Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i
Gallery ‘Iolani at Windward Community College
September 6 – October 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 4–7 p.m
Windward Community College
45-720 Keaahala Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Gallery Hours: 1 – 8 p.m. – Monday and Tuesday
1 – 5 p.m. – Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i features Hawai‘i-based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narrative content. It first appealed to local artists in the 1980s.
Since then, writers and artists have used its engaging and flexible format to represent their unique experiences and the histories and cultures of different communities in Hawai‘i. We start our journey hundreds of years ago in Japan. We then trace manga’s arrival in Hawai‘i on the heels of Japanese popular culture and the enthusiastic reception of superhero television shows. Like their counterparts in Japan, manga artists in Hawai‘i were influenced by American comics. To help you understand this history of cross-cultural influences, we have created a special manga for your viewing and reading pleasure.
Exhibition Images and Text
The captions for the images below (“Figure 17” or “Figure 20”) refer to the order of the image’s placement in the exhibition at Gallery ‘Iolani.
Gallery ‘Iolani is located on the campus of Windward Community College (WCC) and is recognized as one of the finest exhibition sites in the state of Hawai’i, showing work from local, national and international venues. The gallery also serves as a classroom for students studying gallery design and management at WCC. Gallery ‘Iolani is located adjacent to Palikū Theatre in the Hale Pālanakila complex.
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