Curatorial Lecture Series: Sara Oka: Sheer Delight: A Look Behind Translucent Textiles
Wednesday May 15 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Curator of Textiles Sara Oka explores the application of gossamer, diaphanous, translucent cloth and the delicate interplay between fashion, ornamentation, structure and culturally defined sensibilities in the provisional treatment of material. Responding to an awareness in manipulating/defining spaces, luxuriously draping and dressing the body or providing a channel for an emotionally charged consciousness, the prevalent use of see-through fabrics range from objects of desire—titillating, sensual and provocative to others that resonate on a deeper level—to works that are sacred, devout and revered.
Sara Oka is Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Museum of Art. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. from the University of Hawai‘i. Before working at the museum, she taught art and bookbinding at various institutions, coordinated public art programming for the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, learned the retail trade at Liberty House (now Macy’s), and was the visiting artist on the Artmobile.
This lecture is a preview of the exhibition Sheer Delight: A Look Behind Translucent Textiles, opening Aug 15.