Promotional image for MEN exhibit with a purple background and a white circle and arrow symbol in the top right corner and text in the bottom left corner reading Hawaii State Art Museum September 7, 2018 - January 2019

MEN at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
Exhibit Dates: September 7, 2018 – January 2019

Human beings have been at the center of creative expression since the very beginning of the history of art. While this includes both genders, there has been more attention and scrutiny aimed at the female form. This exhibition of works from the Art in Public Places Collection puts its focus solely on artistic depictions of men. Featuring artworks by Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Rick Allred, August Becker, Carol Bennett, Jean Charlot, Margaret Ezekiel, Francis Haar, Allen Hori, Robin Kaye, Kenneth Kerslake, Oldrich Kulhanek, Wayne Levin, Belinda Ling, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Susan Martin Maffei, Melinda Morey, John Takami Morita, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Brian Sato, David B. Smith, James Surls, Dietrich Varez, Paul Weissman, Gwen Whitney, and Kaina Young.

Opening reception: Friday September 7, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., free and open to the public.

About the Art in Public Places Collection
The objectives of the Art in Public Places Program are to enhance the environmental quality of public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; to cultivate the public’s awareness of visual arts in all media, styles, and techniques; to contribute to the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and to acquire, interpret, preserve, and display works of art expressive of the Hawaiian islands, the multicultural heritages of its people, and the creative interests of its artists.

In 1967, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature passed the Art-in-State-Buildings Law. Signed by Governor John A. Burns, the law established the Art in Public Places Program (APP) for the SFCA. Hawaiʻi became the first state to set aside one percent of the construction and renovation costs of state buildings to acquire and commission works of visual art that beautify and humanize the built environment. The program distributes works of art in publicly accessible state buildings to expand opportunities for aesthetic and educational experiences as part of daily life. Over its fifty year history, the APP Collection has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art of Hawaiʻi.

Artworks in the APP Collection can be viewed online in the SFCA’s online catalog and in the Public Art Archive.

About the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
Created as a venue to increase public access to the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) displays artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection as well as from collaborations with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE). HiSAM is operated as a part of the Art in Public Places Program by the SFCA, and is the only museum in the United States operated by a state government arts agency. The museum is an important resource for education and cultural enrichment, providing a “learning laboratory” for the SFCA’s arts education programs for DOE public and charter school students and teachers. The museum opened in the fall of 2002 on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building.

Museum Director Karen Ewald says “the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is a space where people are welcome to experience contemporary art in Hawaiʻi in a variety of ways. It’s a venue for community engagement and connectivity on top of being an extraordinary contemporary art museum on the island of Oʻahu. HiSAM welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to view, socialize and interact in our galleries.”