Faculty of Arts - Art History

Dr Caroline Vercoe


Senior Lecturer in Art History,
School Equity Liaison School of Humanities

Dr Caroline Vercoe

Art History, Humanities

Email: c.vercoe@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87501 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Arts 2
18 Symonds St
Level 5
Room 512

Recent Publications

Chapters in books

Vercoe, C. “Art” in Moshe Rapaport, ed. The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society. The University of Hawaii Press, pp 685-716. Forthcoming 2011.

Vercoe, C. “Contemporary Worlds: Artists in the Pacific Respond to Gauguin” in Gauguin in Polynesia. Basel: The Art Centre Basel, 2011, pp 344-359.

Vercoe, C. “Danse Like No One’s Watching” in Danse: Niki Hastings-McFall. Auckland: Tautai, 2011, pp 15-22.

Vercoe, C. “The West is the Best” in David Cross and Claire Doherty, eds. One Day Sculpture. Germany, Kerber Verlag, pp.219-223, 2009.

Vercoe, C. “Belonging and Homelands: Negotiating Identity in Aotearoa / New Zealand” in Jayne Anderson, (ed.)  Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence” 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. The Miegunyah Press, pp 799-802, 2009.

Vercoe, C. “The Many Faces of Paradise” in Melissa Chiu (ed.) Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. New York: David Bateman in assoc with Asia Society Museum, pp 34-47, 2004.

Vercoe, C. “Where Truth Ends and Fantasy Begins: Postcards from the South Pacific” in Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis, (eds.) Abrams Publishing: New York, pp 371-378, 2003.

Vercoe, C. “Pacific Art Niu Sila” in Pacific Art Niu Sila: Pacific Heritage in the Arts. Sean Mallon and Pandora Pereira, eds. Wellington: Te Papa Press. pp191-207, 2002.

Vercoe, C. “Towards an Ambivalent Gaze: A Reading of Works by Coco Fusco” reprinted in The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings. Coco Fusco, ed. New York: Routledge, pp 231-246, 2001.

Vercoe, C. “Towards an Ambivalent Gaze: A Reading of Works by Coco Fusco” in Body Politics and the Fictional Double. Debra Walker King, (ed.)  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp 119-136, 2000.

Vercoe, C. “Fantasy Islands: Hollywood’s Samoa”. Bright Paradise: The First Auckland Triennial. Allan Smith, ed. Auckland: Auckland Art Gallery, pp101-105, 2001.

Refereed journal articles

Vercoe, C. “Not So Nice Coloured Girls: A View of Tracey Moffatt’s Nice Coloured Girls”. Pacific Studies Journal, Volume 20, Number 4, pp 151-160, 2000.

Vercoe, C. “Post-Cards and Post-Colonialism”. Women’s Studies Journal. Photo Essay. 11: (1/2): 25-29, 1995.

Review in referred journal

Vercoe, C. Review of “Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific” by Caroline Turner. Journal of Polynesian Society. Vol 114, No 4, December 2005.

Papers in referred conference precedings

Vercoe, C. R. “Exploring notions of site specific and place responsive practices in the art of James Luna”. One Day Sculpture website. Te Papa Wellington, 2009 March, 2009

Vercoe, C. “Pacific Artists and the Postcolonial Canon”. Postcolonial + Art: Where Now? Critical Issues Series. Charles Green, ed. Sydney: Art Space Visual Art Centre, 2001.


Vercoe, C. “A Pacific Presence: Tautai at the Sixth Australian Art Fair”. Art New Zealand. Review essay. 1999. 90: 40-42.

Vercoe, C. “Pirating the Pacific”. Women’s Studies Journal. Review essay. 1995. 11 (1/2): 188-191.

Vercoe, C. “Artistic Heritage in a Changing Pacific”. Bulletin of New Zealand Art History. Review essay. 1994. 16: 3-7.

Vercoe, C. “Once Were Warriors”. Women Studies Journal. Review essay. 1994. 10 (2): 117-121.

Published essays

Vercoe, C. “Soul Catchers and Suburban Sublimation: The Art of Niki Hastings-McFall”. Object: Contemporary Craft Design and 3D Art. Volume 3, pp36-39, 2001.

Vercoe, C. “Objects to Hold: The Interface Between the Gallery and the Everyday” Object: Contemporary Craft, Design and 3D Art. 2, pp 66-69, 1999.

Vercoe, C. “Tautai: Navigating Pacific Art in the Present” Art Asia Pacific. Quarterly Journal. 22: 34-35, 1999.

Vercoe, C., Leonard, R., (3). “Sisters are Doing It. Fashion, Dance, Art: New Zealand’s Pacific Sisters”. Art Asia Pacific. Quarterly Journal. 14: 42-45, 1997.

