50 Years of Curating Contemporary Māori Art
Recent years have seen growing interest in the practice and history of art-exhibition making. These days, we discuss not only the content of art shows but how that content is arranged and contextualised. What can New Zealand contribute to these burgeoning international discussions?
One area in which our curatorial practice has been distinctive and inventive has been with shows of contemporary Māori art. For instance, many shows have foregrounded their curation by asserting culturally specific notions of space, occasion, and address.
Toi Māori Aotearoa/Māori Arts New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington, and Art History, Museum and Heritage Studies, and Adam Art Gallery of Victoria University of Wellington are joining forces to present a two-day symposium to advance discussion around the history of curating contemporary Māori art, offering a platform for new research. Our aim is to help develop a fuller understanding of the history and evolution of exhibitions of contemporary Māori art and to recognise the contribution made by their curators.
50 Years of Curating Contemporary Māori Art will take place at City Gallery on 8 and 9 December 2016. It is being shaped by an advisory team: Christina Barton, Deidre Brown, Peter Brunt, Robert Leonard, Aaron Lister, Conal McCarthy, Garry Nicholas, Megan Tamati-Quennell, and Anna-Marie White.
We anticipate the symposium will be of huge interest to art historians, curators, artists, and students. If you’re interested in attending, sign up to our newsletter to get on the mailing list.
50 Years of Curating Contemporary Māori Art has been supported by Creative New Zealand.