News and Announcements—The Jean Charlot Foundation

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Detail from Hawaiian Drummers. 1950.

Exhibitions of Jean Charlot's works, new books and other publications about or mentioning Charlot, restorations of Charlot's works, Charlot's plays performed, JCF activities, and more.

# 2015–2016

Contributors: Laura Warfield, with assistance from Jean Trapido-Rosenthal, Bronwen Solyom, and Kent Severson.

# 2015–2016 Fiji

Fiji church, JCF report 2016-04-19, pg. 5

Right now our top concern is Charlot's fresco murals at Naiserelagi, Ra, Fiji. Although the murals survived Tropical Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji in February 2016, the roof of the building that houses them was damaged, and the doors and windows destroyed. Several good pre-cyclone photos can be found on an unrelated artists’ blog entry "Charlot’s Black Christ Mural in Ra" (2015-01-15), by Jack and Alise. A story by Geraldine Panapasa from the Fiji Times Online from several years ago, "Living with the Black Christ" (PDF, 2009-02-08), talks about what this fresco means to the community.

The JCF has funded emergency measures to prevent any further damage to the mural, which have been spearheaded by Dr. Caroline Klarr, who wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the murals. These initial efforts are in the JCF's report "Jean Charlot’s Fiji frescoes after cyclone Winston" (PDF, 2016-04-19). Much more remains to be done, however: more permanent repairs to the roof, doors and windows are necessary, and eventually the condition of the murals will need to be evaluated, and they will likely require restoration.

The JCF and Dr. Klarr are continuing to work tirelessly on this project. Any special contributions (PayPal) you may be able to give for this purpose would be very welcome.

# 2015–2016 Exhibitions

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's exhibition, "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950" (October 25, 2016–January 8, 2017), includes one of Charlot's paintings (Bathers, 1943). The Museum also holds dozens of Charlot's works in its permanent collection.

A show of half a century of Mexican Art, "Mexique (1900–1950)", on view in Paris, at the Grand Palais, from October 5, 2016 to January 23, 2017, includes two of Charlot's paintings from Mexican collections.

The Ayala Museum in Makati City, Philippines, hosted an exhibition of twentieth-century Mexican art ("Mexico: Fantastic Identity, 20th Century Masterpieces from the FEMSA Collection", September 30, 2016–November 9, 2016) that includes Charlot as a featured artist.

An exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, DC ("Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art", April 3–July 24, 2016) included one of Charlot's prints (Tortilla Maker, 1937). The show travels to Prague (National Gallery, October 5, 2016–January 8, 2017), Mexico City (Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, February 7–April 30, 2017) and Dallas/Fort Worth (Dallas Museum of Art, May 28–September 3, 2017). The National Gallery also holds several other Charlot prints in its permanent collection.

The Mexican Museum in San Francisco presented an exhibition, "Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters" (March 13, 2015–June 28, 2015), organized by David de la Torre, including art by Charlot, "whose work contains bold colors, geometric shapes, and Mayan Imagery," according to the San Francisco Examiner (Anita Katz, "Modern Mexican art's diversity revealed in ‘Maestros’", April 30, 2015).

# 2015–2016 Publications

The September 2016 issue of Historic Hawaii News included an article by Cathi Shar Ho ("Charlot House Finds New Life with HIDESIGN Studio, Public Access") about the Charlot House’s new role as an outreach center for UH Mānoa’s School of Architecture.

An April 26, 2016 essay, "Isami Enomoto: Legacy of a Quiet Man" by Noe Tanigawa for Hawaii Public Radio, mentioned Charlot, who "forced him [Enomoto] to sign" the UPW tile murals on which the two artists collaborated.

Constance Hale wrote an excellent article about Jean Charlot ("The Man behind the Murals"), published in the February/March 2016 issue of Hawaiian Airlines' Hana Hou! magazine. We hope that this is only the first of her writings on Charlot. (Several JCF board members, including Lew Andrews and Joe Stanton, assisted the author with her research.)

An article in the Garden Island (Rita de Silva, "A matter of faith: St. Catherine Church one of many that have influenced Kauai", February 15, 2016), about the church’s art, included a photo of Charlot’s Compassionate Christ, "the most compelling" of the artworks at St. Catherine, and admired "the creativity, skill and kindness of the artists who donated them."

