Collections Spotlight with Ian Kuali’i

by | Mar 12, 2021 | America Meredith, Coe Collaborations, Collections Programming

On March 15, 2021, artist Ian Kuali’i hosted Collection Spotlight. Ian is a multi-disciplinary self-taught artist of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)/Apache ancestry whose career spans more than two decades working in the forms of murals, large-scale cut-paper, prints, and site-specific installations. 

While trying to simplify his technique as a graffiti writer, Ian discovered stenciling and realized that he appreciated the “cut” more than the spray, thus finding his preferred medium – hand-cut paper. Over the past few years, Kuali’i has been in the process of transforming his art practice to include large-scale land art prayer installations.

COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT a program developed in partnership with First American Art Magazine is an interactive, online monthly experience that brings together diverse scholars and Native artists who select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss. The virtual Zoom format also brings together attendees from diverse regions. Attendee questions are accepted throughout the experience via chat, and at the end opened to audio. These events are free and open to the general public.

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