23 July-29 September
All There is Left: Lieko Shiga / Paul Johns / Francis Alÿs
The title of this exhibition paraphrases Christchurch-based curator, Ken Hall’s description of the photographic archive of pre-earthquake Christchurch. Rather than focus on what has been lost or on the immediate physical impact of the disaster, it explores the imaginative lives of two artists Lieko Shiga (Japan) and Paul Johns (Christchurch) who have survived the quakes in Japan and Christchurch, providing them with the opportunity to stage new installations of work produced since 2011.
These works are accompanied by Reel-Unreel, a new video installation by Francis Alÿs that meditates on everyday life in war-torn Kabul through a children’s game played with reels of 35mm film. Reel-Unreel was commissioned for Documenta 13 in 2012, and will be presented for the first time in the southern hemisphere.
A public programme titled ‘After the Event’ will accompany these projects. This will unfold as a series of talks and presentations bringing together artists and architects, historians and theorists, to consider how we might act in the aftermath of traumatic events to deal with catastrophe and its effects on human life and our built environment.
11 October — 20 December
John Panting/Peter Robinson
The pairing of John Panting (1940-1974), a New Zealand-born artist who made a name for himself in London as a sculptor, after studying at the Royal College of Art (1964-66), with Peter Robinson, leading Auckland-based artist, is conceived as the first in a new long-term occasional series: ‘Correspondences’. This will enable viewers to gain in-depth insights into the practices of specific artists, and to enhance these by seeing them in the context of another artist whose work bears some relation to them. The John Panting exhibition is curated by London-based curator Sam Cornish and will draw specifically on works by Panting in New Zealand collections that have not been seen together since his posthumous touring exhibition of 1976. Peter Robinson will be presenting a new body of work made specifically for the occasion. This exhibition is generously supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Art in Reproduction
An exhibition curated by David Maskill and his ARTH 403 Honours students. This show will explore the various technological means by which art works have been reproduced from the 16th century to the present. This exhibition is supported by Photography by Woolf and will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring new research by Maskill and his students.