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Keep Hawaii Hawaii column featured a story ("Artist’s Waialae home shines with teamwork", by Robert M. Fox and David Cheever, August 2, 2015) regarding Charlot’s collaboration with architects Pete Wimberly and Greg Tong on the design of the Charlot House.

An April 25, 2015 article in the Los Angeles Times, "Tiny Hawaiian chapel’s big surprise: a fresco by France’s Jean Charlot", by George Fuller, highlighted Charlot’s fresco at the Kahua Ranch in Waimea, Hawaiʻi.

# 2015–2016 Miscellaneous

# 2015–2016 JCF Activities

# 2013–2014

Contributors: Laura Warfield, with assistance from Jean Trapido-Rosenthal, Bronwen Solyom, and Kent Severson.

# 2013–2014 Exhibitions

# 2013–2014 Plays

In early 2014 Kumu Kahua Theatre produced one of Charlot’s plays, Moa a Mo’i, which was directed by Dan Kelin. A review in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Ryan Senaga, "Fine staging brings to life old tale of Hawaii", February 2, 2014, page F-4), described the machinations of the play as "almost Shakespearean in nature," with "moments of eeriness and violence, but [...] also welcome bursts of humor and romance." The play, the title of which translates to "Chicken into King", follows the adventures of a commoner named ʻUmi who rises to become a ruler, and was previously produced at UH Hilo back in 1987.

An exhibit in the theater lobby, curated by Bron Solyom, featured various items from the Jean Charlot Collection at UH Mānoa relating to the play, including costume sketches, drawings of sets, newspaper reviews, and additional ephemera.The production was supported in part by a JCF grant, and a special pre-performance luncheon reception for JCF members was held on January 26, 2014, on the theater lanai, which was a great opportunity to talk story with some of our members. Remarks by Dan Kelin, as well as by JCF’s president, Jean Trapido-Rosenthal, and Bron Solyom, introduced the day’s performance.

# 2013–2014 Miscellaneous

# 2013–2014 JCF Activities

# 2011–2012

Contributor: Laura Warfield.

# 2011–2012 Exhibitions

# 2011–2012 Books

Other recent books that refer to Charlot.

Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, by JCF board member Tom Klobe (American Association of Museums, 2012).

How Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums and the Mexican State, by Mary K. Coffey (Duke University Press, 2012).

My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji, by Jacqueline Ryle (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).

Ben Norris, American Modernist, 1910–2006, ed. Margaret Norris Castrey (Huia Publishers, New Zealand, 2009, distributed by University of Hawaiʻi Press).

# 2011–2012 Miscellaneous

The Artstor Digital Library, with the collaboration of the Jean Charlot Collection and the Visual Resources Librarian of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, as well as the Jean Charlot Estate LLC, is in the process of adding approximately 300 images of artworks by Charlot, from private collections and institutional holdings, to its online database. Artstor is a nonprofit digital image library serving museums, libraries and educational institutions in 46 countries. Many of the photographs of Charlot works that will be included in Artstor's database were funded by the JCF.

A web-only article for the College Art Association's Art Journal (Spring 2012), "Art Journal at Fifty", by Howard Singerman, mentioned "Jean Charlot's remembrance of Orozco" as one of the contributions to "CAJ [College Art Journal] and to the arts on campus" by "smart and quite philosophical artists."

In the summer of 2011, John Charlot (son of the artist, and a JCF board member), presented a talk on Charlot's murals at the McDonough post office outside of Athens, Georgia.  He was also interviewed about his father's work by Sonja Vass, for the Art Corner, on SBN TV, a local station for the south-metro Atlanta area.

Charlot's artwork was mentioned in several travel/lifestyle articles recently.

"36 Hours in Asheville, N.C.", by Shaila Dewan, New York Times, October 21, 2010, featured Charlot's murals at Black Mountain College.

"Hawaii's Public Art", by Tamara Moan, Honolulu Magazine, August 2011, featured "10 must-see Honolulu artworks," including Charlot's tile murals for the United Public Workers Building.

"Home is where the hale is", by Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, July 10, 2011, an article about the Hawaiʻi governor's residence, mentioned "a Jean Charlot print discovered in an abandoned airport cubicle" as something of which Governor Abercrombie is "particularly proud."

# 2011–2012 JCF Activities

The JCF's annual meeting was held on August 28, 2011, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in conjunction with a presentation by artist and educator Laura Ruby on her restoration of a collection of fresco murals on Hawaiian themes, painted by students of Charlot some sixty years ago and now embellishing Hawaiʻi Hall.

