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Manpower: Myths of Masculinity
Manpower: Myths of Masculinity

FREE

Manpower: Myths of Masculinity

FREE

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Picturing History: Goldie to Cotton
Picturing History: Goldie to Cotton

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Picturing History: Goldie to Cotton

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Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order
Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order

6—7pm

Members $100, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

When Eugen Sandow, the father of modern bodybuilding, toured New Zealand in the summer of 1902-03, his aim was to reshape the nation. Long before the likes of Charles Atlas peddled mail order muscle programmes, the Sandow System was embraced by men throughout New Zealand. Eager to flex and pose and dream of a new male order, these men joined local gyms, entered bodybuilding contests, and even strutted their stuff in local beauty competitions. In this lecture, Dr Caroline Daley reveals the bodies of early twentieth century men and questions whether our fixation with rugby players, farmers and soldiers means we’re missing the pleasure that comes from gazing upon the world’s most perfectly developed man and his local acolytes.

This lecture is the third in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism. 

Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order

6—7pm

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Members preview: The Corsini Collection
Members preview: The Corsini Collection

12–4pm

Members-only

Join us for an exclusive Members preview of The Corsini Collection: A window on Renaissance Florence on the day before it opens to the public. 

Members preview: The Corsini Collection

12–4pm

Members-only

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CANCELLED Flower arrangements: Pastoral Centres
CANCELLED Flower arrangements: Pastoral Centres

10.30am–12.30pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership), sign up for all three workshops and save $55 Book now

CANCELLED Flower arrangements: Pastoral Centres

10.30am–12.30pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership), sign up for all three workshops and save $55 Book now

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Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland
Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland

6—7pm

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Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson explores some of the motivations behind the collecting and public display of male bodies in the early years of the Auckland Art Gallery (founded 1888) and considers the appeal and meaning of such frankly sensual images for their Victorian-era benefactors who purchased them. The notorious 1895 London trial and imprisonment of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde for homosexuality suddenly altered consciousness across the British Empire. It impacts can be seen, she argues, in public debates about masculinity in New Zealand, and in institutional attitudes to the male nude in art in the following decades.

This lecture is the first in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland

6—7pm

Members $100, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

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Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)
Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)

6—7pm

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What's queer about long-nineteenth-century British art now? Answering this question, Edwards address two entirely different examples: Henry Hugh Armstead’s mid-Victorian bronze statuette ‘Satan dismayed’ otherwise known as ‘Saint Michael and the Serpent’ (1852) and Henry Scott Tuke’s 1924 oil painting, ‘Companions’. Both artists remain marginalised, and have proven difficult to canonise for different reasons: Armstead as a predominantly decorative artist in a canon still primarily oriented towards the two-dimensional and the category of fine art, and Tuke because of the open secret of the pederastic character of his work, at a moment in which childhood sexual abuse remains one of the key cultural issues of our time. What might we learn from returning to think about both?

This lecture is a pre-recorded lecture that will be made available to ticketholders to watch in their own time. This lecture is the fourth in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)

6—7pm

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SOLD OUT | Fierce: Aaja Nachle presents Fierce Fairytales
SOLD OUT | Fierce: Aaja Nachle presents Fierce Fairytales

Multiple sessions

Free - bookings essential

SOLD OUT | Fierce: Aaja Nachle presents Fierce Fairytales

Multiple sessions

Free - bookings essential

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Manpower Lectures – #2 Ancient Greek Male Identity and the Modern World
Manpower Lectures – #2 Ancient Greek Male Identity and the Modern World

6—7pm

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Drawing on heroes of classical mythology, the Iliad, Greek tragedy and their modern adaptations, Dr Anastasia Bakogianni explores what it meant to be a man in the ancient Greek world. Researching expectations placed upon men and the warrior ethos, she tracks its impact throughout the centuries and on the modern concept of masculinity.  This lecture is the second in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

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Mary Quant closing event
Mary Quant closing event

9.45am - 2.45pm

Free - bookings essential

Mary Quant closing event

9.45am - 2.45pm

Free - bookings essential

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5 musical arrangements for 5 rooms
5 musical arrangements for 5 rooms

12-1pm and 2-3pm

Free - bookings essential Book now

5 musical arrangements for 5 rooms

12-1pm and 2-3pm

Free - bookings essential Book now

Artworks

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[Postcard, Treboul]
[Postcard, Treboul]

Unknown

Production date
Unknown
Medium
black and white postcard
Credit line
Roger Collins Frances Hodgkins Postcard Collection, E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Roger Collins, 2017
Accession no
RC2017/4/329
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The night mail
The night mail

Harry Moult

Production date
Unknown
Medium
carbon print
Size (h x w)
385 x 487 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/307
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A colonial male's colonial mail (inheritances)
A colonial male's colonial mail (inheritances)

Michael Shepherd

Production date
1992
Medium
oil on plywood
Size (h x w)
465 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/4/1-6
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The Night Mail, Barnet, Herts
The Night Mail, Barnet, Herts

Percy Thomas

Production date
1871
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
82 x 119 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mrs Ada Chapman Taylor, 1930
Accession no
1930/4/7
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Pacific Line Royal Mail Steamers (poster)
Pacific Line Royal Mail Steamers (poster)

Arthur Bonner

Production date
Unknown
Medium
chromolithograph
Size (h x w)
305 x 445 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist's daughter, Mrs P Wilson, 1976
Accession no
1976/47/11
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Roger Collins Frances Hodgkins Postcard Collection
Roger Collins Frances Hodgkins Postcard Collection
Production date
circa 1900-circa 1940
Credit line
E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Roger Collins, 2017
Accession no
RC2017/4

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