Category: Event

Illustrated Talk: “The Buddhist Bodhi Tree”

Please join us on Sunday, July 9, 2:00–3:00 p.m. for an illustrated talk, “The Buddhist Bodhi Tree,” with Patricia Masters from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Parking on the UH-Mānoa campus is normally free and ample on Sundays.

For further information: 944-7177

Tree of Life Exhibition Gala Opening

Please join us for the following two events as we celebrate the opening of the East-West Center’s newest exhibition, Tree of Life.

Saturday, June 3, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Tree of Life: Celebrating Handcraft from India + Malaysia
Honolulu Museum of Art School
900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI  96814

As part of programming for the East-West Center Gallery’s exhibition Tree of Life, on view June 4 to September 10, the Honolulu Museum of Art School hosts a talk and demonstrations by visiting artists.

In the exhibition are works from 20 Asian countries. You’ll see textiles, paintings, ceramics, basketry, metal work, jewelry, lacquer, stone, wood, and leather. Handcrafted from natural and sustainable materials, the artwork focuses on traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Tree of Life. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness about the importance of ecology to stimulate creativity as well as to highlight cultural sustainability.


Jai Prakash, India

Demonstrations, 4-4:30 pm:

Jai Prakash, India: miniature painting
Deepak Sankit, India: enamel jewelry
Michael Lim, Sarawak, Malaysia: palm leaf weaving
Ramsay Ong, Sarawak, Malaysia: collage, bead jewelry
Mathew Ngau Jau, Sarawak, Malaysia: sapeh lute music

Talk, 4:45-5:30 pm:
“Tradition and Innovation in Indian Arts and Crafts” by Manjari Nirula

Click here for more information.

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

East-West Center Gallery

Exhibition Gala Opening including reception, art demonstrations, short performance, and exhibition tour with guest curators Edric Ong and Manjari Nirula.

Exhibition: Yangon Echoes: Inside Heritage Homes

January 29 – May 21, 2017

Curators: Virginia Henderson, Tim Webster, Michael Schuster
Photographer: Tim Webster
Installation Design: Lynne Najita
Assistant Curator: Annie Reynolds

Yangon Echoes invites viewers behind the facades of century-old colonial buildings, inside heritage homes, to explore the lives of people living in the city formerly known as Rangoon.

This exhibition explores notions and values of heritage and home at a time of unprecedented change. It presents intimate views of domestic life while tracing the emergence of this city from decades of stagnation to its engagement with a rapidly changing world.

Today, Yangon is probably changing more rapidly than any other urban space in the world. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is confronting the juggernaut of global capital after fifty years of isolation under socialist military rule.

Encountering this sudden turnaround, Yangon residents are grappling with these questions: What is the role of heritage at such a time of profound political, economic and social change? What do heritage and home mean to each of us? How are we informed by the past and what are our means for survival amidst the challenges of great flux?

Yangon Echoes, an oral history listening project, investigates multicultural diversity and individual everyday lived experiences, revealing the vulnerabilities and pressures on Yangon’s people and its heritage today.

The storytellers share thoughts and feelings, speaking of joy and tragedy, simple pleasures and aching issues. Told with courage and charm, the informal stories of home offer insight into what has happened and is happening to the city.

This exhibition, a popular history of buildings, charts social space and urban folklore, linking past to present via living memories.

Click here to download the exhibit handout.

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Gallery admission is free.

Hours: Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Feb. 20, Apr. 16, May 29

Parking on the UH-Mānoa campus is normally free and ample on Sundays.

Free school & group tours available

For further information: 944-7177