The JCF UH Art Department scholarship for 2011 was awarded to Eva Enriquez. At the Honolulu Printmakers’ 83rd Annual Exhibition, the Award for Excellence in Honor of Jean Charlot went to Jeremy Bush, for Midday Hala. And at the Artists of Hawaiʻi exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Jean Charlot Foundation Award for Excellence was given to Keith Tallett, for Tattoo Williams (old English).

In 2011, the JCF made a travel grant to Amy Galpin, a graduate student at University of Illinois–Chicago (and Project Curator for American Art at the San Diego Museum of Art), for archival research at the Jean Charlot Collection for her dissertation, which involves Mexican muralism and the work of Charlot.

The JCF also made a small grant to the Honolulu Academy of Arts toward the restoration of a harpsichord, built for Trudi Roberts by John Challis, and decorated by Charlot, which is to be gifted to the Academy.

# 2010–2011

Contributor: Laura Warfield.

The exhibition Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists, featuring work by Charlot, among many others, will be on view at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago from February 12 through August 1, 2010. A public symposium on the muralist movement in Mexico and its legacy will be held on May 15 in connection with the exhibition. [accessed 2020-10-24]

A Charlot drawing of Iolani Luahine was hung with great fanfare in the newly renovated main lobby of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikīkī Beach, as part of a tribute to the late kumu hula. The drawing is on loan from Leimomi Moʻokini Lum, a relative of Luahine. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Charlot's mural in one of the Jefferson Hall stairwells at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, entitled Inspiration, Study, Creativity, was recently cleaned and restored, along with the companion mural by Affandi, thanks to a team from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware graduate program in art conservation. [accessed 2010-05-04]

The French artist Isabelle Bonzom's forthcoming book on fresco painting will feature Charlot's works, among others. The study, to be published by Eyrolles in 2010, was awarded a grant from the Centre National du Livre. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Francis V. O’Connor's epic The Mural in America: Wall Painting as Art and Environment from Prehistory to the Present, is now available online. Charlot and his works feature prominently in the story. [accessed 2010-05-04]

2010 news articles that mention Charlot.

"The Intriguing Story of Muralist Pablo O’Higgins Told in New Book",, April 26, 2010. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Lynn Cook, "Artist's love affair with Isles dates back 56 years", Honolulu Advertiser, February 14, 2010 (re Beverly Willis). [accessed 2010-05-04]

Libby Motika, "Ben Norris, Inspired Artist", Palisades Post, January 21, 2010. [accessed 2010-02-09]

# 2010–2011 JCF Activities

At the JCF's annual meeting, on March 21, 2010, at the Charlot House, members and guests heard a thought-provoking talk by Professor Yoshinobu Ota of Kyushu University, a Fulbright Program scholar in residence at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Ota's presentation on the topic of Jean Charlot's Mimesis generated a lively discussion.

The JCF awarded its 2010 UH Art Department scholarship to Brady Evans. At the Honolulu Printmakers’ 82nd Annual Exhibition, the Award for Excellence in Honor of Jean Charlot went to Margo Ray, for Containment Landscape #6.

# 2009–2010

Contributor: Laura Warfield.

El Museo del Barrio in New York celebrated its post-renovation reopening in the fall of 2009 with Nexus New York: Latin-American Artists in the Modern Metropolis, featuring "pioneering Caribbean and Latin American artists who lived in New York City before World War II and shaped the American avant-garde." The exhibition and the accompanying catalog, Cullen, Deborah, ed., Nexus New York: Latin-American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (Museo del Barrio/Yale University Press, 2009), included work by Charlot.

In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh Press released Muralism Without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927–1940, by Anna Indych-Lopez. Ms. Indych-Lopez was the recipient in 2007 of a grant from the JCF for research at the Jean Charlot Collection.

One of Charlot's works was used as an illustration in Jaime Preciado Coronado, "El estudio interdisciplinario socioespacial de la diversidad religiosa", Desacatos, 30 (May–August 2009).

Other books published in 2009 that mention or discuss Charlot.

Rachel Adams, Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (University of Chicago Press).

Michele Cohen, ed., Public Art for Public Schools (Monacelli Press) (with an accompanying website). [accessed 2010-05-04]

Susan Greenberg Fisher, ed., Picasso and the Allure of Language (Yale University Press).

