Public Programme June –August 2020

Dane Mitchell: Letters and Documents 
Ken Friedman: 92 Events
Fraser Crichton, Mariachiara Ficarelli, Lachlan Kermode, Bhaveeka Madagammana, Davide Mangano, Karamia Müller: Violent Legalities
Julia Morison: Head[case]
02.06.20 – 16.08.20


To accompany Ken Friedman’s 92 Events, we have invited arts practitioners to respond to select event scores written by Friedman. Keep an eye on Adam Art Gallery’s instagram channel where we’ll share the responses throughout the run of the exhibition.

We also have an open call for anyone to respond to Friedman’s 2003 event score titled Centre Piece (above) which invites you to ‘Imagine a life’ and ‘Live it.’ We will post your images as stories on our Instagram. Tag us in your Instagram post so we can share, or send your response to

Talking Heads

Dane Mitchell introduces Letters and Documents

Recorded during the installation of his exhibition, Dane Mitchell talks about his Post Hoc Relic and the early letters and documents he has brought together to contextual it, finding surprising connections between his early student works and the ten-kilometres of printed paper that was one of the tangible remainders of Post Hoc, his 2019 Venice Biennale exhibition.

Ken Friedman in conversation with Philip Dadson

This conversation brings together two old acquaintances, American-born Swedish Fluxus artist Ken Friedman and New Zealand’s highly-regarded intermedia artist Philip Dadson who reflect on their shared commitments to the anti-materialist and collaborative ethos associated with Fluxus that underpins their six decades of art making, which includes their joint contributions to Dadson’s 1971 Earthworks, a ‘composition’ for film and audiotape realised simultaneously at fifteen locations across the globe.

Julia Morison and Kim Paton speak about Head[case]
2pm, Saturday 8 August

Adam Art Gallery We are excited to bring Christchurch-based artist Julia Morison together with director of Objectspace in Auckland for the only live conversation in our Talking Heads series. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them talk about the complex installation that is the latest iteration of Morison’s complex, intriguing and multi-dimensional life-work.

Curators’ tour
2pm, Saturday 27 June
Adam Art Gallery

Join Adam Art Gallery Director Christina Barton and Curator Stephen Cleland for a tour of our current exhibitions.

Film Screening
‘George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus’
5.30 Thursday 30 July
Introduced by Martin Patrick
Adam Art Gallery

Please join us for a special screening of this fascinating documentary surveying the complex founder of  Fluxus and key figure in the 1960s New York SoHo scene, George Maciunas. The screening will be introduced by Martin Patrick, Associate Professor Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University.