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ART EXHIBITION:Harry Tsuchidana: Works on Paper

August 26 -- October 5, 2018

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

SPECIAL EVENTS:All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Aug. 26

2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.,Talk Story with Harry Tsuchidana, TheArt Gallery, UHM

3:00 -- 5:00 p.m., Combined opening reception forHarry Tsuchidana: Works on Paper, The Art Gallery, UHM; andEmily McIlroy: Noctuary, Commons Gallery, UHM.

Live music by guitarist Christopher Hopper.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Talk Story with Harry Tsuchidana, TheArt Gallery, UHM

2:00 -- 2:45 p.m., Session 1

3:00 -- 3:45 p.m., Session 2


It's about the process, not about hitting the target. If you hit the target you are lost.

--Harry Tsuchidana, 2018


More than eighty diverse drawings and paintings on paper are featured in the exhibitionHarry Tsuchidana: Works on Paper,on view at The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Although this esteemed living artist has produced an incredible volume of works over the course of his decades-long career and has received much-deserved attention in solo and group exhibitions for his paintings on canvas or board, this is only the second presentation that foregrounds his works on paper.The previous exhibition was held thirty years ago at Honolulu Academy of Arts' Graphic Arts Gallery.

Rod Bengston, previous gallery director, UHM, selected the works in this exhibition. In conversations with Tsuchidana, Bengston identified seventeen themes and expressions--some of which the artist returned to over and over again throughout decades of his investigations.

Recent UHM alumni are also contributing to this exhibition. Joelle Takayama (BFA, 2018) is creating a dynamic fifteen-foot long drawing that portrays the essence of Tsuchidana's studio. Liezel Bagay (BFA, 2018) is the graphic designer of the accompanying forty-page exhibition catalogue.


Harry Tsuchidana (b. 1932, Waipahu, O‘ahu) considers himself to be a part of the international modernist art movement. Eighty-six years old, he still wakes at 6:00 every morning for a full day's work diligently solving "equations" regarding line, form, color, and composition in his studio situated adjacent to his apartment.

Tsuchidana was among a cohort of young artists from Hawai‘i who found their way to New York in the mid-twentieth century. Along with Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Ralph Iwamoto, Keichi Kimura, Robert Kobayashi, Sueko Matsueda Kimura, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Jerry Okimoto, and Tadashi Sato, the artists found friendship and support, with Isami Doi serving as their mentor.

Tsuchidana received a John Hay Whitney Fellowship (1959). He has participated in numerous exhibitions over his long career. Tsuchidana had his first solo exhibition at the Library of Hawaii (1955), and most recently presented his work inHarry Tsuchidana: A Retrospective, the Honolulu Museum of Arts' First Hawaiian Center (2016), andAbstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West, the Honolulu Museum of Art (2017--18).

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE:40 pages; color illustrations of all works

SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa'sDepartment of Art + Art HistoryandCollege of Arts + Humanities;Intersections Visiting Artist + Scholar Program;Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Artsthrough appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; and supported byWaikiki ParcHotel -- Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa;Student Activity and Program Fee Board, UHM;Women's Campus Club, UHM; and anonymous donors.


University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery

2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)

Mon. -- Fri.10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.;Sun. 12 -- 4 p.m.

Closed: Saturdays; Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Free admission.Donations are appreciated.

Parking fees may apply.




Harry Tsuchidana

Shadow in the Window, 1970

casein and ink on paper

19.2 x 20.3 cm



Emily McIlroy: Noctuary

Aug. 20 -- Sept. 7, 2018

Commons Gallery, UHM

Aug. 26, 3--5 p.m., reception

Double Take: Films by Johan Grimonprez

The Art Gallery, UHM

Oct. 21 -- Dec. 6, 2018

Oct. 21, 3--5 p.m., reception

Vie Du Pacifique II

John Young Museum of Art

Sept. 4 -- Nov. 30, 2018

Oct. 21, 3--5 p.m., reception

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