Details About Inaugural Honolulu Biennial Revealed


The Honolulu Biennial Foundation revealed the details of the first ever edition of its fair yesterday, including the name, dates, theme, and curator of the event.

Titled “Middle of Now | Here,” the Biennial is set to take place from March 8 through May 8, 2017. It will occupy several sites throughout Honolulu, including the city hall, library, and botanic garden. Featuring Hawaii-born and –based artists alongside emerging and established names from countries that boarder the Pacific ocean, the Honolulu Biennial will carve out a unique place on the increasingly-crowded biennial circuit.

Ngahiraka Mason.

Ngahiraka Mason.

Finally, Ngahiraka Mason has been named the curator of the biennial. Prior to this, Mason served for 20 years as Curator of Indigenous and Maori Art at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, one of the biggest public galleries in New Zealand. She will work closely with the biennial’s curatorial director Fumio Nanjo to develop the fair’s programming. The rest of the curatorial advisory board includes scholars Dr. Greg Dvorak, Dr. Katherine Higgins, and Dr. Margo Machida.

Additional locations and the full artist list and  will be announced this fall.

 — Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)