Windward Community College’s Gallery ʻIolani presents the Tom Klobe Retrospective exhibition, from October 28 through November 25, 2012. Tom Klobe is a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor emeritus and founding director of the University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery
He is well known in Hawaiʻi for presenting conceptually rich and stunningly beautiful exhibitions. During Klobe’s 29 year tenure at UH, he organized and designed over 200 exhibitions, 5 of which received the prestigious Print Casebook Award for Best in Exhibition Design.
Klobe’s book, Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, which provides extensive advice on the art of exhibition development while exploring how significant ideas are communicated to museum visitors through exhibit design, will also be available at the gallery. Theoretical and interpretive concepts are presented in the book with 50 in-depth, fully illustrated case studies of exhibitions he produced in Hawaiʻi.
Klobe, the artist
Few people know of Klobe’s creative work as an artist—work that he did from 1966 to 1976. During that decade of Klobe’s productivity, he created over 60 sculptures and paintings that used light and Plexiglas as the primary media. The exhibition presents 18 sculptures and paintings from public and private collections in Hawaiʻi.
A more personal section of the exhibition introduces photographs Klobe took between 1964 and 1966 as a Peace Corps Volunteer doing community development work in Iran.
“This experience profoundly influenced my life. It formed the conceptual basis of my creative work and formulated a concern for community that permeated my professional life as an exhibition curator and designer.”
Gallery ʻIolani is open Sunday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and November 6, 12 and 22. For more information, call (808) 236-9155.
—Adapted from a Windward Community College news release