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Gordon H. Brown Lecture 17: Conal McCarthy, 'William Page Rose & Āpirana Ngata: Experiments in Māori arts and crafts 1920-40'


Published 2019 by Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
48 pages
210mm x 170mm, softcover, colour illustrations
Edited by Geoffrey Batchen
ISSN: 977-1176-58800-5

What are the lessons from Māori experiments in the visual and performing arts in the early 20th century? This lecture analysed a series of remarkable episodes when a wide range of cultural practices were mobilised by the Young Māori Party to advance claims for social and political development. It considered how, after the ‘ontological turn’, non-Western ways of being, knowing and doing may enrich the study, not just of global art history, but of visual and material culture more generally.