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  • Date: 24 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 3pm
  • Cost: Free

Composer and writer Robin Maconie considers McCahon's work in relation to music and orality. 

In association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

  • Date: 16 May 2017
  • Time: Tuesday, 10:30am
  • Cost: Free

Join us for a mid-morning tour of Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME in a baby-friendly environment for engaging with art.
Gallery Babes is best suited to babies aged 0–12 months.

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  • Date: 3 July 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Some saw the Department of Conservation’s recent demolition of Māori architect John Scott’s Āniwaniwa Visitor Centre as the destruction of an important part of New Zealand’s architectural history. Scott’s son, designer/carver Jacob Scott, and writers and curators Gregory O’Brien and Peter Simpson discuss the controversial origins and history of the Visitor Centre and its relationship with McCahon’s 1975 Urewera Mural.

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

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  • Date: 29 June 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Ngāi Tūhoe Chief Negotiator Tāmati Kruger discuss the Treaty settlement process. Both sit on Te Urewera Board.

Chair: Broadcaster Wena Harawira. Recorded by RNZ for broadcast at yet to be confirmed date. 

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

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  • Date: 24 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 2.30pm
  • Cost: Free

Laurence Simmons responds to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, considering McCahon’s work in relation to prophecy. For Simmons, McCahon does not merely depict the great Māori prophets, but actually identifies with them, understanding his own work as prophecy and even performatively bringing about their prophecies in his work.

Laurence Simmons is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Auckland. He has written widely on contemporary New Zealand art and is currently writing a book with Rex Butler on McCahon's afterlife.

Make an afternoon of it and join Laurence Simmons as he introduces the screening of Runaway at 4.30pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets.

  • Date: 17 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Introduced by musician Ray Ahipene-Mercer and City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard.

Avondale Dogs 
1994, Dir. Gregor Nicholas, 15min
A coming-of-age story about a Pākehā boy falling in love with neighbouring Māori girl, set in suburban Auckland in 1965.

Don’t Let It Get You
1966, Dir. John O’Shea, 1hr 20min
New Zealand's answer to A Hard Day's Night, this feel-good musical comedy stars Howard Morrison, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the Quin Tikis. On release it was publicised as 'a tonic film that doesn't let the blues get you. When it finishes, you feel as if the time has gone too fast and you leave the theatre wanting to see it all over again'.

Screening takes place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee & Taranaki Streets. 

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project wth Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide.

  • Date: 17 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 3pm
  • Cost: Free

Writer and curator Gregory O’Brien responds to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, highlighting the artist’s non-conformist relationship with Catholicism, his enduring love of poetry, and his reverence towards nature.

  • Date: 12 June 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

In the 1950s, McCahon and his family lived in the Titirangi bush, in a small house, where he painted some of his most important works. The house now operates as a museum and artist residency. McCahon House Director Vivienne Stone reflects on its history and programme. Critic and writer Andrew Paul Wood discusses artist Fiona Pardington's 2013 residency. Artist Shannon Te Ao discusses his work Untitled (McCahon House Studies). 

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

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Other upcoming Deane Lectures include:

Personal Perspectives on the Treaty Settlement Process
Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Tāmati Kruger
Thursday 29 June, 6pm 

Colin McCahon’s Urewera Mural and John Scott’s Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre
Gregory O’Brien, Jacob Scott and Peter Simpson 
Monday 3 July, 6pm

The Maungapōhatu Diamond: The Poetics and Truth of Prophecy
Jeff Sissons
Monday 24 July, 6pm 

Further lectures will be announced. Speakers include Robert Leonard and Ngahiraka Mason. 

  • Date: 10 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Introduced by Sharon Hawke, daughter of Bastion Point occupation leader Joe Hawke.

Te Matakite o Aotearoa: The Māori Land March
1975, Dir. Geoff Steven, 1hr
This powerful documentary tracks the 1975 hīkoi led by Dame Whina Cooper, protesting the ongoing alienation of Māori land. The march began on 13 September from Kapo Wairua and from Te Hapua Marae, New Zealand's northern-most marae, and concluded at Parliament Buildings in Wellington one month later. 

