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Marian Maguire: The Labours of Herakles


Wed 15 Jun 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 16 Jun 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 17 Jun 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 18 Jun 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 19 Jun 2011, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Marian Maguire graduated with a major in printmaking from the Ilam School of Fine Art, University of Canterbury, in 1984. Maguire is now recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading printmakers and master printers. In 1996 she established PaperGraphica print studio in Christchurch. She is now widely known for three major suites of prints that explore aspects of New Zealand history. The suites of prints are entitled Mythical Landscapes (2000), The Odyssey of Captain Cook (2005) and The Labours of Herakles (as a New Zealand Pioneer) (2008). Mythical Landscapes sets Greek heroes in the New Zealand landscape and The Odyssey of Captain Cook explores the first encounters of European and Māori.

The Labours of Herakles (as a New Zealand Pioneer) explores aspects of New Zealand’s pioneer history. Visitors to the exhibition will be intrigued to see the way in which Maguire has included Herakles in familiar images from the colonial period. Herakles, also known as Hercules, is sometimes characterised as the greatest of the Greek heroes. Herakles’ strength and cunning in his engagement with the seemingly impossible Twelve Labours, set for him by King Eurystheus, evoked for Maguire the endeavours of the early colonists.

Marian Maguire will speak at the opening of her exhibition The Labours of Herakles (as a New Zealand Pioneer) at Tairāwhiti Museum and Art Gallery at 5.30pm Friday 29 April. She is also conducting a seminar for printmakers at the museum at 10am Saturday 30 April.

Professor Elizabeth Rankin, Professor of Art History, Auckland University will give a lecture “Marion Maguire and The Labours of Herakles” at the museum at 5:30pm Wednesday 18 May.

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