Gallery Visit: Candy Coated Curator’s Talk
Friday 2 July, 11am - 12pm
Come along and enjoy a Member’s Only curator’s talk of Candy Coated with Senior Curator Dr Chelsea Nichols just before this ends on July 4th. Make your own way, and afterwards take your time exploring the current exhibitions at The Dowse Art Museum.
From skull lollipops to disaster-inflected dessert commercials, this exhibition features a fascinating pick ‘n mix of artworks by contemporary international and Aotearoa-based artists who play with an aesthetic of sugary to explore dark and unsettling things that lurk beneath the candy-coated surface. Turning away from the current gloomy climate of the world, the artists of Candy Coated instead embrace gooey pink bubblegum delights—perhaps responding to that urge to comfort ourselves with sweets during troubled times.
We will meet in the foyer just before Candy Coated by 10.50am. RSVP if you would like to stay for lunch at Bellbird Eatery, the cafe on site afterwards, and we will reserve a table for the group. You will have plenty of choice from their cabinet food to menu options. Lunch will not be included.
Dr Chelsea Nichols is a curator and writer with a passion for the weird, dark corners of art and history. She joined the Dowse team in July 2020 after a year as a freelance writer. Chelsea was previously at Te Papa, where she was the Curator Modern Art from 2013-2019, with projects including the family-focused exhibition Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters, and Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark. With a PhD from the University of Oxford on human curiosities in contemporary art, she has worked in a wide range of museum and gallery roles across Canada, UK and NZ.
Images: Sharon Taylor-Offord
Member $15. Members Only. Numbers limited (Refreshments afterwards at own expense)