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What's Happening at Auckland Museum this August

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August 2005
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Auckland Museum’s Jewellery and Glass Showcase – three exhibitions in our Decorative Arts Galleries look at the art of New Zealand glass and jewellery.

The Glass Invitational NZ

8 July – 4 September

A bi-annual survey of contemporary New Zealand art glass. Curated by Stephen Higginson, this exhibition is the premier glass exhibition in NZ surveying major achievement and innovation of the preceding two years.

Featured artists include Claudia Borrella, Galia Amsel, Ann Robinson and Emily Siddell.

Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery East.

GIVEN: Jewellery by Warwick Freeman

8 July – 4 September

Warwick Freeman, a laureate of the Francois van den Bosch Foundation and the NZ Arts Foundation, is New Zealand’s foremost contemporary jeweller. He has been a leading proponent of the movement that saw contemporary jewellery playing an active role in the expression of cultural identity in New Zealand. GIVEN exhibits 35 works made by Freeman between 1980 and 2000 from collections, public and private, from here and overseas.

Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery West.

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Work in silver by Tanya Zoe Robinson

8 July – 4 September
Sixteen hollow works crafted from sterling silver utilising a variety of materials including silk, rubber, shell ,textile, fur and human hair. This body of work has developed from being literal containers to being objects ‘contained’ in a void.

Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery Central.

Ko Tawa - Taonga From our Ancestral Landscapes

11 June – 28 August

An exhibition of amazing taonga from the Museum’s Gilbert Mair collection, aiming to link today’s descendants to their ancestral landscapes.

Tawa is the name Maori bestowed on a remarkable man more famously known as Capt. Gilbert Mair. During his time he was presented with taonga – Maori ancestral items of prestige – by communities who were trying to come to grip with colonisation, seeking advocacy from someone they could trust. Mair became such a man and his heroic deeds in war, during the Tarawera eruption and later facilitating land court deals have since passed into our nation’s lore and history books.

The taonga are on display in an architecturally-designed canoe-like structure, or waka huia, and complimented by vivid AV imagery of the originating landscapes, ancestors and today’s elders.

Entry by Museum donation.

Special Exhibition Hall.

Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb

5 – 17 August

Sixty years ago the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first to be attacked by nuclear weapons. The cities were devastated and thousands of lives were lost in an instant. The suffering inflicted by the atomic radiation of the bombs’ blasts on those who survived still continues.

Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb is a collection of photographs and artefacts that depict the consequences of the bombings from 1945 through to the international peace initiatives of today.

Entry by Museum donation.

Pictorial Gallery.

Film Screening – Decorative Arts: Jewellery and Glass

Sunday 7 August, 3pm

A film screening in collaboration with NZ Film Archive, showing historical and contemporary glass and jewellery practice in New Zealand.

Entry by Museum donation.

APEC Room.

Jewellery Panel Discussion: ‘Bone Stone Shell – Reconsidered’
Wednesday 10 August, 6pm

A panel discussion by leading jewellers and cultural commentators on the influence of the Bone Stone Shell era on contemporary New Zealand jewellery. In association with the Auckland Museum Institute.

$10 ($5 Museum Institute Members and students)

APEC Room; entry via East Door.

Give and Take

Sunday 14 August, 2pm

Artist Warwick Freeman and curator Damian Skinner provide a guided floor talk to the exhibition GIVEN: Jewellery by Warwick Freeman.

Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery West.

Artists in Conversation

Saturday 20 August, 2pm

Glass artists Galia Amsel and Claudia Borella give insight into their work in the context of the Glass Invitational NZ exhibition.
Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery East.

Curator Gallery Talk

Sunday 28 August, 2pm

Take a tour of the Glass Invitational NZ with curator Stephen Higginson.

Entry by Museum donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery East.


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