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Talk: ‘Ut pictura musica’: Pop Songs and Art ‘Cancelled’

Sunday 12 June, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$25.00 – $30.00

We invite you to a special Sunday afternoon lecture from Dr Mark Stocker who will examine the interplay of historical art and pop music. Mark admits to being more proficient an art historian than a musician or even musicologist, but hopes his enthusiasm for both disciplines will nevertheless be infectious. The lecture will include YouTube clips of highly eclectic material, ranging from Nat King Cole to King Crimson, and is the subject of a future publication.

Dr Mark Stocker is a former art historian who in his retirement from the rigours of Te Papa is now the post-Baroque music columnist for the Postil Magazine. He has published articles on his ‘guilty pleasures’ of Northern Soul and Reggae, and more recently four articles on male and female singers from Clifford T. Ward to Dusty Springfield. His technical advisor for these articles is his friend the renowned bass guitarist and authority on Prog Rock, Associate Professor Rob Burns (University of Otago).

(Mark suggests that you may like to view ‘A Visual History of Pop Music’, an illustrative- style art of different pop music icons by Christian Lea Design.)

Feature image: Detail from: Going to Work, L S Lowry, 1943. From Wikimedia Commons

Member $25, Student $27, Non-member $30 (incl. a glass of wine and free parking)


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Sunday 12 June
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$25.00 – $30.00
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