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Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
It’s a busy Saturday ahead at the Gallery, there’s an exhibition tour at 12.15pm followed by two 30-minute responses to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, and then we take a short stroll to the screening of The Governor, Episode 6 at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. The McCahon inspired Deane Lecture series continues on Monday 3rd with a discussion around the Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre and Colin McCahon’s 1975 Urewera Mural.

Later next week, is the July Tuatara Open Late featuring the launch of Black Marks on the White Page—a collection of Oceanic stories for the twenty-first century edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti, and a live performance from the Modern Māori Quartet. Then on Saturday, it’s art and fun for all ages with ANZ Family Day.
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Events http://citygallery.org.nz/events

Weekend Exhibition Tours
Saturdays and Sundays, 12.15pm | Free
Get more out of your visit to the Gallery with a 40-minute introduction to the exhibitions.
Meet in main foyer.
McCahon and Māori: What Were His Sources? With Peter Simpson
Sat 1 July, 3pm | Free

McCahon’s relationship with writer John Caselberg was long lasting and important. Writer and curator Peter Simpson responds to On Going Out with the Tide, reflecting on Caselberg within the context of McCahon’s other sources such as Matire Kereama’s The Tail of the Fish and the poetry of James K Baxter.
McCahon and Māori in the Post-Treaty Settlement Era: Damian Skinner
Sat 1 July, 3.30pm | Free
Specific cultural politics sustained McCahon’s painted engagement with Māori subjects in the late 1960s and 1970s. Pākehā art historian Damian Skinner asks what these artworks say to (and about) Pākehā as Aotearoa moves into a post-Treaty-settlement moment, and the dynamics of the relationship between Māori and Pākehā are once again on the move

Film Screening: The Governor, Episode 6
Sat 1 July, 4.30pm | Free (at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)
1977, Dir. Tony Isaac, 1hr 15min
The final episode of the epic TV docudrama on the life of George Grey, New Zealand’s early Governor, which featured laudanum, lechery and land confiscation. It cost a million dollars to make and, unusual for the time, featued Māori dialogue—often without subtitles. Auckland Star reviewer Barry Shaw trumpeted: ‘If Pākehā now have a better understanding of the Māori point of view … it stems from The Governor.’
John Scott’s Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre and Colin McCahon’s Urewera Mural: Gregory O’Brien, Jacob Scott and Peter Simpson
Mon 3 July, 6pm | Free

A discussion on the controversial origins and history of the Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre and its relationship with McCahon’s 1975 Urewera Mural.
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Tuatara Open Late: Modern Māori Quartet
Thu 6 July, 5-10pm| Free
Art, music, films, books, wine, beer, food.
This month’s line-up includes the launch celebration of Black Marks on the White Page, a collection of Oceanic stories for the twenty-first century edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti.
Following the book launch, enjoy a live performance from the award-winning Modern Māori Quartet. Music with DJ B.Lo, supper treats from Nam D and cash bar serving Tuatara beer, Seresin wine and Six Barrel Soda.
ANZ Family Day
Sat 8 July, 11am – 4pm | Free

Visit City Gallery for a day of fun art activities that the whole whānau can enjoy!
There’s exhibition-inspired art making activities, storytelling, short animated films and more.
Exhibitions | Free entry

Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide
08 April – 30 July 2017
The exhibition explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.
On Going Out with the Tide seeks to understand these works in terms of a tectonic shift in New Zealand culture—emerging biculturalism.

08 April – 13 August 2017
LA-based digital artist Petra Cortright’s first New Zealand exhibition features a suite of new paintings on linen and paper, video paintings, and YouTube-hosted webcam performances. There are also Flash animations of kitschy scenics, which apply the aesthetics of the desktop screensaver to the gallery wall.

Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days
08 April – 13 August 2017
Italian-born furniture designer Martino Gamper says, ‘There is no perfect chair.’ In this project he made 100 chairs from recycled and found materials in 100 days. Showing for the first time in New Zealand, the 100th chair has been made in New Zealand especially for this exhibition.

Shannon Te Ao: Untitled (McCahon House Studies)
08 April – 30 July 2017
Wellington artist and 2016 Walters Prize winner Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) video Untitled (McCahon House Studies) (2011). Te Ao walks with and talks back to McCahon. It is one of a number of video-performances responding to historically charged sites that Te Ao has made with cinematographer Iain Frengley.

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