Unseen Treasures

Museum vaults often contain artifacts that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. Here’s a peek at hidden gems in the permanent collections of Honolulu’s major museums.


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Photo: Olivier Koning

“Upper Cut”

Contemporary Museum

This gift of prominent artist Dennis Oppenheim is a mid-career work made of steel, plywood, foam and sheetrock, with “teeth” that are really worn-out art history books—some of which have plainly fallen out. It speaks volumes, but one of curator Jay Jensen’s favorite features is that, although it’s springy, it literally can’t shut (up). Plans for a new building to showcase The Contemporary Museum’s permanent holdings have been put on hold for the present. Upper Cut will stay in storage until there’s room in the museum’s public spaces for a five-foot-tall set of bookish dentures.

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