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City Gallery Weekly Events Update

City Gallery Weekly Events Update

Week: 19 - 25 May 2003

Current Exhibitions & Events At City Gallery Wellington

Free Admission


Moving Along

Luit Bieringa Sunday 25 May, 2pm

A foot journey through Peter Black territory by curator, art historian and former Director of the National Art Gallery, Luit Bieringa.

Under the directorship of Bieringa, the National Art Gallery not only exhibited Peter Black's Fifty Photographs in 1981 but went on to build up the largest public collection of the artist's work in existence. Bieringa knew Black at the time he was producing important series of work, so he is well placed to talk about the circumstances as well as the nature of the work, highlighting in particular the affinity Black's work has with American photographers such as Robert Frank and Gary Winogrand. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Luit Bieringa discuss what drew him to the work of Peter Black two decades ago - and what he sees in the work today.


Set Up Artists' Talk

Jenny Gillam, Wayne Barrar, Mary Macpherson and Ben Cauchi Tuesday 27 May, 6pm

Wellington photographers from the Hirschfeld Gallery exhibition Set Up discuss their individual contributions to the exhibition. The exhibition features new bodies of work from each of the artists, exploring the concept of staged worlds.



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).


23 March- 29 June 2003

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy Jacqueline Fraser: A demure portrait of the artist strip searched with 11 details of bi-polar disorder.

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.

Audiences will be familiar with Peter Robinson's work, but this is the first exhibition of Jacqueline Fraser's work in New Zealand for several years. 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 with 11 details of bi-polar disorder, courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


23 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 photographs continues the artist's interest in exploring the 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.


10 May- 29 June 2003

Money For Nothing is an Artspace, Auckland touring exhibition. This exhibition uses artistic output to look at the relationship between people and economy; the way artist and art deals with value, economy, and the economic impacts on and of the art world.

The exhibition starts with small, more conceptual, works from the '60s like Andy Warhol's 'Marilyn' and 'Shopping Bag', Billy Apple's 'FOR SALE' (1961), Robert Watts attempt to copyright 'POP' (1965), or the '70s plaque by the English Pop artist Peter Blake. More recent works include Santiago Sierra who paid six men in Cuba USD30 each to stand in a row and get a line tattooed on their backs. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas present a film in which the volunteer employees of the Lithuanian Saving Bank are singing the Abba classic 'Money, Money, Money' the day before this last state owned bank is privatised.



15 May- 15 June 2003

With photographs from four new bodies of work, this exhibition explores the concept of staged worlds. Both Jenny Gillam and Ben Cauchi are interested in photography's role in history making. Re-photographing 1940s portraits of ordinary men and women assuming movie star poses, Gillam explores how photography enables people to imagine themselves and, in turn, to be imagined. Ben Cauchi also re-stages the past, constructing and preserving scenarios using 19th century photographic methods.

In a series called At Sea Mary Macpherson constructs tiny stage sets out of junk shop maritime paintings, lace and plastic toys, photographing them to evoke the sea as a site for adventure and imagination. This convergence of reality and fiction is continued in Wayne Barrar's photographs of Woomera and Coober Pedy in South Australia, where interiors carved into caves, museum exhibits and landscapes all evoke a strange version of reality.

Set Up is presented within the 360 programme - a full perspective on Wellington Art, which is generously sponsored by Designworks.


Free Public Tours of current exhibitions Every Saturday, Sunday and Queen's Birthday, 1pm

These dynamic and accessible 40 minute tours are a great introduction to the exhibitions currently on at the 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

CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON Civic Square Open Daily 10am - 5pm For information on exhibitions or events phone (04) 801 3952 or visit

Events Principal Sponsor Montana Wines Ltd. City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from the Wellington City Council.

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