Middle of Now | Here
March 8 - May 8
Honolulu Biennial 2017 was a new, multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival running from March 8 – May 8 2017 throughout various sites within the city. Entitled, Middle of Now | Here, Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, served as the Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a position she held for 20 years, served as Curator of Middle of Now | Here.
A statement on the curatorial theme by Nanjo and Mason explains:
The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 (HB2017) showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean. It will include contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shines a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood.
Partners for the Biennial include: Title Sponsor, Ward Village®, developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®
as well as: A&E Equipment Rentals, Accel Party Rentals and Design, Aēsop, Air Tahiti Nui, Alert Alarm of Hawaiʻi, Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing, Anthology Marketing Group, Art Explorium, artnet, Art Monthly Australasia, Art News New Zealand, ArtAsiaPacific, Bank of Hawaii Foundation, BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, City and County of Honolulu, Cognoscenti Japan, Creative New Zealand, Don Quijote (USA) Co., Ltd, Engaging the Senses, Enterprise Holdings, Halekulani, Hawaii Gas, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau, HonBlue, Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Start-Advertiser, ʻIolani School, Kelly Ann Brown Foundation, Korea Foundation, Mayor's Office of Culture & the Arts, Mori Art Museum, Mori by Art + Flea, Nā Mea Hawaiʻi, Neiman Marcus, Nella Media Group, Oʻahu Visitors Convention Bureau, PacRim Marketing Group Inc., Pegge Hopper Gallery, Pro Service Hawaii, Shangri La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, State Legislature of Hawaiʻi, Stryker Weiner & Yakota, Summit Magazine, The ARTS at Marks Garage, The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific & Asian Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Tautai, The Taiji and Naoko Tersaki Family Foundation, and The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club.