In 1938, a group of architecture students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, strongly influenced by their youthful lecturer Rex Martienssen, organised the only town planning exhibition ever to be held in South Africa. Under the influence of Martienssen, himself a disciple of Le Corbusier and the teachings of CIAM, the exhibition was steeped in heroic modernist thought. The exhibition presented a series of utopian perspectives on and designs for South African cities. Despite including a number of radical suggestions for urban restructuring, the exhibition accepted the prevailing segregationist model of the time, and even endorsed it with a design for a ‘Model Native Township’ in apparent Corbusian style.
Michaelis Galleries and the Centre for Curating the Archive are proud to present Fantastic,an exhibition and an inter-disciplinary colloquium that seek to re-ignite critical thought about the fantastic in contemporary art and visual culture.
The CCA was recently host to the live screening of the stimulating Creative Time Summit 2015. The Creative Time Summit has been an annual affair since 2009 and brings together thinkers and practitioners from around the globe to critically dive into a particular theme, with the core lens of investigation being art practice and discourse. The Creative Time Summit sits at the nexus of art and politics. Last year saw the remote streaming take place from Stockholm looking at extreme xenophobia and nationalism. This year the event took place in Venice, within the locale of the 2015 edition of the Venice Biennale. On invitation from the biennial’s curator Okwui Enwezor’s, the summit was embedded within the exhibition, All the World’s Futures.
As a part of the Honours in Curatorship Programme, the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) presents The 1980s: Art Under the Shadows of Structural Adjustment by artist, curator and art historian Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi.
A photographic exhibition of the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia will open at the Michaelis Gallery, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street Cape Town on Thursday, 12thMay 2016 at 18h00. It will run until the 30th of May 2016.
This event, hosted by the CCA’s postdoctoral fellow Alexandra Ross as well as Jess Holdengarde, is part of the Art+Feminism Campaign which largely addresses the disparity in the gender gap of Wikipedia’s pages. See the first event to find out more about the initiative.
Michaelis Lecture Theatre | Michaelis School of Fine Art | 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens
In this talk Chandra Frank (independent curator Framer Framed) will speak to what it might mean to adopt a decolonial curatorial approach. What does decoloniality mean and is it a useful framework? How can we undo coloniality that is embedded in the existence of the Western museum space? Curating exhibitions in western countries on the global South is tied up with the politics of memory making. What are the considerations of a curator presenting works that include the neglected memories from the global South? And who is served in the inclusion of those memories, particularly in Western cultural institutions
We are delighted to announce our next guest speaker for our Speaker Series — curator, art historian and author, Dr Dorothee Richter. She the is co-director of the Research Platform in Curating with the University of the Arts Zurich and PhD supervisor at in the Department of Art at Reading. She is also Director of the Postgraduate Program in Curating, Institute Cultural Studies, University for the Arts, Zurich.
Returned to Harfield, an exhibition of photographs by David Brown, will open at the District Six Museum on the 28th of October at 17h00. The exhibition, which will run for a week, is curated by Siona O’Connell and Pippa Skotnes. A keynote address will be provided by Leo Spitzer of Darthmouth College at 17h00. See the exhibition poster here – note a mistake on the poster — the exhibition opening is on Wednesday the 28th of October, not the 29th.
The Drawing from the ground exhibition opens at the Bindery today. Drawing from the ground is an exhibition of drawings and pastels produced by learners from the Frank Joubert Art Centre during a workshop presented within the ‘Fieldworks’ project at the CCA.
An Impossible Return investigates meanings imbued in several areas in Cape Town that were subject to forced removals during apartheid. Specifically, the project examines three crucial moments: the forging of lives of humanness, the receipt of the eviction notice, and the eviction itself. These moments are important in the larger understandings of injury and memory, and this visual and oral archive allows for new understandings of justice and freedom after oppression.