Current Exhibit: Tree of Life

June 4 – September 10, 2017
East-West Center Gallery

The Tree of Life is an archetype, theme, motif, image, spiritual concept, and mythological story that is found through – out the world. The Tree of Life is often understood to connect all forms of creation and is a cosmic conception that connects the heavens, earth, and underworld. It has influenced art creation and visual representation for millennia. These diverse representations have taken influences from indigenous cultures and major religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, and other ancient religions.

The Tree of Life has diverse meaning across cultures in Asia. In Hindu mythology, it is the Cosmic Tree, for the Babylonians it was the tree with the divine fruit, for the Zoroastrians it is the Haoma Tree, while in Chinese mythology the one who eats its fruits becomes immortal.

This exhibition is beyond borders and the viewer will see diverse objects from 20 Asian countries. Although the emphasis is on textiles there are also examples of the tree of life image in a multitude of media including 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. Manjari Nirula, co-curator from India states, “The aim of the exhibition is to create greater awareness about the importance of ecology to stimulate creativity and innovation while highlighting natural as well as cultural sustainability. Craft has the least carbon footprint and that comes through very strongly in this exhibition.”

There are many indigenous cultures in Sarawak, Malaysia that address the concepts of the sacred forest. According to co-curator Edric Ong from Sarawak, Malaysia, “The Tree of Life, known as pohon budi in Malaysian language, is talking about a tree of culture, a tree of civilization, a tree from which mankind evolved. The exhibition builds bridges and healing with its message of peace and love.”

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
arts@EastWestCenter.org


Asia Pacific Dance Festival

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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.

PROGRAM

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

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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.