IMAYŌ: JAPAN’S NEW TRADITIONISTS
features works by 6 contemporary Japanese artists whose works are inspired by historical art and craft traditions. Unique works are presented at two venues.
The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
October 2 – December 2, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art
October 13, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Imayō: Japan’s New Traditionists is an exhibition that examines how historical art and craft traditions inspire Japanese artists in their search for new modes of expression today. The exhibition features art by Kimura Ryōko, Yamamoto Tarō, Ishii Tōru, Tanada Kōji, Mitsuta Haruo, and Someya Satoshi, all of whom who share interest in and extensive technical knowledge of Japan’s painting, textile, lacquer, wood carving and metal casting traditions as practiced before the onset of high modernity in the twentieth century. While these artists admire and embrace aspects of traditional Japanese art, they do so as 21st century artists with global ambitions, a tension ironically referenced with the exhibition title word imayō, an out-dated Japanese term that originally means “in the contemporary style.”
The exhibition unfolds at two venues—The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Oct. 2 – Dec. 2, 2016) and the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) (Oct. 13, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017). For an optimum experience, viewers are invited to visit both venues, each of which has its own special dimension and unique works. TAG features the artists’ most recent works, some of which were commissioned specifically for this exhibition, whereas HoMA displays works by Imayō artists side-by-side with historical artworks of the sort that inspires, selected from the museum’s collection.
An extensive program of artist and specialist lectures, hands-on workshops, and gallery talks will also take place, the schedule to be announced.
This exhibition is curated by John Szostak, professor of Japanese art history, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Designed by Chae Ho Lee.
Hours & Admission:
The Art Gallery:
Mon.-Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Closed: Saturdays; Election Day, Nov. 8; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24; non-instructional day, Nov. 25.
Free admission. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.
Honolulu Museum of Art:
Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sun. 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Closed: Mondays; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24; Christmas, Dec. 25.
Admission: Adults – $10; Age 17 and under – free; Members – free.
Free days: Bank of Hawaii Family Sundays: Third Sunday of the month, 11am-5pm;
First Wednesday of every month