GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Art History and Visual Culture Program welcomes New Zealand painter and printmaker Dame Robin White for an artist talk at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in Room 301 of the Bryant Arts Center (210 West College Street). Following the talk, there will be an exhibition opening of White’s work with Tongan artist Ruha Fifita titled “The Art of Ngatu by Robin White and Ruha Fifita: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia” at 6 p.m. in the MIX Gallery in Mulberry House (202 N. Mulberry Street). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dyan Couden at 740-587-6596 or visit Denison.edu.
Recognized as a key figure in the regionalist movement of 20th century New Zealand art, White’s work is a blend of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific influences, often-depicting people in rural landscapes. Of Maori and Pakeha descent, she has been one of New Zealand’s most prominent painters and printmakers since the 1970s. White and Fifita’s exhibition will feature collaboratively made ngatu, bark cloth, from Tonga.