Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971–79

Sat 8 Dec 2018 — Sun 31 Mar 2019

Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971–79

Sat 8 Dec 2018 — Sun 31 Mar 2019

The 1970s saw the development of highly experimental art-making in Auckland. Over this decade the city’s leading art institutions supported a cluster of energetic artists as they brought about change. Audiences experienced what are known as ‘happenings’ – kinds of performances in which sculpture as it had traditionally been understood was transformed.

Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971–79 focuses on this unique period and the expansion of art into new forms and media in novel and shifting settings.

The exhibition centres around the influential role of leading artist and teacher Jim Allen, and the fertile relationship he helped build between the Elam School of Fine Arts and Auckland Art Gallery. For the first time in decades a group of artists from this largely forgotten era of experimentation are drawn together to reflect on the avant-garde of a previous generation.

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Artists

Jim Allen
Billy Apple
Bruce Barber
Fiona Clark
Philip Dadson
Kimberly Gray
Adrian Hall
Maree Horner
Kieran Lyons


Parbhu Makan
Ian Macdonald
Matt McLean
David Mealing
Gray Nicol
Roger Peters
Malcolm Ross
Nick Spill

Events

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In conversation: Natasha Conland on Groundswell
In conversation: Natasha Conland on Groundswell

12pm

Join Natasha Conland, Curator, Contemporary Art in conversation about Groundswell: Avant-garde Auckland: 1971–1979

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Bucket Action by Bruce Barber
Bucket Action by Bruce Barber

2pm

First performed at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1974, Bruce Barber’s Bucket Action, will be re-performed by artist Hannah Valentine in a one-off event as part of the opening weekend programme for Groundswell: Avant-garde Auckland: 1971–1979.

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Philip Dadson, Short and Medium Radio Wave Piece, 1974 restaged by contemporary sound artists
Philip Dadson, Short and Medium Radio Wave Piece, 1974 restaged by contemporary...

8–9.30pm

Join us on the final weekend of Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971-79 for a series of performances, talks and discussion.

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Jim Allen, ‘Parangole Capes’, from Contact, 1974
Jim Allen, ‘Parangole Capes’, from Contact, 1974

11am–1pm

Join us on the final weekend of Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971-79 for a series of performances, talks and discussion.

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Kieran Lyons, Superimpression, 1974
Kieran Lyons, Superimpression, 1974

10am–3pm

Join us on the final weekend of Groundswell: Avant-Garde Auckland 1971-79 for a series of performances, talks and discussion.

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Panel Discussion: Out of Time
Panel Discussion: Out of Time

3-4pm

Join exhibition curator Natasha Conland with exhibiting artists Fiona Clark and Philip Dadson, critic Wystan Curnow and art historian Christina Barton on how the avant-garde of the 1970s fit within the mainstream of New Zealand art.

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