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  • The Graphic works of Tetsuo Ochikubo, 1956-1970

    Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    John Young Museum (Krauss Hall)

    This is the first solo exhibition to examine the work of Hawaiian-born artist Tetsuo Ochikubo (1923–1975) in almost 50 years, and the only one to focus exclusively on his printmaking.

  • Regionalism and Nationalism in Contemporary Thailand: Styles of Nationalism and Susceptibility to Ethnic Rhetoric

    December 2, Friday, 2:30-4:00pm
    In-person: Room 624 (Saunders Hall)
    or ZOOM registration

    In 2014, agitators began hanging banners in the North of Thailand calling for the creation of a separate Lanna state, an ethnonym based on a medieval kingdom located in the region. This event was linked to grievances regarding the suppression of the region’s democratic vote,beginning with the military coup of 2006. However, two puzzles about this Lanna ethno-regionalist movement remain. First, in all surveys both before and after these events, the Lanna region exhibits the strongest levels of Thai nationalism. Second, the other major region aggrieved by these same events—the Isan region of the Northeast—did not develop an ethno- nationalist movement. Selway argues that regions develop a particular style of nationalism as a result of two path-dependent historic processes: (1) the development of an autonomous and cohesive polity in the pre-modern era, and (2) the manner of the region’s incorporation into the Thai modern state. He argues that some styles of nationalism are associated with greater susceptibility to ethnic rhetoric, which frames grievances in ethnic terms, than others. He tests his theory using survey experiments that mimic the rhetoric of ethnic entrepreneurs.

  • Art Exhibition – Tadashi Sato: Atomic Abstraction in the Fiftieth State, 1954-1963

    Exhibition: until December 4, 2022
    Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
    The Art Gallery, Art Building

    Public reception: Sunday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

    This exhibition examines the work of Tadashi Sato (1923–2005), one of the most significant and visible Hawaiʻi-born painters of the twentieth century. From early Precisionist-mentored studies celebrating urban life during the 1940s, to luminous large-scale abstract canvases of the 1950s, to monumental public art commissions, the show looks at Sato as an artist whose painting sprang from post-war aspirations towards modernity and democracy and whose unique position as a Japanese-American veteran born in Hawaiʻi gives us a greater understanding of the complexities of American identity during a decade of intense cultural change and transition. The first major exhibition of Sato’s works in over twenty years, the show features never-before-seen artworks and archival materials to demonstrate that Sato’s painting was the site of significant and ongoing public conversations in Hawaiʻi pitting abstraction against representation, debating the value of public art, and speculating on who audiences would be for art in the new state of Hawaiʻi. MORE INFO

    This exhibition was curated by Maika Pollack, Director and Chief Curator, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries.

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