Talking with Theo

Join us for a day of talks and conversations to celebrate the opening weekend of City Gallery Wellington’s touring exhibition, Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art, presented for an exclusive showing at Te Uru in association with Auckland Arts Festival 2020. Experts and associates will introduce and unpack the work of controversial artist, Theo Schoon, led by Auckland-based writer and arts advisor, Hamish Coney.

The day's speakers are Dr. Rangihiroa Panoho, Justine Olsen, Ron Brownson, Michael Dunn, John Perry, Len Bell, Hamish Coney, Luit Bieringa, Andrew Clifford, Aaron Lister and Damian Skinner.

Session 1

Talking with Theo… about belonging to Māori

Dr Rangihiroa Panoho provides a brief whakapapa relating the movement from possession to ownership of Māori, motifs and narratives, in New Zealand art.

Session 2
11.45am – 12.45pm

Theo in his time

Art historian Michael Dunn and curator John Perry discuss their close association and interest in Theo Schoon, and writer Len Bell looks at the context in which Schoon was part of an important group of émigré artists. Chaired by Hamish Coney.

- Lunch -

Session 3

Theo Schoon and craft

Te Papa curator, Justine Olsen, looks at Theo Schoon’s experiments with applied art and craft in relation to the visual arts, including collaborations with potters Len Castle and Barry Brickell.

Session 4

Gay Modern 

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Senior Curator, Ron Brownson, speaks about Theo Schoon’s photographs and gendered performance.

- Short break -

Session 5

Telling tales

A consideration of the experiences, issues and complexities in telling Theo’s story, with Luit Bieringa, who is currently working on a Theo Schoon documentary, Schoon biographer Damian Skinner, who also co-curated the current exhibition, and fellow co-curator from City Gallery Wellington, Aaron Lister.

Session 6

Wrap-up, reflection and discussion with symposium MC, Hamish Coney, and Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford.

Come along for a session or stay for the day. All talks are free, no bookings required.

Sunday 8 March, 11am–4pm


Toured by Exhibition supporters Festival partner