The Honorable Ralph Regenvanu (MP, Minister of Justice and Community Services, Vanuatu) speaks about the innovative cultural and economic initiatives in his country and the region that attempt to “mainstream” cultural heritage in national policy. He reflects on his transition into politics from his past work with cultural institutions and regional and international organizations. For eleven years Mr. Regenvanu was the director of Vanuatu’s principal cultural heritage management agency, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre (1995–2006). He was also a board member of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council, a founding member of the Pacific Islands Museums Association and a member of its executive board (1997–2009). He worked on a number of UNESCO projects including a draft of the “World Report on Cultural Diversity” and the “Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Mr. Regenvanu addresses a range of challenges that face island nations and indigenous peoples throughout the Pacific including issues of sustainability, the promotion of cultural heritage as a part of development, and the protection of cultural resources. Presented Monday September 26, 2011 at the Western Museum Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sponsored by the Museum Studies Program, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Award-winning exhibition designer Tom Klobe, former director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery in Honolulu, speaks about the development and design of the inaugural art exhibition at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, Maui, in 1994. The exhibition, Keia Wai Ola: This Living Water, featured unique and well-loved objects from local families on the island of Maui—a favorite horse saddle, a Hawaiian laundry stone, an international collection of salt and pepper shakers, an automobile manufactured in Detroit in 1911, and a live taro plant. In his lecture, Klobe describes how the exhibition committee spent months speaking to people from communities throughout the island and hearing the heart-warming stories behind the objects.
Exhibition Planning and Design: Writing with Thread
(Educational DVD, 60 minutes, 2010)
Lecture by Tom Klobe
Producer: Karen Kosasa
Director and Camera: Clinton Uyehara
The UH Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program is pleased to present a lecture by Tom Klobe on different aspects of exhibition design.
Tom Klobe, former director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery (1977-2006), introduces crucial elements of a successfully designed exhibition. For his case study, he uses the development of Writing with Thread, an exhibition of traditional textiles from ethnic minorities in southwest China. Mr. Klobe begins by describing his collaborative research with Huang Yin Feng, director of the Evergrand Art Museum in Taiwan, and a team of scholars and exhibition specialists, and their travels to several Chinese villages. As he walks us through the conceptual and physical development of the exhibition, Mr. Klobe discusses thematic concepts, spatial arrangements of objects, color choices, lighting effects, selection of mannequins, construction of specialized stands and bases, and the writing of signage and labels. Viewers will enjoy a rare glimpse of the “behind the scenes” process and the students and volunteers who helped create this stunning exhibition of embroidered clothing and silver jewelry from Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Sichuan, Guangdong, Guangxi Autonomous Region, and Hainan Island. This lecture is an invaluable resource for designing exhibitions on a range of topics.
The Web and Indigenous People: The Future is Here
With Philip Gordon, Aboriginal Heritage Officer
Australian Museum, Sydney
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
Philip Gordon, Aboriginal Heritage Officer at the Australian Museum in Sydney, discusses an innovative web-based project developed in partnership with the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation. The project provides digital access to an important indigenous cultural collection held at the museum and a web-based platform designed to promote local intergenerational experiences of the collection. By delivering specialized new media skills (video production, web 2.0 programs), and by promoting the cultural transmission of intangible cultural heritage and supporting the development of local identities and community relations, this project was structured to facilitate social transformation in the Singleton region. It also offers high school workshops in which indigenous students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the online collection and engage with their culture through new media and the web.