Monday, August 16, 2010

Crowded house

When was the last time an art exhibition opening attracted a crowd of protesters? Until last Saturday not recently, that’s for sure. The last time we recall was in 1998 outside Te Papa shortly after it opened protesting the inclusion of a work by Tania Kovat in the exhibition Pictura Britannica. The work was a small statue of the virgin Mary wrapped in a condom, and it was not removed from the show. This time it wasn’t the art under fire. Parents and kids were outside the opening of the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection in Monte Cecilia Park, protesting the possible moving of their school to extend the park’s entrance.
Images: Top, protesters at the opening of the James Wallace collection. Bottom, protesters outside Te Papa