March 23, 2018

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Event includes free admission to 'Abstruction' and a chance to win VIP access to sponsor Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Week Cocktail Hour

WHAT: ARTafterDARK: Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson
WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
COST: $25, free for museum members
INFO: Phone, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—If social media is to be believed, people are finding the museum’s current exhibition Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson “absolutely fascinating” (taken from an actual Instagram post). And ARTafterDARK makes the show its focal point for a night of contemporary art, live music, and food. The evening is presented by Nordstrom.

Guests can see Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson for free (normally has a $10 special exhibition admission) and learn about the artist’s complex, labor-intensive process through an activity we call “Constructing Abstruction.” 

The fabulous foursome The Bougies take the stage in Kinau Courtyard for an hour-long set. And DJ Davey Shindig spins his inimitable mix of house and indie dance beats.

Nordstrom offers guests a chance to win VIP access to its Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week Cocktail Hour on May 4. The first 12 guests to present a correct answer to a riddle will get to attend the exclusive event. The riddle is, of course, related to the exhibition Abstruction: I Am What I Isn’t / Titled mysteriously / It’s found in Abstruction / So what can it be? 

In addition, makeup artist Jonathan Frietas will have a station where guests can get a makeover inspired by works in the exhibition.

Delicious bites from EAT Honolulu and drinks by Free Spirits Mobile Bartenders will be available for purchase.

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.

Here’s what art lovers can look forward to in the upcoming months:

April 27: Windows to the World, a focus on the exhibition Moloka‘i Window by James Jack.

May 25: Halo Haloha, a celebration of Filipino culture.

June 29: Mixed Plate, a focus on the museum’s encyclopedic collection and its reflection of the islands’ diverse community.

July 27: Board Room, an evening of surf and skate that coincides with the museum's Honolulu Surf Film Festival.

Aug 31: = (equal sign), a celebration of LGBTQ pride.

Sept 28: Hawai‘i Avant Garde, which focuses on the milestone exhibition Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era.

Oct 26: CarnEvil, ARTafterDARK’s annual Halloween blowout.

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.

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