HoMA welcomes community to “Joyful Return” opening April 17, 2021

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In the spirit of hope on the horizon and our gradual return to shared experiences across our community, the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) will present a museum-wide spring exhibition titled Joyful Return. Opening April 17, 2021, Joyful Return will run throughout the year with a series of six interactive pop-up installations (and one in-gallery exhibition) in the museum’s outdoor spaces and galleries, each a mix of unexpected, interactive and ever-changing elements brought to life by the HoMA community.

Each individual component of the six non-traditional exhibitions will make up a fresh, fun, community-sourced experience celebrating a return to shared experiences, art making, conversations, and personal connections.

The six site-specific pop-up installations will rely heavily on the community’s input and participation, exploring variations on the theme “Joyful Return” throughout 2021.

“Guests can participate by posting, planting, peeling, recording, decorating, and performing art at the museum through artist-designed prompts within each evolving installation,” said Aaron Padilla, Director of Learning and Engagement. “After a difficult year of hardships and isolation we want to encourage everyone to help us celebrate with some fun and safe social interaction, with the art and with each other.”

Outdoor pop-up installations:

Return (beginning April 17): A multimedia presentation of community-sourced photos, imagery and storytelling in HoMA’s Central Courtyard.

Restore (beginning April 17): Sustainable, handmade messages of hope and community connection displayed on the Walter F. and Mary Dillingham Frear Sculpture Terrace.

Regrow (beginning May 15): An unexpected, hands-on installation incorporating floral and botanical elements in Kīna’u Courtyard.

Reveal (beginning June 12): A large-scale mural project to be revealed with the help of the community in Kīnaʻu Courtyard.

Recover (beginning July 17): Wildly colorful additions to museum architecture created with community-sourced textiles in Palm Courtyard and other outdoor spaces.

Relive (beginning September 25): An interactive experience amplifying and celebrating the sounds and voices of HoMA located in Mediterranean Courtyard.

In addition to the six outdoor installations, the exhibition will include an in-gallery presentation of works from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection, opening April 17. Reflect: Modern and Contemporary Highlights will feature seminal pieces from HoMA’s collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, new media, and works on paper by iconic 20th-century artists. The gallery installation will include audio and written “reflections” on individual artworks by eighteen “Community Voices,” respondents from different backgrounds and professions across Honolulu with diverse voices encouraging broader understandings of art, health, and community, and inspiring viewers to create connections between the past and present.

“Each interactive element of Joyful Return will welcome visitors to enjoy and safely partake in different crowd-sourced projects, installations, and performances in the museum’s outdoor spaces and courtyards,” said Director of Curatorial Affairs Catherine Whitney. “We hope first-timers, along with longtime museum supporters, and everyone in between, will come be part of the fun and excitement.”

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