Oba­main­spired T-shirt stand opens in Ward Cen­tre

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - DETOURS - ——— Ja­son Gene­gabus, Star-Ad­ver­tiser

Stop by the new T-shirt “shack” at Ward Vil­lage and you’ll find there isn’t much se­lec­tion. Ev­ery­thing for sale is the ex­act same size — medium — and color — white. But that’s the point.

Brook­lyn, N.Y., artist Emily Spi­vack is be­hind the pop-up, which is an off-site in­stal­la­tion for the Honolulu Mu­seum of Art. “Medium White Tee” is a month­long ex­hibit in­spired by a story Spi­vack read in the New

York Times last sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to the Times, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and for­mer White House Chief of Staff (and cur­rent Chicago mayor) Rahm Emanuel had once talked about mov­ing to Hawaii and open­ing a busi­ness that only sold medium white T-shirts so they wouldn’t have to make any tough de­ci­sions.

“When I read the Times ar­ti­cle, I was moved by the time and care Pres­i­dent Obama put into his eight years of ser­vice,” Spi­vack said in a state­ment. “‘Medium White Tee’ is a tribute to his ac­com­plish­ments, to the de­ci­sions he didn’t run from.”

Pres­i­dent Obama’s sis­ter, Maya Soe­toro-Ng, at­tended the ex­hibit’s open­ing re­cep­tion Wed­nes­day.

Visi­tors can pur­chase T-shirts, priced at $44, with pro­ceeds do­nated to the

Bus Fed­er­a­tion Civic fund and Hawaii-based Mala ‘Ai ‘Opio Youth Com­mu­nity Food Sys­tems Ini­tia­tive. The in­stal­la­tion will be open at Ward Cen­tre near Bed Bath & Be­yond through Feb. 9.

Shirts are also avail­able for pur­chase on­line at medi­umwhite­tee.com.

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