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Te Papa's October Exhibitions And Events Update

Te Papa's October Exhibitions And Events Update

October highlights @Te Papa

Kia Ora! Welcome to Te Papa, New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum.

Some exciting changes are coming to Te Papa this month, as well as special events for poetry and ballet lovers and great activities for Children's Day.

These are the last weeks of the much-acclaimed Antarctic Heroes exhibition, which has wowed visitors with its tales of tragedy and triumph. Also closing is Signs and Wonders | Te Tohu He Ohorere, an insightful exploration of the supernatural through art. The major event of the month will be the opening of Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940- today on October 14, featuring key works from the Museum's art collections. Te Papa's Director Art and Visual Culture, Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, will deliver two lectures about the exhibition and the works and their significance. For poetry fans, there's a great line-up of talent from the Wellington International Poetry Festival who will read their work on The Marae. Later in the month, you can enjoy a rare insider's view of ballet at 'A Day in the Life of the Royal New Zealand Ballet', including a sneak preview of the new work Coppelia with the legendary Sir Jon Trimmer. Kids love Discovery Hour with Te Papa's experts. This month we have two, one on parasites and one on art, that will surprise and enthrall - as will our day-long programme to mark Children's Day on October 31, including scary witches and a mad scientist!

EVENTS:

Thursday 7

6pm-7.30pm: 'In Search of the Present: A Case for Enlightened Provincialism.' Hear American architect Rob Quigley present this lecture as part of Wellington Architecture Week. He has received more than 60 awards from the American Institute of Architects. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Friday 8

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

12.30pm-2pm: Poetry of the Americans. Hear exciting poets from North and South America explore the theme of American experience. Featuring Louise Warren, Peter Cooley, Antonieta Villamil, Richard von Sturmer, and Cecilia Guridi. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Saturday 9

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

1pm-2.30pm: Australasian Poets. Hear two young poets from Australia, B R Dionysius and Paul Hardacre, along with local stars C K Stead, Michael Harlow, David Chan, and Apirana Taylor. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 10

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

2pm-3.30pm: Australasian Poetry. Hear Brentley Frazer and Paul Hardacre from Australia alongside local poets Michael Harlow, Pat White, and David Chan, plus recent Romanian arrival Cristina Galeata. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Thursday 14

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940-today exhibition opens!

Saturday 16

1pm-2pm: Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation lecture - 'The Exhibition'. Hear Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa's Director Art and Visual Culture, speak about this exciting new exhibition. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Sunday 17

Signs and Wonders | He Tohu He Ohorere exhibition closes! 12 noon-2pm: 'A Day in the Life of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.' From studio to stage, find out what goes on behind the scenes. Learn how ballet steps evolved and enjoy a sneak preview of Coppelia with the legendary Sir Jon Trimmer. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 2pm-3pm: Discovery Hour: Fabrics and Fables. Hey kids! Find out about New Zealand artist Jaqueline Fraser and the stories behind her artwork Te Ara a Hine with Te Papa's art curator Megan Tamati-Quennell. Then see the real thing! Inspiration Station, Level 4. Free entry.

Thursday 21

6pm-7.15pm: 'Designing for Survival.' Hear designer David Trubridge talk about how different social situations have produced different design results, using examples from history. He'll also discuss designers' new responsibility for the environment. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Friday 22

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

8pm-9.30pm: JJ Milteau Quintet. A Wellington International Jazz Festival headliner concert featuring France's legendary exponent of blues, R'n'B and soul harmonica performing with his quintet. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. Book through Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Saturday 23

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

12 noon-1pm: Zirkus Big Band. Hear an original repertoire from exciting, young jazz composer Rosie Langabeer performed by a 16-piece band of leading jazz soloists and improvisers. Includes tango, funk-edged bop, and deep swing. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: The Dixie Dudes. Multi-instrumentralist Kevin Clark leads this hot Dixie band with some of Wellington's most experienced musicians, including Terry Crayford, Andrew London, and others. Signs of a Nation, Level 4. Free entry. 2.30pm-3.10pm: 'Wellington in Tune'. In 2002, Simone Audissou visited Wellington during the jazz festival and was so inspired by the music and local musicians she made this great documentary. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Sunday 24

THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Marae, Level 4. All events free. 12 noon-1pm: Anthony Donaldson Masterclass - 'Ode to the Death of Jazz'. Take a walk through jazz history with this renowned bandleader, composer, and drummer. He will play rare 78 jazz records, CDs, and LPs tracing the evolution of jazz from its early influences to modern European styles. 1pm-2pm: Family Jazz Jam hosted by Rosie Langabeer. Kids! - bring an instrument and play with a band. Rosie Langabeer takes kids of all ages through playing melodies and improvising with a band. 2pm-3pm: Phil Dadson Talks. Hear this renowned instrument builder, performer, and sound artist talk about his experiences with improvisation and his recent works inspired by a residency in Antarctica.