Bastion Point: Day 507 
1980, Dir. Merata Mita, Leon Narbey and Gerd Pohlmann, 27min 
This film documents the occupation of Bastion Point/Takaparawhā in the struggle for Māori land rights. The protest began in 1977 when the government proposed to subdivide Māori land. Ngāti Whātua people occupied the land, built living areas and planted crops. The film concentrates on the 507th day of the occupation, when protesters were forcibly evicted by police and armed forces, and features interviews with occupation leader Joe Hawke. No other film crew was permitted in the occupied area. 

Screening takes place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets. 

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide. 

 

  • Date: 1 June 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5-10pm
  • Cost: Koha

Art, music, films, talks, wine, beer, food. A changing programme of after-dark events on the first Thursday of the month.

This month enjoy the beautiful and abstract sounds of Utterance—Natalia Mann (harp), David Long (banjo and noises), Al Fraser (taonga pūoro) and Riki Gooch (percussion) will perform live in the Auditorium. These compositions were created by David Long, Richard Nunns and Natalia Mann for the album Utterance that will be released early June. The album distills four sessions of improvised soundscapes into vignettes, states, memories, and imagery. Recorded in 2013, and finally released after four years, the organic futurism of the album holds it's own. Listen to sample here

All exhibitions are open until 10pm, hear music from DJ B.Lo, enjoy supper treats from House of Dumplings and cash bar serving Seresin wine, Tuatara and more. 

Timetable: 

5pm Exhibitions open: Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, Petra Cortright: Running Neo-Geo Games Under MAME, Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days |All Galleries
5–9.30pm Delicious treats from House of Dumplings​, Cash bar serving Tuatara Brewing​ beer, Seresin Estate​ wine, Six Barrel Soda and Mela juice | Downstairs
5–10pm DJ B.Lo​ plays live | Downstairs
5–8pm Exhibition: Shannon Te Ao: (Untitled) McCahon House Studies | Auditorium
6pm Exhibition tour of Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide | Downstairs
8.30pm Utterance: David Long, Natalia Mann, Al Fraser and Riki Gooch perform live | Auditorium

About the musicians

David Long is perhaps best know for his extensive background scoring documentary and narrative films, or as a founding member of rock-band The Mutton Birds, he has a extensive parallel history. Fundamental to this ‘second-history’ is Long's work as a composer for orchestras, as well as large and small experimental ensembles: in 2016, following his time as composer in residence at Victoria University, he premiered a piece for orchestra, electric guitar and robotics (working with Jim Murphy of the NZSM). Additionally, David has also had a long association with contemporary dance, writing many pieces for New Zealand’s pre-eminent choreographer Douglas Wright.

Natalia Mann is a contemporary harpist who plays in an improvisational, intuitive way, with deep listening open to dialogue and connection. Her current practice explores relationships between light and sound, using film and reading artworks. Her experience includes street, world jazz and experimental scenes in Melbourne, classical Turkish music in Istanbul, and time as principal harpist of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. In New Zealand, Natalia has worked with Richard Nunns, Bic Runga, Riki Gooch, NZSO, Black Grace, her Samoan band Sunga (Suga) and premiered the Golden Bull-Lyre of Tauranga. Natalia is an expat Wellingtonian who lives in Cairns, Australia.

Alistair Fraser is a taonga pūoro practitioner, with 18 years experience in construction, performance, composition and research. He has worked extensively both solo and with many others including Richard Nunns, Patricia Grace, Rhian Sheehan, Trinity Roots, Ariana Tikao, Paddy Free, NZSQ, Okareka Dance Company and Charles Royal. He is a researcher at Otago University investigating Chatham Island Moriori and Māori taonga pūoro.

Riki Gooch is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded DJs, producers and multi-instrumentalists, having recorded and toured with many top artists including, Trinity Roots, Fat Freddys Drop, Bic Runga, Crowded House, Fabulous Arabia and Lord Echo. He is also a regarded record producers having produced platinum selling albums for Hollie Smith, Matt Langley and Eru Dangerspiel.

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