Vercoe, C. “Wish You Were Here: Postcards as Signatures of Place”. Art Asia Pacific. Quarterly Journal. 3(2): 84-89, 1996.


Vercoe, C., Belt, J. (3). Samoan Siapo: Art, Tradition and Change. 23 minute broadcast quality documentary made with the assistance of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the Audio-Visual section of the Otago University. 1996.

Other works

Vercoe, C., Belt, J. (3). “Boo-Ya Tribe: Tribe, Gang, Family”. Planet. 14. Spring: 44-49, 1994.

Exhibition catalogue essays

Vercoe, C., Dunn, M. (1), Simpson, P., (2), Stoney, R. (5). Diversions: Recent Acquisitions of the University Art Collection, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland

Vercoe, C. Niki Hastings-McFall: Past Pacific and South Seas Folk. Monash Gallery. Melbourne. No pagination, 1999.

Vercoe, C. Fale Sa: A Installation by John Ioane. Auckland Art Gallery. No pagination, 1999.

Vercoe, C. Echo Chamber: An Exhibition of Dunedin Local Artists. Dunedin Public Art Gallery. No pagination, 1996.

Vercoe, C. Takitahi: An Exhibition of Multi-Cultural Weaving. Dunedin Public Art Gallery. No pagination, 1995.


Vercoe, C. Learning to Read Siapo. New Zealand: Learning Media Ltd, 1996.


Vercoe, C. Shadow Catchers: Legacies of Early Photographic Images of Samoans. Session: The Ethnographic Muse. CAA, New York, 2011.

Vercoe, C. In Her Shadow: Exploring Representations of Hula Girls in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Session: Pacific Arts Association. CAA, Chicago, 2010.

Vercoe, C. Chair of Session: New Pacific Research. Pacific Arts Association Symposium, Rarotonga, 2010.

Vercoe, C. Belonging and Homelands: Negotiating Identity in Aotearoa / New Zealand. 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. The University of Melbourne, 2008.

Vercoe, C. Disturbing Practices: Affinities Between Feminist and Postcolonial Performance. Australia New Zealand Arts Association, Monash University, Melbourne, 2006.

Vercoe, C. Pacific Images of Redress. Australia New Zealand Arts Association, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2004.

Vercoe, C. The Blueness of My Tapa Cloth: The Art of Andy Leleisi’uao. The Poetics of Exile Conference, University of Auckland, 2003.

Vercoe, C. Against the Grain: Counter-Images of Urban Pacific Identity. Pacific Art Association, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2003.

Vercoe, C. Popular Culture during World War Two in the Pacific. Pacific History Association, National University of Samoa, 2002.

Vercoe, C. Echoes and Interventions: Pacific Artists Negotiating Diaspora. Indigenous Art and Heritage Conference, Massey University. 2002.

Vercoe, C. True Warmth and Exploitation: Hollywood’s Samoa. Bright Paradise Triennial Symposium, Auckland Art Gallery, 2001.

Vercoe, C. Pacific Art and the Postcolonial Canon. Art Space, Sydney, 2000.

Vercoe, C. Ambivalent Readings in Coco Fusco’s Performances. ATHE Conference, Toronto, Canada, 1999,

Vercoe, C. Celluloid Stereotypes in Hollywood’s Samoa. Pacific History Assoc. Solomon Islands, 1998.

Vercoe, C. Va’aomanu: Pacific Art Works as Vessels of Knowledge. Oceans and Others Symposium, Museum of Sydney, Australia, 1998.

Vercoe, C. Stereotypes of Paradise in Feature Films Set in the Pacific. Featuring Paradise Conference: Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film. University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1997.

Vercoe, C. Hybridity and Hyphenation: Post-Colonialism in Pacific Art. American Popular Culture Assoc. International Conference of World Cultures, Hawaii, 1996.

Vercoe, C. Reconstructing Paradise: Moana of the South Seas and Return to Paradise. Celluloid Geographies Conference, Cornell University, Paper read in absentia, 1996.

Vercoe, C. Not So Nice Colured Girls: A View of Tracey Moffatt’s Nice Coloured Girls. Pacific History Association Conference, Hawaii, 1996.

Vercoe, C. Tradition and Change in Pacific Art. Eduvision Conference, Otago Polytechnic, 1996.

Vercoe, C. Bi-Culturalism and Multi-Culturalism in the Visual Arts. National Assoc, of Heads of Art and Design Schools, Elam School of Fine Arts, 1995.

Vercoe, C. Samoan Dance: A Visual Art. American Popular Culture Assoc, Philadelphia, 1995.


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