MANAVA: Contemporary Art from Tahiti

Collaborating with Tahitian-American Artist Alexander Lee, Faculty/Student Group Embraces Traditional and Modern Art and Craft

Opening: Saturday, 6 December, 6 pm – 8 pm
Continuing: 6 December, 2014 – 25 January, 2015
Note that the gallery will be closed 25 December, 2014 – 4 January, 2015

“What is our relationship to history and how can we consider the question of our cultural representation today?” The question comes from Tahitian-American artist Alexander Lee, who collaborates with students and faculty members from The Centre des Métiers d’Art – Te Pu Haapiiraa Toroa Rima i (CMA), an art school in Tahiti dedicated to teaching students traditional and contemporary art and craft from French Polynesia.

The exhibition, titled MANAVA, consists of contemporary Polynesian art from Tahiti and will open at WUHO on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.  The exhibition revisits the history and heritage of Polynesia as lived by the students and teachers of the CMA, through sculpture, painting, weaving, engraving, photography, video, and installations. The works were originally exhibited at the Musée de Tahiti et des Îles – Te Fare Manaha (MTI), in Punaauia, Tahiti in 2013. The exhibition is made possible through subsidies from the government of French Polynesia, CMA’s partnership with international flagship carrier Air Tahiti Nui, and the support of the School of Architecture of Woodbury University.

Under the auspices of Woodbury University’s School of Architecture, the group of eight Polynesian students and three CMA faculty members are staying in Woodbury’s residence halls from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10, as they organize an exhibition at the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) gallery (, 6518 Hollywood Blvd. WUHO is the university’s center for experimental exhibitions and multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Co-hosting the group are Randy Stauffer, Woodbury’s VP of Academic Affairs and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Director of WUHO.

Gallery Hours: Thurs – 1pm to 8pm; Fri, Sat, Sun – 1pm to 6pm

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