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Impassioned: New York curator Gail Buckland presents a slice of photographic history with Who Shot Rock & Roll.
Photo: DANIELLE STREET
By DANIELLE STREET
A photography exhibition documen-
ting the history of modern music
has left the United States for the
first time, and is being shown at
Auckland Art Gallery.
Who Shot Rock & Roll is an epic
173-image exhibition that originally
opened in Brooklyn in 2009.
It has toured to several states,
but has never left the country until
New York-based curator Gail
Buckland is a photographic histo-
rian and says the show took four
years of research to pull together.
I felt that certain subjects in the
history of photography had been
ignored and I wanted to explore
them,'' she says.
The show does not run in chrono-
logical order, but does kick off with
a homage to The King.
A 1955 photo of Elvis Presley
with a guitar slung around his
shoulders, spread legs and mouth
agape, welcomes visitors to the gal-
It is one of the earliest photo-
graphs that started to give rock n'
roll its identity. It was dangerous. It
was electrifying,'' Ms Buckland
Following Elvis the walls are
lined with the likes of The
Ramones, David Bowie and
Madonna, right through to some of
today's biggest names in music.
It is an exhibition set to impress
both fans of music and photography
Some of the images are posed pro-
fessional shots by big-name photo-
graphers, while others are candid
photos taken by friends.
Each photo runs with a caption,
telling the story behind the image.
Ms Buckland says she tried to
make it about creativity not cele-
Exhibition designer Scott Ever-
son worked with Ms Buckland to
tailor the show to the layout of
Auckland Art Gallery.
His job involved configuring the
lighting, designing the spaces and
choosing the wall colours.
It's pretty daunting when you've
got this huge body of works to deal
with, especially when it's subject
matter people are passionate
about,'' Mr Everson says.
The gallery hopes that the show,
which drew record crowds in the
States, will bring a new audience.
New Motat displays
will fuel imagination
Pull the other one: Motat's newest travelling exhibition Imagination
Factory -- Invent and Play gives visitors the opportunity to explore the
magic of pistons, wheels, levers, pulleys, cams and gears through
dozens of hands-on interactive displays.
Motat's latest travelling
exhibition is fuelling visitors'
imaginations with more than
25 interactive displays.
Imagination Factory is open
to the public for a limited time
and gives people the chance to
explore the magic of pistons,
levers, pulleys and gears.
Motat marketing manager
Deanna Wharton says the
exhibition will appeal to all
ages who want to unravel the
secrets of mechanics.
''This marvellous exhibition
will see visitors having a
fantastic time as they build
and race toy animals with
gears, use giant levers to lift
their friends and family off the
ground and build their own wall
maze with magnetic tubing.''
Imagination Factory has
travelled from Australia's world
renowned National Science
and Technology Centre,
The centre has been touring
award-winning exhibitions for
more than 20 years.
Entry to Imagination Factory
is included in Motat's normal
The exhibition will run
throughout the school holidays
at 805 Great North Rd,
Go to motat.org.nz for more
Expect more safeguarding of heritage buildings
Auckland Council is considering a
new approach to the preservation
of the city's built heritage and
character areas which would pro-
vide greater protection than exist-
The new approach comes from
the council's Unitary Plan Political
Working Party, which includes
councillors, local board chairper-
sons and members of the Indepen-
dent Maori Statutory Board.
It has suggested a new process
will ensure Auckland's built heri-
tage is not inadvertently lost.
The process would apply to those
parts of early Auckland not pres-
ently subject to character protec-
tion controls and would see any
proposal to demolish pre-1944
buildings in identified areas asses-
sed against historic heritage and
character criteria. Deputy Mayor
Penny Hulse chairs the working
party and says heritage protection
is a complex balancing act between
preserving the city's character
while not unduly burdening home
owners and developers with extra
This proposed approach would
be an interim measure until heri-
tage assessments within these
early neighbourhoods are com-
pleted,'' she says. We have been
listening to our local boards and
communities and we think this
approach could provide a good bal-
ance between looking after our
heritage while making sure we
provide the additional housing
needed for a growing Auckland.
Quality new development also
needs to be encouraged where
appropriate. Steps like this one
will ensure Auckland is on the way
to becoming a higher-quality and
more compact city with greater
housing choice, and one that celeb-
rates its built heritage.''
The Auckland Plan Committee
will consider the proposal in
February with the full draft Uni-
tary Plan out for public consul-
tation in mid-March.
WHERE AND WHEN
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A
Photographic History runs
at the Auckland Art Gallery
until March 3, 2013.
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