Len Lye and Robert Graves' <em>Individual Happiness Now</em>

Len Lye and Robert Graves' Individual Happiness Now

Symposium - On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

  • Fri 9 Jun 2017
  • 10AM—5PM
  • Auckland University
  • Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 501)
  • Free entry
  • Register via email below

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery brings together scholars from New Zealand and Australia to expand upon the work and confluence of these influential Modernist figures.

This year the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery published Len Lye and Robert Graves’ ‘joint announcement’, Individual Happiness Now, a 1941 essay calling for a definition of freedom in the face of rising fascism. Previously unpublished, this collaboration between the New Zealand-born artist and the acclaimed British writer is now a deeply relevant statement for contemporary politics.

Behind the publishing of Individual Happiness Now is the Govett-Brewster’s current exhibition On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding, a survey of Lye’s working relationship with Graves and his partner, the American poet and critic Laura Riding. To accompany the exhibition, the Govett-Brewster brings together scholars from New Zealand and Australia to expand upon the work and confluence of these influential Modernist figures.

 

Programme 

10:30 am

Welcome from Simon Rees, Director Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

10:45 am

Paul Brobbel, Len Lye Curator, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

11:30 am

Andrew Paul Wood, Writer and Critic

Fantasy I(s)-Lands and Disputed Territories

12:15 pm

Linda Tyler, University of Auckland

An Artist in Every Child, A Child in Every Artist: Len Lye and the modernist avant-garde's investment in children's art 

1:00 pm Lunch

2:30 pm

Ray Spiteri, Victoria University of Wellington

Dreams are not enough: surrealism in the Graves-Riding circle

3:15 pm

Lisa Samuels, University of Auckland

Laura Riding and the Living Dead

4:00 pm

Ann Vickery, Deakin University

“[B]eing brilliant trouble in arrangement”: Len Lye, Laura Riding, and Gertrude Stein as Acquaintances in Composition

4:45 pm

Closing remarks from Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Director Simon Rees

5:00 pm Drinks and pizza

Starkwhite Gallery, 510 Karangahape Rd

 

 


Please email enquiries and RSVPs to symposium@govettbrewster.com

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