East West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848
For the past 15 years, over 50 exhibitions highlighting the Asia Pacific region have been presented in the East-West Center Gallery under the curatorial direction of Michael Schuster and the design of Lynne Najita. “Inside Out: 15 Years of Exhibitions at the East-West Center Gallery” reflects on the EWC Arts Program’s interdisciplinary approach to developing and presenting its unique exhibitions. Although aesthetic beauty and quality are important components in these projects, the most important guiding principle is the East-West Center’s core mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States,Asia, and the Pacific.
Over the last decade and a half, the EWC Gallery has produced diverse visual representations of aspects of cultures, customs, art, geography, social issues, and practice. The exhibition space is intended to create a learning experience rather than function purely as an “art” gallery.
Every object has a story within its own cultural context. Who made it and for what purpose? When and how was it used? The curator of the object decides which stories to focus the observer’s attention on. This focus is achieved through skillful exhibition design including layout and the relational placement of objects. This exhibition places emphasis on the specific practices of curating an exhibition and looks both inside the physical objects as well as inside the process of curation in order to offer new insight. Hence, this exhibition is entitled “Inside Out.”