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Mission for Modernism: Tiki Bars – Kitsch or Cultural Appropriation?
Date and time: 24th June, 2021 at 5.00 - 6.30 pm Eastern

Docomomo International is pleased to share the next Mission for Modernism lecture by Docomomo US, that will examine issues of cultural appropriation as they relate to the rise of tiki bars in the midcentury and their recent resurgence. The lecture will happen next thursday,  24th June, 2021 from 5.00 pm to 6:30 pm (Eastern).

“Tiki bars were invented in the early 1930s in response to the Great Depression, but their popularity took off after World War II. Establishments used religious figures, symbols and motifs of Pasifika cultures in décor, drink names and vessels. The tiki aesthetic was also expressed in architecture that was a mash-up of indigenous vernacular styles. Perhaps one of the most troubling trends of the tiki genre was the over-sexualization of native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women.

This Mission for Modernism event will explore how to address this problematic aspect of midcentury culture that has carried through to the present day.

Kālewa Correa, Curator of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will speak on the history of tiki bars and cultural appropriation.

Kauahi Ching, architectural designer at Hawaii-based firm G70, will relevant projects and how she has addressed these issues in her own work.

Chockie Tom, award-winning bartender, brand ambassador, and co-founder of Doom Tiki, will share her efforts to challenge the tropes associated with classic tiki.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

Docomomo US is an AIA Continuing Education Provider and all lectures will be submitted for AIA credit approval.”

More information on Docomomo US website.