21 May 2024

This is the first week of our new season of exhibitions, which includes Chaptered – an exhibition that brings together an unexpected group of significant works from our collection and beyond.  Each work is comprised of multiple parts or panels – narrative fragments, chapters, or snatches of information.  Jeffrey Harris’ tryptic Winter Road (1985) is shown here for the first time, alongside the monumental photographic installation Madame descending the staircase(2016), by the collaborative duo Madame and the Bastard.  These are joined by Fiona Connor’s Community Notice Boards, a series of carefully recreated sites of community exchange, and Ralph Hotere’s February, May and the Birds of Ice. The Moon Drowns in its Voices of Water (1970).  Riffing off the creative exchange between these four artistic practices, Chaptered creates an immersive and open space for audiences to take a deep dive into these major works, and create their own journey through their stories.

Lucy Hammonds
Kairauhī Curator
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

[image: RALPH HOTERE Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa February, May and the Birds of Ice. The Moon Drowns in its Voices of Water. 1970. Pigment dyes on alkyd resin on canvas. Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.  Purchased 1974 with funds from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society. By permission of the Hotere Foundation Trust]

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