Woodbury University School of Architecture to Host Contingent From Art School in Tahiti; MANAVA Exhibition of Contemporary Polynesian Art to Open at WUHO on Dec. 6

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Collaborating with Tahitian-American Artist Alexander Lee, Faculty/Student Group Embraces Traditional and Modern Art and Craft

Woodbury student works with CMA colleagues

"What is our relationship to history and how can we consider the question of our cultural representation today?"

The question comes from Tahitian-American artist Alexander Lee, who collaborates with students and faculty members from The Centre des Métiers d'Art - Te Pu Haapiiraa Toroa Rima i (CMA), an art school in Tahiti dedicated to teaching students traditional and contemporary art and craft from French Polynesia.

Under the auspices of Woodbury University’s School of Architecture, the group of eight Polynesian students and three CMA faculty members will stay in Woodbury’s residence halls from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10, as they organize an exhibition at the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) gallery, 6518 Hollywood Blvd. WUHO is the university’s center for experimental exhibitions and multi-disciplinary collaborations. The university will in turn stage digital software and fabrication workshops for the group on campus. Co-hosting the group is Randy Stauffer, former Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and currently Woodbury’s VP of Academic Affairs.

The exhibition, titled MANAVA, consists of contemporary Polynesian art from Tahiti and will open at WUHO on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The exhibition revisits the history and heritage of Polynesia as lived by the students and teachers of the CMA, through sculpture, painting, weaving, engraving, photography, video, and installations. The works were originally exhibited at the Musée de Tahiti et des Îles - Te Fare Manaha (MTI), in Punaauia, Tahiti in 2013. The exhibition is made possible through subsidies from the government of French Polynesia, CMA’s partnership with international flagship carrier Air Tahiti Nui, and the support of the School of Architecture of Woodbury University.

For Woodbury, the visit is, in effect, returning a favor extended to the university on three previous occasions. CMA students and faculty hosted Woodbury architecture and interior architecture students in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

“We are honored to welcome Alexander and the CMA faculty and students to the Woodbury campus and the WUHO gallery space,” said Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA, Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Director, WUHO. “The variety of the work on display is certain to surprise and delight. This is a rare opportunity for the community at large to experience the culture of a land too few of us are privileged to visit.”

About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Transdisciplinarity, along with a Master of Arts (MA) in Media for Social Justice, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Interior Architecture (MIA), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Leadership. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees, as well as an MSArch degree with concentrations in Real Estate Development and Landscape + Urbanism. Woodbury ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine. Visit http://www.woodbury.edu for more information.

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