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March 2003 Events Programme


March 2003 Events Programme

ARTIST FLOORTALK - FREE ENTRY

Simryn Gill Sunday 23 March, 1pm

Australian artist Simryn Gill was one of the hottest stars at last year's Sydney Biennale. Join her as she talks about her work and celebrates the opening of her first solo show in New Zealand - A Small Town at the Turn of the Century.

SPECIAL 'MASTERCLASS!' GUEST LECTURE

THE ART GALLERY NOW! Monday 24 March, 6pm

Frances Morris - In at the Beginning: Tate Modern, South Bank Renny Pritikin - Learning from the Malls: Toward a New Arts Institution for the 21st Century

A joint lecture by two international curators who share a strong interest in audience advocacy but work in very different institutions and engage very different communities. Each will discuss how they have faced issues regarding the exhibiting and interpreting of contemporary art and culture.

Francis Morris is responsible for collection development at Tate Modern (London) while Renny Pritikin will speak about the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts (San Francisco) as a site for collaborative research and experimentation across art forms such as, film, new media and performing arts.

Limited free entry. Please RSVP by 20 March to 04 801 3017 or tracey.monastra@wcc.govt.nz

This free lecture is presented in conjunction with Masterclass! a joint arts initiative of Montana Wines, Fulbright New Zealand and The British Council New Zealand and is presented in association with Auckland Art Gallery and co-hosted by Art & Industry and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and City Gallery in Wellington.

ARTIST LECTURE

OTTO KÜNZLI - WHO NOSE? Tuesday 25 March, 6pm

Renowned German contemporary jeweller Otto Künzli is a Swiss-trained goldsmith and a professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Art. Since studying under the renowned artist/jeweller Hermann Junger, Künzli has built up a remarkable reputation and gained international acclaim as an artist, jeweller, curator and academic.

Künzli's jewellery is noted for its meticulous craftsmanship and attention to materials. Through his jewellery he has been able to make challenging and provocative comments, often with an ironic and playful twist, on the nature of cultural phenomena in contemporary society. His work is held in private and public museums throughout the world.

In this public lecture Otto Künzli will discuss his philosophy and creative approach to jewellery design and making.

Otto Künzli's visit to New Zealand is supported by Whitireia Community Polytechnic, School of Arts and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes New Zealand.

EXIBITIONS

JULIAN DASHPER - BLUE CIRCLES

15 March - 27 April 2003

One of New Zealand's most internationally successful artists, Julian Dashper brings 'Blue Circles' to the City Gallery. The works in Blue Circles include Blue CV, the artist's CV hung across a wall, to 20 clear vinyl EP records, recorded especially for the exhibition, 2 table top cases containing further archival record covers, a Warriors mini drum kit, and a DVD which presents four one hour interviews with the artist 'explaining' his work. Crisp, minimal, and clean in look, the exhibition however contains an underlying sense of play and critique.

PETER BLACK - REAL FICTION

23 March - 29 June 2003

Peter Black - Real Fiction, curated by Gregory O'Brien of City Gallery Wellington, comprises nearly 200 images from Peter Black's career, many of which have never been shown publicly before. The images in this exhibition track the artist's career from his first 'street photograph', taken in Brisbane in 1973, to his present 'Streetworks', images taken 'from the hip' while walking along the pavement, mainly in Auckland and Wellington.

The exhibition includes photographs of brass bands, sportspeople, fashion shows, wild-life, Springbok tour protests and religious gatherings alongside scenes of life in Wellington.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 168 page publication, a special issue of the literary journal Sport, which includes 171 photographs by Peter Black as well as essays and poems by 25 leading art writers and poets (including Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde, Gavin Hipkins, Jenny Bornholdt, Dinah Hawken, Jim Barr and Mary Barr, James Brown).

NEW ZEALAND VENICE BIENNALE PROJECT 2001

23 March - 29 June 2003

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy Jacqueline Fraser: A DEMURE PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST STRIP SEARCHED <>

City Gallery Wellington is the first New Zealand gallery to re-present the New Zealand exhibition shown at the prestigious Venice Biennale 2001. The exhibition showcases details of the site-specific installation work of two of New Zealand's most internationally recognised artists.

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy has been exhibited in New Zealand since the Venice Biennale 2001, however this is the first time that details of Jacqueline Fraser's installation A DEMURE PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST STRIP SEARCHED <> will have been seen here. Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy is an outcome of Peter Robinson's residency in 2001 at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery as a participant in the Taranaki Artist in Residence Programme, a partnership between the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki.

This residency was generously supported by Creative New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

The work from this exhibition formed the basis of Peter Robinson's installation in the exhibition Bipolar. Bipolar represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and was an initiative of Creative New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

Jacqueline Fraser: A DEMURE PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST STRIP SEARCHED <> courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

SIMRYN GILL: A SMALL TOWN AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY

15 March - 29 June 2003

A Small Town at the Turn of the Century is the first solo show of Australian artist Simryn Gill's work in New Zealand. This exhibition of large cibachrome photographs continues the artist's interest in exploring the contested relationship between nature and culture. In these works she revisits her old home town of Port Dickson in Malaysia, and renders familiar scenarios strange through her humorous interventions.

GUIDED TOURS

Free Public Exhibition Tours Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 1pm

These dynamic and accessible 40 minute tours are a great introduction to the exhibitions currently on at the City Gallery. No bookings required. Meet in the gallery foyer.

Free Visitor Groups & Community Education Tours - Book Now!

Bring your social or community group, your family and friends (6+ people) to City Gallery Wellington and enjoy a free 30-40 minute tour around the exhibitions.

Bookings are essential, contact Tracey Monastra T: 04 801 4241 or email tracey.monastra@wcc.govt.nz

For information about forthcoming events in April 2003, including the Easter School Holiday programme please contact Tracey Monastra on 04 801 4241 or tracey.monastra@wcc.govt.nz

CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON Civic Square

Open Daily 10am - 5pm For information on exhibitions or events phone (04) 801 3952 or visit www.city-gallery.org.nz

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from the Wellington City Council.


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