December 27, 2016

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Scott Whelden
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Visitors can experience art, culture, fantasy, and love at ARTafterDARK next year    

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘IARTafterDARK goes on hiatus during November and December every year, but that doesn’t mean our events team and advisory board aren’t hard at work. The museum’s most attended event returns Jan. 27 with a Lunar New Year celebration.

ARTafterDARK continued to grow in 2016, and a record-setting 5,468 visitors signed up at the event to become new members. They know a good deal when they see it—members can attend ARTafterDARK for free all year long, which would cost $250 if you pay à la carte.

The event has a dedicated advisory board of 9 dynamic young professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. On this year’s board are: Derin Derego, Andrea Doi, Michelle Fujii, Nina Horioka, Jed Inductivo, Cappi Itagaki, Mari Kam, Serah Ocampo, Lehua Vermeesch. They and our ARTafterDARK coordinator Rebecca Barat promise that the event will be bigger and better than ever in 2017. Not that they don’t always promise that, but so far they haven’t been wrong.

Special thanks to our 2017 ARTafterDARK sponsors and partners: Domestic Violence Action Center, Nordstrom, iichiko, THE MODERN HONOLULU, Servco Pacific Inc., Kona Brewing Company, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Free Spirits Hawaii and EAT Honolulu.

Here’s a look at the year’s themes.

Jan. 27: Cock-a-Doodle-New Year—ARTafterDARK falls on the eve of the Chinese New Year in 2017, and to celebrate, the museum rings in the year of the rooster. Visitors can marvel at a martial arts/acrobatic performance, and participate in a scroll design activity inspired by the exhibition Yun Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe.

Feb. 24: I <3 U—Love is in the air. Guests can bring their significant other to (or perhaps, find a new one at) ARTafterDARK. Visitors can make candygrams, take “Love YourSelfies” (selfies taken around the museum), enjoy an aerial dance performance and expect plenty of winky face and heart-shaped eyes emojis.
Presented by Domestic Violence Action Center.

March 31: AlohArt—The March edition of ARTafterDARK focuses on the biannual exhibition Artists of Hawai‘i, which showcases environmental installations by four Hawai‘i artists. The event celebrates everything Hawai‘i with traditional hula and poi pounding demonstrations. Visitors can enjoy local food, and see local artists bring their works to life.
Presented by Nordstrom.

April 28: Parallel Universe—International contemporary art star Shahzia Sikander’s immersive video installation Parallax opens this spring, and ARTafterDARK engages visitors in the work, which has appeared at the Guggenheim Bilbao. The event will take guests to a psychedelic dimension.
Presented by iichiko.

May 26: Urban Underground—For those that liked ARTafterDARK before it was cool. The event focuses on underground and up-and-coming artists, and features DJs with b-boys, and a fashion show.

June 30: The French Paradox—While the museum’s annual Cinémathèque Française is screening at the Doris Duke Theatre, ARTafterDARK guests can dine on European fare, sip Champagne, and focus on the collection’s French art. C’est si bon!
Presented by Servco.

July 28: Midsummer Night’s Dream—All the museum’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players. This ARTafterDARK is part Shakespeare and part Renaissance fair with a dash of fantasy.
Presented by Bank of Hawaii.

Aug. 25: Color Me Happy: After the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival and LGBTQ Cinema, guests can show their pride and enjoy a drag show. Wig or costume contest to be announced.
Presented by Kona Brewing Company.

Sep. 29: Looking East from the Far WestAbstract Expressionism goes on view in September, so ARTafterDARK throws back to the 1950s—when Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko and Kline were doing their New York School thing. Guests can enjoy the new exhibition along with 50s music and art activities.
Presented by First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

Oct. 27: Kings and Queens—The last ARTafterDARK of the year pays tribute to Kings of Pop and Scream Queens and asks, “Who will be crowned Costume Royalty?” Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Pop, Hawaiian, European, or horror royalty.
Presented by iichiko.


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