"Tatau" Opening Day Celebration
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.