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This presentation has three parts.The first looks at pure Maori art. This is what the Maori people of New Zealand were doing until the middle of the last century.
The second part looks at the Maori Modern art movement which took place beginning around 1958 and picked up a lot of steam by the 1960s-1970s. These were activist years by the Maoris which were much like the civil rights movements also going on in Australia, Canada and America by their indigenous people.
There is a first generation of artists which emerges from this movement. They develop a blended Maori and European style which becomes Maori Modernist art.
The third part covers the 2nd and 3rd generations of Maori Modernist artists. Many of them are at the forefront of art in New Zealand. They are invited to the big international art shows. They are holding university art professorships. They are winning prizes and competitions.
The government supports this change in promoting Maori culture, rather than trying to change it. This too mirrors what occurred in Australia, Canada and America. The governments reversed themselves as to trying to force their indigenous populations to assimilate fully with rest of the population.
Although the Maori are also very well known for their crafts, the focus of this show is on their art.
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