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Unpacking the Language of Things

Unpacking the Language of Things

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  • Thu 12 Apr ’18, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 13 Apr ’18, 9:00am – 4:00pm


The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price 2 days: $100.00
  • Full Price 1 day: $60.00
  • Student/Friends of The Dowse Price 2 days: $80.00
  • Student/Friends of The Dowse 1 day: $40.00

Costs apply, bookings required.

This symposium—featuring Otto Künzli, Susan Cummins and Damian Skinner— is being organised to complement the exhibition 'The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery' (24 Feb – 24 June 2018), which looks at the critique of preciousness through a lens of materiality. The contemporary jewellers in this exhibition have made pieces that comment on social, cultural or political matters through the materials that they choose to work with.

Their themes include the shifting perception of precious materials such as gold, vanity, gender stereotyping, associations with place and our relationships with accessories, the environment and each other.

Using our inherent understanding of jewellery as a symbol of personal expression to explore these ideas, 'The Language of Things' also prompts us to reflect on how we ‘read’ the materials that surround us in daily life and how ideas about value have changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Dowse is grateful to all the artists and supporters who have made 'The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery' possible especially The Rotasa Collection, USA; The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, USA and CODA, The Netherlands.

Exhibition sponsors and partners include Creative New Zealand, Blumhardt Foundation, Massey University, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Handshake, Fab Lab Wgtn, and Allied Pickfords.

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