Monday 25

Labour Day

12 noon-1pm: Diwali Festival 2004. Welcome in the Hindu New Year with this celebration of Diwali - the Festival of Lights. You'll see giant animal puppets cavorting to the beat of drums and a lively Bhangra dance group. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL The Marae, Level 4. All events free. 12 noon-12.45pm: Orb 3. Nicki Lillicrapp's new trio performs beautiful original jazz compositions, with Mostyn Cole on bass and Reuban Bradley on drums. 1pm-1.45pm: Maree Thom Group. A diverse musician, Maree Thom plays electric bass and accordion for popular local acts. Here she presents her original music. 2pm-2.45pm: Bridget Kelly Ensemble. Saxophonist and clarinet player Bridget Kelly presents a fascinating blend of music, poetry, and movement. 3pm-3.45pm: Hundfirdomma. Saxophonist Blair Latham performs new work with Joe Callwood on guitar, vibraphonist Nicki Lillicrapp, and trombonist Nick van Dijk.

Tuesday 26

Antarctic Heroes: The race to the South Pole exhibition closes!

Saturday 30

1pm-2pm: Son del Monte. Enjoy a performance of traditional Cuban music - son, bolero, and guajira - that conveys a spirit of joyful passion and rhythm. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 31

National Children's Day

NatureSpace, Level 2. All events free entry unless noted. 10am-11am: Make a funky Children's Day badge. Cost $2. 10am-11am: Extreme Halloween! Transform yourself with our wizards of face-painting. 11am-12 noon: Make a scary witch's hat. Cost $2. 11.30am-12noon: Storytelling with Te Papa hosts from Watercress, tuna and the children from Champion Street by Patricia Grace. 12 noon-12.30pm: Extreme Halloween! Transform yourself with our wizards of face-painting. 12.30pm-1.30pm: The Mad Scientist's Show! See Te Papa's own mad scientist in a live demonstration of the wonders of freezing cold liquid nitrogen! 1.30pm-2.30pm: Discovery Hour - learn some traditional ways of catching native tuna (eels) with Te Papa's Terrence Griffiths. 2.30pm-3.30pm: The Mad Scientist's Show! See Te Papa's own mad scientist in a live demonstration of the wonders of freezing cold liquid nitrogen! 3.30pm-4.30pm: Games and prizes! Plus all day prizes for children who come dressed up in a Halloween costume!

1pm-2pm: Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation lecture-'The Key Works.' Hear Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa's Director Art and Visual Culture, speak about why some of the key works in this stimulating exhibition were chosen from the collection and their significance to New Zealanders. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

SHORT-TERM EXHIBITIONS:

Antarctic Heroes: The race to the South Pole

The South Pole was a magnet for a generation of Antarctic explorers in the early twentieth century. This exhibition tells the compelling stories of Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton; the epic and tragic race to reach the Pole; and the ill-fated Endurance expedition. Discover what led these men to face the dangers of a savage environment, what drove their heroic feats, and what inspired their extraordinary endurance in the face of both triumph and disaster. Closes 26 October 2004. Adult $6.50, child (4-14 years) $4.00. Up to two children gain free admission if accompanied by an adult.

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940-today

Showcasing over 100 of the nation's most significant artworks and taonga from Te Papa's collections. The first part of a major project, this exhibition includes works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, and Rita Angus. Opens 14 October. Free entry.

Shawls: the elegant drape

Showcasing the rich textures and exquisite patterns of a selection of shawls from Te Papa's extensive collection. Until September 2005. Free entry.

Toss Woollaston: family and friends

Looks at New Zealand painter Toss Woollaston's early years and his key relationships during that time. Free entry.

Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi Exhibition

In partnership with Te Papa, Whanganui iwi present stories and taonga from their unique Whanganui river culture, from Te Kähui Maunga (the mountain clan) to Tangaroa (the sea). The exhibition's central theme is contained in the whakatauakï (proverb), 'E rere kau mai te awa nui mai Te Kähui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa ko te awa ko au.' (The great river flows from the mountain clan to Tangaroa, I am the river; the river is me). Until May 2006. Free entry.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature

Enjoy a visual feast of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. Until late 2005. Free entry.

Signs and Wonders | He Tohu He Ohorere

An exhibition exploring through multiple cultural viewpoints and spiritual traditions, the ways in which people express ideas of supernatural encounters. Closes 17 October 2004. Free entry.

Ngä Toko Rima | Contemporary clayworks

Out of the creation stories of fire, water, and earth, five leading Mäori artists create powerful new works in clay. Until April 2005. Free entry.

This service provides up to the minute information on our new exhibitions, events, and other news, as well as a monthly summary of what is currently on.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Phone 04 381 7000 Fax 04 381 7070 mail@tepapa.govt.nz www.tepapa.govt.nz


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