Zoom Talk by Ken OkiishiMarch 1, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, The Art Gallery, Art Building
Ken Okiishi will present a Zoom talk in conjunction with the exhibition "Ken Okiishi: A Model Childhood," on view September 20, 2021 - April 10, 2022 at The Art Gallery. This major show looks at the artist’s family history as Japanese Americans in Honolulu in the 1940s, including the impact of the Japanese-American internment on their lives. A history of objects, it also puts on display a video, a photographic slideshow, and all the objects from Okiishi’s childhood home. Together the components of the exhibition interrogate notions of American identity and speak to what it means to grow up queer and between cultures. The exhibition focuses on ruptures and paradigm shifts that destroy not only continuity in living one’s life, but the ability to think in coherent streams of thought, and conjectures that these modes of dis-formation are important central dis-organizing principles of writing American history. In "A Model Childhood," Okiishi approaches history through the lens of family and oral history, bringing both an intimacy and complexity to official narratives of the time period.
For additional information and the link to the talk please go to https://hawaii.edu/art/exhibitions-events-museum/
(info is subject to change)
Admission is free.
Art & Art History, Mānoa Campus