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Podcast: His Own Steam

Author: Cat Auburn, Preparator

As our Barry Brickell exhibition reaches its final destination at Te Uru in Auckland, curator Emma Bugden reminds us where the show came from.

Installation view of 'His Own Steam' at The Dowse in 2013. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view of 'His Own Steam' at The Dowse in 2013. Photographer: John Lake.

The Dowse's relationship with Barry Brickell stretches back decades, and was reinforced in 2013 with the major exhibition His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey.

After travelling to Waikato Museum, Rotorua Museum and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, His Own Steam is currently on show at Te Uru in Titirangi until 31 May.

Emma Bugden, our senior curator, regards this as one of the most complicated and most rewarding exhibitions she's ever worked on. In this podcast Emma talks about the genesis of the exhibition (which you can trace back to a fortuitous meeting on an aeroplane), the search for 'mythical' works, what the show meant for all of us at The Dowse, and the fittingness of the exhibition finishing at Te Uru, located at the heart of one of New Zealand's ceramic strongholds.

You can listen to the podcast below, or find all our podcasts on Soundcloud here. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

Thanks to director Kate Whitley for her permission to use an excerpt from her video 'Barry Brickell: A Form of Communication' to open this episode. You can watch this 7 minute clip on Vimeo.

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