Art of the Aloha Shirt Gallery Tour and Reception

Art of the Aloha Shirt

Gallery Tour and Reception
  • Dates:
    Aug 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
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  • Accessibility:

    Mobility-accessible. Exterior ramps provide building access, elevators access all floors in the building, and wheelchairs are available at admission.

Art of the Aloha Shirt Gallery Tour and Reception
Thursday, August 18, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dr. Linda A. Bradley, Professor Emeritus at Washington State University, will lead a fun, fast- paced gallery tour of our newest exhibit Art of the Aloha Shirt.

Dr. Bradley will share an overview of the roots of aloha attire and provide insight into the broader cultural and historical significance of this style. Dr. Bradley conducts research into textiles and clothing as material culture and examines the social, cultural, historic and psychological aspects of dress.

Local collector David Bader will share examples of aloha shirts from his extensive collection, while providing participants with deeper understanding of how the style has changed over time.

And learn all about “The Origins of Tiki: The Drinks Behind the Shirts,” with cocktail historian Renée Cebula. The history of tiki cocktails is a global story involving the Caribbean and Los Angeles more than Tahiti and Honolulu. Like the popularity of the aloha shirt, tourism also ushered in changes in what people drank on the islands.

Enjoy a Hawaiian-inspired mocktail while you take in the stories and history!

Image: Painting for Waikiki Reef, John “Keoni” Meigs, c. late 1940s; gouache on paper, 24 x 30 inches; © Keoni Collection.

Our thanks: WSHS exhibitions and programs are generously supported by Columbia Bank, Humanities Washington, KNKX, The Murdock Foundation, the Port of Tacoma, and our members.

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