Renée Tanner, Lightbox Projects Ltd
20 Aug 2022
Lightbox Projects | Advising, designing and implementing projects for artists and creative organisations.
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.
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.
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The Mackelvie Society is a philanthropic supporters' group established by the Mackelvie Trust for the support and acquisition of the Mackelvie Art Collection.
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