Making Ends Meet: Essays and Talks 1992 - 2004

Author(s): Ian Wedde

New Zealand Literature

Passionate, witty and erudite, these essays and talks disclose persistent questionings of the role of institutions in culture.

One of New ZealandâÃÂÃÂs leading writers, Ian Wedde worked from 1994 to 2004 as a member of the conceptual team charged with developing the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaâÃÂÃÂs radical agenda. He came to be closely linked with the museumâÃÂÃÂs aspirations for wide popular appeal, public scholarship and contemporary relevance. Making Ends Meet provides a running commentary on the pressing cultural issues of that project and those years. Above all, Wedde challenges them to remain appealing, self-critical, relevant and unafraid; to refuse official sanctimony and to resist co-option to risk-free national brands.
Subjects include the relationship of art and ethnology, the failure of late modernist art history, the construction of official culture, the intellectual history of European exploration in the Pacific, the âÃÂÃÂPakeha MaoriâÃÂÃÂ, the relationship of archives and narratives, and walking the dog. Sometimes, these themes are focused in discussions of artists and writers including Tony Fomison, Ralph Hotere, Richard Killeen, Colin McCahon, Rachel Chapman, Alan Brunton, Peter Black and Rosalie Gascoigne.
Many of the texts in this book were first produced as talks. These were the products of a busy professional life with little time for writing. Always, the voice we hear is relishing what itâÃÂÃÂs discussing: we can hear Wedde having a good time looking and thinking.

First published 2005.

Ian Wedde is an independent writer and curator. He has published novels, short stories, poetry and a previous book of essays, How to be Nowhere: Essays and Texts 1971âÃÂÃÂ1994. Between 1994 and 2004 he was head of art and visual culture and of humanities at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In 2005 he is the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield memorial Fellow in Menton.


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Ian Wedde is an independent writer and curator. He has published novels, short stories, poetry and a previous book of essays, How to be Nowhere: Essays and Texts 1971?1994. Between 1994 and 2004 he was head of art and visual culture and of humanities at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In 2005 he is the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield memorial Fellow in Menton.

General Fields

  • : 9780864735034
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : 0.463
  • : May 2005
  • : 212mm X 147mm X 32mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ian Wedde
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 360