Saturday, April 27, 2013

More Images From The Honolulu Museum Of Art

As promised, here are more photos of some of the art in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.  The first image, however, is from an installation piece.  The artist carved several of these most interesting shapes, mounted these organic sculptures at about eye level, then projected the moving eyes and mouths onto them.  Included was a audible sound track, though it was difficult to hear--much less understand--what the mouths were saying.  I blame my deteriorating hearing for this. So, enjoy the show!
One of several similar works that were part of an installation.  Too bad I didn't make a video of this.  Seeing the lips move, hearing sounds and seeing the eyes look around and at you was...intriguing.
Probably no need to tell you this is a Georgia O'Keeffe work.

A close-up of a wonderful portrait.  The artist was Dutch, but not one of the "usual suspects".
"The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone", by Thomas Moran.
Diego Rivera did this.
No doubt about who painted this...Mary Cassatt.
Michele studies this magnificent portrait done by Whistler.
Another well-recognized style...Giorgio de Chirico.
A gilt image of an Indian god.
A still life by cubist master, Georges Braque.  A Picasso was nearby, but I preferred this Braque.
This was painted by Camille Pissarro.
Michele with a large sculpture of Buddha.

 So, that's it for the photos from the museum.  Enjoy your weekend, everyone.


A Day Off.

Today, with everything we could do to prepare for our upcoming move-in accomplished, we took the day off.  Michele chose to walk to the library to get her card, then continue to a Verizon store to look at possible new phones.  Her trek would end at the Hale Koa Hotel, where we planned to meet for a drink at four o'clock.
The Celebrity Cruise Liner, Celebrity Solstice, in Honolulu till midnight tonight.
The impressive, 1,040-foot long vessel weighs in at 122,000-tons and cruises at 24-knots.

I opted for a nice jog, planning to arrive at the Hale Koa Hotel on time to meet Michele, maybe go for a swim at the beach, then enjoy a refreshing tropical beverage--perhaps two! :)  After all, it was Friday!
An interesting building along Ala Moana Boulevard.  I don't know what they did with the rest of the structure. :)

On the way, I took a slight detour to have a look at the 1,040-foot long, Celebrity Solstice, here until midnight, when it will depart for Maui.
Beautiful blooms at the Hale Koa Hotel grounds.
Island color. 

It was a good day.  Michele walked 4.1 miles and I put in 6.3 miles, though my exercise was interrupted by a Mai Tai and half a platter of nachos.  I augmented the drink with half a glass of water, but the jog home was still something of a chore.  Michele was smarter than me and caught the bus, but strangely enough, we arrived at the same time!  I don't know if the bus was slow or I ran faster than I thought.  Or maybe it was a warp in the fabric of space-time.  Anyway, I hope you all had a good day, too.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kawaiaha'o Church, Hawaii's Westminster Abbey.

Yesterday, Tuesday, April 23rd, we were passing Kawaiaha'o Church and decided to have a look.  Rather than paraphrase, I'll let you read the marker telling the story about this important Honolulu, as well as, Hawaiian landmark:
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The Kawaiaha'o Church.  That small yellow thing at the bottom is Michele.  It's a BIG church.
This fountain is the location of a sacred spring which was used by high chiefs and chiefesses.
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A view of the alter.  The two royal feathered standards are called Kahili.
Close-up of one of the Kahili.
As you can see, we had the church all to ourselves.

There is a graveyard behind the church with many historical and very interesting headstones, bearing witness to the early missionaries lives here.
Michele contemplates a grave in the yard behind the church. 
Okay, Celeste, these are for you, especially, as I know you're fascinated with cemeteries.
A fitting way to be remembered.
Click on this image to learn about Reverend Kekela's fascinating life.

There are several more buildings on the site, all related to the early missionary presence, but we decided to save those for another day.  Hope your day was a good one.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Honolulu Museum Of Art, Sunday, 21 April 2013.

The third Sunday of every month is free admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art, so we thought we would join the crowd.  We visited a couple of years ago, but today we realized how much we missed.
A large etching--one of the most impressive I've ever seen.  Click on it and you'll get a better sense of the marks the artist made to create this wonderful portrait.  I blame myself for not having anything about the artist.  Guess I was just too amazed to note who did this.
A portrait by Alice Neel.  Click to enlarge the information about this painting below.
A modernist approach to the Hawaiian fishing industry.  This was a very striking painting indeed.
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This whimsical sculpture made from found items, titled "Hard of Hearing Object", by H.C. Westermann, reminds me of the work of Stuart Wagner.  Stuart...if you see this, I had a feeling you'd appreciate it and here's another...
This beautifully made object is titled, "Nouveau Rat Trap", again, by H.C. Westermann.

