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ART EXHIBITION: On O‘ahu: Two Views

March 1 -- April 10, 2015

The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Art Building

Artist photographers Phil Jung and Joseph Maida each present a unique perspective in On O‘ahu: Two Views. Jung is currently teaching at the Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Jung's half of the exhibition is titled O‘ahu. Maida's is titled New Natives. Maida is also an Intersections Visiting Artist.


All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 -- 5:00 p.m., The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

2:00 -- 3:00 p.m. Gallery walk-through with Phil Jung + Joseph Maida

3:00 -- 5:00 p.m. Opening reception

Tuesday, March 3, 5:15 -- 7:30 p.m., Art Auditorium

5:15 -- 5:50 p.m. Reception

6:00 -- 7:30 p.m. Joseph Maida: Creative City Boy, a lecture by Joseph Maida

Intersections Visiting Artist Joseph Maida presents his work and discusses his trajectory as an artist who has divided his time among New York City, Tokyo, and Honolulu. He also addresses the tension between traditional and contemporary identities and how the intersection of cultures informs his perspective and creative practice.

Tuesday, April 7, 5:15 -- 7:30 p.m., Art Auditorium

5:15 -- 5:50 p.m. Reception

6:00 -- 7:30 p.m. Phil Jung: Recent Work on O‘ahu, a lecture by Phil Jung

Phil Jung places his latest body of work, an exploration of the extremely complex social system on the island of O‘ahu, into the historical context and long tradition of photographers who examine the American cultural landscape.



Phil Jung offers an exploration into the island of O‘ahu's extremely complex social system. The cultural identity, wealth distribution and social mobility of Hawaii's residents frequently contrasts with its idyllic backdrop. Staying clear of common mainstream assumptions, Jung uses his camera to explore the relationship between the people who inhabit O‘ahu and the landscape that binds them all together. His photos act as a loose narrative of contemporary culture in Hawai‘i.

New Natives

New Natives is a group of portraits of aspiring male models of mixed ethnicity and race from Hawai‘i. From New York, Joseph Maida scouted the subjects through social media before photographing them in their local terrain around the metropolis of Honolulu. Drawing from Hawaii's royal history as well as its Eastern and Western influences, this series investigates ideas regarding masculinity, identity, and sexuality, which upend conventional hegemony on multiple registers.


Beginning on February 22, you can share your photos of O‘ahu on Instagram. Images will be on view from March 1 -- 31. Follow @uhmanoa_art and tag your photos with: #viewsofoahu

SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; and supported by Waikiki Parc Hotel -- Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; Student Activities and Program Fee Board, UHM.


University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery

2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)

Mon. -- Fri. 10 am -- 4 pm; Sun. 12 -- 4 pm

Closed: Saturdays; Prince Kūhiō Day, Mar. 26; Good Friday, Apr. 3; Easter, Apr. 5.

By appointment: Spring Break, Mar. 23--27.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking fees may apply.

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