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Bridge Gallery Exhibits
2003


Myanmar Exhibit
March

Cheryl Souza teaches art history at Kapiolani Community College, and she is the curator of this month exhibit at the Bridge Gallery. She said, "When I was a student, I 'lived' in this library. This is my gift to all who work in it."

Look for the tattoo ink containers, Burmese harp, head dresses, tapestries, lacquerware, and a beautiful panorama picture of Pagan, the old capital of Myanmar, along with its thousands of temples.

Akha Hill Tribe Women's Headdresses Temple Food Container
Myanmar Instrument Textiles by Shan People of Inlay Lake

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Beyond the Call of Duty
April

The April exhibit at the Hamilton Library's Bridge Gallery is co- curated by Tokiko Bazzell, James Cartwright, and Wil Frost. Tokiko Bazzell mounted the display on the Japanese Language Schoolbooks, James Cartwright prepared the Experiences of Japanese Americans of Hawaii during World War II, and Wil Frost coordinated Beyond the Call of Duty.

The Exhibit Committee thanks the curators for providing the following descriptions.

1. Japanese Language Schoolbooks Display (in the table cases)
The books on display were used to educate Japanese American children in Hawai'i from the early 1900s to 1950. The Japanese Language Schoolbooks Collection of the University of Hawai’i Asia Collection Department consists of two portions: The first portion is made up of over 600 schoolbooks donated by local community members, while the second portion is made up of over 900 schoolbooks and education books donated by the Moili’ili Japanese Language School. The latter portion was donated when part of the Moili'ili Japanese Language School closed in the 1970s.


Honoring Our Grandfathers: Japanese American Immigrants in U.S. Department of Justice Internment Camps, 1941-45
Dr. Gail Y. Okawa has been researching her grandfather’s experience during World War II. The documents and objects on display were discovered during her research activities. Dr. Okawa teaches at the Department of English of Youngstown State University, Ohio

2.Experiences of Japanese Americans of Hawaii during World War II (in the tall cases)

Photos from the Hawaii War Records Depository Hamilton Library, Archives Department.

3. Beyond the Call of Duty.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Library is proud to host the travelling exhibit, "Beyond the Call of Duty" during the month of April 2003. Organized by the Japanese American National Museum, the exhibit honors the extraordinary wartime accomplishments of Japanese American recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for military heroism.

Poster from Beyond the Call of Duty exhibit

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Wireless Network at UH Manoa
May

The May exhibit in the Hamilton Library's Bridge Gallery displays information about the Wireless Network at UH Manoa. The display includes information on how to access the wireless network for both PC and MacIntosh users and lists the steps needed to set up the computer to use the wireless network. Maps show the location of the wireless access points not only for the campus but also for both Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries. Support information is also provided.

The exhibit is provided by Sinclair Library and DNS at Hamilton Library. Enjoy it!

Wireless 1st Floor Hamilton Wireless Fifth Floor Hamilton
Wireless Fourth Floor Hamilton Wirless Sci/Tech Hamilton

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UH-Manoa Photography Program, Department of Art
June - July

Eight suites of photographs are on view from June 2 to July 30, 2003 on the first floor of the Hamilton Library.

The artworks are by students of the UH-Manoa Photography Program, Department of Art.

For information about the artworks on display, please contact Gaye Chan, Chair of the Photography Program at gchan@hawaii.edu

For more information on the Department of Art, please visit http://www.hawaii.edu/art

The artists featured are:

Christopher Aradanas
Sara R. M. Berry
Mary Farkash
Sara Fisher
Jo Anne Kleinschmidt
Lianne Rozzelle
Kimberly Ruchaber
Kasumi Vitarelli

Christopher Aradanas "One Bisexual, Three Heterosexuals, Three Homosexuals" Silver gelatin prints

Photography has been one of the major tools used for documentation and scientific exploration. I have attempted to explore art through the perspective of those photographers who, with their cameras, capture various specimens and seek to define the similarities or differences between them. Many subjects have been explored -- those as simple as road signs to others as poignant as the people Richard Avedon recorded in his book, "In The American West".

In this project I have focused on human sexuality. While there may not necessarily be a shortage of gay references in popular culture, society remains heterosexist. I think it is important to remind ourselves of the diversity of sexual identities. For me, this is a powerful way to add to the discourse surrounding sexuality. It is also important to consider where our values come from and what they mean. My work never really tries to understand fully what is being put out there. I am more interested in asking questions -- perhaps about homosexuality, but in the bigger picture, about human nature.

Sara R. M. Berry "Charlie Platoon" Silver Gelatin Prints

The photographer is the director of a viewer's attentions by showing the viewer what to look at and how to see it. I understand this responsibility but I feel that the viewer should have the opportunity to look deeper if he or she so chooses. I hope that my photographs will draw in the viewer and allow him or her to see something subtle but significant so that the personalities of my subjects are perceptible.

For this series of portraits I chose a simple background and uncomplicated lighting following the style of Richard Avedon. I asked my subjects, all members of a Navy SEAL platoon, to dress in any manner they chose. Through their choices of dress and props we are allowed to see how these members of an elite military unit wish to be seen.

Mary Farkash "Under the Clouds of War" Vinyl letters on silver gelatin prints

I began photographing clouds the day the war in Iraq began, not realizing at the time that a time line had begun to form between the clouds and the day’s news. Here in Hawai’i, we look to the skies to help us determine what kind of day it will be: beach, hike, swim or work outdoors? How will we dress? How slow or fast the traffic will be? As we freely move about in our daily lives, do we stop and consider for a moment that the beautiful blue sky from which these picturesque clouds hang is the same sky over Iraq, where the clouds of war are a daily reality. Consider further that these war clouds cover not only Iraq, the US and its ‘allies’ but the entire earth. It is inescapable and undeniable for we are one.

