Bishop Museum: Unreal: Hawaii in Popular Imagination

{{ msToDate('7/25/2018 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} - {{ msToDate('1/27/2019 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} · Honolulu, Oahu

Event Details

Unreal: Hawaii in Popular Imagination is an exhibit of artwork, advertising, collectibles and memorabilia — commercial impressions of Hawaii not particularly true to the culture of the Hawaiian people, yet that have kindled Western popular imagination since the 1880s.

The pop-Hawaii exhibit contrasts depictions of hula dancers, surfers, palm trees and glowing sunsets, contrived to lure visitors to the islands with the authentic Hawaiian culture.

“This exhibition invites us to reflect on the power of visual arts, who creates it, and for what purposes,” says Melanie Ide, president and CEO of Bishop Museum.

“The Aina Aloha mural expresses both the trauma felt and healing ability within a community. With the piece set in juxtaposition against stereotypical iconography of Hawaii, we hope to generate a dialogue about how Hawaii’s history and culture evolved in the past, and how it may now be shaped.”

Some viewers of this exhibit will appreciate the pop culture pieces from a nostalgic point of view, or the iconic paradise-like images or for the artistry.

Others may critique the genre for its unreal glamour and exotic allure, even questioning the accuracy or authenticity of the depictions as reflecting the culture.

Whether the exhibit is appreciated for its aesthetic beauty or its emotional power to bring about social change, the art exhibit is sure to carry with it a message that will resonate with many.

For more info

Bishop Museum Unreal

Photo By: Kathleen Connelly

Website

https://www.bishopmuseum.org

When

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Where

Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817