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New Exhibition at Gallery 選olani at Windward CC

Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai訴

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Chancellor's Office
Toni Martin, 236-9150
Gallery 選olani director, Humanities
Posted: Sep 4, 2013

Marisa Torigoe's The Children of Aumankua
Marisa Torigoe's The Children of Aumankua

September 6 – October 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 4–7 p.m.

Gallery ‘Iolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i.  This exhibition brings together Hawai‘i based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences—telling stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawai‘i. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narratives.

The exhibition includes an overview of manga’s origins in Japanese art history including reproductions of scrolls and books that serve to influence the creative imagery of today’s manga being created in Hawai‘i.  The featured artists are Roy Chang and his moralizing illustrations for Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Kii; Jon J. Murakami, and his action drawings of Gordon Rider; Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga’s adorable series nemu*nemu; Marisa Torigoe’s mysteriously rendered The Children of Aumākua; and Damon Wong’s somber but hopeful graphics for Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among many other manga artists and writers.  Displayed as a part of the exhibition and drawn just for this exhibit is a manga that chronicles its history and development into a worldwide phenomenon.

In addition to the Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i exhibition, special free public programs are scheduled as follows:

  • Sundays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 2 – 4 p.m. Curator’s Walk-Through and Artist Talks
  • Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. open during Windward Hoolaule‘a.
    Manga printmaking workshop by the Honolulu Printmakers, noon – 2 p.m. in front of the gallery
  • Daily in the gallery Hands-On Manga Art Activity  
  • Free brochure handout with essays on manga art and its development in Hawai‘i

Gallery hours:  1–8 p.m. Monday & Tuesday,  1–5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (closed Saturdays)
Phone:  (808) 236-9155

 To learn more about this exhibition and Gallery ‘Iolani, contact Toni Martin at (808) 236-9155, or Visit the gallery website at Gallery ‘Iolani is located on the campus of Windward Community College and is recognized as one of the finest exhibition sites in the state of Hawai'i, showing work from local, national and international venues. The gallery also serves as a classroom for students studying gallery design and management at WCC. Gallery ‘Iolani is located adjacent to Palikū Theatre in the Hale Pālanakila complex.