Tom Klobe Retrospective at Windward's Gallery Iolani

Opening reception and booksigning on scheduled on Sunday, October 28, 2–5 p.m.

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Windward Community College
Toni Martin, 808-236-9150
Gallery Iolani director, Humanities
Posted: Oct 12, 2012

Tom Klobe's The Incredible Voyage–Genesis, 1969
Tom Klobe's The Incredible Voyage–Genesis, 1969
Gallery ‘Iolani presents a retrospective of the work of Tom Klobe, professor emeritus and founding director of the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, from October 28 through November 25, 2012.
Klobe’s book, "Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design," will be available at Gallery ‘Iolani. Klobe will be present during the opening reception for a book signing on Sunday, October 28, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Klobe is well known in Hawai‘i for presenting conceptually rich and stunningly beautiful exhibitions. During his 29 year tenure at UH, he organized and designed over 200 exhibitions, five of which received the prestigious Print Casebook Award for Best in Exhibition Design.
His recent book, "Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design," is published by The AAM Press of the American Association of Museums and provides extensive advice on the art of exhibition development while exploring how significant ideas are communicated to museum visitors through exhibit design.
Theoretical and interpretive concepts are presented in the book with 50 in-depth, fully illustrated case studies of exhibitions he produced in Hawai‘i. In a video section of the exhibition, visitors will recall many of Hawai‘i’s most memorable exhibitions.
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 Hawai‘i.
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 ‘Iolani celebrates 21 years of exhibitions at Windward Community College with the opening of Tom Klobe's Retrospective exhibition, and is also part of the college's 40th anniversary, serving the community with outstanding education programs.
For more information, call Gallery ‘Iolani Director Toni Martin at 236-9150.