Moses created more than 250 hats from paper bags contributed by merchants in his Hawaiian neighborhood. Made in a project room of the local library during the 1980s, the hats are imaginative, amusing and timeless sculpture. They run the gamut from traditional — top hat, Civil War cap and the ’50s-style Anthurium— to fantastic — the ornately folded and pleated Gothic Knight and a series of caps crowned with seemingly suspended bamboo forms. Fashioned from the most ordinary material, these hats are whimsical, yet sophisticated; subtle, yet exuberant; delightful to behold and a pleasure to contemplate.
Collection Source: Mingei International Museum