Of Deities or Mortals

16 November 2007 – 10 February 2008

This exhibition takes eight objects from the University of Canterbury's James Logie Memorial Collection and invites eight contemporary New Zealand artists to respond to the works.

Titled after a line in John Keats' poem Ode on a Grecian Urn, Of Deities or Mortals takes eight objects from the University of Canterbury's James Logie Memorial Collection and invites eight contemporary New Zealand artisits to respond to the works.

Sara Hughes, Jamie Richardson, Neil Pardington, Reuben Paterson, Marian Maguire, Liyen Chong, Tony de Lautour and Francis Upritchard have each chosen a work from the Collection and their mixed media response will be displayed along with the original ancient treasures. This meeting of old and new will bring interesting and unexpected juxtapositions, and is anticipated to throw new light on objects from the ancient past.

The James Logie Memorial Collection is recognised as one of the finest collections of ancient treasures in the Southern Hemisphere. The Collection was founded by Marian K. Steven, who from 1949 to 1977 was a lecturer, senior lecturer and reader in Classics at the University. She was married to James Logie, Registrar of the University from 1950 until his death in 1956.