12 May — 22 Jul 2018
Open Collection #4: Tātai Arorangi/Looking Through the Telescope
Many indigenous cultures connect the formation of galaxies with conception and childbirth. Creation begins in the womb where it is dark and full of potential. When the cycle of life ends, everything returns to the darkness.
In these artworks Tātai Arorangi (Māori astronomy) is seen depicting the connections between women, light, life, darkness and death.
Curated by Kararaina Te Ira, Curator Taonga Māori Collection/Poutiaki Taonga at Puke Ariki
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The Open Collection series extends the Govett-Brewster’s Ministry of Education funded Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom programming. Taranaki art and art history professionals are invited to reach into the Govett-Brewster Collection to develop an exhibition that enables teaching and learning for secondary school students within a gallery context. Students can have close encounters with artworks important for the understanding of New Zealand contemporary art.