Week 52 of Monochrome Madness

One year ago Laura Macky, a California photographer, and Leanne Cole, an Australian photographer, got together to produce a weekly challenge that they called the Monochrome Madness Challenge. Leanne has asked those of us who participated during the year to pick our favorite picture or pictures for week # 52.

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Hawaii 2015: How Woodblock Prints are Made

In my previous posting I wrote about the “who,” the “what” and the “why” of Japanese woodblock printmaking. As we walked out of the gallery in the Honolulu Museum of Art that is devoted to Japanese woodblock prints we came upon this display that addresses  the “how” of printmaking.

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Hawaii 2015: Japanese Woodblock Prints at the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the five galleries that surround the Chinese Courtyard in the Honolulu Museum of Art is reserved for the ongoing display of 20 or so prints from the museum’s vast collection of Japanese woodblock prints. The exhibit we saw on the day we visited the museum last month is called Dreams of Mount Fuji: Masterpieces of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese Print Collection.

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Hawaii 2015: Impressed with 19th and 20th Century Art at Honolulu Museum of Art

We visited the D’Orsay Museum in Paris last year and were mesmerized by the sheer quantity of impressionist, post-impressionst and neo-impressionist paintings on display as we walked down the monstrous hallways of the museum that was once a railway station. Last month we visited the much smaller Honolulu Museum of Art and walked away impressed with their tiny but high-quality collection of those giants of the art world who created most of their masterpieces during the last quarter of the 19th century.

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Hawaii 2015: Seneca Masks and Monochrome Madness 51

On our visit to the Honolulu Museum of Art last month I came across these two masks in the North America gallery. They are called False Face Society masks and they are from the Seneca people of western New York state.

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Hawaii 2015: Visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art

We visited the Honolulu Museum of Art for two hours one day during our stay last month in Hawaii and saw about half of what the museum had to offer. You will need at least three hours and perhaps four to cover the entire museum, especially if you wish to browse the museum shop and / or cafe.

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Hawaii 2015: Anna Rice Cooke and the Honolulu Museum of Art

Anna Rice Cooke was a patron of the arts in Honolulu and founder of the Honolulu Academy of Arts which would become the Honolulu Museum of Art. She was born in 1853 in Oahu, the daughter of Protestant missionaries. She and her husband Charles Montague Cooke (also a descendant of missionaries — his father was Amos Starr Cooke, co-founder of Castle and Cooke) built their home on the corner of Ward Avenue and South Beretania Street across from Thomas Square in 1882.

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