Exhibition: Sala: Gem of Thai Architecture


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Virginia Henderson and Michael Schuster, co-curators

When: Mar 8 2007 (All day) until May 23 2007 (All day)
Where: EWC Gallery

In 1967, in a gesture to extend cultural understanding, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand gifted a traditional wooden Thai sala or pavilion to the East-West Center. In October of 2006 the old sala was reconstructed under the auspices of his Royal Majesty, and assembled by a crew of traditional craftsmen sent from Thailand.

The recent reconstruction of this traditional Thai sala in Hawaii presents the opportunity to celebrate the fascinating characteristics of Thai architecture and to learn more about its meaning and relationship to other aspects of Thai culture.

Architecture can tell us much about people’s way of life and worldview. This interactive, multi-media exhibition introduces visitors to the sala, showing what these structures mean and how they are used by Thai people today–their significance, role, forms, elements, process of construction, the associated rituals and beliefs.

Other key features and elements of Thai architecture are explored. Young visitors are especially considered in making this experience approachable and interesting. The exhibition will include models of various sala, wooden spirit houses, woodcarvings, installations, architectural plans, a video of the rebuilding process, and photography by National Geographic photographer Paul Chesley and Bangkok-based artist Martin Collins.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous cooperation from the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

East-West Center Arts Programs are supported by, Hawai`i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai`i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, , and generous contributors to the EWC Foundation, including members of the EWC Arts `Ohana.

For information on group tours, please contact Pattie Dunn, arts outreach assistant, (808) 944-7584 or email: [email protected]

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed Saturdays and holidays. Admission is free. Visitor parking on the adjacent UH campus is $3 and is usually easily available on the upper campus after 4 p.m. weekdays; Sunday parking is normally free and ample.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Celebration for the new East-West Center Thai Sala (Pavilion)

a gift from His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej

Location: EWC campus, East-West Road, between Imin Center-Jefferson Hall and Lincoln Hall

followed by a

Gala Opening Reception for the EWC exhibition, "Sala: Gem of

Thai Architecture"

2:00-3:30 p.m. at the EWC Gallery

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Michael Schuster
Phone: 808 944-7543