We’re so excited about our Halloween themed #ARTafterDARK social media takeover for the Honolulu Museum IG and Twitter that we decided to start a little early. For the next two weeks we’re sharing our daily-ish take on HoMA’s impressive art collection. Be sure to follow @HonoluluMuseum and stay tuned for giveaways and a costume contest for those of you who are at the October 28th ARTafterDARK. To start is a hugely abbreviated history of the museum: In 1927, Anna Rice Cooke opened the Honolulu Museum of Art, then titled Honolulu Academy of Arts, to give Hawaii’s ethnically diverse keiki (children) a place to see their various cultures visually represented. An extremely generous woman, Anna used her personal art collection, family land (tearing down her house in the process), and $25,000 to start the project. Without any formal training or education she and some female family members meticulously cataloged the family art to start the original 500 piece collection, which has since grown to over 50,000 pieces.
Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue died of a nerve condition nicknamed ‘Americanitis’ (nothing to do with an excess of freedom or guns) three years before the museum’s completion. You may know him better for his work El Fureidis, which was used for the outside shots of Tony Montana’s house in 1983’s Scarface.
The museum is an architectural and cultural oasis in a city where rapid growth has led to a lot of ugly buildings. Access to the museum library, café, gift shop, and gardens are on the house. A ticket will gain you same day admission to Spalding House or you can get into both for free on the 3rd Sunday and first Wednesday of every month.
Shown here is the tranquil Chinese Courtyard, one of several within the museum. Check the link in our bio for the press release and contest rules.
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