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The Art Gallery and John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are open to the public!

September 20, 2021 – May 5, 2022

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The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), is proud to present
Ken Okiishi: A Model Childhood. In this major exhibition, Okiishi meditates on the fraught legacy of Japanese-American history and the model minority myth in the larger contexts of American, global and continuously rewritten fragments of Asian-American history.

The exhibition focuses on ruptures and paradigm shifts that destroy not only continuity in living one’s life, but the ability to think in coherent streams of thought, and conjectures that these modes of dis-formation are important central dis-organizing principles of writing American history. In
A Model Childhood, Okiishi approaches history through the lens of family and oral history, bringing both an intimacy and complexity to official narratives of the time period. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Okiishi’s grandfather, following a frantic phone call from his brother, whose house had just been searched by the Honolulu police looking for connections to Japan, decided to suddenly unload all traces of the family’s Japanese possessions by dumping them into Māmala Bay. This leitmotif of American identity formation haunts what ensues.

Ken Okiishi: A Model Childhood is curated by Maika Pollack.

Thanks to Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York and Los Angeles.

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Address, Hours, Admission
The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)
Sun. – Thur. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission

For more information contact Sharon Tasaka at 808.956.8364 or

Image: Courtesy of Ken Okiishi

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