Silly us...we thought the place would be fairly empty on a nice Sunday, but apparently, not everyone hits the beach on the weekend.  There was quite a crowd taking advantage of the free admission, including many young children--always a good thing to see.  The museum did a fine job making it an event for everyone, including having a band playing in the courtyard just inside the main entrance!  And though the cafe was closed, someone was grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for sale, so we had a delicious, inexpensive lunch!
Detail of Gilbert Stuart's 1820 portrait of Massachusetts Governor John Brooks.  It was breathtaking.
This one is for Anna in Pitigliano, Italy.  Amedeo Modigliani is her favorite artist.  Here, we see "Seated Nude" painted in 1918.
Completely unexpected was this triptych of self-portrait studies by Francis Bacon.  The distortions in the photo are due to the plexiglass protective cover over the work.  Must be VERY valuable!
"Flowers on the Mantlepiece" by Pierre Bonnard, 1930.  So beautiful in person!
 Gauguin painted these two, but who else could have?!

The museum is two stories high, features lots of courtyards and arches and is bigger than expected from the street view.  Based on the public architecture we've seen, the building design would probably be called mission style.  The galleries held very impressive collections of objects from around the world.  I must admit we were a bit surprised to see Egyptian and Roman artifacts here.  The Asian countries were very well represented, as were Europe and the early United States.  If you want to see the art and crafts of ancient Hawaii, however, a visit to the Iolani Palace or the Bishop Museum would be best.
Here's one just for Lisa Graham.  It's by "Grandma" Moses.  Painted in 1943, it's titled, "Cambridge Valley, Looking North".
Who could have done this, but Vincent!  Painted in 1888, it's called, "Wheat Field".
What self-respecting museum wouldn't have a Matisse?

This is probably enough for one post.  Perhaps more tomorrow.  I took eighty-four photos, though many of my favorites are a bit fuzzy.  Suffice to say, a large society portrait by John Singer Sargent, one by Whistler and many others are simply not blog- worthy.  You'll just have to visit the museum to see them in person.  They're always better that way, as we all know and now you have a reason to take that trip to Paradise you've always dreamed of!

I hope you all had a nice weekend and we'll see you here soon.:)


Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Hawaii State Art Museum.

With the Hawaii State Art Museum located on Hotel Street, just a couple of blocks from our temporary home, it was time to have a look.  While the sun was high in the sky and the UV-factor not the safest for newbies to the islands, the shaded, short walk was perfect--no sunscreen required.
Huge trees shade the front grounds of the No.1 Capitol District Building, located on Hotel Street.  Click on the photo to see a closer view.

On my walk to the museum, across the street on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, I saw a "cherry picker" with a tree trimmer hard at work.  The museum is very close to where I was standing.
These folks are the reason you don't often read about anyone getting conked on the head by a falling coconut!  Thanks a bunch! :)
Just in front of the entrance stands this fountain, a gift from the King of Morocco.
This large painting is titled, "Discovery of Hawaii".
A watercolor of Chinatown.

This museum is primarily dedicated to art about Hawaii, made by Hawaiians, both native and Kama'aina and it's always free admission.  Hey!  Maybe I'll have a chance to have a painting in there someday!  Kama'aina is the word for someone who currently lives in Hawaii or someone who once lived there, but moved away.
A mixed-media triptych with a contemporary take on ancient Hawaiian myths.
These "knotty" pine sculptures are each about 18-inches tall.  They're made of small pieces of pine wood, glued into these interesting shapes.
The museum had quite a number of interesting ceramic, wood and glass items.
Another mixed media piece, this was about 40 x 30-inches at a guess.

I was pleasantly surprised at the collection on display there.  By that, I mean there was not a single painting of the cliche Hawaiian sunset with palm trees leaning toward waves crashing onto a golden beach.  Likewise, not a single piece showing an underwater view of sea turtles, dolphins or humpback whales.  And the galleries were mostly deserted today, but that was to be expected on such a glorious Saturday.  I was able to take my time and read about the artists, as well as, the meaning of most of the works.  I don't know about you, but sometimes I need a little help "getting" what an art work is about, even if it's nothing.  Luckily, I took my reading glasses!  As I read the stories of the art works, I had the distinct feeling the artists were interviewed for this purpose--a very nice touch.

The museum is on the second floor of what's called, The No. 1 Capitol District Building.  It was dedicated in 1928 and is designed in Spanish mission style.  It also houses the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
One of the galleries.  A glass sculpture is displayed on the pedestal and in the distance is a mango tree sculpture.
A striking watercolor of a close-up of a flower blossom.
This beautiful Koa wood bowl looked like it was made from layers and layers of honey.
This is a painting of Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  Hey Randall--what do you think?
This is a representation of lava.
Finally, this painting is about the death of Captain Cook. 

I hope you enjoy the tour and are having a nice weekend.