Inside Out: 15 Years of Exhibitions at the East-West Center Gallery


This is a listing of older East-West Center events (newer listed first).  See Events to get the list of current or upcoming events.


When: May 19 2019 (All day) until Sep 8 2019 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)


Guest Curator: Annie Reynolds
Gallery Curator: Michael Schuster
Installation Design: Lynne Najita
Coordinator: Eric Chang

Exhibition: May 19 - September 8, 2019

East-West Center Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

For the past 15 years, over 50 exhibitions highlighting the Asia Pacific region have been presented in the East-West Center Gallery under the curatorial direction of Michael Schuster and the design of Lynne Najita. “Inside Out: 15 Years of Exhibitions at the East-West Center Gallery” reflects on the EWC Arts Program’s interdisciplinary approach to developing and presenting its unique exhibitions. Although aesthetic beauty and quality are important  components in these projects, the most important guiding principle is the East-West Center’s core mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific.  Over the last decade and a half, the EWC Gallery has produced diverse visual representations of aspects of cultures, customs, art, geography, social issues, and  practice. The exhibition space is intended to create a  learning experience rather than function purely as an “art” gallery.  Every object has a story within its own cultural context. Who made it andfor what purpose? When and how was it used? The curator of the object decides which stories to focus the observer’s attention on. This focus is achieved through skillful exhibition design including layout and the relational placement of objects. This exhibition places emphasis on the specific practices of curating an exhibition and looks both inside the physical objects as well as inside the process of curation in order to offer new insight. Hence, this exhibition is entitled “Inside Out.” 

Special Events

In the EWC Gallery with free admission, open seating, no reservations

Guided exhibition tours will be offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Exhibition Gala Opening including reception, gallery walkthrough with the curators, and presentation of 8-minute video art piece, Wisdoms of the East and West, accompanied by live music by Made Widana and Annie Reynolds

Sunday, June 2, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated Talk: “Decolonizing the Narrative” by Neal V. Hitch, Executive Director of Hawaiian Mission Houses

Sunday, June 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated Talk: “Highlights and Untold Stories” by Neida Bangerter, Director of Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Sunday, July 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated Talk: “Mānoa Heritage Center: Inspiring People to be Thoughtful Stewards of their Communities” by Mary Cooke, MHC Founder, and Jessica Welch, MHC Executive Director

Sunday, August 4, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated Talk: “Introducing the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts” by Jonathan Johnson, SFCA Executive director

Sunday, September 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated Talk: “Creating Spaces for Thinking  Critically about Museums: Curriculum, Programs, and Community Partnerships” by Karen Kosasa, Associate Professor of American Studies, UH Mānoa

Gallery admission is free

Hours: Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m.

Parking on the UH Mānoa campus is normally

free and ample on Sundays.

For further information: 944-7177

Primary Contact Info:
Phone: 944-7177