Events

Programs are free for Members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted.

To see a complete listing of the Museum’s programs, visit janm.org/events.

 

 

Friday, July 29, 2016
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Upper Level Members' Reception: Tatau

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Upper level members are invited to join curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura and exhibiting artists for an exclusive preview and reception to celebrate the opening of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, featuring a traditional Samoan ‘ava ceremony and fire dancers. Invitations were mailed in June. RSVP by Monday, July 25, 2016.

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, July 30, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Tatau Opening Day Celebration

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Join us for the opening day of Tatau! Our daylong celebration will include:

12 p.m.: Traditional Samoan ‘ava ceremony

1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Live tattooing demonstrations by exhibiting artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Steve Looney

1:30 p.m.–2:10 p.m.: Remarks by Ann Burroughs, JANM Interim President and CEO; exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura; exhibition photographer and documentary film director John Agcaoili; expert tattooist and television personality Chris Nunez; and artists Sulu‘ape Steve Looney and Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo.

2:20 p.m.–3 p.m.: “Tattooed Lines: Histories of Connection and Disconnection,” a lecture by author and curator Sean Mallon

3:15 p.m.: Live viewing of tattooed models, with introductions by Chris Nunez

4 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Catalog signing with curator and artists

4:30 p.m.: performance by Measina a Samoa

Polynesian acoustic music by Tui Letuli and others throughout the day

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau

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Join Tatau curator Takahiro Kitamura for a gallery tour and a catalog signing.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Image: Tattoo by Allek Gaoay. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau

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Join Tatau exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura for an in-depth gallery tour, followed by a catalog signing.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Image: Tattoo by Steve Looney. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
2:00 PM

Tatau Panel Discussion and Catalog Signing

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Artists featured in Tatau: Marks of Polynesia—including Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau, Fred Frost, and Alipate Fetuli—will discuss their work. Moderated by curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura. Catalog signing to follow.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Exhibition catalog available at the JANM Store.

Image: Tattoo by Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau

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Join Tatau exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura for an in-depth gallery tour, followed by a catalog signing.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening—Tatau: Marks of Polynesia Documentary

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Made by the organizers of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, this documentary film explores the history of the 2,000-year-old art form as well as the influential Su‘a Sulu‘ape family and their mission to preserve the practice of traditional Samoan tattooing, providing insight into the origins of the art form.

The film includes exclusive interviews with Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta‘isi Efi, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuila‘epa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, renowned athlete Zita Martel, and tattoo artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr., Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea Toetu‘u, Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director John Agcaoili, exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura, and several artists featured in the film.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Incredible Inks

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with our current exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, join us for a day of crafts, workshops, and performances that celebrate Polynesian culture and the art of tattoos.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Get a cool custom JANM temporary tattoo.

  • Try designing your own tattoos and motifs using traditional Samoan techniques such as the upeti board.

  • Learn to fold origami sharks with patterned paper at Ruthie’s Origami Corner
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Face Painting Station
    Before getting your cool temporary tattoo, be sure to stop by our face painting station for a complete “inked” look, courtesy of Party Face Magic. Line ends at 1:30 p.m.

    11:30 a.m.: Story Time with Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa
    Join us for an entertaining reading of the children’s book, Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa. Set on Samoa’s Upolu Island in the distant past, Tasi’s Gift is a touching story about Tuala, a young girl who learns the value of selfless giving from her grandfather Tasi, with the help of a surprising assortment of creative animals.

    12 p.m.–12:30 p.m.: Samoan Slap Dance Workshop
    Learn fa‘ataupati (Samoan slap dance) in a workshop with performer Diamond. This energetic dance is traditionally done by boys only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Hula Dance and Fire Knife Workshops
    Join Lopati for beginning lessons in hula dance and fire knife dance.
    *Please note we will NOT be using actual fire or knives.

    2 p.m.: Samoan Cultural Performance
    Kanana Fou Church Youth Group will perform traditional Samoan dances.

    3:15 p.m.: Samoan Siva Dance Workshop
    Learn to do the Siva (the Samoan word for “dance”) with Moana Sulu‘ape. This slow dance is traditionally for girls only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

     

    Plus, free admission all day to see Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II, and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

     

    Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter tattooing in Samoa. Photo by John Agcaoili.

     

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    Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter. Photo by John Agcaoili.