Medium White Tee
Presented by the Honolulu Museum of Art and Ward Village, Medium White Tee is an Installation inspired by President Obama by Emily Spivack.
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About Medium White Tee
As reported in The New York Times, President Obama and Rahm Emanuel had a joke they'd make when confronting the stresses of running the country: what if they left it all behind and opened a t-shirt shack in Hawaii that sold nothing but white t-shirts, size medium, so they'd never have to make another decision? As Obama's second term comes to an end, Medium White Tee will make this fantasy real.
On January 11, as Obama's final day in office approaches, artist Emily Spivack will open Medium White Tee—an actual t-shirt shack that sells only medium-sized white t-shirts—in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be offered to Obama as a gift at the completion of his presidency. He has an open invitation to take over running the shop as soon as his term is done.
Medium White Tee is a month-long thank you gift to President Obama. More specifically, it's an expression of gratitude for the considered way he made decisions, and the import he placed on those decisions, while in office. Medium White Tee is also a space for contemplation and a respite from our own daily decision–making. Visitors can stop in to buy a t-shirt, or just to look around and contemplate Obama's presidency.
Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to The Bus Federation Civic Fund and Mala ʻAi ʻOpio Youth Community Food Systems Initiative (MA'O).
The artist thanks these contributors who generously donated their resources, talent and time:
- Ward Village provided the installation space
- GRT Architects designed the space
- Stephanie Hsu, a local architect, was instrumental in ground organizing
- Print All Over Me provided 1,000 USA-made medium white T-shirts
- HONBLUE provided printing
- Nan Inc. contractors built the space
- Re-Use Hawaii provided raw materials
- CHIPS provided graphic design
- The No. 29 provided public relations and communications support
Installation runs from January 11th - February 9th
Thursday - Sunday, 12 noon - 6pm
*Hours subject to change without notice
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