Gallery ʻIolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawaiʻi, September 6–October 2. This exhibition brings together Hawaiʻi based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences and tell stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawaiʻi. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narratives.
The exhibition includes an overview of manga’s origins in Japanese art history including reproductions of scrolls and books that serve to influence the creative imagery of today’s manga being created in Hawaiʻi.
Displayed as a part of Crossing Cultures and drawn just for this exhibit is a manga that chronicles its history and development into a worldwide phenomenon.
- Roy Chang and his moralizing illustrations for Cacy and Kiara and the Curse of the Kiʻi
- Jon J. Murakami and his action drawings of Gordon Rider
- Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga’s adorable series nemu*nemu
- Marisa Torigoe’s mysteriously rendered The Children of ʻAumākua
- Damon Wong’s somber but hopeful graphics for Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Free public programs
- Friday, September 6, 4–7 p.m.—opening reception
- Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2–4 p.m.—Curator’s Walk-Through and Artist Talks
- Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.—open during Windward Hoʻolauleʻa
- Saturday, September 28, 12–2 p.m.—hands-on manga printmaking activity
Gallery ʻIolani is open Monday–Tuesday, 1–8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. (closed on Saturdays). For more information call (808) 236-9155.