"Whatu: An Insight into the Māori World" by Derek Lardelli


Location: Crossroads Gallery


From April 16 to June 9, 2015, the Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art will be displaying Derek Lardelli's "Whatu: An insight into the Māori World." Lardelli is Māori artist from New Zealand whose works include the graphics used for corporate Air New Zealand's rebranding, the composition of the All Blacks rugby team haka, Ta moko (traditional Māori tattooing), sculpture, and more.

The word “whatu” has many meanings in translation. Literally, whatu is translated from Māori to English as "eye." More fully, whatu can be defined as an insightful “all-seeing eye,” but it can also mean “to weave or to bring together,” and, in ancient schools of learning, the “whatu” was an initiation stone fed to scholars. The title of Lardelli’s exhibition was chosen with all of these meanings in mind. 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 15, 2015​​ Artist Talk. The talk will be held at the Snite Museum and begins at 5:30 PM.
Thursday,      April 16, 2015 Whatu: An Insight into the Maori World opening reception at the NDCAC from 5:00- 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Free roundtrip shuttle will run continuously from ND to the NDCAC beginning at 4:50 PM.

Whatu Exhibition Sponsor Logos Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, The Snite Museum of Art, Southwest Airlines, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame, and Cardinal Buses