Contributors

Jacqui Durrant

Dr Jacqui Durrant is a freelance arts writer and curator. She is the Pacific Artnotes correspondent for Art Monthly Australia.

Articles

1.376
Pacific Jewellery
Curator: Maud Page Foyer Cabinet, GOMA, Brisbane 1 May - 4 July 2010
Art in the Public Arena
1.459405940594059405940594
Old Gods new lives: Exhibiting traditional Cook Islander art
In late 2008, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) established its first Pacific Arts department. From the opening of the controversial Musée du quai Branly in Paris in 2006, to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s creation of permanent new galleries for Oceanic art in 2007, there has been an international surge of interest in Pacific art, accompanied by hot debate surrounding exhibition protocols. Among the many works exhibited at these institutions are rare carvings of traditional gods from the Cook Islands: works that are still of great cultural significance to many Islanders today. Jacqui Durrant asked artists, curators and cultural professionals in the largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga, their opinions as to how images of their ‘old gods’ might be best exhibited, to see what a Western art gallery might take on board.
After the Missionaries
Cementa Unley Museum NAVA AMaGA