Faculty of Arts


ARTHIST 730 A & B
ARTHIST 730

Writing and Curating Maori and Pacific Art


Description

This course highlights the intersections, relationships and connections between a wide and diverse range of Māori and Pacific art forms, including performance, tapa cloth, body adornment and contemporary gallery-based art practices, and cultural concepts like talanoa (open ended dialogue), ta (temporal), va (spatial), kastom (customary practices) and turangawaewae ("a place to stand", a sense of belonging or association grounded in one’s genealogy and tied to a particular place). It firmly positions Māori and Pacific artists, key exhibitions and art writers within an intersectional art historical framework, indigenous knowledge systems and the contemporary, global world. 

Themes explored include indigenous and migrant voices, memory and notions of belonging, popular culture and its interface with gallery practices and stereotypes and representation. Themes and issues are discussed alongside relevant Pacific writers and theorists, including Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Albert Wendt and Epeli Hau’ofa.

To complete this course students must enrol in ARTHIST 730 A and B, or ARTHIST 730

Assessment

100% Coursework

Availability 2019

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Caroline Vercoe

Reading/Texts


Recommended Reading

  • Nigel Borell, ed. Te Atinga, 25 Years of Contemporary Maori Art. Auckland: Toi Maori Aotearoa, 2014.
  • Ron Brownson, ed.  Home AKL: Artists of Pacific heritage in Auckland. Auckland: Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, 2012.
  • Sean Mallon and Pandora Pereira, eds. Pacific Art Niu Sila: The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts.  New Zealand: Te Papa Press, 2002.
  • Hirini  Moko Mead and Bernie Kernot, eds. Te Maori. Maori Art from New Zealand Collections, Auckland: Heinemann, 1986.
  • Melissa Chiu, ed. Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2004.
  • Susan Cochrane. Beretara: Contemporary Pacific Art.  Noumea: Centre Culture Tjibaou, 2001.
  • Karen Stevenson. The Frangipani is Dead: Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand 1985-2002.  New Zealand: Huia Press, 2008.
  • Ian McLean, ed.  How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art. Brisbane: IMA, 2011.

 


 

Points

ARTHIST 730A: 15.0 points

ARTHIST 730B: 15.0 points

ARTHIST 730: 30.0 points

Restrictions

ARTHIST 732, 736


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