Roski Talk: Yuki Kihara

Roski Talk: Yuki Kihara

Feb 12, 6pm
MFA Art Bldg
3001 S. Flower, LA


Talk is open to the public and free
Reservation required here.


Interdisciplinary artist Kihara will introduce and screen a 13-minute episode from ‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) as part of her presentation followed by Q & A. 

‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) written and directed by Yuki Kihara, is a 5-part episodic talk- show series capturing candid responses of a panel of Sāmoa’s fa’afafine community to select paintings by French artist Paul Gauguin some believed to feature Māhu – the Tahitian ‘third gender’. 

A native of Sāmoa, Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice, engaging with Pacific colonial history and representation as they intersect with race, gender, spirituality and sexual politics. Kihara’s works has been presented in a number of solo exhibitions, among others, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2008); and several biennales including the recent Bangkok Art Biennale (2018). Her works can be found in collections, among others, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the British Museum. Kihara lives and works in Sāmoa. 

A teaser for 'First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) is available here.


‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) by Yuki Kihara was commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen presented in conjunction with the current exhibition 'Gauguin; A Spiritual Journey' presented at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.