May 142015

In honor of the East-West Center Gallery’s 20th anniversary and the East-West Center’s 55th anniversary, this exhibition will feature a selection of textiles rarely seen by the general public, including new works recently donated and never before exhibited. The works will include: batik from Indonesia and Malaysia, embroidered clothes from China, kilim carpet weaving from Iran, Indian zardozi, Cambodian ikat, naturally-dyed Lao silk weaving, Samoan siapo, Bangladeshi kantha, Korean chokakpo, Japanese silk kimono and obi, Uzbeki suzani, Burmese shwe gyi do, Syrian silk, Filipino Bontoc weaving, and more.

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Since its founding in 1960, the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i has been the recipient of hundreds of gifts of art, reflecting the richness and diversity of the Asia Pacific region. Heads of government and institutions, alumni chapters, artists-in-residence, professional colleagues, young scholars, and various supporters of the East-West Center continue to add extraordinary and unique works to the growing EWC collection.

The items exhibited are treasures because they represent the peoples who made them, wore them, and preserved them. They can be heirlooms to pass on for generations or fabrics that delineate status, ethnicity, gender, and community. Textiles and fiber arts have long been, and continue to be, highly prized throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Special thanks to all the artists and donors who have contributed the pieces shown in this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Richard H. Cox and Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

We would like to dedicate this exhibit to two of the founders of the East-West Center’s Arts Program: Jeanette “Benji”Bennington (1934-2014) and William Feltz.

Benji was the first curator of EWC Gallery and a pioneer in displaying contemporary Asian arts. Bill Feltz continues to be involved with the EWC as an adjunct arts specialist and has been with the Center for over 45 years. Both founders ensured that the EWC’s permanent collection includes many beautiful and unique textiles.

Apr 262015

The East-West Center community extends its deepest sympathies and concern for all those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. We know that rebuilding will require enormous resources, and we urge all who are able to contribute to recovery efforts. Click here to view a list of key international organizations involved in post-earthquake relief activities.

At 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 3, in connection with the current East-West Center Gallery exhibition on minority ethnic groups in Nepal, Nepalese geologist Arjun Aryal will be speaking on “Geology and Culture in Nepal,” including scientific information about the recent quake. Through the end of the exhibition on May 10, all funds contributed to the EWC Gallery donation box will be given to the Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i for earthquake relief.

Apr 222015

The East-West Center Arts Program, in cooperation with The Nepal Foundation, presents:

Nepal, high in the Himalayas and the birthplace of the Buddha, is a crossroads between India and China. This small landlocked country is home to a great diversity of peoples, languages, flora, and fauna. Nepal has a population of more than 26 million people,made up of over 80 different ethnic communities. Although people often think of the Sherpas guiding trekkers and mountain climbers up to the Everest base camp, there are many lesser known communities living in the lower ranges of the mountains. These are very isolated communities who are often very poor, and have unique ritual practices, clothing,weavings, paintings, and utensils,many of which are on display. This exhibition will focus on two communities: the Tamang and the Rai peoples. In addition, on display are over 50 photographs by two Nepali artists, and thankas by the renowned painter, Hira Lama.

Curator: Michael Schuster
Installation: Lynne Najita
Photographers: Navesh Chitrakar and Uday Karmacharya

Click here to download the exhibit handout.

Click here to view a gallery of selected exhibit items.

Research Assistance: Mary Carroll, Yadav Rai,Mohan Lama, Rabin Lama, Enuka Lama, Shulang Zou, Suresh Tamang, Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA)

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Richard H. Cox, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.