Fredrik Nilsen <em>Documentation of Ma at Chateau Shatto</em> 2016-17. Courtesy of Fiona Connor and Fredrik Nilsen

Fredrik Nilsen Documentation of Ma at Chateau Shatto 2016-17. Courtesy of Fiona Connor and Fredrik Nilsen


21 Feb — 28 Apr 2018

Fiona Connor: Object Classrooms

Fiona Connor's exhibition follows the path of abstract painter John McLaughlin's work through galleries, art institutions and conservation departments.

In 1973 a crate of artworks was sent to New Zealand from Los Angeles for the touring exhibition State of Californian Painting. The exhibition included a work by John McLaughlin, which became influential in its own right.

Fiona Connor: Object Classrooms accompanies the Abstractions: Works from the Govett-Brewster Collection (Sat 10 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018) exhibition.


Los Angeles-based New Zealand artist Fiona Connor has created a film that considers the impact that an artwork and a place can have on one another. This new commission for the Govett-Brewster is part of the Object Classrooms exhibition, which takes its name from the practice of setting up 'object study classrooms' where works are temporarily installed for examination and discussion.


Curated by Sophie O'Brien with Tendai John Mutambu

Sebastian Clough, exhibition design; Hannah Kirby, editing;  Fredrik Nilsen, photography; Carmela Snooks, sound; Ryan Spearman, camera

Research support
E.H. McCormick Research Library; Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland; John McLaughlin Papers Louis Stern Fine Art; Massey University; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Archives; New Plymouth District Council; Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

Jim and Mary Barr; John and Jo Gow; Jenny and Andrew Smith; Stephanie and Sjoerd Post; John Leuthart; Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland/Wellington

Imagezone Camera Rentals; Transformer Film; Interrogate; Access Radio Taranaki

Fiona Connor is represented in New Zealand by Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland/Wellington