From Art History to Art Today 2020
From Art History to Art Today 2020

Weekly Tuesdays, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Tutor: Claire Chamberlain

Beginning 4 February 2020

From Art History to Art Today is an introductory course for those new to the world of art and its history, and for those who would like to know more about looking and talking about art works.

The content is broad-ranging and students will be introduced to the origins of modern art through the work of early “movers and shakers” in the nineteenth century in relation to the art of this country. The pivotal artists and concepts of the 20th century will be explored more deeply in relation to the art of Aotearoa/New Zealand and around the world. Students will gain an understanding of the contexts which drove the art of yesteryear and the correlations between what drives the art of today in our post-digital age.

The sessions are varied with a mix of slideshow based lessons, trips to galleries and auction houses along with guest speakers. Classes are informal and primarily based on discussion (there is no formal assessment). Topics may arise from exhibitions, travel and the interests of both tutor and participants alike.

About Claire Chamberlain
Based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Claire Chamberlain has extensive experience as a teacher of Art History from the historical to the contemporary. She has also been the President of the New Zealand Art History Teachers’ Association (NZAHTA). Claire holds a Master of Arts in Art History with First Class Honours and has written for various publications including the Journal of NZAHTA, Art Zone and the Sunday Star Times. She is also the author of a text on contemporary New Zealand art written for secondary Art History students. Claire is a patron of New Zealand at Venice and led patrons’ tours in 2017 to Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in neighbouring Padua. She is also involved in the organisation of the programme of events for patrons of New Zealand at Venice in 2019. Claire was also an exhibition attendant for New Zealand’s Venice Biennale exhibit in 2017, Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries which showcased ‘in Pursuit of Venus [infected]’. Most recently in 2018, she curated an exhibition involving seven contemporary women artists in association with the 125th anniversary of suffrage in New Zealand and led tours for NZ Sculpture on Shore. She has also taught an Art History class for adults at a local art centre. Claire is also a collector of art and is passionate about communicating her love of art and art history in an accessible, informed and, above all, enjoyable way.

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Image: Knitlab, Te Muri Waters, 2019 (install view)
suspended light sculptures
knitted fabric of monofilament, copper wire and retroreflective ribbon interlaced with fibre-optic strands, macrocarpa and pōhutukawa housing and 50W colour-changing LED devices
commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland
photo by Sam Hartnett