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Wed 21 Jul 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 22 Jul 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 23 Jul 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 24 Jul 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sun 25 Jul 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: AdamArtGallery

The Adam Art Gallery presents 'Play On', 8 May — 25 July 2010.

Julian Dashper
Michael Parekowhai
Ava Seymour
Slave Pianos (Danius Kesminus, Michael Stevenson, Rohan Drape & Neil Kelly)
Terry Urbahn

Play On is the first in an occasional series of curated exhibitions designed to investigate the relationships between sound and art, generated from the Adam Art Gallery’s unfolding Sound Check research programme. For this exhibition curator Christina Barton brings together four major works produced in the 1990s by leading New Zealand contemporary artists, and stages these referentially-rich installations alongside a newly commissioned work.

Julian Dashper’s The Big Bang Theory (1992-1993), Michael Parekowhai’s Ten Guitars (1999), Slave Piano’s Slave Pianos (of the Art Cult) (1998-1999), and Terry Urbahn’s The Karaokes (1995-1997), are joined by Ava Seymour’s 11 Bars of Oboe (2010). Each work uses an aspect of music as a metaphor for thinking about art and art history.

Considering the significant ways these installations reflect the social, cultural and critical turns of the 1990s and beyond, and drawing connections between them in terms of their use of music as both subject and form, Play On raises important questions about what art is and how culture works.

You are invited to attend a lecture by Robert Leonard in the Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre 323 on Friday 7 May at 6pm followed by drinks in the gallery. His address on Julian Dashper’s 'The Big Theory' will officially open the exhibition.

Robert Leonard is a leading curator known for his work in New Zealand and Australia. He is currently Director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Supported by Creative New Zealand and Piano House.

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