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Bridge Gallery Exhibits 2008

Francis Haar's Hawaii Years, 1960-1997

(11/13/08 - 12/31/08)

The exhibit, FRANCIS HAAR'S HAWAII YEARS - 1960-1997, celebrates the Library's receipt of the gift of photographer Francis Haar's Hawaii negatives, proofs, selected prints and associated materials. Donated by his son, Tom Haar, the gift is a major resource concerning life and the arts in Hawaii during the second half of the 20th century. It is housed in the Jean Charlot Collection as part of the Archive of Hawaii Artists. The exhibition touches upon some of Haar's favorite themes - hula, artists of Hawaii, portraits of children and others, disappearing Honolulu, changing and changeless landscapes-and some of his work reflects his long friendship with artist Jean Charlot.

Preservation and organization of the gift was supported by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the Cooke Foundation, the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation and the Jean Charlot Foundation.

Ancient Customs, Ancient Stories

(9/22/08 - 10/31/08)

The textiles of Lampung, a province of Indonesia at the southern tip of Sumatra, are justly famous. In particular, long ceremonial hangings (pelapai) and square ceremonial cloths (tampan) present complex patterns and imagery, sometimes even mysterious pictorial tableaux. They have not been made since the earliest years of the 20th century.

Described by generations of foreign ethnographers and collectors as "ship cloths," they were sometimes said to represent the "ship of the dead." No convincing field data were ever collected from 19th century weavers or traditional owners about the iconography. Since then, there has been great loss of Lampung traditional knowledge.

Exhibit Information Flyer (.pdf)
Curator: Garrett & Bronwen Solyom
For info: call (808) 956-2849 or email

Held in conjuction with the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America at Hamilton

Mii Gusui, mimi-gusui,
Sustenance for the Eyes and Ears: Okinawan Performing Arts

(07/1/08 - 08/22/08)

This exhibit displays objects and photographs related to Okinawan music and dance. A timeline of Okinawan music and dance at UHM and photographs of UHM instructors are special features.

Curator: Norman Kaneshiro
Photographer: Wayne Muromoto

Sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies

Georg Von Békésy

More about Georg Von Békésy...

(01/07/08 - 02/29/08)

Georg von Békésy was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 3,1899; he died in Honolulu on June 13, 1972. He was the only Nobel prize winner to ever work at the University of Hawai´i. In 1961 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian hearing organ.

His hobby was collecting art objects and books about art. The Von Békésy art books cover the Ancient Near East, Classical Byzantine, Iran and the Islamic World, India, Cambodia and Thailand, East Asia (China, Korea, Japan), Europe, Africa and the Americas.

image of the exhibit stamp honoring Bekesy

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