More details on the first Honolulu Biennial have been released today, including the date and title for the inaugural edition of the arts festival, which will be the first of its kind in Hawaii when it launches in the spring of 2017.
The 2017 biennial will be titled “Middle of Now|Here,” referring to the city’s place in the cultural nexus of the Pacific Islands. The biennial plans to feature artists from the across the state of Hawaii and the region, including participants from New Zealand, Samoa, Japan, and Australia.
The Honolulu Biennial Foundation also announced the appointment of Ngahiraka Mason to the position of curator. Previously, Mason served as the curator of Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in New Zealand. She is joining Fumio Nanjo, who was named curatorial director in February, and is also the director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
The biennial will take place March 8 through May 8, 2017 throughout the city, including exhibition spaces at the Botanical Garden and the city hall.