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Art Deco Hawai‘i: Image and Style

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Theresa Papanikolas, curator of European and American art, curator of Art Deco Hawai'i, with a panel from Eugene Savage's Matson mural.

  

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"Figure Composition", Marguerite Blasingame, wood. Her stone carvings taken from the wood compositions are seen, for example, at Ala Moana's McCoy Pavillion and at the the Honolulu Board of Water Supply main office.

  

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"The Three Graces", Esther Bruton, painted screen.

  

   Between the two world wars in 20th century Hawai‘i, the convergence of Hawai‘i’s natural beauty and an international art style created compelling images that haunt us today.  HPR’sNoeTanigawa reports on the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Art Deco Hawai‘i show, set to close January 11th.

Find out more about the Art Deco Hawai‘i exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art.   It closes January 11.

The radio story closes with Alfred Apaka singing “Nalani” by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs.   Harry B. Soria, a third generation radio guy in Hawai‘i, provided a colorful audio backdrop for the Art Deco Hawai‘i show.  Find more music of the period on Territorial Airwaves, now celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture and ideas for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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