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Paraphernalia of Victorian Gentility: Books, Tea and Vases - A Mackelvie Society Public Lecture

Grace Lai
Image credit: Cup and Saucer, England, 19th Century. Mackelvie Collection on loan to Auckland Museum 1932.233, 10374; Tazza, Italy. Mackelvie Collection on loan to Auckland Museum, 1932.233, 66466.
Image credit: Cup and Saucer, England, 19th Century. Mackelvie Collection on loan to Auckland Museum 1932.233, 10374; Tazza, Italy. Mackelvie Collection on loan to Auckland Museum, 1932.233, 66466.
27 Sep 2022
Tuesday 27th September 5pm to 7pm
The famous motto ‘art for art’s sake’ encapsulates the idea of Aestheticism that proliferated during the 19th century.
Event type: 
Art, Public Program, Workshop/Seminar
Venue: 
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auditorium
Region: 
Auckland

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The supporters of aestheticism shifted the values of mainstream Victorian culture that believed art and literature illustrated codes of ethics and good behaviour. For the aesthetes, art was about the elevation of taste and the pure pursuit of beauty. The ethos of Aestheticism streamed into material improvement and was succeeded by the Arts & Crafts Movement. Objects made and used during the Victorian era reflected the shifts and tensions in culture values and ideologies.

Join Deirdre Harrison and Grace Lai collection specialist and curators from the Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, to hear the stories behind some of the object d’art desired and prized by Victorians from the Mackelvie collection.

About the speakers

Guided by a curiosity for forgotten stories, Grace Lai an art historian, curator and writer interested in seeking out the webs of connections between material and immaterial culture. In 2017, she took on the role of Curator of Applied Arts and Design at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, where she leads the exhibition, curation, and development of a national archive of craft and design.

With a background in Archaeology and Classics, Dierdre’s training focused on African Stone and Iron age archaeology alongside Greek vase paintings. She has held her role of Collection Manager of Archaeology at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum for over 6 years, where she shares her vast knowledge of archaeology in New Zealand and the wider Pacific.

 

This event is open to all and we encourage you to extend the invitation as widely as you wish.

RSVP to info@mackelviesociety.com

The Mackelvie Society is a philanthropic supporters' group established by the Mackelvie Trust for the support and acquisition of the Mackelvie Art Collection.

To learn more about the membership programme contact Renee Tanner: info@mackelviesociety.com

 

Written by

Renée Tanner, Lightbox Projects Ltd

20 Aug 2022

Lightbox Projects | Advising, designing and implementing projects for artists and creative organisations.