Mānoa Arts & Minds
Aloha! The month of May brings our Spring Commencement ceremony, but that doesn’t mean the end or hiatus of Mānoa Arts & Minds offerings. Even through the sizzling summer, our talent-filled partnership—involving the UH Mānoa Departments of Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College—continues to showcase an impressive array of events that will evoke smiles.
Enjoy the long summer days with us at UH Mānoa, with these delightfully cool selections.
Music credit: Warm aloha to Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani for the music heard in the Mānoa Arts & Minds announcements. Ozzie is an alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, and "Ka Ua Noe" (The Misty Rain) is from his 2009 CD titled "Hōʻihi" (Respect).
The University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery exhibition catalogue Writing with Thread: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities won a Pele Regional ADDY Award for book design at the 31st annual Pele Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom on April 10, 2010.
With scholarly essays and 345 stunning color images of the rich and intricate textiles and costumes, the 430-page catalogue is an outstanding and rare publication that provides seminal and significant contributions to the fields of textiles and costume research. It presents a deeper appreciation for the people and the cultures that created them. Kelli Ann Harada, Watumull Grant for Museum Studies in the Arts intern and recent University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate, designed the elegant catalogue. UH Art Gallery Director Lisa Yoshihara stated, “This recognition clearly demonstrates the caliber of work our students do. The gallery is committed to giving our students a quality education and professional opportunities to work with faculty and staff.”
The annual BFA exhibition features recent work in painting, printmaking, fiber, glass, drawing, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and intermedia created by students who will receive BFA degrees this academic year from the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Celebrate the complex interconnections between Bertolt Brecht’s work and various Asian cultures at the Brecht in/and Asia symposium. Through cultural performances, public lectures and more, explore the dynamic impact of Brecht’s work throughout the world.
Miyako Itchu XII demonstrates the classical art of Itchu Bushi, a simple and pure musical tradition that blends the beauty of the shamisen with the allure of jooruri (narrative singing).
- Demonstration and Lecture – An introduction to Itchu Bushi and demonstration of playing techniques, instrumentation and unique musical patterns. Plus, information on the history and evolution of this musical form in relation to Japanese history.
- Matsu no Hagoromo (The Feathered Cloak) – An excerpt of the Noh play, Hagoromo, which tells the story of a beautiful feathered cloak found by a fisherman on the shores of Miho.
- Koharu Kamiyui no Dan (Koharu and the Hairdresser) – An excerpt about Jihei, a paper seller who is in love with a courtesan and wants to commit love suicide with her, but is held back by the efforts of his wife.
- Shakkyoo (The Stone Bridge) – An excerpt about the a priest who is confronted by shishi (lionlike spirits) as he attempts to cross the stone bridge leading to the paradise of the Buddhist deity Monju.