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"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.

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016

11:00 AM PDT

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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.

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