Daniel Solander-inspired exhibition and seminar

Jenna Packer, What is this tree of knowledge – do we not also have trees? (Acrylic on board, 2018).

Jenna Packer, What is this tree of knowledge – do we not also have trees? (Acrylic on board, 2018).

Register now for the free public Daniel Solander Seminar, an engaging evening of talks and discussion being held in conjunction with the touring exhibition, Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy.

Our seminar speakers are Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology, Damon Salesa, Associate Professor of Pacific Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor – Pacific, and Kaiarataki Michael Steedman (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei), all from the University of Auckland. Taking inspiration from the exhibition, they will provide perspectives on how exploration and encounters have helped shape our whenua, physically and culturally.

The Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy exhibition is a collaboration between Wellington’s Solander Gallery and the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra. Marking 250 years since the arrival in Aotearoa of James Cook’s Endeavour, it is a response by selected local artists to the legacy of Daniel Solander, a Swedish botanist on board the ship. The participating artists are Jenna Packer, Dagmar Dyck, John Pusateri, Jo Ogier, John McLean, Lynn Taylor, Tabatha Forbes, Sharnaé Beardsley, Alexis Neal and Michel Tuffery.

This stop on the exhibition’s tour is being hosted by the University of Auckland Art Collection at Old Government House Lounge. The accompanying seminar has been organised by the Art Collection staff.

Event details

Exhibition: Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy

Date and time: Exhibition opening function, Wednesday 16 October, 5.30-7pm
Open weekdays 10am-3pm, Thursday 17 October – Wednesday 13 November
Location: Old Government House Lounge
24 Princes Street
Auckland CBD

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Daniel Solander Seminar
The seminar opens with short talks from the speakers, followed by informal discussion and questions from the floor. Guests can then view the exhibition from 7-8pm in the adjacent Old Government House Lounge, where refreshments will also be served.

Date and time: Monday 21 October, 5.30-8pm
Location: Old Government House Lecture Theatre (102-G36)
24 Princes Street
Auckland CBD

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We acknowledge Solander Gallery and the Embassy of Sweden in bringing Paradise Lost: Solander’s Legacy to the University of Auckland.

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