October 12, 2014
Historian put Maori into cultural debate
Art historian and curator Jonathan Mane-Wheoki is being remembered as someone with a profound influence on New Zealand culture.
Te Papa acting chief executive and kaihautu Arapata Hakiwai says Professor Mane-Wheoki, who died on Friday at the age of 70, had an involvement in the arts dating back decades, including being appointed to the executive of the 1962 Auckland Arts Festival.
He worked at the University of Canterbury as senior lecturer in art history and dean of music and fine arts before joining Te Papa in 2004 as director of art and collection services.
"He instigated quite a major exhibition called Toi Te Papa – Art of the Nation and that was quite important there too because it wasn't just a European art history of Aotearoa New Zealand but it was a bicultural art history with acknowleging and recognising the indigenous or the indigeneity of our concepts of art, interrogating that from colonial through to the contemporaries," he says.
A requiem service for Jonathan Mane-Wheoki will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland on Aturday, after which his body will be taken to Piki Te Aroha Marae, in Horeke, Northland for a tangi and burial on Sunday.
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