We remember Bruce Arnott, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, who died on the 19th of July 2018. This is the note of thanks by Professor Pippa Skotnes on the occasion of his inaugural lecture in 2003. We reproduce this here as a small tribute to his remarkable contribution to Michaelis, the University of Cape Town and the students who were, in so many ways, shaped by his teaching. Many of Bruce’s sculptures can be seen on the university of Cape Town Campus, including in the Psychology department, on Memorial Hall plaza, and outside the administration building on Middle Campus.
In June this year's honours in curatorship class had the privilege of visiting Berlin for the 10th biennale. Accompanied by course director, Professor Pippa Skotnes, and lecturer, Nina Liebenberg, the class, not only, visited the biennale but many other curated spaces.
The Honours in Curatorship students recently went on a field trip to the new Norval Foundation in Steenberg. We were excited to be greeted by two graduates of the programme who now work at the foundation, Marc Smith (class of 2016) and Güte Immelman (class of 2017), and just as excited to be taken on a private tour. The tour was led by Kutlwano Mogojwa, curatorial and collections assistant, who took us through Re/discovery and Memory (curated by Karel Nel and on until the 20th of September) which houses work by Sydney Kumalo (South Africa), Ezrom Legae (South Africa) and Edoardo Villa (Italy), an installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka (Burundi), as well as the temporary exhibition Pulling at Threads (on until the 20th of August). We then went on to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes curatorial process and were taken down into Norval's impressive underground storage vaults. Lastly, we wandered around the sculpture garden, marvelling at works such as Ophelia (2012) by Nandipha Mntambo and Again Again (2015) by Brett Murray, both graduates of the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
We were pleased to host ruby onyinyechi amanze for the first of the CCA's Collegian Talks. On the 17th of May amanze spoke on the process her drawings take and the importance of this in the final artwork, looking at her own immersion into the work, quite literally at times, as well as outside influences from different places she has been to and people she's met to how these manifest in the recurring characters of her work..
The Centre for Curating the Archive has two positions available for reliable and organised individuals wanting to join our great team! We are looking for both a project assistant and a publications assistant.
The CCA was sad to see the exhibition Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe come down on the week of the 26th of June 2017 . Thank you to everyone who came to see it. We managed to collection over 170 signatures in the petition book, at the exhibition, and we hope we can still save the farm.
The Honours in Curatorship programme, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art’s Centre for Curating the Archive in close collaboration with Iziko Museums.