Symposium | On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

Friday June 9, 2017 at 10am-5pm
Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 501) University of Auckland, Auckland


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This year the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery published Len Lye and Robert Graves’ ‘joint announcement’, Individual Happiness Now, a 1941 essay calling for a definition of freedom in the face of rising fascism. Previously unpublished, this collaboration between the New Zealand-born artist and the acclaimed British writer is now a deeply relevant statement for contemporary politics.

Behind the publishing of Individual Happiness Now is the Govett-Brewster’s current exhibition On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding, a survey of Lye’s working relationship with Graves and his partner, the American poet and critic Laura Riding. To accompany the exhibition, the Govett-Brewster brings together scholars from New Zealand and Australia to expand upon the work and confluence of these influential Modernist figures.

Date(s) - 09/06/2017
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