Niki Hastings-McFall: Islands Beyond Blue

  • 5 May 2023

Islands Beyond Blue: Niki Hastings-McFall and Treasures from the Oceania Collection

Opens May 14, 2023
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Hamilton Building, Level 3

Closed since 2016 for renovations, the Denver Art Museum's Arts of Oceania gallery will reopen with an exhibition that combines ancient material from the Pacific region with contemporary work. America’s history of nuclear testing in the region is referenced by a large-scale lei piece by Niki Hastings-McFall; the installation is presented alongside pieces from the museum’s collection made on the islands most affected by that testing. Hastings-McFall has been credited with shepherding contemporary Pacific art onto an international stage. Known for her large-scale and immersive "lei bombing" installations, she will use hundreds of synthetic lei to create an installation. Her work will be presented in dialogue with approximately 25 treasures from the DAM's collection that illustrate regional historic arts alongside new innovations.


Photos by Christina Jackson, © Denver Art Museum

Niki Hastings-McFall has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas since 1992. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Chartwell Trust, British Museum, GOMA, Museum of Volkekund-Germany, Tjibaou Centre- Noumea, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, The University of Auckland, Victoria University, Pacific Notion–Macy Gallery New York and many others.

View more of Niki's work HERE.



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