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The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center - New Exhibit

The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center
999 Bishop St
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: 808-526-1322


Lunch time (noon) gallery talks by the exhibiting artists.
  • April 1: Suzanne Wolfe
  • May 6: Vince Hazen
  • June 3 Pearlyn Salvador
  • July : Bernice Akamine

Crossings: Photographs by Andrew Binkley and Inka Resch;
Suzanne Wolfe: Cup(S);
In the News: Bernice Akamine, Vince Hazen, Mac James and Pearlyn Salvador

March 4 - July 15, 2011

Recent Photographs by Andrew Binkley and Inka Resch

This exhibition presents recent works from two photographers capturing the daily lives of people in China and Dubai. Photographer Andrew Binkley layers multiple exposures in Photoshop to create images that capture the connections and paths between people on the streets of China below. Through images of enormous towers and the countless tiny figures building them, Hawai‘i-raised artist, Inka Resch, reveals the oppositions, contradictions, and contrasts that characterize Dubai, the city in which she currently lives and works.

Andrew Binkley, Crossings: Suzhou Alley #2, 2010, archival inkjet print, 20 x 28 inches

Suzanne Wolfe: Cup(S)

As a faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Suzanne Wolfe's teaching specialty is in low-temperature ceramics media, mold techniques, and ceramics history. Her current work explores the process of developing layered glaze imagery, the transformation of found ceramic objects, and an investigation of the relationship between interior and exterior. In this exhibition, Wolfe will show more than 300 ceramic cups, each conveying a unique narrative through the application and juxtaposition of multiple image transfers.

Suzanne Wolfe, Series of cups earthenware, cast, under glaze and over glaze
Photo: Hal Lum

In the News: Bernice Akamine, Vince Hazen, Mac James, and Pearlyn Salvador

In The News will showcase works that are inspired by local, national, and/or international news. The artists take their inspiration from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, using these media to create their works utilizing techniques such as collage and image transfer. The exhibition will feature both two- and three-dimensional multi-media works. Artists includes Bernice Akamine, Vince Hazen, Mac James, and Pearlyn Salvador.
Vince Hazen, Portraiture, (detail), 2009, vandage (tape collage), 24 x 19 inches

TCM at First Hawaiian Center programs are supported by
First Hawaiian Bank and in-kind support


For more information about The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center or the Morinoue family exhibitions, visit our website at; Exhibition Info: (808) 526-0232; Reception: (808) 526-1322. Third Thursdays are free docent-guided tour days at FHC, when exhibitions are on view! Meet the docent in the bank lobby at noon.

In 1996, The Contemporary Museum opened a downtown venue at the First Hawaiian Center in the heart of Honolulu's busy central business district, which was hailed as "a unique marriage of commerce and the arts." Generously underwritten by First Hawaiian Bank, these galleries co-exist with banking offices and showcase art by current and former residents and artists of Hawaii. The main banking hall is flanked by a dramatic art-glass wall created by James Carpenter. The wall consists of 185 prisms. The gallery area has a light and airy 60-foot vaulted atrium. Galleries are also located on the second floor mezzanine of First Hawaiian Center.

First Hawaiian Center is the tallest building in Hawaii and the world corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii oldest bank and a multi-billion dollar company established by Charles Reed Bishop, consort of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and founder of Bishop Museum. The building cost over $175 million to construct and was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates who also built Sotheby's Worldwide Headquarters, the World Bank Headquarters, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Walter Dods spearheaded the project and is credited with the idea to include the art gallery in the bank's public spaces. He is also credited with transforming First Hawaiian into the largest and most profitable bank in the state. The architects made considerable efforts to incorporate as much natural light into the building interiors and used metaphoric designs in reference to natural phenomena found in Hawaii.

All of the profits of the art sales from FHC exhibitions benefit the artists.


TCM at First Hawaiian Center is located at 999 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Admission is free; Validated parking available for TCM Members with membership card.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed weekends and bank holidays

FHC Exhibition Tours:

Guided tours are offered at noon on the third Thursday of each month, when exhibitions are on view.

Exhibition Information:

Phone: (808) 526-1322; Web site:

Staff Contacts:

Curator of Exhibitions - Inger Tully, 237-5230
Director of Museum Advancement - Charlie Aldinger, 237-5231
Assistant to the TCM Director - Gordon Wong, 237-5210

The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center
Completely underwritten by First Hawaiian Bank, the venue provides a convenient downtown location to view art by resident artists, former residents of Hawaii, or artists who have created a body of work in the Islands. New Exhibit starting 11/5/2010!
999 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI (View Map)
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