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Curators’ Tour: Modern Living

Hear from the curators of Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand during the exhibition’s final weekend. See furniture, homewares, and architecture from this transformative era.

  • When | Āhea Sat 24 Apr 2021, 12.30pm–1.30pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand exhibition entrance, Toi Art, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Take part in a free tour of Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand with the exhibition’s curators, Justine Olsen and Lizzie Bisley.

Modern Living explores the vision for a more equal, happier way of life, which grew from the devastation of World War II. Good, affordable design was seen as key to society’s transformation and a growing sense of national identity was emerging.

Immerse yourself in the changing culture of 1950s New Zealand, and get insights into how art, design, and architecture reflected and contributed to these changes.

After the tour, hear about public art of the 1950s at a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Bronwyn Holloway-Smith – artist, co-director of Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, and author of Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor.

A black and white photo of a woman in a kitchen in the 50s


Mrs Mitchell, Rimu Street, 1951-1957, Wellington, by J.W. Chapman-Taylor. Te Papa (A.012997)