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Silhouette portrait. 1780 - 1800, England. Maker unknown. Gift of Mrs R. K. Dell on behalf of the Estate of Miss Winifred Mary Mather, 1975

Silhouette portrait. 1780 - 1800, England. Maker unknown. Gift of Mrs R. K. Dell on behalf of the Estate of Miss Winifred Mary Mather, 1975

Adam Art Gallery has opened a new exhibition this November: Shadowgraphs: Photographic Portraits by Len Lye. The exhibition runs from 19 November to 18 December 2011 and comprehensive presents a selection of the cameraless photographic portraits made by Len Lye in 1947. Lye’s photographs will be contextualised with other material, including silhouettes, phrenological busts, relevant books and magazines, and botanical contact prints. One silhouette from our collection is included in the exhibition. The silhouette is a portrait of an unknown lady.  Her hairstyle and costume indicate a production date of 1780 – 1800.

Last week Puke Ariki opened a new iwi exhibition, Mutunga: Our legacy l Our challenge l Our future. The exhibition showcases the Ngati Mutunga Iwi history of settlement, adversity, and triumphs.  The exhibition explores how these have created a unique iwi identity through adaptation, innovation, tribal leadership, and whakapapa. It features 6 taonga of Te Papa’s collection, for example this beautiful Turuturu whatu.

Turuturu whatu (weaving peg), 1800, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992. Te Papa

 

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