Regina M. Marchi, Day of the Dead in the USA: the Mi­gra­tion and Trans­for­ma­tion of a Cul­tu­ral Phe­no­me­non (Rutgers University Press).

Elissa Rashkin, The Stridentist Movement in Mexico: the Avant-Garde and Cultural Change in the 1920s (Rowman & Littlefield).

Masha Salazkina, In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico (University of Chicago Press).

Rosemarie Schyma, Südsee (DuMont Reiseverlag).

Additional 2009 publications that refer to Charlot include the following articles or book chapters.

Alicia Azuela de la Cueva, "Las Artes Plá­sti­cas en las Con­memo­ra­cio­nes de los Cen­te­na­rios de la In­de­pen­den­cia. 1910, 1921", in Mundos de Ayer In­ve­sti­ga­cio­nes Hi­sto­ri­cas Con­tem­po­ra­neas del Con­gre­so de la AHC (Editum).

Paula López Caballero, "The effort of othering: the hi­sto­ri­cal dia­lec­tic of local and national identity among the orig­na­rios, 1950–2000", An­thro­po­lo­gi­cal Theory, 9:2 (2009), pp. 171–87.

John Charlot, "El pequeño testimonio de José Vasconcelos sobre el Renacimiento Pictórico Mexicano: Escrito para Jean Charlot", Parteaguas (Revista del Instituto Cultural de Aguas­ca­li­en­tes), 5:17 (Summer 2009), pp. 31–34. [accessed 2016-01-24]

Andrés Ríos Molina, "Un mesías, ladrón y paranoico en el manicomio la Castañeda. A propósito de la importancia hi­sto­rio­grá­fica de los locos", Estudios de Historia Moderna y Con­tem­po­rá­nea de México, 37 (January–June 2009), pp. 71–96.

Karoline Noack, "Die »Werkstatt der populären Grafik« in Mexiko — die Bauhaus reist nach Amerika" in Sonja Neef, ed., An Bord der Bauhaus: Zur Hei­mat­lo­sig­keit der Moderne (transcript Verlag).

Willam M. Ringle and George J. Bey, III, "The Face of the Itzas", in William L. Fash, ed., The Art of Urbanism: How Mesamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery (Harvard University Press).

Reprint of The Heritage Club's Sandglass, II:27 (July 1962), regarding Charlot's illustrations for Thornton Wilder's Bridge of San Luis Rey, in Michael C. Bussacco, ed., Heritage Press Sandglass Companion Book: 1960–1983 (Tribute Books).

2009 news articles that mention Charlot include:

Mike Gordon, "Jean Charlot: Prolific ‘popular artist’ and muralist focused on Hawaiian and Pacific cultural themes", Honolulu Advertiser, August 16, 2009. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Jeff Michael Hammond, "Mexico's search for an artistic identity", Japan Times, August 14, 2009. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Aoife O’Riordain, "Ornate escape: A tour of Mexico's baroque architecture is a majestic prospect", Independent, April 4, 2009. [accessed 2010-05-04]

"Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and his Con­tem­po­ra­ries Ex­hi­bi­tion to Open in Boston",, March 26, 2009. [accessed 2016-02-08]

Javier Molina, "La vanguardia poblana contra Vasconcelos", La Jornada de Oriente, February 12, 2009. [accessed 2010-05-04]

Geraldine Panapasa, "Living with the Black Christ", Fiji Times Online, February 8, 2009. [accessed 2010-05-04]

"The Akron Museum Presents Edward Weston: Life Work",, January 31, 2009. [accessed 2016-02-08]

# 2009–2010 JCF Activities

The JCF awarded its 2009 UH Art Department scholarship to J. Ashley McEwan. At the Honolulu Printmakers’ 81st Annual Exhibition, the Award for Excellence in Honor of Jean Charlot went to Allyn Bromley, for Green Piece. And at the Artists of Hawaiʻi exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Jean Charlot Foundation Award for Excellence was given to Rujunko Pugh, for Crown Flower and Genetic Code.

In 2009, the JCF made a travel grant to Sara Hudson, a graduate student at Yale University, for archival research at the Jean Charlot Collection for a project involving Charlot's childrens’ books.

The JCF board focused in 2009 on updating the JCF bylaws and charter and on expanding and redesigning the JCF website. In addition, the JCF set up an email account and continued its efforts to obtain photographs of original artworks by Charlot.

Detail from Hawaiian Drummers. 1950.

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