Join Mary Kisler, Catherine Hammond, Caroline McBride, and Sarah Hillary as they discuss and explore this incredible collection.
Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys brings together works from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century European art. The exhibition traces Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life, from her upbringing in Dunedin, through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration.
About Frances Hodgkins
Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) was born in Dunedin. She left New Zealand for Europe in 1901, and travelled extensively throughout the continent, Britain and Morocco. She made two visits back to New Zealand, but intended France to be her home until war made her settle in England, where she spent the latter part of her long and highly productive working life. Combining natural talent, a unique vision and sheer determination, she established a successful career and became one of the most influential painters of her generation.
With a professional life that spanned almost six decades, two world wars and periods of massive social and cultural change, Hodgkins caught the spirit of a new age. Hodgkins was a trailblazer whose legacy lives on today both in the Antipodes and in Europe.
- 3 X Wednesdays, 3 - 17 July, 10:30am - 12:30pm
- AAG Member $150.00 incl. GST
- Non-member $190.00 incl. GST *includes $50 Auckland Art Gallery Membership
- Auditorium, Auckland Art Gallery
- Presented by Mary Kisler, Catherine Hammond, Caroline McBride and Sarah Hillary
About the presenters
Senior Curator, Auckland Art Gallery
Mary is Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, responsible for a collection ranging from the 13th to the mid-20th centuries. Since 1998 she has curated a wide range of international historical and modern exhibitions at the Gallery.
Since 2001 she has been involved in art discussions with acclaimed New Zealand interviewer Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning programme, and has led a number of art tours to Europe and Australia.
Since 2013 she has been part of the team working on the Hodgkins project, which culminates in May 2019 in the exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, an exhibition catalogue, the online Frances Hodgkins catalogue raisonné and a second book about her travels, Finding Frances Hodgkins.
Research Library Manager, Auckland Art Gallery
Catherine is Research Library Manager at the E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the managing editor of Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture. She has curated a number of archive exhibitions including Collective Women: Feminist Art Archives from the 1970s to the 1990s (2017) and contributed essays to the catalogues Modern Paints Aotearoa (2014) and Frances Hodgkins: Forgotten Still Life (2015). Recent book projects have included Art Toi: New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2011) and Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus (2015) and Emissaries (2016), along with the websites Whakamiharo Lindauer Online (2010), Find New Zealand Artists (2013), and the Frances Hodgkins Online Catalogue Raisonné (2019).
Librarian/Archivist, Auckland Art Gallery
Caroline is Librarian/Archivist at the E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has been involved in many Gallery projects, including as joint manager of the website devoted to portraits of Māori by Gottfried Lindauer, Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, and as part of a team that produced the Gallery’s first children’s book. She manages a growing collection of archives pertaining to New Zealand art, including several concerned with Frances Hodgkins, which she has catalogued and made available to researchers. McBride has published on archives, curatorial research and iwi consultation.
Principal Conservator, Auckland Art Gallery
Sarah is the Principal Conservator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She graduated with a Masters in Applied Science in the Conservation of Paintings from the University of Canberra and her first degree was a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Auckland. Sarah has specialised in the technical examination of paintings and published work on the techniques of New Zealand artists such as Colin McCahon, Rita Angus and Frances Hodgkins. She has also been involved in curating exhibitions about artists’ techniques, including Modern Paints Aotearoa (2014-15) and Identifying Lindauer: his materials and techniques (2016). Sarah is a practicing artist and is represented by Anna Miles Gallery.