In April, BFA Year 4 student Daphne Simons took a two-week trip to New York as the recipient of the Wikiriwhi 2012 Award. The Wikiriwhi is gifted by Whitecliffe President, Michele Whitecliffe, with the desire to offer students experiences and opportunities overseas. The award saw Daphne travel to the United States to participate in postgraduate workshops and lectures at Monclair State University, to visit some world renowned galleries and museums and to eat donuts! Daphne reports that she had Dunkin Donuts at least once a day, “because as the bag states ‘America Runs On Dunkin Donuts’ and I wanted to keep up with all the Americans”. Suitably fuelled Daphne enjoyed sitting in on lectures and critiques with the Bachelors and Masters students at Montclair State, where she stayed on the New Jersey campus, though impressively managed to get into the ‘Big Apple’ every day, visiting as many galleries and museums as time would allow. Her list of highlights reads like a ‘who’s who’ of art galleries and museums “the Guggenheim, DIA Beacon, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Moma, Moma PS1, the New Museum and the Whitney”. Daphne was also fortunate to get to dealer galleries and artist run spaces in Chelsea, Lower East Side, Downtown, Madison Avenue, Long Island and was able to hear an impressive talk by artist Ann Hamilton.
Daphne found the Americans to be “incredibly articulate, especially when talking about their work and art in general, and everybody speaks slightly louder than people here [in New Zealand]”. Daphne will be sharing more details of her experiences, as well as photos, in a presentation to be scheduled in term 3, the details of which will be published shortly.