As I scanned the daily paper, connected to the web and watched the news coverage, I saw the clouds of smoke billowing from artillery, bombs, explosions, fire and sand. The very clouds that nurture life are the same clouds of death and destruction.

Sara Fisher "Flora of Hawai'i" Cyanotype

This project utilizes the disciplines of both art and science to document the flora of Hawai'i. The images are cyanotypes, a 19th century photographic technique originated by Anna Atkins. Each of the cyanotypes shown here is created by hand coating paper with light- sensitive chemistry and by laying photographic negatives or actual flora directly onto the surface.

Many things in Hawai'i are not indigenous to the land. The introduced flora and fauna of present day Hawai'i has traveled here from places all over the world, in many different ways. Many of these plants and flowers have become very important to Hawaiian culture. My project serves as a reminder of the fragility of nature. If it is not treated as such, in time photographs might be the only evidence that it ever existed.

Jo Anne Kleinschmidt "Ka'ala" Silver Gelatin Prints

I had the opportunity to visit Ka'ala Farm in Wai'anae Valley in later 2001. I fell in love with the beauty and serenity there and what it stood for -- to provide education on Hawaiian culture through hands on experience. I became a volunteer photographer for Ka'ala Farm and started photographing the different events the farm was involved in. The Ka'ala Series began as a class project at the University of Hawaii and evolved into a life long one.

The intent behind taking these photographs is solely to show my love for Ka'ala Farm. I hope it will keep on thriving to benefit the people of the world.

This series is dedicated to the people of Ka'ala Farm.

Lianne Rozzelle "Correlation" Silver gelatin prints

cor·re·la·tion (kôr'-la'sh n) noun.

A causal, complementary, parallel, or reciprocal relationship, especially a structural, functional, or qualitative correspondence between two comparable entities.

Kimberly Ruchaber "manifestations" Silver gelatin print

manifest, adj. 1. readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain, 2. psychoanal. of or pertaining to conscious feelings, ideas, and impulses that contain repressed psychic material.

American culture is one that is created and maintained by a steady diet of mass media images. Fueled by a voracious appetite for media consumption, our perceptions of reality are formed. What truths lurk behind the glossy surface of colorful magazine pages? is the obvious hidden by the repetition of images? After being processed through a series of filters, what do you 'see'?

Kasumi Vitarelli "Meridians" Thread and pins on silver gelatin prints

Believed to have begun in China, acupuncture has been a practice for more than 5,000 years. In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body to restore balance and healing illnesses. It is believed that the body has an energy force known as Qi (pronounced chee). The Qi flows on meridians, pathways that run throughout the body. Acupuncture points are specific locations where the meridians come to the surface of the skin, where they are easily accessible by needles or in some cases, massage, know as acupressure. Through my own experience with this Chinese healing and some research I created this piece diagramming the meridians and pressure points on the human body. The black thread represents the path of the meridians and the red thread the pressure points.

Image of student work for UH-Manoa Photography Program Image of student work for UH-Manoa Photography Program Image of student work for UH-Manoa Photography Program

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Treasures of Okinawa
September - October

It has been nearly forty years since Dr. Shunzo Sakamaki, Dean of the UH Summer Session and distinguished Professor of the History Department, purchased the Frank Hawley Ryukyu/Okinawa resources with strong backing from the local Okinawa community in Hawai‘i. The Hawley Collection is regarded as one of the rarest and the largest known collection of Ryukyu/Okinawa materials that have remained intact. These ancient manuscripts, maps, scrolls, and prints have attracted, and continue to attract, many researchers and scholars from around the world. To celebrate the first Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Hawai'i, the University of Hawai'i at Ma-noa Library has offered the first exhibit of selected materials from the Hawley Collection at the Hamilton Bridge Gallery: "Treasures of Okinawa: the Frank Hawley Collection."

The September exhibit in the Hamilton Library's Bridge Galley is curated by Tokiko Bazzell, the Japan Specialist Librarian at the UH- Manao Library.

Frank Hawley Page from Gozen Honzo
Drawings of Okinawan Manners and Customs illustrated by Shozan, Sahiretsu Drawings of Okinawan Manners and Customs illustrated by Shozan, Sahiretsu

Detailing Gorey: Themes from the Work of Edward Gorey
October - December

The Edward Gorey Collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, donated by local community member and composer, John Carollo, is the largest, most comprehensive public collection of Goreyana in the world. It consists of over 1000 pieces, including many signed and numbered or lettered editions of books, posters, and original art. Examples of Gorey's contributions to periodicals, posters and handbills for plays, operas, and charity book sales are included in the collection. Other items in the Collection include cups, calendars, magnets, buttons, rubber stamps, neck ties, wrapping paper, greeting cards, and hand-made dolls. Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a prolific author and illustrator whose work spans decades and created its own genre. He wrote and illustrated numerous books, and contributed drawings for many others, including children's author John Bellairs, and T.S. Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. He is most widely recognized for his drawings of the openings on PBS's Mystery!

Lecture by John Carollo, collector of Goreyana

Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 6:30 pm
Hamilton Library, 5th Floor
2550 McCarthy Mall, Manoa Campus

John Carollo gave a lecture entitled Detailing Gorey: Themes from the Work of Edward Gorey at Hamilton Library. The lecture covered the numerous themes that run through the work of Edward Gorey, including his obsessions with death and the alphabet. It was fitting that this event was held the day before Halloween, given Gorey's eclectic style and numerous works featuring the macabre. It was followed by a reception.

This was the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library. The next event will be held in May 2004.

Gorey image
Images © Estate of Edward Gorey
Gorey image
Images © Estate of Edward Gorey
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The Library Exhibit Committee
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