Talks and Tours
Saturday, 1 February at 2pm – join 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Imogen Taylor for a tour of her exhibition ‘Sapphic Fragments’ (1 February- 28 March 2020) featuring new paintings made over the course of her Fellowship year. Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Ave. Open: Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm.
Regular Events at the Hocken
A rear view: Behind the scenes tours
Every Wednesday at 11am and 2pm (tours are 50 mins).
Join one of our friendly guides and learn about the Hocken. Check out the amazing materials in our archives, ephemera, maps, music/AV, photographs, pictures and published collections. Bookings not required. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tours start at Hocken reception.
What’s in store? Art!
First Saturday of each month at 11am-12pm.
Did you know that the Hocken has one of this country’s most important collections of modern and historic New Zealand art including works by leading artists such as Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere, Robin White and Colin McCahon? Hocken staff will take you into the pictures store-rooms to see some of these art treasures. Bookings are required: Tel 03 479 8868. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception.
Hocken Kupu Tohutohu
Third Thursday of the month 10.30am – 12pm.
A free service in which you can seek advice from our various collection specialists about aspects such as the maker, age, media, significance, handling, presentation and care of your own collection items. (Please note - we do not give valuations.) Meet in the Hocken foyer with your items. Bookings not required.
Sapphic Fragments: new work by Imogen Taylor, 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow
Saturday 1 February - Saturday 28 March 2020
Having primarily based her practice in Auckland until recently, 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Imogen Taylor plans to use her residency in Dunedin to develop a substantial body of work towards her first significant solo exhibition in the South Island. Since graduating from Elam in 2010 she has primarily been interested in balancing abstraction and representation, referencing Modernist art movements such as Cubism, Bauhaus, New Zealand regionalism and exploring the collision between modernism and queer theory. She is also intending to complete the third and fourth issues of her feminist zine project ‘Femisphere’ while in Dunedin in 2019.
Imogen Taylor, Ripe (2019), courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland
Colin McCahon: A Constant Flow of Light
Saturday, 8 May – Saturday, 15 August 2020
Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena holds one of the most important collections of McCahon’s art in New Zealand in addition to significant archives relating to his life and work.
Focusing on the period between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s, ‘A Constant Flow of Light’ will draw from these collections presenting major works of art such as ‘The Virgin and Child compared’, 1948 and ‘The Wake’, 1958 and examining key ideas the artist explored over this forty year period.
The Hocken began collecting New Zealand modernism in the 1950s because enlightened professionals such as former Hocken Librarians H.D. Skinner and Michael Hitchings and professional staff such as Hocken Art Curator Gordon Brown, worked alongside cultural patrons including Charles Brasch, Rodney Kennedy, Patricia France, John Caselberg and the McCahon family to ensure works by McCahon and other New Zealand modernists were represented in the Hocken’s art collection. Aware of the significant role Dunedin had played in shaping the beginnings of New Zealand modernism, they considered the Hocken, as a research collection accessable to all, the best place for important examples of this work to be housed.
Their endeavours, combined with the University of Otago’s support is the reason why the Hocken’s McCahon collection is so outstanding. ‘A Constant Flow of Light’ is timed to coincide with a companion exhibition about the artist at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, as both institutions wish to acknowledge the artist’s significant relationship with Dunedin, and to share, investigate and interpret McCahon’s life and his art for new and current audiences.