Saturday 12 March 2016

Reading list, 12 March 2016

Like wiggling a loose tooth or slowing down to rubberneck at a car crash, I can't stop myself from following Tiffany Jenkins' promotional pieces for her new book, which is an argument against repatriation of objects from British museums. In her latest, for 'populist capitalist' website CapX, Jenkins makes yet more of those blatantly tone-deaf arguments that incensed me last week, including the assertion that "Instead of repatriating artifacts, we need to appreciate them in the institutions which care for them – our great museums. For it is here that their true value and meaning is realised.". Read at your own peril.

A list of long-form articles about archives and archiving, from punk rock to cemeteries. Chosen partly because one of the articles was originally a keynote given by Ed Summers at my beloved NDF conference (proposals being accepted now ...)

Christopher Knight's review of the opening show at LA dealer gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016, reminds me a great deal of Priscilla Pitt's 1998 survey Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture. There's also an interesting observation at the end that a quarter of the works in the show are on loan from 13 public institutions.

Anne Salmond's eulogy for Ranginui Walker.

ACMI in Melbourne has announced the plans for its blended staff and co-working offices; staff move into the new spaces this month and tenants start moving in in April. An interesting trans-Tasman link for Te Papa's forthcoming Innovation Hub?

All of Christchurch Art Gallery's publications, all online, all in one place. Awesome.

Finally, today at The Dowse we open this is the cup of your heart, curated by our 2016 CNZ/Blumhardt Foundation curatorial intern Alice Tappenden. This isn't an encouragement to read anything, but you should definitely come and see the show.

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