of mirrors. At 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. storyteller Nancy Kulp shares stories about her favorite artworks then get kids moving to music.

About Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday
Since 2004, the third Sunday of every month at the Honolulu Museum of Art has been free to the public, thanks to Bank of Hawaii. Each event features a program of art activities, entertainment and demonstrations held throughout the museum.

See more information about the event.


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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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