We are unsuitable for framing 

Exhibition now closed 20 Dec 2008 – 26 Jul 2009
Free entry

Visible woman 1988, Darragh, Judy (1957– ), Auckland. Purchased 2005. Te Papa
Visible woman 1988, Darragh, Judy (1957– ), Auckland. Purchased 2005. Te Papa
We are unsuitable for framing is an art exhibition that challenges us – our ideas about how we behave, and about how we represent ourselves. In a range of works spanning 30 years (1974–2005), it explores aspects of identity, gender, sexuality, and mythology.

The exhibition title comes from Barbara Kruger’s 1985 work Untitled [We are unsuitable for framing], which is included in the exhibition. This title emphatically states a vital concept of the exhibition as a whole – a refusal to be defined or pigeon-holed into any particular framework.

In addition to Barbara Kruger, the exhibition features works by Judy Darragh, Margaret Dawson, Jacqueline Fraser, Christine Hellyar, Alexis Hunter, Hye Rim Lee, Vivian Lynn, Lauren Lysaght, Julia Morison, Anne Noble, Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, Caroline Rothwell, and Christine Webster. Vivian Lynn’s work Guarden Gates, a cycle of seven works representing an individual’s metaphysical and physical life journey towards defining identity, is displayed in its entirety for the first time since 1993.

The works in We are unsuitable for framing provoke us to think about ourselves in new ways, and to question our own assumptions about identity.

Visitors are advised that some works in this exhibition depict explicit nudity.

See the artworks featured in the exhibition in Collections Online