Monthly Archives: October 2018

Co-authorship

Glenn Wharton’s The Painted King raises thoughtful questions about power, objectivity, expertise, and community participation in the context of curation and preservation. At the same time, I think it is worth pondering how the book itself might reinforce the very structures … Continue reading

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Community investment and public art

I really enjoyed reading The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai’i by Glenn Wharton. It opened my eyes to the possibility of art conservators and other administrators as public intellectuals and activists. While I had always thought of … Continue reading

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The Notion of Authenticity

In the book The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii, the author Wharton Glenn introduced the participatory conservation model they developed in North Kohala. The conservation is for the monuments to King Kamehameha, Hawaii’s first king. He used a … Continue reading

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What drives community conservation?

I enjoyed reading The Painted King. In particular, Glenn Wharton’s dedication to not just doing the statue of Kamehameha justice and serving the community but ensuring that the community’s voices were heard every step of the way. Wharton doesn’t just … Continue reading

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New guide to film and video resources at Brown

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Authorship, effort and value

Following Glen Wharton’s odyssey of community engagement through his restoration of the Kamehameha monument, in addition to inspiring awe at the patience and perseverance it represents, brought ideas of authorship and value into question. The subject itself–a European-made bronze of … Continue reading

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Bring museums back to life

Without audience’s participation, the museum is no difference to the graveyard of historical objects. The case of the conservation project on the King Kamehameha statue is a good illustration on this. The original statue gained new cultural layers every time … Continue reading

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Can Outsiders Understand Stories within a Community?

The statue of King Kamehameha for an outsider, is a statue; yet for the people from the community, “he” represents an idea more than art. The significance of the statue of King Kamehameha for the locals is something organic and … Continue reading

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Professor Mary “Tuti” Baker here at Brown

As I was reading The Painted King, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Professor Mary “Tuti” Baker, PhD, MFA directed the documentary King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed. For those who don’t know, Professor Baker is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow … Continue reading

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What should a conservator and historian do?

In the “Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai’i”, Dr. Glenn Wharton introduced a much-cherished monumental sculpture of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha on the Big Island. When Dr. Wharton first visited the Big Island, a woman told him “Whatever you do, don’t … Continue reading

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