FOOTPRINTS OF LIFE

YAYOI KUSAMA

March 8 - May 13, 2016

WARD VILLAGE COURTYARD

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

10 am - 5 pm, daily

CO-PRESENTED BY WARD VILLAGE AND HONOLULU BIENNIAL FOUNDATION 

 

Footprints of Life, 2016 at Ward Village. FC: AJ Feducia

Footprints of Life, 2016 at Ward Village. FC: AJ Feducia

The first Honolulu Biennial will take place in Spring 2017, bringing a wide range of international artists to Hawai‘i, to be exhibited alongside local artists and to engage with the rich cultural diversity of the Hawaiian Islands. Curated by Fumio Nanjo, director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary art, the Honolulu Biennial will include indoor works as well as outdoor installations presented across a range of community, historic, public and unconventional spaces. 

On March 8, 2016, the Biennial kicked-off a special preview program with an installation of Yayoi Kusama’s multi-piece sculpture installation, Footprints of Life, presented in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation and Ward Village®, the company’s 60-acre master planned community in the center of Honolulu. The selection of Kusama’s work as a preview piece reflects the vision of the founders to celebrate and engage art and artists from the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, while the installation, which will be held on the grounds of the iconic IBM building at Ward Village, demonstrates their commitment to providing accessible artistic opportunities for local residents and visitors alike. The March 2016 installation of Footprints of Life is the first time a work by Yayoi Kusama will be shown in Hawai‘i, and the artist will also be creating a new, site-specific work specifically for the Biennial next year.

A wide variety of free public programs supporting Footprints of Life were offered throughout the two-month run of this public artwork installation taking place in the courtyard of the historic IBM building.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS 

March 12: Keiki for Kusama presented by Art Explorium and the Star Advertiser (3pm-5:30pm; Free; for more information, see Art Explorium's website)

March 31: "Peace, Love, Yayoi, Forever" by  ART + FLEA Ward Warehouse, (5pm-10pm; Free)

April 13: "Yayoi Kusama: The Woman Behind the Dots," Emily Sano Lecture Pau Hana (6pm – 7pm; Free)

April 14: Courtyard Cinema: "Yayoi Kusama: I Love Me," (6pm - 9pm; Free)

April 16: Keiki for Kusama Workshop presented by Art Explorium and the Star Advertiser (3pm -4:30pm; $15 per student; sign-up on Art Explorium's website

April 22: Kaona: Layered Convergence, Multiplicity in the practice of Charlton Kupa'a Hee, an artist talk (6pm – 7pm; Free)

REOCCURRING EVENTS FOR KUSAMA'S "FOOTPRINTS OF LIFE

Mondays (March 14-May 9): Sunset Tours of "Footprints of Life" by HBF tour guides, 5:30pm, Free and open to the public, Courtyard of IBM Building

SELECT PRESS

The New York Times: Honolulu Biennial in 2017 to Spotlight Local and International Contemporary Artists

T Magazine: Kusama Debuts Vivid Whimsical Work in Hawaii

The Art Newspaper: Aloha Kusama: artist's polka dot sculpture head to Hawaii

Metro HNL: Leaving 'Footprints' On The Local Art Scene

Honolulu Star Advertiser: BECKONING A BIENNIAL

Pacific Business News: 2017 Honolulu Biennial to have $50M impact on economy, foundation says

 

Mahalo nui loa to our sponsors and partners!

Mahalo nui loa to our sponsors and partners!

 

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biennial talks launch (January 2015)

CONTACT 2015 + BIENNIAL TALKS

Thursday, January 8th at 6:00pm

Native Books/ Na Mea Hawaii

HBF is launching our new series, Biennial Talks, starting this week in collaboration with Na Mea Hawai'i. We hope you can join, details below!

We would like to invite you to a presentation and discussion on CONTACT 2015 with jurors Ngahiraka Mason and Noelle M. Y. K. Kahanu on Thursday, January 8th, 6:00pm at Na Mea Hawaii. Come learn more about CONTACT 2015 as we meet the jurors, learn about their research interests and curatorial philosophies, and delve deeper into the theme of this year's exhibition.

The evening will also be co-sponsored by Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF), that will be launching a series of talks on International Biennials. HBF will be collaborating with individuals who have curated, attended and managed international art festivals, hosting talks that will occur throughout the year.

Mason, who curated the 2nd Auckland Triennial, has been involved with international art festivals and exhibitions, and will be sharing her experiences and perspectives on contemporary art biennials and triennials.

This event is free and open to the public.

Town Hall (August 2014)

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ROCKAWAY! MoMA PS1 Collaboration (June - September, 2014)

In June 2014, HBF collaborated with Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large at The Museum of Modern Art, to produce the group art exhibition Rockaway! at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club in Rockaway Beach, New York. Following Hurricane Sandy, the Surf Club was the one of the largest relief centers on the peninsula; their organization facilitated and directed over 5,000 volunteers, with major contributions from MoMA PS1. The exhibition celebrated the efforts of the Rockaway community of surfers and artists in rebuilding their neighborhood. HBF helped curate this show in collaboration with Biesenbach and Patti Smith, featuring Hawaiian artist Adrienne Pao and Hawai’i-based artists Keith Tallett and Sally Lundberg. The show was open to the public from June 29 to September 1, 2014 and welcomed over 5,000 visitors on the opening day alone.

For more information, visit MoMA PS1.

 

FolioCue Postcard Project (June -July 2014)

For more information, visit Foliocue.