Current Exhibitions

Len Lye <em>Moon Bead</em> 1968. Photo Bryan James
Len Lye: Heaven and Earth
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Galleries 2,3,4

This exhibition explores the environments that inspired Lye’s sense of wonder, from the crashing waves of his New Zealand childhood to the marvels of the heavens, both the scientific and mythic.

Peggy Ahwesh <em>The Blackest Sea</em> 2016, film still. Courtesy artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 1, Mezzanine, Len Lye Centre Cinema

Through a series of screenings of recent film from around the world, An Oceanic Feeling explores how the seas are thoroughly imbricated in human histories of colonialism, slavery, exploration and labour.

Sergei Tcherepnin <em>Aviary Clones</em> 2018, installation view.
Quadraphonic sound installation, UV prints on synthetic silk, copper & brass sculptures,
motion activated LEDs, motion activated sound, aviary netting, inkjet print dimensions variable.
Photo Mark Dwyer
Sensory Agents
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 5, and East and West ramps

Work by Len Lye alongside installations and new commissions by Yuko Mohri (JP), Sergei Tcherepnin (US) and Danae Valenza (AU), three international artists working across sculpture, sound and musical composition.


WharehokaSmith <em>Kureitanga II IV</em> 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
WharehokaSmith: Kureitanga II IV
  • 1 Sep 2016 — Ongoing
  • Todd Energy Learning Centre
A new commission, Kureitanga II IV, by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahine) is reflective of designs used by Māori to decorate wharenui (ceremonial communal houses), clothing, objects and architectural spaces. Info