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Te Papa’s Toi Art galleries have just opened a suite of new exhibitions titled Tēnei Papa Tīoi / This Swaying Earth in which artists, makers and photographers express their relationships with the natural world – from past to present, through colour, form, materials, and sound. Join Te Papa’s Historic Art Curator Rebecca Rice and Photography Curator Athol McCredie as they introduce two of the new exhibitions in a curator-led floor talk.
Arranging Nature draws on Te Papa’s unique collections to explore the relationship between art and science. The exhibition considers how Aotearoa’s natural world has been described and classified by artists and photographers, since the 19th century. In the works on display, we can see how these makers have captured the wonder and beauty that they observed around them.
Wayne Barrar: From the Glass Archive enters the magical world of diatoms. Diatoms are tiny organisms that live in oceans, rivers, and lakes. The 19th century saw a craze for arranging their glassy skeleton fossils into intricate patterns. In his photographs, Wayne Barrar delves into this ‘glass archive’ to explore its microscopic wonders.
This is one of two curator-led floor talks offered to the Friends of Te Papa in Tēnei Papa Tīoi / This Swaying Earth. The other will be held on Tuesday 28 November and can be booked here: Floor Talk: Memory Spaces and This Natural World – Friends of Te Papa