Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa is the first big exhibition to close to make way for the current museum renewal project. Join our history curators to farewell the exhibition with an after-hours viewing and talk on the bold ideas that shaped it, favourite objects, and future developments.
With the establishment of the Royal Manufactory of the Gobelins in Paris in 1662, France replaced Italy as the tastemaker for the decorative arts in Europe.
This exhibition of national and international fashion puts the whole process from ‘Catwalk to Cover’ under the microscope. You will get an insight into the often chaotic world that makes up the apparently glamorous fashion shows.
In her lecture Alison Larkin will focus in particular on Elizabeth Cook whose embroidery reflected the travels of her adventurous husband Captain James Cook. Elizabeth traced her husband’s voyages in stitch on a map sampler, and was embroidering a waistcoat made from tapa cloth that Cook had bought back from his voyage to Tahiti, when she heard the news of his shocking death.
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788, was an originator of the English landscape painting school. Illustrated by a selection of Gainsborough’s paintings, sketches and portraits, garden historian Caroline Holmes will explore his landscape legacy.
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